Race For The Galaxy

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Race For The Galaxy is a fast paced and highly addictive game, where players work simultaneously to develop the most powerful space empire.


In Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilisations by game cards that represent worlds or technical and social developments.Each round consists of one or more of five possible phases. In each round, each player secretly and simultaneously chooses one of seven different action cards and then reveals it. Only the selected phases occur. For these phases, every player performs the phase’s action, while the selecting player(s) also get a bonus for that phase.

For example, if at least one player chooses the Develop action, then the Develop phase will occur; otherwise it is skipped. In it, each player may simultaneously select a development from his hand of cards to build. After revealing the cards, each player adds his development to his tableau of cards on the table and then discards cards from his hand equal to its cost.

Each player who chose Develop discards one card fewer as his bonus.Explore allows a player to draw cards and select which of them to add to his hand. Settle allows a player to place a world in his tableau. Some worlds produce goods, represented by face down cards, when Produce is selected. These goods can be discarded for victory points or sold to add cards to the player’s hand by selecting Consume.

With cards, players can settle new worlds and build more developments, gaining both victory points and card powers that provide advantages in certain phases.The player who best manages his cards, phase and bonus selections, and card powers to build the greatest space empire, wins.The winner is the player with the most victory points.

The second edition of the game is improved for colour-blindness and includes 5 revised cards from the original version and 6 New Worlds promo home-worlds

Designer: Tom Lehmann
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Player numbers: 2-4
Recommended Age: 12+
Game Time: 30–60 Min

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Awards & Honours:

2010 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection
2010 Japan Boardgame Prize Voters’ Selection Nominee
2008 Tric Trac Nominee
2008 Tric Trac de Bronze
2008 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Experten Recommended
2008 JoTa Best Card Game Winner
2008 JoTa Best Card Game Nominee
2008 Japan Boardgame Prize Voters’ Selection Nominee
2008 International Gamers Awards – General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee
2008 Golden Geek Best Gamer’s Board Game Nominee
2008 Golden Geek Best Card Game Winner
2008 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
2008 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee
2008 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
2008 Fairplay À la carte Winner
2007 Meeples’ Choice Award


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1 review for Race For The Galaxy

  1. L

    Brilliant game – very steep learning curve, but once you’re over that, it’s quite immersive with lots of replayability. Great for 2 players, you can build up a good rivalry over lots of games, and great for traveling since it’s so compact. There’s not a great deal of interaction though. Similar mechanic to Puerto Rico, in that players choose actions, then everyone does them, with the players who chose the action getting a bonus.

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