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Race For The Galaxy: Brink Of War

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  • Includes rules for 6 players
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  • This is an expansion to Race for the Galaxy, it is not a standalone game
  • Adds depth and complexity to Race for the Galaxy
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As conflicts spread, galactic prestige becomes all-important, both to extract concessions and to fend off attackers. Meanwhile, the Alien departure point is located and the Uplift Overseers arise. Can you build the most prosperous and powerful space empire in a galaxy on the brink of total war? This expansion adds new start worlds, goals, game cards, and rules for galactic prestige to Race for the Galaxy and its first two expansions, The Gathering Storm and Rebel Vs. Imperium. New solitaire game counters and drafting rules for six players are also provided.

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As conflicts spread, galactic prestige becomes all-important, both to extract concessions and to fend off attackers. Meanwhile, the Alien departure point is located and the Uplift Overseers arise. Can you build the most prosperous and powerful space empire in a galaxy on the brink of total war? This expansion adds new start worlds, goals, game cards, and rules for galactic prestige to Race for the Galaxy and its first two expansions, The Gathering Storm and Rebel Vs. Imperium. New solitaire game counters and drafting rules for six players are also provided.

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Product Dimensions 10.8 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B003HBTDCU
Item model number RGG416
Manufacturer recommended age 13 - 17 years
Best Sellers Rank #133,802 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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I was a little concerned at first when I saw yet another mechanic was being added to this game as it is already fairly complicated. The prestige points at first annoyed me because they just seemed like yet another thing to think about. But after a few play-throughs, I got the hang of most of the new cards and the new prestige factor and I ended up liking it. Instead of being the only path to winning, I found that it incorporated fairly well into the rest of the game and ended up introducing another range of strategies to the game, which will help keep the game fresh for those people who play a lot.

I would say, though, that it did result in Race being that much less accessible to new people. The game already tends to sound far more complicated than it is in practice and the prestige points make it even more intimidating if you have a doubtful new player. If you are introducing the game to someone new, or tackling it for the first time yourself, you may just want to start with the original game and the first expansion before diving into Rebel v. Imperium and Brink of War.

But for people who have been playing Race for a while, I thought this expansion enriched the experience and kept the game fresh. I loved it and was glad I got it.
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I was wary at first of this expansion, since it adds a lot more complexity than the previous two. Not only is there a new "prestige point" system, it goes all-out adding cards with very elaborate and complex powers (Terraforming Engineers alone has several paragraphs dedicated to it in the rulebook). So I usually strip out Brink of War from my deck when playing with less experienced players.

But for those of us who play a lot of Race, is the complexity worth it? Yes! With the base game and earlier expansions, there was a tendency for every game to fall into the same limited set of strategies (consumption, military, or color-based). With the third expansion, there's an opportunity to spice up any strategy with prestige-point based tricks, and the sheer size of the deck tends to discourage monotonous strategies (as there's a greater chance of never getting the cards you need). We've been seeing a lot more weird hybrid strategies that don't seem like they should score high but do, and new, unique and funny games tend to come up even after hundreds of plays. This expansion turns Race into the kind of dynamic and clever improvisation around random cards that the game always wanted to be.
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Race for the Galaxy's expansions have a big challenge: add new and interesting options to an already complex game system without making a mess of things. I have to say, this last expansion doesn't entirely succeed on that front. While It certainly improves upon the take over abilities seen in the previous expansions (read: gives you enough cards to make it a viable game plan) the new rules on Prestige just clog the game's heart and turn off most players. If you are a serious race fan, you should buy it but otherwise, it's hard to recomend.
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After the disappointment of the second expansion, adding this one in was extremely refreshing. It adds enough mechanics that there are now many viable strategies for winning. So many that part of the challenge is figuring out what the best way for you to go is because you may have several good options. It definitely makes the game more dynamic.
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Brink of War is, in my opinion, the best expansion to any game I've ever owned. Why?

1. The ingenuity. The concept of "prestige" is the most creative take on special VPs I've seen in any game I've played so far.

2. The amount of novel additions. This expansion provides more novel ideas for the genre than any of its predecessors & peers.

3. The fun! Playing 9 cost Alien cards with Prestige and bonuses piling up to make you go 80+ points about every game is both complicated and amazing fun. The thrill of having a combination work out your way is the high point of this game, and this expansion only made this aspect of RftG better.

4. More variety of strategies. Base RftG is fun, and IvR added takeover ideas, but this expansion added more ideas for strategies than any other hands down. There's no way for me to list all the new ideas you can try out.

Simply put, if you love RftG, you need to pick up the expansions... especially this one. If you don't love RtfG... well... no need to even look at the expansions.
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Another unneeded expansion to a great game. Brink of War is much better than Rebel vs Imperium, but the game is so bogged down with expansions it has too much going on and is becoming extremely difficult to introduce to new players.
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This is a very complex game and not for the light of heart. You have to want a challenge and be able to handle a game that has many strategies, decisions to be made, powers to understand and use (or not use), predicting other players, etc.

If you are picking up this game for the first time, I would recommend playing with just the base deck without any expansions added in. After you get comfortable with that, add the expansions in one at a time.

I jumped into this game when my friends were already playing with the 2nd expansion, so I lost dozens of games in a row when I first started. It can be disheartening for a lot of people, but I didn't have any pride in it so I kept trying until I started winning!
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