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- Includes rules for 6 players
- Can also be played solitaire-style
- This is an expansion to Race for the Galaxy, it is not a standalone game
- Adds depth and complexity to Race for the Galaxy
- Adds depth and complexity
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fun expansion set that works with the base set and 2 of the other expansions. Love this game!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
High quality pieces, fun new mechanics, and a continuation of the excellent internal language and symbols.Published 16 months ago by Matt
This is one of the best games, and the expansions only add to the fun.
This game can be a little difficult to learn, but once you figure out the logic of the iconography... Read more
the least useful of the 3 expansions, the other 2 are much better in terms of play and cost, give it a miss.Published on April 13, 2013 by itmo