Introducing Our Expanding Universe! This is a new segment we’re testing out in which we talk about expansions for games that we play. Expansions enhance the way we enjoy games, and are worth talking about in their own right.
Hello! Welcome! This post is going to launch a new post category for our site. Our Expanding Universe articles are going to cover expansions for games. A lot of games are seeing expansions added, and many of these launch with expansions planned for years ahead. Some are good, others not... but you know this. Today, I'm going to talk about a game that I will not play without an expansion. That game is Race for the Galaxy.
The goal cards are a set of goals that are randomly dealt out each game. Two large goals each worth five victory points and four small goals each worth three are in each game. The large goals function like the Longest Road/Largest Army cards in Settlers of Catan, in that they can change hands during the course of the game. One is for largest military, for example, and another is for largest number of large developments. The small ones are for the first person to reach the goal. These add some serious considerations for gameplay, since sometimes a few points can be the difference in first and second place in scoring. And if your draws aren't getting you the planets types you want, you can try focusing on the goal cards so that you're earning points while you're waiting to draw the next rare minerals world, or big development.
To summarize, I wouldn't play RftG without this expansion. The other two expansions don't seem as critical, as I can easily see playing without the additional rules from the Rebel vs. Imperium or Brink of War expansions (Prestige points and takeovers come to mind). This expansion really made Race for the Galaxy a better game. So, if you own the game, try this expansion if you haven't already. And share your thoughts! Tell us what you think of this expansion, or any other expansion for any game you cannot see playing without!
This post was another is our series of challenge posts with the gaming blog Cool Factor 5. Be sure to check out what he has to say about an expansion he thinks is an absolute must!