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Nathan Ward
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Is this the strongest card in the game?

I played against my wife last night and got totally whooped! She played Galactic Federation as her 6th card in the tableau after playing one 6/? already. Then she played 4 or 5 more 6/? developments that only cost her 3 cards to place!!!

The game ended with me only having 7 cards in my tableau and a not so grand total of 25 points and my wife finished with 53 point. Her first victory (we've only played 3 or 4 games) and house score record!

Pah! I will have my revenge (At least she is getting into the game now!)
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boywonder_uk wrote:
Is this the strongest card in the game?


It is a pretty good card... because it is pretty obvious how to use it.

Often, when you are still early in your play experience and most of the games you've played have been won by someone filling up their tableau, one of the first "new" strategies that appears is the development strategy... often powered by this card. With the right set of additional developments and just one decent good to trade for more cards, you can really rack up the points.
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Is it a strong card? yes, but there are others that are stronger. Diversified Economy and Consumer Markets will blow your socks off when one of you gets a tableau to match.
 
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While I don't think it is the strongest in the game, my wife has beaten me that way at least three times. I think I beat her that way maybe once. Keep in mind though you need other factors like a handful of 6 cost developments. We played a game last night and somehow I managed to finish with 10 cards, all of them planets. I just couldn't draw a development to save my life.

 
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It's good. Avoid Exploring or Developing yourself. Settle/Trade windfalls for your cards instead, even if they're just blue Novelty goods, and see if that helps. The -2 to devs is good but not if you don't see enough cards to find your devs!
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In the base set G-Fed is the strongest card in the game, in my opinion. It singlehandedly enables its own strategy; the only equivalent card in raw power is Alien Tech, but there are many more developments than alien worlds. In the expansion it's at least one of the top three cards. You can see a fun discussion of this topic, with statistics, at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/422484

How to play it depends heavily on what your opponent is doing. Broadly speaking, you want to have enough to mooch off of whatever they are doing, so a production world (or windfall + appropriate development) against production and a bit of military (2-3 usually) against military for settling windfalls. But be sure to play based on whatever cards you have; all five phases can give you the cards you need, if you have the correct developments.

Playing against it generally means not calling develop yourself and putting out many develop bonuses (investment credits, interstellar bank, public works) when your opponent develops as they will pay off big time. You can sometimes sneak in a good double develop when your opponent has 0-1 cards in hand (or when they decline to develop on the previous turn and don't trade); this is very satifsfying. Ultimately, you can rest assured that your opponent will develop at some point, so let them do the work. Either that or they can end the game with a G-Fed worth 3-4 points. It's the same concept as not settling against a producer, unless they don't have cards or you're setting up your first windfall.
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boywonder_uk wrote:
Is this the strongest card in the game?

I played against my wife last night and got totally whooped! She played Galactic Federation as her 6th card in the tableau after playing one 6/? already. Then she played 4 or 5 more 6/? developments that only cost her 3 cards to place!!!

The game ended with me only having 7 cards in my tableau and a not so grand total of 25 points and my wife finished with 53 point. Her first victory (we've only played 3 or 4 games) and house score record!

Pah! I will have my revenge (At least she is getting into the game now!)
Yeah, there really isn't such a thing as "strongest card" in this game, but I'd consider it one of the stronger ones. Get this early enough and you can typically expect to average 9pts from it alone. Good for getting the "1st to 6-cost dev" outright, but also useful to leech off other settles and ge the "4+ devs most goal". The bane of this strategy is getting very few devs from your draws.

One ironic situation was during a develop phase, I had on my tableau (among other things):
Galactic Federation
Pan Galactic League
Investment Credits
Interstellar Bank
Public Works

I had in my hand:
Drop Ships
Consumer Markets

I did NOT call Dev, so I was looking at only a -3 discount. However, getting a card from Interstellar Bank was like another 1 discount as that was wealth to spend right away, and I had enough wealth to build a 6-cost dev anyways, so I could've easily built any one of them. It was then I noticed that Contact Specialist was the better deal. The card that only costs 1 also gave me more score than a dev that costs 5. That's the type of stuff one looks for in this game, and that's efficiency!

Contact Specialist...
face value = 1
Pan Galactic League = 3
Gal Fed = 1
5 total

Consumer Markets
face value = 3
Gal Fed = 1
4 total.



In fact, if you have Investment Credits, Galactic Federation, Interstellar Bank, and Public Works, and also call Dev, you are a maxed out, develop powerhouse (at least till exp #2). A -2 discount, -1 discount, -1 discount from choosing dev, getting a card from IB, and getting a rebate means you come out even for every 6-cost dev you build.
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boywonder_uk wrote:
Is this the strongest card in the game?


Yes, but only when playing it against your husband.
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onigame wrote:
boywonder_uk wrote:
Is this the strongest card in the game?


Yes, but only when playing it against your husband.


Ouch!

Thanks for the suggestions on how to beat it! being new to the game myself, I only really have been focusing on what I'm doing, but in that game all I could do was sit back and watch my Wife play card after card! She was pretty lucky though, to get sooooooooooooooooo many 6/? cards in her hand!

On the plus side, she is itching to play the game again now!!!!
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boywonder_uk wrote:
On the plus side, she is itching to play the game again now!!!!


Sounds like a win to me.
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I am very glad for Galactic Federation. The reason is that it allowed my 11 year old daughter to finally beat my wife and me. For her she mostly plays to see how she can do against her own scores. At the end of the game she was like wow I think that was my best score ever. I had to point yes, and you may have noticed it was better than my score and Melissa's. She was like oh I won. It had never occurred to her to check for that. She still prefers Killer Bunnies, but I was proud when she won. Thank you Galactic Federation. It was pretty funny early on maybe 3 cards out when she put it out, and was like oh I have all these 6's today. I knew we were in trouble.

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