In 2002, “Puerto Rico” from Rio Grande Games was born, sweeping thousands of troops that year and directly topping the BGG overall list. After the “Puerto Rico” fire, more and more board games began to borrow from its “rubbing” action selection mechanism.
These include San Juan (2004 edition) and Galactic Race (2007 edition), both owned by RGG. “San Juan” has gradually faded out of people’s sight due to the style gameplay that is too close to “Puerto Rico”
‘s grand cosmic background and faster-paced gameplay are deeply rooted in people’s hearts, and it is still ranked today
70th in the BGG overall list
Galactic Race is a fast-paced, card-only racing game in which players take on the role of an interstellar expedition from their home planet to develop technology, expand planets, and facilitate trade between the stars to become the best in the galaxy.
Easy to get started
At the beginning of the game, the player chooses 1 starting planet and 4 starting hands from 2 starting planets and 6 starting hands.
Each player secretly selects an action from 5 actions per turn and reveals it at the same time, and all players in the round will execute each selected action in order of action. At the same time, players who choose the corresponding action can get a certain action bonus.
The five actions are exploration, development, expansion, consumption and production in the order of action. Players can play facilities and planets by exploring actions to grab cards, develop and expand, and the two actions of production and consumption can improve the effect of selling goods for points or selling goods to draw cards.
“Galaxy Race” is also nicknamed “Galaxy Mahjong”, whether this card can be played well in the early stage, play smoothly, and set a tone with a hand, so the combination of the starting planet and the hand is very particular.
How to choose actions and rub actions in the action stage is the essence of the game, and each action is interlinked. While choosing the action that is most beneficial to them, players should always observe the starting planet and genre chosen by other players, and roughly infer the type of action they may choose.
It is also a multi-card game, where hands are both cards and fees, and players must discard the corresponding number of hands to play a facility or planet. Therefore, card trade-offs and card replenishments in the game are important strategic points of the game.
There are many genres of play
Galaxy Race recommends 2-4 player games, but the experience of 2-player and multiplayer is completely different. Each player can choose two actions, the error tolerance rate is high, the construction choice is more flexible, but at the same time the competition is more intense, the pace of the game is very fast, and the skilled 2-player game takes about 20-30 minutes a game.
The multiplayer game is relatively slow in pace and has a low error tolerance rate, and how to rub the action is a crucial point for the multiplayer game, and sometimes even have to “gamble”.
From the perspective of playing style, it is generally based on the flow of production and trade, military flow, supplemented by the flow of science and technology. But this is a COMBO very rich card game, it does not have a completely fixed routine, military to production, trade to technology, pure technology and so on are endless. In particular, the later games have introduced many expansions, enriching the card pool and making the game’s playing style more diverse.
A timeless tour
Admittedly, Galaxy Race is a game with a lot of luck, there are a lot of similar set of points collected, and if you can get started and play the system, the score will explode! Therefore, the name “Galaxy Mahjong” is not called in vain, and even “Tianhu” will appear in some matches.
But this does not affect the fact that Galaxy Race is a good game, just like mahjong, luck can often determine the victory or defeat, but good operation and the refreshing feeling of the card are one of the reasons why mahjong will be popular entertainment.
“Galactic Race” is indeed addictive, because the pace is fast, refreshing and often let players brush up. And “Galaxy Race” is also one of the fastest matching games on the BGA online board game website, with a very large player base and an average of more than 150 games, which is enough to show how fascinating it is.
In the years since the release of Galaxy Race, several expansions have been introduced, and some new mechanics have been added to the rich deck.
The Storm Comes expands with a number of new elements to the game, including: single-player mode, card rotation variation rules, and fifth player accessories.
More than 20 new cards have been added and a mission system has been set up, which makes the game more actuarial and strong, and players need to pay attention to the conflict with other players on the task while paying attention to their own hand linkage, which strengthens the interactivity of the game.
The addition of the Sixth Player Accessory, new card rotation variation rules, and a new Objectives section also brings more than 40 expansion cards, which increase interactivity and aggression primarily through the way players compete for military planets.
In addition to new expansion cards and new target sections, there is also a new resource – prestige. And in this way, a new set of value and exchange system has been established, which adds a dimension to the player’s value judgment of each card, brings richer route choices, and more refreshing card construction linkage.
“Galaxy Race” is a rare card game, and on the occasion of its 15th anniversary, the game card board game has brought to domestic players
The revised base game of Race for the Galaxy and the Chinese Simplified version of Race for the Galaxy: Season 1 Expansion
, everyone will get the core game content of “Galaxy Race” at one time! Players who support ALL IN will also receive
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, greatly improving the game experience~
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