Over 4,000 years ago, Egypt emerged as one of the world’s most advanced societies, leading to countless historical technologies and discoveries. Generations of leaders watched over the development of this great civilization, making crucial decisions in the creation of their identity. As a royal advisor, you have a shot at becoming one of the most influential figures in history, but it will require strategic and thoughtful planning. The cradle of civilization is calling for brilliant minds and courageous leaders—this is your chance to make history.
Dr. Reiner Knizia’s Ra, a gripping auction game of dynasty-building, has been redesigned and republished by Windrider Games. Ancient Egypt awaits your guidance, from building stunning monuments that will stand for millennia to cultivating formative agriculture, art, astronomy, religion and writing. Outbid your fellow advisors for the most impactful elements of society so your name might go down in history with the exceptional civilization you have overseen from the very beginning.
The Beginnings of Civilization
The game of Ra proceeds in turns, in which you and your opponents may research new opportunities by drawing tiles, bidding on the current items up for auction, or invoking the power of the gods to claim crucial elements of society without competition. Your influence among royals will rise and fall throughout the game as you bidding power changes with the numbers of your Sun Disks—the currency with which you will bid. Even a low-value Sun Disk, however, can bring in a valuable haul if you are clever and cunning.
Tiles that may be placed up along the auction track include civilization, monument, pharaoh, gold, river, god, and disaster tiles. If you bid for the items along the auction track and win, you must take all of them, good or bad. You may pick and choose items by trading a god tile for one tile of your choice, however god tiles are also worth points, so you’ll want to be sure it’s worth the trade. Additionally, if the auction track is full and everyone chooses to pass, all tiles will be discarded and the track will begin to fill up again. Auctions may be held at your request, or when a Ra tile is drawn and added to the Ra track. Once Ra is invoked, you and your opponents will each have one opportunity to bid for the items revealed on the board.
The End of an Epoch
The game consists of three epochs. An epoch ends either when all players have spent their Sun Disks or when the tiles along the Ra track reach its last space. When you run out of Sun Disks, you are unable to take more actions. However, if you are the only player with remaining Sun Disks at the end of an epoch, you can continue to take actions on your own. It’s a risky game of chance, from which the you may emerge with a fantastic haul, disasters aplenty, or nothing at all.
Once the epoch ends, players score points for their pharaoh, gold, god, river, and civilization tiles, placing tablets facedown in front of them to secretly track points. Flood, gold, god, and civilization tiles are discarded after scoring, so players must reclaim those during each epoch. Tiles with scarab icons, however, are kept beyond each epoch, allowing players to build up a stock of pharaohs, Nile tiles, or monuments throughout the game. At the end of the third epoch, all remaining tiles are scored, and the player with the most points wins the game!
Build Your Empire
Drawing tiles at random makes for an ever-changing game experience in Ra. Whether players seek to build an exceptional empire of their own or sabotage the efforts of their opponents, each auction is a rousing bout of bluffing and bidding. Once an epoch ends, the board is reset and the battle for greatness begins again.
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