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Bonnie Delaney
United States
Guilderland
New York
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10
Nov 2001*
Great auction game. Even though I've never won and I get "trounced" every time I play, it's one of my favorite games. Great theme, nice bits, lots of choices. The two player variant on the Internet seems to work pretty well.
2001-11-26*
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Winton Lemoine
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Sep 2002*
Currently my favorite game. I believe it has just the right number of variables including the various approaches you may take in trying to win. I never try for the 'highest suns' total bonus at the end.
2002-09-24*
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Nick Parish
United Kingdom
London
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10
Dec 2002*
Another outstanding game from the master, Reiner Knizia. The ability to call auctions at will, combined with the vital importance of the Ra-tile track, make this a very clever game. As good as Modern Art - and possibly better.
2002-12-11*
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Keith Shapley
United Kingdom
Fleet
Hampshire
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10
Dec 2007*
Herr Knizia has made a cracking closed-loop auction game. Even non-gamers (ie the rest of my family) like this one
2007-12-31*
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Rick Lingle
United States
Chicago area
Illinois
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10
Dec 2008*
One of my all-time favs. Plays like Knizia's Medici on adrenaline, has everything going for it from the play to the sturdy, high-quality components. Thin as it is, I love the theme, too. Only flaw I can see at all is that I don't play it enough.
2003-01-26*
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Tom McGrady
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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10
Mar 2003*
For three or more players, I think this is my favourite game. Simple and elegant gameplay; a fantastic (and quick!) auction game. Never gets old.
2003-03-06*
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Brian A
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Mar 2003*
I find this game quite compelling. The components are wonderful--particularly the Sun tiles. The complaints I hear and read about RA tiles occuring too frequently seem to indicate some people just don't appreciate the delicate danger of calling RA too much (and getting stuck at the end as others get a tile buffet) or calling RA too little (and watching the high-number sun tiles become devastatingly powerful). VERY TASTY decisions to be made here and enough flavor/theme (IMHO) to put it among the great greats.
2003-03-20*
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Adam Deverell
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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10
Apr 2003*
Reiner’s finest and the best bidding game yet. I treat it as a strategy game, even though the tiles sometimes require some quick thinking tactical decisions. The tension is always high and the theme works surprisingly well. Alea could have managed a bag for the bucket load of tiles though.
2003-04-14*
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Steve Easton
United Kingdom
Woking
Surrey
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10
Apr 2003*
Of all the games in my collection this one gets requested the most. The best of Reiner's bidding games, this is easy to pick up but devilish in the agonising decisions facing players. I'll Ra that!
2003-04-17*
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Matthew Gray
United States
Reading
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2003*
This may be my favorite auction game. Rather different from a traditional auction
game, it borrows aspects from several other games as well as a few novel bits of its
own. The discrete nature of the bidding tiles, the wide range of scoring options, the
simple but important strategic decision of when to call an auction and the reasonably
playing time combine to make this an outstanding game.
2003-07-09*
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Francis Simon
United States
Malvern
Pennsylvania
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10
Sep 2003*
Love this game. It plays great no matter how many players! I don't alweays do to well, but if its brought to gaming I always want to play it.
2003-09-24*
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Ji-Won Park
South Korea
Seoul
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10
Dec 2003*
My favorite game.
2014-10-16
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russell key
United Kingdom
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Unspecified
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10
Dec 2003*
superb - a quick game that can be played at any time during a gaming session
2003-12-30*
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Brian Stormont
United States
Uxbridge
Massachusetts
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10
Apr 2004*
The more I play this game, the more I like it.
2004-04-20*
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J Rachfal
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
Apr 2004*
I only play with 3. Much less control and fun with 4 or 5.
2004-04-28*
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Paul Hawkins
United States
Shelton
Connecticut
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10
May 2004*
Show some love as Ra plays great with 3, 4 and 5 players!

I enjoy the balance of short and long term scoring, bidding and resource management along with the fact that you bid with your sun tiles which the next bid winner will then have for the next turn.

Add the fact that it can easily play in under an hour and it's one of my favorites.
2004-05-10*
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Wendy McILroy
United States
Point Roberts
Washington
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10
May 2004*
As a pure bidding/auctioning game, it doesn't get any better than this. Very easy to learn and teach and plays in short enough time to play several games. ...Most brilliant!
2004-05-16*
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Tony W
England
LONDON
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10
May 2004*
A true classic that will stand the test of time. Simple rules, fast playing, has a perfect balance between skill and luck. Gameplay-wise its hard to see how it could be improved.
2004-05-30*
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John Garrett
United Kingdom
Wokingham
Unspecified
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10
Jun 2004*
Reiner's finest. My favourite auction/bidding game. Clean rules and fast play make this a winner every time.
2009-07-14
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Steven Brooks
United States
Ft. Lauderdale
Florida
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10
Dec 2010
Great fun. Simple elegant auction system with nice components. In my top 10.
2004-08-23*
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Michael Courtois
United States
La Crescenta
California
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10
Sep 2004*
I FINALLY got my hands on a copy!!! (German-which is cool, my first truly GERMAN language game). I CANNOT get enough of this friggin game! Quite a bit of randomness but in this game I don't seem to care at all. The flow is really great, the bidding is challanging and the player interaction is just right, did I say I can't get enough of this friggin game.....got to go play it NOW!!!!!

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2004-09-29*
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Richard Fulcher
United States
Mountain View
California
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10
Oct 2004*
Once I might have "only" rated this an 8 or a 9 ... but my, this game has aged so well. Once you have internalized the ever-so-slightly odd scoring system, and can simply focus on the play, the game is sheer delight. Fast, thick with tactical decisions, and exciting. The fact that what you purchase in one round affects your buying potential in future ones has interesting ramifications.
2004-10-20*
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Dan Fox
United States
Pembroke Pines
Florida
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10
Nov 2004*
This game deserves the hype; easy to learn, quick to play, lots of decisions and strategy; best auction game I've played
2004-11-06*
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Eric Haines
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
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10
Dec 2004*
Probably our favorite game. A scoresheet (from this site) is a must. I recommend RaSheet.pdf, by Phil Dutre (it predates the garish colored copy; credit where credit is due).
2004-12-04*
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mark coomey
New Zealand
AUCKLAND
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10
Dec 2004*
classic auction game. my favourite. quick. strategic. fun. this is quite possibly, one of my most played games.
2009-10-17
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Chuck Kallenbach
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Jan 2005*
A lovely game that I love to play. Provides lots of deliciously difficult decisions.
2005-01-02*
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Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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10
Jul 2007*
My favourite auction game.

The core of the game are the multiple scoring categories. Each player can specialize on a subset of these, which means that every set of tiles has a different value for each player. You're constantly trying to estimate what other people would pay for the lot versus what you are able to pay. After that, you hav to take the available suns into account too.

Ra has a perfect balance of predictability and randomness. Determining the value of a tile is part calculation, part intuition.
2010-01-19
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Peter Hein
Netherlands
Delft
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10
Feb 2008*
The best auction game around. On top of that, it plays great with only three and is always a short but tight affair. The combination of risk management and constant evaluation of the lot makes this an absolute winner. Oh, and I really like that you're also bidding for what the winner of the previous auction bid.
2008-02-18*
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Sander Hartogensis
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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I like streamlined games with not too many bells and whistles.
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10
Aug 2008*
Great game. It is original, involving, fast, has much interaction and looks pretty. Remains a strong favorite for me over the years.
2013-05-23
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Helen Minall
United Kingdom
St Blazey
Cornwall
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10
Mar 2005*
Easy to play. A good intro into world for nongamers. Strategy needs to be ever changing. I like it.
2005-03-09*
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Steven Sheasby
United States
Plano
Texas
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10
Nov 2010
Ra!

Ra is one of the first games played in my return to gaming (and introduction to eurogaming). That was 10 years ago. We are still playing Ra to this day (and will play 10 years from now).

Of course, it took us 5 years to get the rules correct (we kept putting back the Ra tiles into the mix after every round instead of taking them out of the game!). After playing with right rules, our scores really took off (the game plays ever better with the right rules)!!
2009-06-19
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Mason Rourman
United States
Sierra Madre
California
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10
May 2005*
Another of the best-of-the-best gamer's games. The fact that the piece used to win a bid becomes a part of the next bid is extremely clever, and the one-round bidding prevents the trouble of aggressive play, allowing the player who is last in bidding to avoid dealing with a bad choice for their play. Everything about this game, even the random tile choices, is enjoyable.
2005-05-01*
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Jeff W
United States
Parker
Colorado
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10
May 2005*
Somewhat strategic with a good dose of luck. But fun to play regardless of the outcome. Finally got a copy of the Rio Grande version of the game.
2005-05-19*
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Ken Shoda
Japan
Zushi
Kanagawa
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10
Sep 2006*
I obtained this rather late (2003). Since then, I really enjoy the game. It has a clever auction mechanics i.e. initiating auction, distinct bidding tiles and bidding for future auction power together with well-thought multiple-way-to-the-victory scoring system. First the scoring system seemed rather cumbersome but in fact it is very easy once I understand what will be kept throughout the game. (people explained to me didnt emphersize this so i was totally lost first. Now I make sure everyone understand temporal and permanent tiles when I teach this to new plaers...) Anyway it is really a great game and should be re^published as a card game soon.
2006-09-29*
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Alex Limoges
Canada
Unspecified
Quebec
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10
May 2005*
The best bidding game you can find, with only Modern Art in the same league. Fast-paced, subtle, perfectly balanced. A pure gem (with a completely artifial theme ).
2005-05-23*
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Russell Ginns
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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10
May 2005*
It's a little tricky to make sure all players understand the exceptions at first. But what a great game to play again and again.

>>> I just came back to this game after a few years without playing. It's truly a great game, with a ton of 'watching out for the other guys'. Infinitely replayable.
2005-05-25*
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Chris Erdelyi
United States
Carlsbad
California
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10
Jun 2005*
This is a true Knizia masterpiece. Plays in about 20 minutes for us, and there's always something to react to. It's pretty funny when a tile comes out that you REALLY NEED BAD!! and you look down at your auction suns... and your highest number is a mediocre 7. Can you win the auction? Yes, you can... and that's what makes this game so exciting.
2005-06-08*
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Chris Arvin
United States
Richmond
Kentucky
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10
Jun 2005*
After reading the instructions to this game I figured that I would end up selling it. After one play, I knew it was going to be one of my favorites right up there with Puerto Rico and Tigris and Euphrates. It's about a medium weight game with a lot more strategy than I thought it would have. Lots and lots of tension towards the ends of the epochs. Great components as with all of the Alea games. Plays easily in under a hour. My favorite game.
2005-06-16*
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Alessandro Bordin
Italy
Padova
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10
Jun 2005*
The best auction game. Simply perfect.
2005-06-23*
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Roger M
Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
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10
Jun 2005*
Ra is a quick game that is always different depending on the tiles played and who you are playing with. It makes for a great time.
2005-06-25*
Channy
Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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10
Jun 2005*
fast.fun.simple. Anybody can play this, while still being tough and intense.
2005-06-28*
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Mike N.
United States
Brunswick
Maine
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10
Jul 2005*
Keeps going up from 7 and has finally peaked. Strategy becomes more apparent with repeated plays. I don't see so much luck involved in this game as high vs. low-risk decisions and probability. Thoughtless acts tend to have no reward, and well thought out decisions have a good reward. Very easy to teach to non-gamers. Easily my favorite Knizia. I love the tough decisions, the myriad options, the speed, and the ease with which it makes it to the game table.
2005-07-15*
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Gordon Robinson
United Kingdom
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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10
Aug 2005*
Played 20+ The first time I played RA I did not take to the game. The second time I played I really enjoyed myself. As is normally the case with bidding games it is better played with experienced players. Plays equally well with 3, 4 or 5 players and is ok with 2 *UPDATE* I have now introduced Ra to my family and it works brilliantly. I have played this enough now to know it will forever be a favourite of mine. Rating up to 10. May 04
2005-08-15*
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Nate Sandall
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Aug 2005*
Simply the greatest auction game of all time! Simple enough for players of any level to learn, yet true mastery is quite difficult to achieve overall. It's all in the timing! Truly a great game and probably my favorite 3-player game. Whoever created the full color player aid for this (available here on the geek) deserves many thankyous!
2005-08-16*
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Burke Glover
United States
Unspecified
Delaware
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10
Aug 2006*
Quick moving and intense. Gets lots of play. One of my all-time favorites.
2006-08-18*
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Jim Hogan
United States
zimmerman
Minnesota
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10
Aug 2005*
A fun bidding game, good choices and simply elegant. It's still hard to find a better auction game. Definitely the king of the auction gaming...
2005-08-29*
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Mark Edwards
United States
South Attleboro
Massachusetts
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10
Sep 2005*
This game slowly raised itself from something like a 5 rating all the way to a 10. Excellent auction game with just the right mixture of skill and luck. Very versatile as it works quite well with 3-5 players.

It is easily my favorite game, a position it has held for several years now.
2005-09-21*
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Henry Vogel
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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10
Oct 2005*
Easily my favorite of Knizia's auction games.
2005-10-13*
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Jeff Meitzler
United States
West Deptford
New Jersey
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10
Oct 2005*
My favorite game, just seems to click with me
2005-10-25*
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John McGeehan
United States
Washington
District of Columbia
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10
Dec 2006*
Truly wonderful bidding mechanic, easy to grasp by hardcore and casual gamers alike, matched with beautiful components. I have never understood people's difficulty with the scoring, as none I have played this with have found it that confusing, even without player mats.
2006-12-21*
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