Race For the Galaxy

Rio Grande Games

SKU: 655132003018

In Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilizations by game cards that represent worlds or technical and social developments.

The players all compete to explore the galaxy by exploring new worlds and developing new technologies.
Each round consists of one or more of five possible phases. In each round, each player secretly and simultaneously chooses one of seven different action cards and then reveals it. Only the selected phases occur. For these phases, every player performs the phase's action, while the selecting player(s) also get a bonus for that phase.

For example, if at least one player chooses the Develop action, then the Develop phase will occur; otherwise it is skipped. In it, each player may simultaneously select a development from his hand of cards to build. After revealing the cards, each player adds his development to his tableau of cards on the table and then discards cards from his hand equal to its cost.
Each player who chose Develop discards one card fewer as his bonus. Explore allows a player to draw cards and select which of them to add to his hand. Settle allows a player to place a world in his tableau. Some worlds produce goods, represented by face down cards, when Produce is selected. These goods can be discarded for victory points or sold to add cards to the player's hand by selecting Consume. With cards, players can settle new worlds and build more developments, gaining both victory points and card powers that provide advantages in certain phases.The player who best manages his cards, phase and bonus selections, and card powers to build the greatest space empire, wins. The winner is the player with the most victory points.


  • author: Tom Lehmann.
  • Type: Economic, Card Games
  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Age of players: 12+
  • Length: 30-60 minutes
  • Languages Available: English, French German


  • 5 Start World Cards
  • 109 Game Cards: o 59 World Cards o 50 Development Cards
  • 4 Sets of 7 Player Action Cards (28)
  • 8 Duplicate Action Cards (For Experienced 2 Player Games)
  • 4 Summary Sheets
  • 28 Victory Point Chips (18 x "1"; 6 x "5"; 4 x "10")
  • Instructions


  • Awards


  • 2009 Games 100 Best Family Strategy Nominee.
  • 2008 A la carte 1st Place, Fairplay Magazine prize for card games.
  • 2008 BGG Golden Geek Award, Best Card Game.
  • 2008 International Gamers Award Multi-Player Nominee.
  • 2007 Dice Tower Awards, Best Game of the Year Winner.