Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm is here! I mean, literally, I just picked up a copy at the Complete Strategist this afternoon.
What’s in the box?
- Pieces for a fifth player — turquoise action cards (seven regular plus the two extras for a two-person game) and 12 points worth of victory chips.
- Four new starter worlds, bringing the total to nine, including:
- Damaged Alien Factory, an alien production world that requires you to discard a card to produce.
- Doomed World, which is worth -1 victory points, but you can discard it to settle a non-military, non-alien world for free.
- A new version of the Gambling World card to replace the old one, I guess with a new table to reflect the new card distribution. I think they’ll have to do this for each expansion.
- A third copy of the Contact Specialist development.
- 18 more new world and development cards of various types, including:
- Improved Logistics, a development which lets the owner settle a second world in the Settle phase.
- Imperium Worlds, a 6-cost development which lets you draw a card in the Produce phase for each military world in your tableau.
- Space Mercenaries, a development that lets you discard up to two cards from your hand for +1 temporary military strength per card.
- Goal chips, which give you extra victory points for being the first to meet some goal, or having the most of something.
- A set of components for solitaire play! This playmat, chips, and pair of custom dice let you automate the actions of an abstract robot player, against which you can play the two-player version of the game.
- A bunch of blanks for designing your own cards, including a contest blank you can send in with your best card idea for possible inclusion in a future expansion. Sadly, the printed deadline is this Saturday. Since the set just shipped this week, I expect they’ll somehow publicize an extension.
- Rules for a “drafting” variant, where players (after seeing what their starter worlds will be) divvy up the deck to each create a personal deck to draw from.
This review on BoardGameGeek has photos of most of the new stuff, and describes the solitaire game. I’ll be bringing my copy to the party on Friday, and up to