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Year Published
2007
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2 − 4
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Best with 2, 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
30 − 60 minutes
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12 and up
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Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Primary Name
Race for the Galaxy
Alternate Names
Dobyvatelé Vesmíru
Galaxia: La conquista
Race for the Galaxy: Narodziny Imperiów
Борьба за галактику
レース・フォー・ザ・ギャラクシー
銀河競逐 (银河竞逐)
레이스 포 더 갤럭시
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In the card game Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilizations by playing game cards in front of them that represent worlds or technical and social developments. Some worlds allow players to produce goods, which can be consumed later to gain either card draws or victory points when the appropriate technologies are available to them. These are mainly provided by the developments and worlds that are not able to produce, but the fancier production worlds also give these bonuses.

At the beginning of each round, players each select, secretly and simultaneously, one of the seven roles which correspond to the phases in which the round progresses. By selecting a role, players activate that phase for this round, giving each player the opportunity to perform that phase's action. For example, if one player chooses the settle role, each player has the opportunity to settle one of the planets from their hand. The player who has chosen the role, however, gets a bonus that applies only to him. But bonuses may also be acquired through developments, so one must be aware when another player also takes advantage of his choice of role.

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More Information Edit | History

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into what eventually became San Juan, he continued to develop his concepts, taking the theme and other elements from an unpublished customizable card game he had previously designed.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

Four expansions have been published, adding new cards, game features, start worlds, as well as supporting up to 6 players and solo play. A fifth expansion has been announced. 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 has been announced and consists of a single expansion:

  • Expansion five - Xeno Invasion. Adds 51 new cards and an optional Invasion Game.

Spin offs

Roll for the Galaxy - A dice game set in the Race for the Galaxy universe.

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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Components:

  • 5 Start World Cards
  • 109 Game Cards:
    • 59 World Cards
    • 50 Development Cards
  • 4 Sets of 7 Player Action Cards (28)
  • 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

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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Race for the Galaxy
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Brazilian First Edition
Publisher: Galápagos Jogos
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Year: 2014
Product Code: 316157
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Polish edition
Publisher: REBEL.pl
Artist: Martin Hoffmann
Year: 2012
Product Code: LFCABC223
Size: 10.00 x 7.00 x 2.00 inches
1.80 pounds
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Release Date: Oct 9, 2012
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Publisher: Gabinete Lúdico
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Year: 2012
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Release Date: Nov 24, 2012
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Publisher: Hobby Japan
Artist: Martin Hoffmann, Claus Stephan
Year: 2010
Size: 10.83 x 7.48 x 2.56 inches
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Publisher: Gamesinitaly, Ghenos Games, Giochix.it
Artist: Martin Hoffmann, Claus Stephan
Year: 2009
Size: 10.63 x 7.48 x 2.76 inches
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1 Riassunto simboli Race for the Galaxy
Il file contiene la spiegazione in italiano dei simboli del set base di Race for the Galaxy e delle sue prime tre espansioni.
Italian
2015-02-19
5 Paper card box
Paper card box, 7x10 cm, base, Alien Artifacts, The Brink of War, The Gathering Storm, Rebel vs Imperium, pdf file, v. 1.0. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]Full list[/url] of boxes.
English
2015-02-15
6 Tools for Homemade Cards
Set of tools & a tutorial to make homemade cards. Tutorial uses GIMP (freeware image editor). Any questions or requests can be addressed to the forum thread http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1319096/new-card-tools
English
2015-02-11
4 Descripción de todos los íconos de las cartas
Descripción de cada ícono y de los textos en los desarrollos 6. Útil para cuando se juega con versiones en otro idioma.
Spanish
2015-01-12
2 Race for the Galaxy Scoring Sheet
Race for the Galaxy Scoring Sheet, Excel file, in Portuguese. Planilha em Excel de pontos para o Race for the Galaxy em português.
Portuguese
2014-12-08
8 RFTG AA Worlds Robot Mats v01
Alien Artifacts world mats to use with The Gathering Storm "Robot" for solo games.
English
2014-01-26
10 RFTG Goal Cards as cards
I recently started playing RFTG again, and didn't carry the goal cardboard around due to it not fitting in the box I had. So I took the goals from all three expansions, and turned them into cards, which I sleeve, and now everything fits in the box. Print on US_LETTER sized paper, cut, optionally sleeve, and use as goals, instead of the thicker cardboard pieces.
English
2013-09-12
13 Race for the Galaxy Card Powers Summary
Version 1.01 of my Card Powers Summary for Race for the Galaxy. Errors corrected.
English
2013-02-26
10 Race for the Galaxy-Base Game Card Descriptions
This is my first attempt at creating brief descriptions of each of the cards in the base game of Race for the Galaxy. Because I'm new to the game, I found that creating this helped me get my arms around all the cards and their special powers. Please comment if you see mistakes. I wouldn't be surprised if I made a bunch or wasn't clear in some of my descriptions.
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2013-02-22
8 RFTG Tuckboxes for Sleeved Cards
Tuckboxes for sleeved RFTG cards. There is a box large enough to handle all of the base worlds and developments. It is a very tight print however. Also included is a separate Action/Start Worlds box that accommodates added player cards and boxes for both TGS and RvI. I will update with BoW and AA boxes as I add those expansions to my collection. Created using tuckbox.gameupdates.com
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Cards And Chit Ep 41 - Race For The Galaxy
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2015-06-01
Low Player Count - Ep. 4 - Getting Ready for 'Sommer' Vacation
56:30
51.72 MB
2015-05-17
Low Player Count - Ep. 3 - High Score vs. Objective - FIGHT!
70:31
64.56 MB
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Low Player Count - Ep. 1 - Getting to Know You
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The Good the Board and the Nuts and Bolts: Episode 10
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The Good, The Board, and The BACKSTABBING!: Episode 7 Player interaction
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The Game Pit: Episode 40 - Council Chamber Mega Review of 2014 with Top 5s
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1P 072 - Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm
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Race for the Galaxy
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Episodio 2 - Race for the Galaxy, Splendor, Memoir '44 Online y Consejos para explicar reglas
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