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Learn a Game Night: Race for the Galaxy

  • Mar 4, 2011 · 7:30 PM
  • Rishi's Place

About this night: Learn a Game Night offers people a chance to learn to play a specific game. The plan is to mix things up with more popular and lesser known games with varying levels of complexity. We will have two copies of the game on hand as well as at least two people familiar with the game's rules. You are welcome to attend even if you know how to play the game. After the featured game, we may play other games, depending on time and interest. Please be aware that many games require specific numbers of players for an optimal experience. No-shows are highly discouraged. If you know you cannot attend, please update your RSVP or e-mail Rishi so that we can adjust accordingly. In addition, we hope to begin a rules explanation by 7:45, so please be punctual if you plan to attend.


Reserved Spots If you want to automatically get a spot for a future game night, please answer the questions when you RSVP. If you mention a game that is featured on a future Learn a Game Night, I will contact you before RSVPs open and offer you a spot.  


About the game: Race for the Galaxy is a science-fiction themed hand management game, where cards represent everything - your planets, developments and resources and offers difficult choices whether to play a card or discard it to play a different card. In addition, each player simultaneously chooses a phase for the group to play for the round - any phases not chosen are skipped for that round of play. There is some guesswork involved in what other people will pick.


The game was designed by Thomas Lehmann, and grew out of a design for San Juan, the card game version of Puerto Rico. Indeed, if you've played San Juan, you'll recognize a lot of the mechanics and concepts in Race for the Galaxy. It is currently ranked #13 on BoardGameGeek.




Approximate Playing Time: 30 Minutes





Directions: The name of my building is Crystal House 2 and it's on the corner of 20th and Eads. The front entrance faces Fern Street, which is the best place to park. If you park in the resident lots, you may get towed but street parking (including at meters) is free on weeknights. The front desk will buzz you in. If they ask you to sign in, do so, but otherwise, I don't care. Apartment 516 is on the 5th Floor. I live about two blocks from the Metro. If you take the Metro, get off at the Crystal City stop (Blue/Yellow lines).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Liked it.

    March 5, 2011

  • Bruce

    out of town :(

    February 25, 2011

  • Rishi

    Couple notes: we are not playing with any expansions. However, we may play more than one game if people want - and might throw in expansions then, if everyone agrees.

    Also, we're doing this slightly differently - we will have three copies of the game on hand and split into smaller groups than usual.

    February 19, 2011

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