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Scott Muldoon (silentdibs)
United States
Astoria
New York
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10
Jun 2009*
Robot = evil.
2008-02-08*
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David Molnar
United States
Ridgewood
New Jersey
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10
Dec 2010
I have seldom been quite as wrong about a game or expansion as this one. I think I originally rated it a 7? What the heck?
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There are really not a lot of cards in this expansion. The solitaire version is the main attraction.

How fortunate then that one doesn't buy an expansion for the cards, but for what it does to the game. And despite the relatively small number of cards, Gathering Storm expands the strategy space of the base game as much as anything I've seen.
Some strategies are particularly well-suited to counteract the crank that drives the base game. Improved Logistics is potentially very valuable. Best used with a military strategy, but Replicant Robots is a viable alternative. There's a lot of new Alien cards too, which is a riskier line to pursue, but hella fun if it works.

(older comments about the solitaire game)

The solitaire version was not as interesting as I might have hoped - I didn't feel that the "abstraction" of the bot's actions gave me a real opportunity to play against it, you lose the whole leeching bit. Sometimes it seems like you might as well just roll dice to determine the bot's score, and then try to beat that. The different homeworlds don't seem very well-balanced for the bot. The bot is really good at turning the crank, arguably too good, (especially when running a military strategy) and not much else. Until you get to the hard level, and it kills you on $ by getting 27 points on 6-cost devs. So for example, I felt Ancient Race was the weakest homeworld for the bot on Easy, but quite nasty on Hard.

I really, really love this expansion. Unlike the later expansions for Race, I consider this essential. The solitaire game is just gravy - it allows one to become familiar with different lines. And the goals are pretty neat too.
2010-12-26
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Steven Sheasby
United States
Plano
Texas
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10
Feb 2014
This little expansion has added so much to the base game. The new cards (start worlds, six-point developments, etc.) have added much just to the original game.

I really like the goals. They add different strategies while playing the game. I know that there are those who dislike the goals. I can't see playing without them anymore.

I also like the solitaire game from this expansion.

All in all, a great expansion to a great game.
2009-06-12
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Chris Cieslik
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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10
Nov 2008*
Excellent expansion -- adds value to the game in a way that most expansions do not.
2008-02-10*
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Chris Johnson
United States
Azusa
California
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10
Apr 2015
91 of 166;
solo: easy: 42 of 90

2 player, no goals: 1 of 1
5 player, no goals: 0 of 2
2014-12-16
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Andrew Parks
United States
Somerset
New Jersey
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10
May 2009*
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Chris Tannhauser
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Jun 2010
More of the good stuff. The best kind of expansion in that it doesn't so much alter the game as make it more of what it already is, makes it better by amplifying the best parts of the original.

Adding VP objectives to "fight" over (most planets, etc.) is probably the closest we'll get to direct confrontation in this system*... but then, it's an optimization race, not a brawl.

If you didn't like the game before, this won't do anything to change your mind—but if you do like it, this is a must.

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UPDATE: Sure, the "robot" is just a couple dice and a flowchart—but I hate him so much. Doesn't he understand that I can chuck his dice into the ocean and burn his smarmy card? DON'T THINK I WON'T

UP-UPDATE: I consider the base game the "training wheels" version and this the default. I've started new players here with good results as the additional overhead does not make the game opaque to the uninitiated.

(3 copies)


*At least until Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium added takeovers. Now if you're gonna put on your galactic big-boy pants and stick a gun in the waistband you should expect to get teeth slapped out of your head by the civ next door that raises babies on steriods, orthodoxy and murder.
2014-11-14
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Nate Sandall
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Nov 2008*
I love the new goal cards and new homeworlds. Can't wait to play a 5 player game! I probably wont try the solitaire game anytime soon though.
2008-02-13*
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Antti Tamminen
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Feb 2013
Excellent expansion for an excellent game. The goals can give you direction when you are on the verge of two different strategies and if totally ignored, they will cost you the game (at least a 2 player game). The new cards are nice, it's always good to have more 6-devs for more variety of strategies. And new starting worlds is a plus. We always deal each player 1 military starting world and 1 normal starting world (unless playing with 5) and choose one of them after seeing the goals and the 6 starting cards.
2013-08-29
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Tim Taylor
United States
under surveillance
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10
Apr 2010
After more than 250 plays, the game developed some type of mold and had to be thrown out. That's right, I played this game to death!
2012-08-10
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Joe Lee
United States
Milford
Connecticut
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10
Apr 2009*
I think this is a nice expansion to a great game. Since it came I added it to the base game and never play without it. I like that they added the tiles since it give players without an early strategy something to play for and sometimes makes other players go after the tiles instead of going after their primary strategy.
2009-06-28
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Stephanie K.
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Oct 2010
Love the new cards this adds to the game. I am not a fan of the goals, especially with 3+ players. I like that you can play with five players total, but I still love RftG as a 2 player game. It's the best!
2008-02-25*
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Greg Williams
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Oct 2008*
This expansion makes Race a 10 for me. I'm not sure it will remain so after another 260+ plays but I'm going to enjoy finding out. *Update* After 269 plays I still think it's a 10 and only expect it to get better with the next expansion. My logged plays of Race for the Galaxy don't include my expansion plays.
2009-05-07
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Steve Zamborsky
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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10
Nov 2008*
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Levente Nagy
Hungary
Budapest
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10
Feb 2009*
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Chris
United States
Altoona
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2009*
The added cards should really be part of the base game. The only time I would not use them is for teaching the game for the first time.
2014-03-22
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Robert Cannon
United States
ATLANTA
GA
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10
Jul 2009*
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Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
Belgium
Michelbeke
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Mar 2009*
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Eric O. LEBIGOT
China
Beijing
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10
Jul 2010
A useful addition to the base game, despite the small number of new cards (about 20): makes some strategies more viable (Genetic, Alien, and Military), which increases the variety of the game.

The robot does not really feel like a real player, but the game is still challenging. The robot lacks the depth of a real player: analyzing the robot's game is easier, as you only have to keep an eye on its resource level and its production power, where you would also look at the types of the world of your opponent (and think about what 6-cost development he might play), or think about what action he might take based on the state of his production, on his number of cards, etc.

The goals are a nice addition: they give additional strategic and tactical options, that "color" (sometimes strongly) the general strategy that would be followed without the goals.
2009-07-09
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Eero
Finland
Turku
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10
Aug 2011
[2008-10-19]

Plays: 14

The expansion added new life to RftG - and it wasn't even dying! My only complaint is how the goals make game statistics so much harder to write and read.

(Fourteen games and I still haven't tried Improved Logistics. How sad is that?)
2008-03-16*
Owned
United States
Saint Joseph
Michigan
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I would do all the things I have ever dreamed of doing. I would love to become a professional whistler.I'm pretty amazing at it now, but I wanna get, like, even better. Make my living out of it.
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10
Dec 2008*
Adds a number of very interesting cards and opens up the possible strategies. I will always play RFTG with this expansion when given the choice.

I find the goals add to the randomness and much prefer to play without them. I don't use the solitaire robot at all.
2008-06-12*
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Russell D
United Kingdom
Ewell
Surrey
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10
Oct 2008*
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BorderCon is Live!!!
Australia
Lavington
New South Wales
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10
Feb 2009*
This is a must have expansion. The new cards are few in number but they address some balance issues and keep the deck nicely even.

The real reward here is in the inclusion of Goals, the option for a 5th player and in the Solo Game option.

Perserverence against the Robot is mandatory but very rewarding.

Sold my base game and 1st 2 expansions to Evil Steve for $40 so I could have a new Galaxy of shiny when Brink of War is released.
2010-05-01
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Plate of Shrimp.
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Here we are folks, the dream we all dream of.
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10
Jan 2009*
This is a total rip off. If you have no interest in the solitaire version you just get a handful of cards and a few chits and a ton of blanks. If I wanted to make my own game I'd buy my own card sleeves and use paste ups.

That said, what useful bits it does come with are fantastic. They make the already fantastic game tremendous. It turns it from a 9 to a 10.

Suddenly a Military strategy can work well, the greens and yellows have better interlocking cards and the browns can get points picking the special tiles. Wonderful.

I'm glad I have it.
2008-03-26*
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Donivan McKenzie
United States
Arlington
Texas
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10
Nov 2008*
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