Well we gave this our first go tonight. It turned out like most first plays of Ra (that I've read about). We had the rules down and we started out with great anticipation. I started out strong with a lot full of Pharaohs and monuments. I kept up the Pharaoh strategy most of the game until she crushed me in the third epoch. In short she won by 8 and we both ended with mixed feelings.
The game felt very mechanical and I wasn’t sure where the strategy was to be found until the third epoch. I can see the potential and understand that it is all about bidding when it is optimal for you and not for the competition or forcing them to buy before they want to. I can’t wait to play with 3 or more!