I played a game of Ra at a recent game night with 3 other players. All of us had played before so we began immediately.
My first epoch was lame, netting me 2 points. However, I was able to wrap up 4 different monuments, which more or less determined my overall strategy in the game. By the end of the third epoch, I had amassed 8 different monuments, and one set of 3 matching monuments. However, it wasn't enough to make up for the horrid opening epoch. I finished in third, but had a great time doing so.