Race for the Galaxy - Play Online

Not sure how many Race players there are here, but you might be interested in a way to play online.

The Genie Game Server has an implementation of Race (including Gathering Storm expansion) available to play as a PBEM style. It supports 2-4 players, including 2 player advanced, and has a simple but easy to use interface. Rio Grande Games have given it their blessing, so I doubt it will suddenly disappear anytime soon.

My nick is Torq on there also, so anyone who is interested hit me up for some games.

Sounds fun. I dont own the game but I'm very interested in playing it.

Torq;

I bought RftG a few weeks ago, and quickly discovered the Genie Game Server and have been having an absolute ball (I'm SamF7).

If you haven't installed this script, I would consider it a MUST have to play the game...unless you fancy hitting F5 every few moments: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/...

I wrote a blurb in that post that describes the full sequence for getting it setup.

I'm currently in 4 games, and I just leave my browswer open during the evening. When it's my turn in one of the games, a handy message box pops up to remind me! Very, very handy.

SamF7

If one of you can teach me the game I will play!

So to be clear this is boardgame not a pc version of a boardgame?

I decided to look this up on youtube. This seems to be a clear enough tutorial on the boardgame
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s56Kr...

Baron:
Race for the Galaxy is a "BoardGame" - more accurately a card game. The Genie Game server is a website that let's you play an on-line version of Race for the Galaxy for free (http://genie.game-host.org/main.htm).

Crockpot:
I just learned to play this game last week after buying the boxed version. Odd game - It's not really "hard" per se, but it defintely took me a few play throughs to get all the rules straight in my head. After two games, I had all the basics nailed down just fine. Since the game plays lightning fast (20-30 minutes in FtF tops with folks who know the game well), it really doesn't take long to figure out. Learning the symbology on the cards is probably the hardest part.

I think the rules are on-line. Yep, here: http://www.riograndegames.com/upload...

Read the rules and then play through a few 1 player games on the Genie server. Yep, they allow this (Solo Learning Option it's called).

I've played 22 games on the Genie server already and have enjoyed it immensely. Since I've only managed to squeeze 3 games FtF in the same time frame, I'm really glad the Genie site is available.

SamF7

Cool, I'll have to give it a try. We need to get on vent sometime and play after I've learn.

I signed up and poked around at some solo games. It looks like I'm getting a card every now and then that I shouldn't be, but I haven't played enough to be sure.

I'm on as kleinetako if anyone wants to play.

Oops, I let this thread slip down without catching your guys replies.

I've managed to play about 22 games on genie so far, and for the first time crept my rating back over the starting 1500.
Might be difficult to get a GWJ only game going as there doesn't seem to be a way of creating a private game. Maybe we can arrange a time to try and get online together and start a couple of games at the same time to last us a week or so?

SamF7 - I actually read your BGG post and setup the greasemonkey script. Didn't realise you were a goodjer too.

GREAT NEWS for RftG folks!
There is a new, single player, stand-alone executable for RftG:
http://keldon.net/rftg/

The AI is really, REALLY good. My win rate is probably about 50%.
PLUS, it includes all of the expansions, even the latest Revel vs. Imperium (with full take-over rules implemented!).

It's a very solid implementation of RftG - I would have easily paid Big $$'s for this.

SamF7

Woo hoo, thanks for this SamF7

Great implementation of RftG from the 10 or so games I have played. I initially thought the AI was a bit soft when I won the first two games, but then it silenced me with a 7 game win streak!

Thanks SamF7 - that is awesome. There goes the rest of my free time.

Ran through a few quick games and the AI looks pretty competent. It did beat me every time but I was more or less blasting through on my lunch break and not really paying much attention to my moves.

The son-of-a-gun AI tends to be VERY GOOD at predicting what you are going to do - especially on the opening turn. Example, if you start with New Sparta, he just KNOWS you are going to play "Settle" on the opening turn.

This can get quite annoying when his opening play is "Consume-Trade" and "Produce" (2 player Adv) ...... which will only do him ANY good if he gets to plop down that military-2 windfall world on the opening turn using YOUR Settle!

I've been in some INTERESTING games where I kept thwarting the AI by NOT playing the obvious move. It stymied HIM, of course, but usually at the cost of me doing sub-optimal moves.

SamF7

BTW, for those of you looking for a new Strategy PC game, look no further:

Executable: http://keldon.net/rftg/

Manuals:
Basic Game: http://www.riograndegames.com/upload...
1st Expansion (The Gathering Storm): http://www.riograndegames.com/upload...
2nd Explansion (Rbel Versus Imperium): http://www.riograndegames.com/upload...

Enjoy.

SamF7

I can beat advanced two player pretty well but I've yet to win a four player game. Given that I have played maybe 300 two player games IRL and maybe 5 four player games, I guess that isn't all that surprising. From an interface perspective though I am finding it a bit difficult to track the AI moves in the four player game since there is so much going on.

Bit of a bump for this thread.

I'm still playing the odd game on Game Genie, over 120 played now. I have found another online multiplayer site for RftG:

http://www.flexboardgames.com/Rftg.html

It has a much nicer interface than Game Genie, and if the other person is online to it is almost like playing face to face. It also has the 2nd expansion which Game Genie is missing. All that it is lacking is the size of the player base and rankings for those who care about them.

Hey there,

I know this thread might be dead but I wonder if someone knows how to use Keldon's program http://keldon.net/rftg/ for multiplayer games. I don't understand it... Can play against AI but i don't see how there is a multiplayer (network -> connect to server gives me an error 10061.

Both pages linked here to play rtfg online don't work either.

I would be glad for some help. Thank you.

This sounds awesome. I've never played, but I'm definitely going to give it a look. Would love to have someone run me through a game to help my learning curve sometime.

oh wow, didn't realize how old this thread was. So, the links up above don't seem to be working. I try to find it myself, but someone may want to fix the links.

agentwred wrote:
oh wow, didn't realize how old this thread was. So, the links up above don't seem to be working. I try to find it myself, but someone may want to fix the links.

Hey agentwred,

I think both of those play online sites are down now, but I would heartily endorse Keldon's RFTG client: http://keldon.net/rftg/

There is an online lobby you can access through the game, although I have never used it I have seen games start on it.

Awesome, a thread on GWJ on RftG! I bought the basic game about a month ago and would have probably given up on learning how to play if not for Keldon's amazing AI.

For those of you looking for ways to play RftG online, I recently discovered Board Game Arena: http://en.boardgamearena.com/

I have not tried it yet as I'm still happily practicing with (and usually getting stomped by) Keldon's AI.

There's a fantastic explanation of the basic rules on a BGG podcast here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardga...

IMO, this is an even better teaching tool than many of the video tutorials that can be found around the net.

Mac, I'd love to play RftG online! Join our boardgame group, we get regular online games of all sorts, in fact, RftG was just played last wednesday. Check out the thread here:
http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/1...

So I took a crack at teaching this game to a friend for the first time tonight (analog version) and it went surprisingly well considering that I was dreading the idea of explaining how to play RftG.

Felt it was necessary to do some basic explanation like describing the theme, the victory conditions and what cards can be used for. Then explain the diff between planets and developments and then it was off to the race!

We played with open hands and I would essentially play for both of us, talking through reasons for picking a particular phase and why I (or he) would want to discard certain cards or choose Trade vs. Consume x2, and so on. It took us about 2 hours to get through this one game, but I think after it all my friend had a decent handle on the basics.

The nastiest thing about RftG is that it's not enough to learn the base rules and basic flow of play, but you're then expected to interpret a bunch of weird-looking cards that often bend the basic rules you've just been taught!

Maclintok wrote:
So I took a crack at teaching this game to a friend for the first time tonight (analog version) and it went surprisingly well considering that I was dreading the idea of explaining how to play RftG.

This is the one hurdle with RftG. It is an excellent game, but with a high learning curve and a steep barrier to entry for some people. I taught my girlfriend how to play, and after two games, she said "I'm never playing this again."

There is a lot of information to take in, and it is all delivered in some very small icons, with often small differences between them. Excellent for publishing across multiple languages, not so great for introducing to newbies.

Torq wrote:
This is the one hurdle with RftG. It is an excellent game, but with a high learning curve and a steep barrier to entry for some people. I taught my girlfriend how to play, and after two games, she said "I'm never playing this again."

There is a lot of information to take in, and it is all delivered in some very small icons, with often small differences between them. Excellent for publishing across multiple languages, not so great for introducing to newbies.

Wow kudos for attempting to introduce your GF to the game. I know a couple who are BIG into RftG (they own all the expansions) so they can always play together but they are sort of a rare case.

Might I add that the "Trade/Consumex2" phase is really tricky to teach!

This sounds great - I'll have to give it a shot later this week.

Where can you play this online?[quote]