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Should I skip the other expansions and go straight for this one?

I play mostly 2 player games.
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This is a different 'arc', so you wouldn't be 'skipping' anything.

This is intended to work with the base game only.
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It's not compatible with any of the other expansions, so it's definitely possible to not get the other ones but only this one.

Whether people suggest this, I don't think anybody can tell you, because the ones who have already played this expansion are probably bound by an NDA
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And "go straight for" tends to involve a lot of doing nothing. Why not get the other expansions in the meantime?
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It's hard to get a reasonable answer for this when the game hasn't been released yet.
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Hum the subscription gave me a warning and I was thinking new news finally !!!

Impossible to say Nidale, no one knows exactly how will be the new expansion, but you can definitely do it.

In my games I play with the two first expansion by default, but if anyone new appears I could quit the second but never the first, for my its like the base game.
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Nidale wrote:
Should I skip the other expansions and go straight for this one?

I play mostly 2 player games.
To reiterate what's mentioned....

COMPATIBILITY:
This can NOT be mixed with any of the first 3 exp


GAMEPLAY:
We have no info on the components nor the rules, so who knows just what the 4th exp * entails beyond some screenshots and designer comments of exploring that Alien Orb and plopping tiles/cards to represent that.

AFAIK, the differences seem to be more subtle than game comparisons like Tivcket To Ride vs. Ticket To Ride Europe, or Ra vs. Priests Of Ra.


* and even then, I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".
 
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ackmondual wrote:
I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".

Hm, what is it then if not an expansion? Does it play standalone without the RftG base game?
 
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Really depends -- do you want to wait the next few months without any Race for the Galaxy? I'd say get the game and the expansions and have a blast playing it for a few months. Then when Alien Artifacts (eventually?) comes out jump on that.
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haslo wrote:
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I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".

Hm, what is it then if not an expansion? Does it play standalone without the RftG base game?
It's its own "arc" I guess. And no, of course it's not a standalone exp.


I guess this is akin to not calling Carc: The Castle an exp to Carc., and not just b/c Carc: The Castle is standalone.
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If you want to get an expansion right now, I'd go ahead and pick up The Gathering Storm. If you don't need an expansion right now, or have limited funds, you could wait until the reviews for this new one come out and decide at that time.
 
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ackmondual wrote:

We have no info on the components nor the rules, so who knows just what the 4th exp * entails beyond some screenshots...


Screenshots? You mean the box cover?
 
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Aside the fact we know very little about AA, i think the correct answer is probly closer to "you need to tell us more about what you like". You've given us almost nothing to go on. The game is equally great in 2p/2pa no matter base or with any combination of expansions.

How long have you been playing?
How many plays do you have?
Are you at all tired of the base game?
Do you play 2p or 2pa (2 phases each)?
Do you feel like you need more cards?
Do you care about solo play?
Do you feel like you need more "other" stuff?
Would you like to be able to attack your opponent?
Does RFTG on steroids sound fun?
 
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scwont wrote:
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We have no info on the components nor the rules, so who knows just what the 4th exp * entails beyond some screenshots...


Screenshots? You mean the box cover?
I thought I saw a mockup at some earlier point. Even if we could find it, it was low res.
 
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ackmondual wrote:
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I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".

Hm, what is it then if not an expansion? Does it play standalone without the RftG base game?
It's its own "arc" I guess. And no, of course it's not a standalone exp.

I guess this is akin to not calling Carc: The Castle an exp to Carc., and not just b/c Carc: The Castle is standalone.

It really is an expansion to the base game though - that it also happens to be a complete arc of expansions makes it special, of course, but it's still an expansion to me...
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Given that this isn't out yet, and The Gathering Storm is awesome, I'd say, no, definitely don't wait.
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haslo wrote:
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I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".

Hm, what is it then if not an expansion? Does it play standalone without the RftG base game?
It's its own "arc" I guess. And no, of course it's not a standalone exp.

I guess this is akin to not calling Carc: The Castle an exp to Carc., and not just b/c Carc: The Castle is standalone.

It really is an expansion to the base game though - that it also happens to be a complete arc of expansions makes it special, of course, but it's still an expansion to me...
[shrug] That's my thought too, but some of others want to use this "arc" thing more prominently.
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Nidale wrote:
Should I skip the other expansions?
Out of 600+ games that I've played, RFTG is 2nd best after through the ages.

If you like the base game, do not skip the other expansions. They are extremely well balanced.
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ackmondual wrote:
haslo wrote:
ackmondual wrote:
haslo wrote:
ackmondual wrote:
I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".

Hm, what is it then if not an expansion? Does it play standalone without the RftG base game?
It's its own "arc" I guess. And no, of course it's not a standalone exp.

I guess this is akin to not calling Carc: The Castle an exp to Carc., and not just b/c Carc: The Castle is standalone.

It really is an expansion to the base game though - that it also happens to be a complete arc of expansions makes it special, of course, but it's still an expansion to me...
[shrug] That's my thought too, but some of others want to use this "arc" thing more prominently.


Rio Grande call it the "fourth expansion" on the About Us page of their website "which will begin a new arc for the game".
Fourth expansion to the base game.
1st (and only?) expansion for the second arc.
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haslo wrote:
ackmondual wrote:
I've got some remarks from others that it's technically not right to call this an exp, but even Tom mentioned "it's too late at this point".

Hm, what is it then if not an expansion? Does it play standalone without the RftG base game?
I assume he mean doesn't play like the old game.

The Alien Orb part I suppose.
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It's a shame the expansions are not compatible. Now you need to fiddle with the cards back and forth depending on if you want to play with the old 3 expansions or just base+aa....

Alternative is to buy a new basegame of course.....

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Alternative is to buy a new basegame of course.....


I definitely plan to buy a new copy of the base game. My existing copy and the cards from Gathering Storm is evenly worn so I wouldn't want to add a bunch of brand new cards anyway.

Then it's like having two games instead of one!
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Have you ever tried to shuffle the game with the 3 expansions included? It's pretty damn hard. The best solution is not always "add more stuff."
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Have you tried shuffling all expansions at once sleeved?

I have - needs to be done in chunks.
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nickbolton wrote:
Have you tried shuffling all expansions at once sleeved?

I have - needs to be done in chunks.


You still have to do it in chunks without sleeves. It's massive. Fortunately I have at least three copies of the base game still... ninja
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