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posted by [personal profile] mylescorcoran at 03:24pm on 03/09/2009 under ,
We played a game of Ra the Dice Game last night with [profile] alaimacerc. It's very similar to the original Ra but with the auction element replaced by a roll and keep mechanic strongly reminiscent of Roll Through the Ages (and other Yahtzee-like games).

The components are lovely, though I will have to re-ink the yellow die with black. The white ink doesn't stand out at all against the yellow at the moment.

Much as with the original, we had plenty of swearing when the Ra suns came too quickly, when we got stuck without a civilisation at the end of an epoch and when some other swine grabbed a monument slot we were hoping for. Final scores were Alai 47 (6 monuments), Sam 51 (24 monuments) and Myles 55 (17 monuments). Close game!

I liked it, and it addressed one of the weaknesses of the original Ra where early bidders could be sitting out of an epoch for a good while. With the dice everyone's is in play to the end of each epoch. This one is probably lighter than the original, as the auctions are usually more involved than the dice roll and keep choices, but a nice game all the same.
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