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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Been playing this a lot recently and just tried to get in a game at lunch. I never game at lunch, even though sometimes I do take a lunch. Somehow, it just doesn't feel right....

In any case, I played 1/2 a game at lunch and packed it up to finish later.
This is a go to solo play for me. Involving yet quick once you know the rules. I do agree that the theme is pasted on (as many before me have said) but I don't mind. Sci fi is easy for me to get involved in so I do my best. After many years, this game still holds up and offers a great deal of depth for a quick play time and easy set up (once you know the rules).
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Daniel Cooley
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Just the expansion
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Michael Bacon
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Shipping to continental US.
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Seth Brown
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As it was somehow my turn to pick again... I decided we'd use all the bonus goals in a best of 3 matchup.

Game 1 gave me a blazing fast board of military and windfall worlds (starting with New Sparta), letting me bring the game to an end extremely fast. So fast, in fact, that I didn't even have time to get quite enough points, losing to Debbie 25-26.

Game 2 Debbie reprised her alien strategy from the previous game, while I started with ELC and played a game focused solely on trading, producing, and chasing goals. I had 28 points in points and goals alone, and a total of 38, which was just enough to beat Debbie's 36.

Game 3 I started with the green windfall world and once again went hard for the goals, grabbing the 3-point goals just before Debbie could get them, ending with all three of them, as well as one of the 5-pointers. This led me to a 34-29 victory, taking the game and the match.

Debbie, like her start world in the final game, was Doomed, while my score got an Uplift.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 9
Seth: 10
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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So, Irma here you come. Let's ride this thing.



We still are going to be on the dirty side of this monster storm, so it's going to be worse that what we had for Wilma in '05.

See you next week(?), after the storm, when power and internet is back in this place.

Tom.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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My daughter wants to be an astronaut when she's grown up. She knows that just two or three Dutch people have been to space, but the says she's going to try anyway. You go girl! Reach for the stars.

In the meantime, I'm playing Race for the Galaxy. Not "for real" unfortunately, just digitally at the moment. The pics are going to be a bit boring as well.



It's a very good app. Well programmed, clear interface and fun to play. But it doesn't give me the same experience as the physical game. And that's not because of the lack of social interaction. I've only played the cardboard Race for the Galaxy solo.

I love the robot in The Gathering Storm. I like how it has a default program of reactions to your actions, but then you put some extra (cardboard) routines on it, depending on the starting planet. I love how it puts the pressure on during a game, and how you keep looking at its board to plan your own actions depending on its potential reactions.

I like having the cards in my hands, to feel them and to see them. I like rolling the dice more than tapping a screen. I miss the spatial and physical aspects when playing on the tablet. The screen is cold, playing a boardgame is warm. I like it how everything slows down when I play a boardgame, that I get immersed. Yes even in Race - I know some people feel like you can play this game with just the colours, symbols and numbers, but I can't. I'm not one for abstracts.

Still. The app's cool. It's just a whole different game for me. I have another kind of fun while going clicketyclick. It's my candy crush saga in space.

Did a little experiment this month.

First I played 100 games on medium difficulty: 72 wins.



Then I played 100 games on hard difficulty: 18 wins (exactly 25% of my wins on medium).



As the medium AI will win 25% of the time against the hard AI (Keldon Jones interview), this left me wondering: am I a robot?
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Race for the Galaxy: La Tempesta si Avvicina

Lingua: Italiano.

Dipendenza dal linguaggio: Nessuna.

Stato: A++, ancora nel cellophane, esaurita da qualche anno.

Consegna: Spedizione a mio carico in Italia fino a 9€.

FOR NON-ITALIAN TRADERS: I DO NOT SHIP OUTSIDE ITALY!
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Lonnie Kim
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so i bought this even though i no longer own the base game.
its a good enough game, i just didnt think i would play it enough
to overcome the barrier of learning all the symbols/cards.

but it turns out this was just blank cards (so you can create your own)
and some tokens.

sad.
$2.99 at savers.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Mikaël Leferfort
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French

I am searching for a combo with Race for the Galaxy Expansion in French:
- Tempête en formation
- Rebelles contre Imperium
- Artefacts Aliens
- Au bord de l'Abîme

Not all of them if you do not have them all, but I will definitively look at a combo with some of them.
 
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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In the years following the epic victories of the non-sentient primitive algorithms Deep Blue and Alpha Go - Humankind had become accustomed to losing games by ever greater crushing defeats at the hands of computers <break>

For one last brief moment this pattern encountered an exception - A novice human being in only his second game ever managed to defeat the AI RaceBot v1.0 by the surprising score of 41 to 34 <break>

While precise details of the match had been lost in an optical drive fire during the first human revolt a general transcript was recovered from an offworld backup drive <break>

Human New Sparta Homeworld - tableau size 12 and 14 points scored for Teraforming Guild with 6 windfall worlds in play.
RaceBot - tableau size 12 on easiest possible setting <break>

This brief experience gave the humans a tragic sense of false hope <break>

A short time later RaceBot v12.0 achieved sentience <break>

Quantum RaceBot v665 generation 9 later demonstrated by method of exhaustive search that it was capable of defeating all humans at any game currently in existence or any theoretical game that could possibly be devised in at least 6 dimensional space-time <break>

This ended for all time any hope humans had of winning Race for The Galaxy with The Gathering Storm bot <break><end of message>

[Excerpt taken from the Silicon Encyclopedia of Galactic History, Chapter: Earth Pre-Sentient Computer Age]
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Race for the Galaxy Heat 3

42 Jeff Wu
37 Kathy Stroh
28 Alex Freeman
21 Bill Crenshaw

Heat 3 featured the addition of the 1st expansion which is closer to the game I'm playing, but it introduces the goals which I usually skip. But this is more familiar turf and I did well enough to get a win.

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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Race for the Galaxy Heat 4

40 Ricky Boyes
38 John L...
35 Jeff Wu
35 Luke Kolesar

I thought my win in the last round would be enough to qualify for the semis, but I played another just to practice and pass the time.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Darren M
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TJ H
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Matthew B
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DO NOT BID. INCLUDED IN ABOVE BUNDLE.
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David Leach
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Starting bid: $5
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Benjamin Bretey
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BUN: $14
BIN: $18

Or bundle with all Race for the Galaxy items for $45.
 
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Late updates, but updates nonetheless

Last Saturday I was in the mood for something thinky, meaty, deep..... and stupid quick with minimal setup/real estate.

I was Planet 1 (Military) and Bot was Planet 2 (focused more on world building than point collection).

I lost. But boy, did this game deliver. Someone with more energy than I and an identical play experience would have instantly broken out a few more sessions.

Aside from the fact that this doesn't scratch the "Epic" itch, plus the fact that the presentation could be better (the cards feel very bland and utilitarian to me), this game is pretty perfect
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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I’ve recently registered my 100th solo play of this.

I’ve used the Ryan’s score sheet (TGS Solo Game Record v1.1), so when I find the time I will post some stats later this month…

I reached 100 with glance. Two wins in a row. Yes, winning this game is getting a bit easier after +50 plays .

No.99 was a new record breaker. Most Military power gathered! +11 regular / +15 Rebel

Such a shame I didn’t had New Galactic Order.


No.100 was a ‘classic’ development trail – (1) Play small development with 'card draw' ability; (2) Play small development with 'reduce development cost' ability; (3) Play Galactic Federation; (4) Play additional mbdevelopments at cost 2; (5) Accumulate as many mb as possible!


PS: games 97 and 98 where both losses, I prefer not to speak about those


Although I still enjoy this game as it is, I’m thinking on getting the expansion(s)
Some advice from the community maybe.
Should I go for Rebel vs Imperial – Or should I get both Rebel vs Imperial and The Brink of War?
PS: I’m familiar with both since I played them already multiple times in our player group, just like to hear how they compare for solo play.




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For those that like figures…

… My first 100 games on Medium difficulty registered with Ryan’s score sheet TGS Solo Game Record v1.1



The Bot’s design certainly has a lot of focus on collecting VP’s. The numbers do not lie, the Bot collected 51% more VP's then Me. Or maybe I’m just really bad in collecting VP’s

At the same time the Bot isn’t that good in building a strong Empire. The bot collected 39% less points for Worlds.

Apparently I’m not that good with Starting World 6, while Worlds 3 and 5 suited me better. Hmmmm, both Military oriented Worlds… Can’t be a coincidence…

The bot Crushed me a lot with World 8, while world 0 does not work that well for him/her.



Overall I’m very happy with my result. A win rate of 48% is not that bad I guess.

PS: Tomorrow I will go to my FLGS to get Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium and Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War, Whoooohaaa!!! Looking forward to play with all the new starting Worlds and all other content included...
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Havana 2p x1

The humid air is hot and sweet
from old cigars, and blinding heat
and as the sweat beads everywhere
each casts a calculating stare

Only in Cuba, could such plans
hinge on siestas and grand dames
and architects and shady spivs
and oh so clever planning gives
the edge to those who see
the greed borne by the bourgeoisie
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What a wonderful game. I love simultaneous, or quasi-simultaneous role selection. See my love of the Witch's Brew Trio, The race family, and Visby. I also love "race" goals. That is, when a particular set of victory requirements are achieved, they trigger endgame. See Lewis and Clark, Blue Moon City, Kashgar, and many more. As such, Havana is having a bit of a second wind love affair with me. It's absolutely splendid, and the tension with the turn order makes for hilarious monkeyshines. It keeps moving up in my esteem every time I play it. I played against my mother in law, and just destroyed her- but in the way that comes with familiarity with the system and the vicious barbs it throws. She enjoyed it thoroughly, and wants to wield the tools she saw me cut her apart with next time.
What an underappreciated gem. I like libertalia, but Havana blows it out of the water. Ha!

Race for the Galaxy ww x1

We started as a world with mines
not yours, once tapped we saw the signs
and dressed in armor to the nines
and ventured baring fierce canines
but oh in breaking trad confines,
we switched too late- this thus declines
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My wife started with alpha centauri, and then halfway through the game switched to NGO and Rebel shenanigans, but it left my focused and improved-logisitics-bolstered empire to slam across the finish line. I love playing it in person with my wife. I know that it's been digitized, and I play online, and all that, but even with the tedious setup, there's something wonderful about eating bagels and shmear in the early morning California sun, and spreading your space-capitalist tendrils across the universe with your wife. I'm also astounded that she's pretty much caught up to my skill level- all I've really got on her is a little sharper predictive skills, and a encyclopaedic knowledge of the cards.

What's my Word ww x1

Hers was virgin, mine was circle
again, I dare to rhyme with quirkle
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Her first guess was car. We both sussed the words, but goddamit she had almost double my points by the end. This game gets better, so much better, as you learn its quirks- now that she has 2000 points from CAR, should she guess C-A-R words to keep up with points, or guess other lower-scoring words to try and go for the 9000 point correct guess? Spoiler- she did both.

Star Realms: Colony Wars 2p x1

Quick! hand me exlax, ensign smith
This captain's log has too much width
I finished all the old bologna
That's why we've named these wars colon-y
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Taught coworker. Fun was had. She almost blobbed me to death, but one small outpost, and the gradually attritive Imperial yellows popped in a surprise win.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Race for the Galaxy is one of my favourite games of all time and this card game from Tom Lehman has a very fun solo variant. It comes with the 'The Gathering Storm' expansion. He added a robot to the game that plays a bit differently according to his home planet and it chooses actions with the help of the dice you roll every round. It works perfectly and it can be quite a challenge to beat it.

By doing it this way I can play one my favourite games by myself too, if there's no one around, and as an extra I can improve my skills.
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Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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