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“Fast Developments”

With expansions there are plenty of development cost reducing cards and cards that give you draws for developing. Also if you get enough cost reduction you can end the game before others get more expensive strategies rolling (especially in two player with double develop available). If the right cards come your way give it a try.

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“It's your new game and you don't want to feel overwhelmed by it anymore...”

There are a few good comments here for the newest of the new, particularly be flexible and piggyback on what your opponent is doing.

Two more tips for those of you who have played once or twice and are still feeling overwhelmed:

The temptation for new players is to go military as often as possible, and to groan when you’re dealt Old Earth as a starting planet. *Embrace* the produce/consume cycle. Don’t forget to play cards with development powers. Don’t hesitate to trade, but don’t neglect the x2 consume, either.

Don’t forget for a second it’s a *Race* for the Galaxy. Do not sit around trying to construct the perfect tableau. Push the game. If your hand is big every turn, you’re doing it wrong.

Bonus tip: You can download the game for free and play on your computer. As I understand it, this computer application is endorsed by the maker of the game. http://www.keldon.net/rftg/

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Greece
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“Use cards with "passive" abilities”

You should always have cards in your tableau that give you cards or vps when a certain phase occurs. This way you gain something even in phases you haven’t chosen and the additional free cards or vps may give you an edge over your opponents.

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“Dig Through the Deck with Military”

A straight military strategy can be very powerful, since you can use military strength to conquer progressively larger worlds. But to do this, you need the engine to produce the military points, and you really want the six-cost devs that credit military (e.g. New Galactic order, or alternately, Galactic Imperium).

As such, a military player will want either cards that allow bonus draws during a phase, or more commonly, to use the Explore+5 phase card to dig through the deck for the cards he wants. It is less imperative for a military player to have a large hand as to have the cards he needs, which can be plonked down at no cost in cards, only using the military strength already on the table.

The downside: other players will tend to key in on this and piggyback the military player’s Explore and/or Settle phases, using their cards to do other things beneficial to them (e.g. produce/consume).

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“Alien + Military”

I’ve only played this strategy with RFtG and RFtG: The Gathering Storm, and am not sure how well this would work with any of the other expansions.

The Strategy

This strategy is broken up into three main phases. At the beginning of the game, build up a strong military force. I generally do this using 1-4 cost developments to start and then whatever powers I can get from the planets I settle. After a military power of 5-6 is reached, start settling alien planets. Try to go for production or windfall, as you will want the goods for their trade value. Here is where the risk in the game comes. You want to try and find some certain cards. It’s nearly impossible to find and play all of these cards, so I’ve listed them in order of importance:

Imperium Lords
Alien Tech Institute
Galactic Imperium

and Lost Alien Battle Fleet

The high cost to develop Imperium Lords and Alien Tech Institute may require you to accumulate some cards from the consume or trade phases before playing them, however, once these cards are added to your tableau, you’re pretty much finished building . Obviously, the more alien cards you have in your tableau at the end of the game, the more points you will score.

Notes

Some good starting worlds for this strategy:

Epsilon Eridani
New Sparta
Damaged Alien Factory

and Doomed World

(Doomed World is a good starting card here because it can allow you to settle a more expensive alien world early in the game. Just make sure that you get rid of it before the game’s end.)

I’ve found this strategy to work very well as a lot of the alien planets require military power to settle them.

Don’t worry about not having many victory points while playing, you will make these up at the end of the game.

I generally go for cards at the beginning of the game such as:

Expedition Force
Drop Ships
Deserted Alien World

and Alien Rosetta Stone World

Also, I’ve found it to be very beneficial if you can have either Public Works or Interstellar Bank in your tableau as well, as this will aid in playing 6-cost development cards later in the game.

Alien tech resources have the highest trade value in the game, so the consume phase is a great time to pick up extra cards and allows you somewhat of an opportunity to “search the deck” for key cards.

Sometimes in the game, if I am playing against a produce/consume strategy, I’ll try to add a card like Alien Toy Shop or Deficit Spending to my tableau as soon as possible, as it gives me an opportunity to earn a few victory points on the side during consume phases. However, remember that the goal of this strategy is to use the produced goods to get more cards and doesn’t focus on earning victory points in-game. This is also a good addition late in the game, if you already have all the cards you need in your tableau and want to earn some extra points before ending the game.

There’s also a link here that talks about some other uses for Alien Toy Shop and Imperium Lords it also is a good source for learning how the cards work together (in the first two expansions) and for putting together your own game strategy.

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Tinkerer
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“Pick a Theme Early”

If you get a good 6 value card in your hand, start building to maximize its effects as soon as possible. You may not be able to play it right away, but you can put the supporting infrastructure in place. Of course, you also need to hold on to that card until you can afford to play it. This may take some doing, and some rounds where you don’t build, but it can pay off big.

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“Don't Marry a Strategy”

Regardless of what kind of synergy you may find between your first hand and starting planet, make sure you don’t marry a strategy from the start. Race for the Galaxy doesn’t allow that level of strategy control, which in my opinion is a real problem with the game.

If you find that you have a card or two that may work off of each other and are cheap/fast to play, go for that, but be ready to abandon that strategy on the next hand or the one after. The longer you try to hold onto something that isn’t happening, the more likely you’ll lose the game.

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“Keep track of your powers”

In my early games, I found myself forgetting some of my planets’ or developments’ powers during a particular phase. I learned to organize my tableau by phase powers. All cards that give me powers in phase 1 go first, then phase 2, etc. Sometimes cards have multiple phase powers. With those I have to make a judgment call.

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“Try the AI”

Nothing beats playing the physical game with people, but for practice, try the AI (available for free with permission from the publisher) at http://keldon.net/rftg/.

The computer is challenging and it really teaches you how to play aggressively.

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Amateur Reviewer
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“6 Development Cards”

You should always play at least 1 (if not 2-3) 6-Development cards during a game. Use the bonuses and powers on the 6-Devs you have to dictate what your strategy will be, rather than trying to fish for a specific 6-Dev later in the game. It doesn’t guarantee a win but I find it pretty hard to win without at least one of these cards in play.

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Knight-errant
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The Big Cheese 2012
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“Getting full use out of alien worlds.”

Alien worlds, for the most part, are expensive or require a large military to capture. The alien resource is very valuable, but it is hard to generate a strategy just around this one resource. If you can get the Alien Rosetta Stone or Alien Tech Institute in your hand early, an alien tech strategy is far more viable.

There are other ways to utilize the benefit of Alien worlds. One great way to use their benefit is to utilize the Diversified Economy development card. If you can get the other, easier to acquire goods onto your tableau, you’ll never need to explore again for the rest of the game.

Getting a single alien world will also be helpful for a quick card grab with a Consume: Trade action. This will work especially well if your starting planet is Old Earth .

The ideal game would be to play as New Sparta or Earth’s Lost Colony and get Alien Rosetta Stone or Alien Tech Institute out early. If you get these or at least one of them and Research Labs , your production phase and trading will carry you through easily to the end of the game.

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Gamer - Level 4
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Knight
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“2-Player Advanced Game”

I recommend new players that graduate up to the 2-player advanced game as soon as they get fairly familiar with the basics as the advanced game makes for much quicker development up front.

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