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Race for the Galaxy Strategy – Stages of a Game

In boardgames, race for the galaxy, strategy advice on March 2nd, 2009 at 11:00 am

There is a natural arc to a game of Race for the Galaxy that can be broken down into stages of the game. This article gives an overview of the different stages of a game, what you should be aiming to do during each stage, and how to recognize the transition from one stage to the next. Understanding what you need to focus on in each phase of the game, and knowing when that has changed, will help you to make more efficient plays than your opponents, and help you sift through the array of options that you always have available throughout the game.
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Race for the Galaxy Strategy – Card Flow and Discounts

In boardgames, race for the galaxy, strategy advice on February 25th, 2009 at 11:00 am

Cards in hand are the lifeblood of any RftG strategy. They serve not only as the developments and worlds that you put into play, they also serve as the primary currency of the game. Typically, the more cards you draw during a game, the better, and failing to establish a steady flow of cards to your hand throughout the game will force a long, uphill battle on you. Of course you can also attack the problem from the other end by reducing how many cards you need in order to pay for your worlds and developments. Price discounts and military strength will not free you from the need to draw new cards, but they will decrease it.

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Race for the Galaxy Strategy – Phase Selection

In race for the galaxy, strategy advice on February 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 am

The act of phase selection (or role selection, a legacy from its Puerto Rico heritage) lies at the heart of Race for the Galaxy, so it should surprise no one that improving your play in this aspect of the game is an important part of winning. Unfortunately, genuine mastery is not possible: there is a healthy dose of art amidst the science. Nevertheless, there are several rules of thumb that can help you find your way. Read the rest of this entry »

Race for the Galaxy Strategy – Some Fundamentals, Part 1

In boardgames, race for the galaxy, strategy advice on January 20th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Just to get everyone (including me) warmed up, I’m starting off with a few fundamental points. These are concepts that can help you refine your play in most stages of the game, across all strategies, but do not amount to a strategy, or even a direction of play, by themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Race for the Galaxy Strategy – A Couple Prefatory Notes

In boardgames, miscellany, race for the galaxy, strategy advice on January 20th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Just a couple of bits of  info about how I’m approaching this series. Read the rest of this entry »

Race for the Galaxy Strategy Update – the Current Shape of My Head

In boardgames, miscellany, race for the galaxy, strategy advice on January 13th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Click on the picture to see my current mind map full size.

The current shape of my brain concerning RftG strategy

The current shape of my brain concerning RftG strategy

A Question for my Readers

In boardgames, race for the galaxy, strategy advice on January 9th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Almost every day, a couple people end up reading one of my earlier posts about Race for the Galaxy because they searched for some variation of “Race for the Galaxy strategy”

Since I’ve now played over 300 games of it, I think I could give their topic of choice a decent go, but first I thought I’d poll regular readers to see how much interest there is among you for such a creature.

I would probably do it in bite-sized pieces, possibly single strategic idea, or, at most, a simple strategic theme, in each post, so trying to be exhaustive might take a while, but I’m more likely to get it finished, or at least to get something useful out.

So

Are you interested in these potential articles?

What level of discussion are you looking for if you are interested? Fundamentals? Advanced topics? Coverage of different major strategies? Every possible bit of knowledge I can squeeze out of my brain?

If you aren’t interested, how much would it annoy if if I tackled this topic? Would it bother you less if I mixed in posts on other subjects?

Any other comments or ideas you have related to this are also welcome.

It’s Official

In boardgames, race for the galaxy on August 7th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I am a Race for the Galaxy addict.

Well, that or my regular Tim Horton’s opponent is 😉

After catching up on a couple of games I played Tuesday, I have now logged as many plays of RftG this year as I did all games combined last year.

Two-Player Race for the Galaxy

In appraisals, boardgames, race for the galaxy on March 26th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Contrary to my original expectations, I have been playing a lot of two-player Race for the Galaxy (using the advanced rules, where each player selects two roles every round, of course), starting a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I have average about three-quarters of a game per day in that time.

What i didn’t foresee is that RftG is an excellent coffee shop game. I have packed everything into a couple of top-load card holders, like those used by CCG players, and I can easily carry them in the pockets of my winter jacket – or even by hand – without too much trouble. I now go down to Tim Horton’s 2-3 times a week with another member of my game group to knock out a few plays. I hesitate to call two-player better than multiplayer, but it is significantly different, and maybe more addictive.

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My Race for the Galaxy Comments

In appraisals, boardgames, race for the galaxy on January 28th, 2008 at 4:29 am

I finally got around, after eight plays, to posting a rating comment for Race for the Galaxy over on Boardgamegeek. They’re pretty long, and there are points in them that are ripe for debate, so I decided to post a copy here, as well.

[EDIT: I somehow managed to post an earlier draft of my comments, not their final version. I have now updated this post with my current comment.] Read the rest of this entry »