Game Details

Location: Red Shelf row 1 - B
Game Sponsor Message:
This game sponsored by Beth B.
Name Race for the Galaxy (2007)
Complexity 2.9879
BGG Rank 67
Player Count 2 - 4
Mechanism(s) Follow, Hand Management, Set Collection, Simultaneous Action Selection, Turn Order: Role Order, Variable Phase Order, Variable Player Powers

2018 UPDATE: The second edition of the game is improved for CVD (color blindness) and includes 5 revised cards from the original version and 6 New Worlds promo homeworlds. The promo homeworlds and first edition compatible Revised Cards are both available for purchase through the BGG store.

In the card game Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilizations by playing game cards in front of them that represent worlds or technical and social developments. Some worlds allow players to produce goods, which can be consumed later to gain either card draws or victory points when the appropriate technologies are available to them. These are mainly provided by the developments and worlds that are not able to produce, but the fancier production worlds also give these bonuses.

At the beginning of each round, players each select, secretly and simultaneously, one of the seven roles which correspond to the phases in which the round progresses. By selecting a role, players activate that phase for this round, giving each player the opportunity to perform that phase's action. For example, if one player chooses the settle role, each player has the opportunity to settle one of the planets from their hand. The player who has chosen the role, however, gets a bonus that applies only to them. But bonuses may also be acquired through developments, so you must be aware when another player also takes advantage of your choice of role.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Joel 26 Top 100 (2018)
The Dice Tower 2018 Tom Vassell 43 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
The Dice Tower 2018 People's Choice 54 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Board Game Squad 2019 54 Top 100 Board Games of All Time: Analyzing Your Favorite Reviewers’ Top Games Lists
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Joel 72 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100
The Dice Tower 2021 Tom Vassell 21 2021 Top 100
2016 0 26 Board Games You Have To Play Before You Die