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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Keith Rouleau
United States
Pennsauken
New Jersey
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Game Condition: Everything inside the box is complete and in like new condition. Game comes from non-smoking house.

Box Condition: Box is in Like New condition. No whiting on corners or shelf wear. I am the original owner, game has never been played..

Language/Edition Info: English first edition (2008)

Free shipping to US 50 + APO/FPO
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Didier Renard
France
Saint-Louis
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I played the Separatist Colony and the Bot was given Old Earth. It is a bad one to play against (based on my limited experience) as the Bot special action quickly becomes the x2 (quickly means turn 1 for me), and then you are very limited in your actions to avoid that the bot scores too many VPs. With the Old Earth, I had a natural inclination to explore and on turn 1 I played Replicant Robots so my main other action during the game was to colonize. I ended up playing 9 worlds and scored 33 VPs total (not a great game,mI give you that). However the Bot's final score was also 33 VPs! Going to the tie breaker, I had 6 cards+resources against 4 credits+economy for him so I was declared the winner... Ouch, this was a tight game!
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Chris Alton
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I picked up the RftG base game plus this expansion while at the UK Games Expo earlier this year for a pretty good price.

Tonight was my first ever full game. I've tried to learn it a few times and aborted due to the steep learning curve involved with all the iconography, but this time I was determined - this time I would NOT give in.
It took lots of referring to rules and idiot sheets, and I'm sure I made a ton of mistakes but I finally got through and finished my first game.

The robot player started with Alien Race, I had Epsilon thingimajig.
I play a lot of San Juan which has similarities but the diversity in this game is staggering in comparison to its younger brother. For that reason I was pretty clueless regarding strategies. I decided to go with gut, and to leap on any emergent strategies that may jump out at me.

About midway through I drew into a 6 pointer that rewarded me for brown worlds (forgive my lack of memory for the correct terms). I already had one brown world in play and another in hand so I decided to go all in on this. I also had replicant robots in hand so got them into play as soon as possible (they would reduce the cost to settle any new worlds by two)

It's almost like I knew what I was doing! By the end of the game I had 4 or 5 brown worlds plus the mining conglomerate which I also got a bonus for. Here's my tableau so you can marvel at my natural talent for bungling through.



I counted up the bots score (this was on easy level) - 35 points. That sounded ridiculously high so counted up my own with a snort of derision

Amazingly my score was 32! I was stunned I got so close on my first attempt!
Like I said, I'm certain I screwed up a few rules, there were lots of things that I had to check the rule book for (which is awful by the way), but I'll take it

I really enjoyed this game, and glad I worked through the mental block that had stopped me from playing it properly for so long. The robot player is surprisingly challenging and very well implemented. I'll definitely be playing more.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Alex Radcliffe BoardGameCo
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Soft Reserve: $12

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Condition: Very Good


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Eric Clason
United States
Cedar Rapids
Iowa
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Favorite Expansions (Expansions I like and can get to the table)
Expansions I like are usually expansions that mostly add more variety of what is already there as opposed to adding a bunch of new rules which change the game a lot.
I estimate that around half of all of my game plays include at least 1 player new to the game. Therefore, in order for an Expansion to be one I can get to the table frequently, the Expansion must be newbie friendly.

I like the cards part of the expansion from Gathering Storm (GS) and Rebel vs Imperium (RvI) and they are shuffled into my Race for the Galaxy deck. So I usually play with the cards from first arc GS and RvI expansions. I occasionally play with the Goals from GS and have played twice with takeovers from RvI twice. Because the Brink of War (BoW) cards require the use of prestige and search, I have never played BoW face to face. (I have played BoW against the AI).
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Todd Snyder
United States
Creve Coeur
Missouri
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Condition: Very Good

Bought used, no visible issues. English first edition (2008) Rio Grande Games

Soft Reserve: $8
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Missouri
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Marc B
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Condition: Very good, game recently punched and cards are all sleeved
Language: English
Shipping: Free in UK
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Morten Johannes Ervik
France
Lyon
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Another expansion that brought along a most excellent solo mode.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Joerg Fritsch
Germany
Berlin
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Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm (Expansion #1)

Verlag: Rio Grande Games (2008)
Sprache: englisch

Zustand: 2-3x gespielt, wie neu, keine Risse, keine Kratzer, keine Dellen, Packung und Komponenten einwandfrei und vollständig
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Alex Kendrick
United States
Madison
WI
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Plays: 25 (mostly in 2015)

I've cooled off on RftG, but there is no denying that it's a great game and one I've really enjoyed.

My win rate against the robot on medium is at 75%, but that is playing with Rebels vs. Imperium, which makes it easier I think. I'm paring back to just The Gathering Storm now and we'll see how I do on medium now that I'm out of practice.
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Virginia Davio
United States
Smyrna
Georgia
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Ohio
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DON'T BID. INCLUDED ABOVE.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
West Ward Hough
United States
Houston
Texas
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Board Game Revolution
Australia
Perth
WA
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This was my first game VS the robot and my second game of RftG ever. I picked up the game really easy, the mechanics are super simple, its the choices that are damn hard. People go on about the iconography but it's not that bad, and it comes with great reference sheets for everyone.

Anywayz, the robot got off to a good start and I was slow to build up any of my VP earning worlds. I was just starting to get going when that damn robot rolled (2x) two turns in a row, giving it 8 then 10 VPs, quickly depleting the VP pool and ending the game. I didn't bother counting final score, but I was thoroughly smashed.

That robot works so well and requires minimal actions on my part. It certainly doesn't feel like I'm just playing another character with dice, they did an amazing job.

On a side note, my new play mat arrived today, YAY!! I freaking love this thing. Its thick, soft, has a rubber base and of course, a beautiful space picture, shame its just abstract (I think) but I am eyeing off the F.A.T mats to cover my entire table and they have some actual NASA images on theirs. This is what I've got here

Bonus cat tax, blending into the darkness.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Tom H
United Kingdom
Manchester
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Perth
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playing this on the last page, I knew I had to play it when I got back in today.

I played on medium. I drew Ancient Race as my starting world and feverishly began a few rounds of Trade/Produce before the bot, with Earth's Lost Colony, got into gear with the VP chip production machine. I had a couple of great draws near the start which gave me a bit of a plan - Galactic Imperium and a couple of rebel worlds in particular. I thought things were slipping away towards the end as I struggled to keep the card draws coming but triumphed in the end - 53-38! Very pleased indeed.





thumbsup Fantastic tableau-building card game that fits in a diddly box and plays in half an hour
thumbsdown The bot is mean and I'm quite scared of hard mode
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Kelly
United States
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Excellent condition. Game is opened, but some pieces remain unpunched. Smoke-free home. Free shipping to CONUS.
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Jack Bennett
United States
Rougemont
North Carolina
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Albert Jones
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While this is the only expansion I think anyone needs for RftG, it isn't the only I bought, so only a few plays here.
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Oda
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Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm - Received a sleeved copy of this and the base game in a Math Trade this month, finally getting rid of Defenders of the Realm. I played this game multiplayer years ago and didn't remember too much about it, but it all came back quickly when I set up the solo game. The AI for TGS is both challenging and easy to manage (once you get used to all the iconography) and I know that some may see the Keldon AI app as a superior opponent, but it's just not as fun for me without rolling the dice. I see myself playing this a ton and am looking forward to incorporating the second and third expansions as well.




A.D. 30 - I have been curious about this game after seeing it in the Box of Delights Top 100. Though I am not a highly religious person, I have always been very interested in biblical and mythological stories (my favorite movies as a kid were The Ten Commandments and Clash of Titans) and I have highly enjoyed all of the other VPG offerings I've picked up thus far. The game is pretty light though not without choice, and the mechanics are pretty interesting. I don't see myself playing this every month, but I will definitely break out for Easter and Christmas every year and am glad to have added it to my collection.



Shephy - Received this in a February SGoYT Giveaway (thanks again Estolan!) I've had my eye on Shephy for awhile, mostly due to the adorable theme. The game plays very quickly and is somewhat in the same vein as Onirim, where you are trying to achieve a goal before the deck runs out (3 times in this game). Once you become familiar with all the cars in the deck there is some strategy/probability involved which makes for an interesting game though the smaller amount of cards may make it a bit more solvable than Onirim. That said, I am happy to have another quick filler game on hand and while I love Onirim, I will likely play this more due to the cute theme.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Jason Brown
United States
Colorado Springs
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Began the month with a sound drubbing by the robot, 33-23. It started with Old Earth and hit the x2 several times in succession, which led to the vp chits running out with only 6 planets & developments settled. It was easily the fastest game of Race I've ever played.

<summary>Got my butt kicked by the Bot</summary>
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Donald Wilbur
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Hanford
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Just started to play this game solitaire. Since I am relearning the rules, I have been playing the easy robot. I am currently 2 wins out of 5 games against the robot. I think I will finish the last 4 remaining worlds before going to normal. I can't imagine ever beating hard against the robot.

Update 3 wins out of 16 games. Still on Easy. ^_^
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Brad Jessup
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Langley
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My first post to SGOYT. I have been playing Race for the Galaxy with The Gathering Storm solo vs the Robot on Easy and Medium. I am working my way through the Galactic Major Leagues created by,

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He has a PDF in the Files section of Gathering Storm. It's a neat way to get a lot of games played in an orderly manner.

After 10 games of 16 in Regular Season my record is 0.600

Game #10 final is below,

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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Joerg Fritsch
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Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm (Expansion #1)

Verlag: Rio Grande Games (2008)
Sprache: englisch

Zustand: 2-3x gespielt, wie neu, keine Risse, keine Kratzer, keine Dellen, Packung und Komponenten einwandfrei und vollständig
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
John Splittist
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Was stomped by the bot for the first outing in a while for this. Came back for a narrow loss in the second.

thumbsup So many ways to be beaten by the bot: settlement rush, production engine, etc.

thumbsdown Raises the bar for bots in other games

thumbsdown Bot not officially supported for other arcs (?)
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Glaya B
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San Mateo
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Hotel life: Day 4
I set up a game on Wednesday night, but didn't finish until the next day.
Me: Doomed World
Robot: Ancient Race

I started with two 6-cost developments, but no production worlds. I tried to build a tableau that would play to the developments, and it started off well, but then the robot started to roll Produce and Trade a lot, neither of which helped me because I didn't have any goods. I struggled to draw cards slowly via Explore, and I managed to play down both developments, but by then the robot had used up the whole pile of VP chips. I ended up losing 26-51.
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