Here’s The Deal with Race for the Galaxy, a tableau-building, role-taking space board game. If you want to learn more about the game, watch my How to Play Race for the Galaxy video.

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HI! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table, and this is Race for the Galaxy, a tableau-building, role-taking sci fi game for 2-4 players. Here’s the deal.

In Race for the Galaxy, you’re trying to build the most powerful space empire. There’s a tidy draw pile on the table, and a messy discard pile. You have a hand full of cards, and you pay to build these cards out in front of you, in a tableau.

You buy the cards in you tableau WITH your other cards.

Many of the cards you build are worth victory points. Some cards produce resources for you, which you can sell for more cards, or for victory points. A few of the cards are meta-cards, that earn you points for having certain cards in your tableau.

There are five phases in the game, each one marked by a Roman Numeral.

Each player gets an identical deck of phase cards.These are separate from the cards you’re trying to build out in front of you in your tableau. At the beginning of a round, everybody secretly chooses one of these five phases, and when you’re all ready, everyone slaps their chosen phase down at the same time.

So if one or more players choose Phase 1: Explore, all players get to explore. But the players who chose the Explore phase get a bonus perk for picking it.

Likewise for any other phase that was chosen: everyone gets to perform the action, but the picker gets a perk!

When a player builds a 12th card or takes the last Victory point chip, that triggers the end of the game and you count up all the points to see who’s won.


Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the overview segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

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Race for the Galaxy

In Race for the Galaxy from Rio Grande Games, players build galactic civilizations using game cards that represent worlds or technical and social developments. Each round consists of one or more of five possible phases. In each round, each player secretly and simultaneously chooses one of seven different action cards and then reveals it. Only the selected phases occur. For these phases, every player performs the phasea€s action, while the selecting player(s) also get a bonus for that phase. For example, if at least one player chooses the Develop action, then the Develop phase will occur, otherwise it is skipped. In it, each player may simultaneously select a development from his hand of cards to build. After revealing the cards, each player adds his development to his tableau of cards on the table and then discards cards from his hand equal to its cost. Each player who chose Develop discards one card fewer as his bonus. Explore allows a player to draw cards and select which of them to add to his hand. Settle allows a player to place a world in his tableau. Some worlds produce goods, represented by face down cards, when Produce is selected. These goods can be discarded for victory points or sold to add cards to the playera€s hand by selecting Consume. With cards, players can settle new worlds and build more developments, gaining both victory points and card powers that provide advantages in certain phases. The player who best manages his cards, phase and bonus selections, and card powers to build the greatest space empire, wins. The winner is the player with the most victory points.

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