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Rules PDF

Components:

  • 5 Start World Cards (11 in the second edition)
  • 109 Game Cards:
    • 59 World Cards
    • 50 Development Cards
  • 4 Sets of 7 Player Action Cards (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow)
  • 8 Duplicate Action Cards (For Experienced 2 Player Games)
  • 4 Summary Sheets
  • 28 Victory Point Chips (18 x "1"; 6 x "5"; 4 x "10")
  • Instructions

Race for the Galaxy's development began when Thomas Lehmann, at Alea's request, started work on a card game version of Puerto Rico in parallel with Andreas Seyfarth's own. Their independent efforts resulted in some degree of collaboration, and though some of Mr. Lehmann's design ideas did make it into what eventually became San Juan, he continued to develop his concepts, taking the theme and other elements from an unpublished customizable card game he had previously designed.

Race for the Galaxy benefits from an unusually thorough development process, involving thousands of test games and the deliberate design of an unusually coherent iconography (by onigame and the graphics designer, Mirko Suzuki) as well as a unique approach to player interaction that prevents direct conflict and encourages "parasitic conflict".

Expansions

Five expansions have been published (3 Arcs - One 3 expansion Arc and two single expansion Arcs), adding new cards, game features, start worlds, as well as supporting up to 6 players and solo play. Each expansion arc required the base game and is not officially compatible with the other arcs.

First Arc - The Descent into War
The first expansion arc comprises 3 expansions, each of which is designed to be played with the earlier expansions. The storyline covers the exploration of the galaxy and the growing conflict between the Galactic Imperium and the Rebels.

  • The first is The Gathering Storm (2008), adding goals, solitaire play, another player, and drafting rules.
  • The second is Rebel vs Imperium (2009), adding military takeovers and another player.
  • The third is The Brink of War (2010), adding prestige and search rules.

Second Arc - Alien Artifacts
The second arc consists of a single expansion. The story is set between the base game and the first arc and covers the discovery and exploration of a mysterious Alien orb.

  • Expansion four - Alien Artifacts (2013). Adds new cards and an optional Alien orb to explore. (This branches from the previous three and is not compatible with them.)

Third Arc - Xeno Invasion
The third arc consists of a single expansion (a second expansion is in the pipeline):

  • Expansion five - Xeno Invasion (2015). Adds 51 new cards and an optional Invasion Game.
  • Expansion six - Xeno Counter Strike has been green-lit by the publisher: First mention, Followup thread. The expansion is in early development and no due date has been reported.

Spin offs

Roll for the Galaxy - A dice game set in the Race for the Galaxy universe.
Jump Drive - A shorter, lighter card game set in the Race for the Galaxy universe.
New Frontiers - A board game version of Race for the Galaxy.

FAQ

A BGG FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for Race for the Galaxy and its expansions can be found at the Rules FAQ or by setting the BGG search to "wiki" and entering "Race FAQ".

A draft pdf from the publisher showing sample rounds of play can be downloaded.

Online Play

Race for the Galaxy AI:

Rio Grande Games granted permission to release a Race for the Galaxy AI to the public. Great for solitaire play and refining your RftG skills, it also now features online play. Posted by mrkeldon, may he be granted many Thumbs, donations, and GG!
BGG Thread: Race for the Galaxy AI
AI Link: http://keldon.net/rftg/


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Card Sleeves

Standard Sleeves (63.5 x 88mm (2 1/2" x 3 1/2")) for 150 cards

Learn rules via mp3
How To Play Podcast: Episode 27 - Race for the Galaxy - 46min

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