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06 March 2009 @ 11:34 pm
Race for the Galaxy  
This is a post that will interest no one. Well, maybe one or two people, but no one else will even understand it :) But anyways, i think i've figured out just about the perfect game of Race for the Galaxy in the two player variant. There may be a somewhat stronger way to go (shelleycat did get within about eight points of me) but i expect there aren't any other ways as elegant, what with the game ending in five rounds :)

Boring game details:

I got Earth's Last Colony for my homeworld, which i was kind of eh about. Then i looked at my hand and noticed that i had Alien Toy Shop! Woot! I'd already kicked ass with that card in an earlier game getting it a little bit later, so i decided to try it our full bore.

So i pick Settle and 2x VP Consume for my first turn. Luckily shelleycat picked explore so i got an extra card. Then i got another card for settling of course, and one of them ended up being Gem World, which seemed like the card generation would be an awesome combo. So i got my 4 points for consume, and the next round i picked Explore +1,+1 and Produce, and hopped shelleycat would do a Settle.

So shelleycat did do a Settle, but for the Explore i actually got New Vinland, which was an even better card generator, so i built that for the settle, and got three goods with the Produce.

So for the last three rounds i picked 2x VP Consume and Produce. Round 3 i got 6 VP and 2 cards. Round 4 i got 6 VP and 2 cards. Round 5 shelleycat picked Settle and i had gotten Prosperous World by that point, so i build that and used it to consume the extra blue good instead of sending it through New Vinland for two cards which i didn't need anymore.

So i took all 24 VP chits (shelleycat hadn't been able to get any consume powers at all) plus 5 more points for my four worlds, for a total or 29. shelleycat had been going with a military strategy and had about 6 or 7 cards worth a total of about 21 points.
Celesteashke on March 7th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Do you have the expansion of Race? It came out last fall? There should be another expansion soon.

With the first expansion, you can play solo. I've yet to try it but it seems interesting. Race can be fun with multiple people too.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 7th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yup, in fact i think Alien Toy Shop is one of the expansion cards. I've tried out the solitare version once and it seemed... odd.

I've probably played a dozen or two 3+ player games, but it's nice to have a good 2 player game around. Dominion works pretty well for that too, although we mostly play that on BSW.
Celesteashke on March 7th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
'tis true. If I was more awake, I would have seen that.

Speaking of Dominion, apparently through boardgamegeek, they are selling two cards that are supposed to be added to the game. Apparently, one of them really breaks the game. I do believe another expansion is due out this summer. (What is it about summer with new movies and expansion to games?)
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on March 8th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Race & Dominion are Jon's and my favorite games right now.
favorite = played most often

Andrewneonelephant on March 9th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
The Black Market? I can't imagine that Envoy is a game-breaker.

I've heard people go on about how amazing it would be to have the only Witch in a witch-less environment, or the only Chapel. I'm skeptical, although I do put some weight on the designer's statement that he thought it was less well-balanced and thus not suitable for inclusion in a full expansion.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 9th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Breaks the game? What does it do?
Andrewneonelephant on March 9th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Relatedly: this thread discusses Alien Toy Shop in general, and this one talks about the specific combo you got :-)

I had an absurd game as Earth's Lost Colony last night, playing two-player. I was able to drop another blue production world early and then follow up with Free Trade Association (the blue 6-dev). From there I lucked into Consumer Markets, Expanding Colony, and New Economy. I was able to settle a third and fourth blue production world, snagging the goal for 4+ production worlds, to go along with the other couple that I'd picked up during the game (first to 5 VP chips and first 6-dev, I think). Final score was 70-39.