How to Play Roll for the Galaxy: Rivalry

How to Play Roll for the Galaxy: Rivalry

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a  Table, and this is Roll for the Galaxy:   Rivalry, the second expansion for Roll for the  Galaxy. Rivalry is split into three sections:   you have some repeated content from the first  expansion, including the black Leader dice and   the orange Entrepreneur dice, along with a  whole new die colour, the talent counters,   and some new tiles. Then there are two new  game modes called the Deal Game and the Orb   Game that you can play either individually or  together. The Deal Game has customizable dice   that you don’t customize, and the Orb Game has  customizable dice that you do customize.   Let me show you how to play! Just like Ambition, Rivalry comes with a whole new   pile of tiles: 10 new home worlds, 8 new factions,  and 13 double-sided tiles that get shuffled into   the SPACE BAG! i won’t go over every single  one of them, but here are a few highlights:   During the Explore phase, the Publicity Bureaus  faction pays you money for every developer or   settler in your construction zone, and  features famous alien Jor Jor Bonks.  

When you ship a good from the Oort Cloud  Refinery, the Alien Refining Technology   faction lets you swap that die for any non-black  die in the supply. And some tiles, like the Rebel   Underground and the Mystery Monolith, give  you bonus VPs at the end of the game.   The one big drag, though, is that Rivalry’s  tiles were printed with a different paper finish   than in the base game and Ambition - these tiles  are smoother and shinier, and they don’t have   that same toothy texture, which means that  you can feel around inside the SPACE BAG and   deliberately pull out a Rivalry tile, if you’re  looking for one. The only way i can think to get   around this is to just shake up the bag, reach  in, and commit to pulling out the first tile you   touch. But i won’t lie: it IS kind of a bummer. There’s also some overlap between Ambition and   Rivalry. Rivalry has the black Leader dice,  the orange Entrepreneur dice, and the talent  

counters that were introduced in Ambition, but  it doesn’t have Ambition’s objective tiles.   If you want to learn more about the elements that  the two expansions have in common, watch my How to   Play Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition video. Rivalry adds another die colour to the mix:   these dark blue Pioneer dice. Pioneer dice  match the cyan worlds as goods or shippers,   but they don’t match any other colour. Instead of adding yet another sticker to account  

for the Pioneer dice on your player screen,  Rivalry gives you entirely new and improved   player screens. They’re printed on much thicker  stock than the ones you get in the base game,   and the backs of these screens match the player  colours, instead of having a generic image like   the base game screens do. The probability table on  them includes information for all of the different   colours of dice, and these new screens have  information about the additional sixth phase   that comes up in the Deal and the Orb Games. I’ll spend the rest of the time teaching you how   to play those two new game modes,  starting with the Deal Game!   THE DEAL GAME The most unique thing about the Rivalry expansion   is that it comes with these customizable dice,  and a huge pile of extra faces. Interestingly,  

in the Deal Game, you get 1 black die and 6  white dice. You’re supposed to put certain   faces on these dice according to the rulebook, and  the dice stay like that for the rest of the time   you own them. It’s only in the Orb Game, which  i’ll teach you later, that you get to pop off   the faces and replace them with upgrades. In the Deal Game, you use this new phase   strip. It’s printed on thicker stock than the  cheap-feeling phase strips from the base game.   This new strip has an extra phase at the end: the  dollar sign, which signifies the Deal phase. You  

can assign worker dice to it just like any other  phase, and those workers are called “dealers.”   “Hey, man - sshh. Be cool. Be cool.” If you roll a worker die and turn up a   face with a dollar sign on it, it no longer  works like it did in Ambition - you don’t get   to put that worker back in your cup for free any  more after it does its job. Instead, it becomes   a two-phase die, and you have to choose which  of the two phases you’ll line it up under.   The other change is that you start the game  with two reassign powers - the dictate power   works like it always did: put a die off  to the side to reassign any other die to   any phase. This one doesn’t cost an extra  die, but if you use it, you can reassign  

a die to the Deal phase, specifically. Put the new Deal mat in the middle of the   table, and the big black and white dice in the  central pool, which is called the Open Market.   Add the dollar sign tile to the rest  of the phase tiles, x-side up.  

This is the priority track: randomize a  handful of tokens representing each player   and line them up starting at the red  arrow. This player is first in line.   Each round, one player will roll all of the  Deal dice that are in the Open Market. Then,   everyone rolls the dice in their cups as usual,cc  and assigns their dice to different phases.   When you lift your screens, if one or  more players activated the Deal phase,   here’s what happens when you get there. Following the turn order determined by  

the priority track, each player takes a turn  spending all of their assigned dealers at once.   So it’s not dealer dealer dealer dealer dealer and  so on … it’s dealer dealer dealer, dealer dealer,   dealer, dealer dealer dealer. Your choices when placing a dealer   are to open a new deal, join a deal  in progress, or refuse to deal.   Refusing a deal is the easiest one - you just  take your marbles and go home. Put your dealer   die in your citizenry and gain a buck. The other two options are more complex.   Let’s open a new deal. To do that, one  of these three areas has to be empty,  

with no active deal on it already. Move your  player marker to the end of the line, and   slide the line forward if you created a gap. Find your player colour on the left side of the   vacant deal area - look for the little  “1.” - and put your dealer die there.   Next, you pick two dice from the Open Market  area and put them in the first slot - the   one closest to the edge of the board. Then, you get to exchange the assets shown   on the dice you chose. You give the stuff on  the die closest to your dealer, and you get  

the stuff on the other die. So in this example,  you would exchange two of your white worker dice   to gain 1 blue pioneer die into your citizenry.  If you had set up the deal like this instead,   you’d be paying one blue pioneer die to  get two white dice into your citizenry.  

If you don’t have all the stuff to give, you  can’t make that deal. So if you didn’t have   a blue pioneer die to cash in, you couldn’t open  this deal. If you can’t take all the stuff you’re   entitled to - like if a deal maxes out your money  and you can’t take any more - you’re allowed to   just take as much stuff as you can. If you don’t want to start a new deal,   but instead, you want to join an existing  deal, you pick either side of an open deal   and place your dealer die on your player colour,  and then make the exchange depicted on the dice.   Remember: the die closest to the side of the  board where you place your dealer is the “give”   side. So place here, give this, get that... or  place here, give that, get this. Every round,   these deal dice will be moving like a conveyor  belt back into the Open Market - we’ll see how   that works in a second - so each new deal  will be available, at most, for 3 rounds.  

Most of the stuff you do in Roll for the Galaxy  can happen simultaneously, but with the Deal game,   timing can be important, so you should go in  order of the discs on the priority track.   After the deal phase is done, you look at each  of the three deal areas one by one. If there’s   an equal number of dice on either side, no matter  who those dice belong to, you have to close that   deal. For each dealer a player has on either side  of the big deal dice, you get the reward listed   on whatever slot the dice have reached. So if the dice are here, and the Deal phase   ends with an equal number of dealer dice on  either side like this, that means the blue   player would get two bucks and two bucks and  2 bucks. The red player would get a talent  

counter and 2 bucks for being on this side, and  the yellow and green players would also get a   talent counter and two bucks. Those dice all go  back to their respective players’ citizenry.   The big deal dice go back to the Open  Market, where they’ll be re-rolled with   the other dice in the Open Market at  the beginning of the next round.   Some deals involve exchanging  tiles for various things.   The tiles involved in the deal go under the  deal phase tile - once all the deals are closed,   those tiles go back to the bag. Just before the recruit step,   where everyone spends money to buy worker dice  back into their cups, you have to mature all the   active deals that weren’t closed - even if  the deal phase didn’t happen this round.   If a deal is still open, you move the dice  one step closer to the Open Market. Since  

the prizes get better with each step, maturing a  deal makes it more valuable for the next round.   If the deal dice move all the way into the  Open market, that means the deal has expired.   Everyone who had dealer dice on the deal  gets 1 talent marker for each dealer,   and those players all take their dealers  back into their cups - not their citizenry,   like they would if a deal had  closed, but into their cups.   Once you commit a dealer to a deal, it’s kind  of stuck there until the deal either expires or   gets closed. You can dislodge a dealer if a tile  or an ability lets you remove, or shift, a die  

from anywhere, but you’re not allowed to recall  a worker from a deal like you can recall a good,   or a worker in your construction zone if you  decide that die is better put to some other use.   If enough dealers get shifted or removed  so that a deal is left bereft of dealers,   the deal immediately expires. The rulebook also notes that if any   deals happen that drain the VP supply to zero  and then refill it, then the game doesn’t end.   But if the VP pool ends up at zero or goes  into overdraft, that does trigger endgame.  

The only other important rule to keep in mind  in the Deal game is that just like in Ambition,   if your credits ever go to zero, you get to bounce  your credit marker back up to 1 right away - you   don’t have to wait until the recruitment step. One of the Deal dice is a black Prestige die. The   Prestige die has bigger, better rewards on  it. So if you make a deal and you’re getting   something on the Prestige die, you have to  pay an extra buck to do so. But if you make   a deal where you’re giving something on  the Prestige die, you gain a credit.  

There are a whole ton of new symbols on the Deal  dice, but thankfully, everyone gets a huge player   guide that explains each one of them. i’ve circled  the ones that show up on that fancy black Prestige   die. Here’s what all of the symbols do. These ones have you giving or getting the depicted   dice. Same here, except there’s a dollar involved  in the exchange. And these ones involve giving   or getting a pair of dice of certain colours.  The dice you spend in these deals can even be  

dealers you haven’t used in this phase yet - or  even the dealer who’s currently making this deal!   (“Hey - what? I was in the middle  of somethingggggg [fades away]”)   This one lets you spend or get 3 bucks. This symbol lets you get rid of a tile with   a 6-cost development on it, and it can even  be flipped settlement-side-up somewhere in   your construction stack. You just have to show  the other players the tile is a legit 6-cost   development. Slide it under the Deal phase tile.  On the getting side of this deal, you pull tiles   out of the SPACE BAG one by one until you find a  6-point development, and then put it on the bottom   of your development construction stack. This one means you have to give up two tiles   from your construction zone - from either  stack - that have a matching bolded word,   like these two developments, which both  say reassign, or these two, which both say   settle. Stick them both under the Deal phase  tile to complete your end of the bargain.  

On the receiving side, you call Explore,  Develop, Settle, Produce, Ship, or Reassign and,   like before, you go fishing through the  bag one tile at a time until you grab   two tiles with that bolded word on them, and  then you get to stick them both on the bottom   of your construction zone in any order, in  either stack - which means you can make them   both developments, or both worlds, or a mix. This one does something similar, except you have   to pay two world tiles from your construction zone  with matching colours. On the receiving side, name   a colour - even grey - and fish through the SPACE  BAG until you pull out two matching tiles, and put   them in your construction zone as before. These symbols have you paying 3,  

2 or 1 tiles from your construction zone, along  with zero, 1 or two bucks. On the flip side, you   grab the depicted number of tiles from the SPACE  BAG, and earn the depicted number of credits.   If at any point there aren’t any tiles of  the type you name left in the SPACE BAG,   you get any non-black die of your  choice in lieu into your Citizenry.   With this face, you give or get a construction  zone tile and a talent counter.   These symbols have you shift 2 or 3 developers,  settlers, or goods into your citizenry without   having them do their jobs - and if you shift 2  with this symbol, you also have to pay a buck.  

On the flip side, you can shift any  two or three dice you own from anywhere   onto your worlds as goods, or into your  construction zone as developers or settlers.   This symbol makes you give up your credit capacity  by placing one of these blocker tiles on your   money strip. If your credit marker was in this  zone when this happens, it gets knocked down to   the nearest highest amount. You can’t make this  deal if it would knock your credit capacity below  

1. On the receiving end, you get to extend  your credit limit with one of these strips.   The maximum credit capacity is 16. These two symbols have you gaining one of   these generic tiles - either a generic world or a  generic development. The generic worlds are either  

1-point blue or brown worlds, and the generic  developments either give you another reassign   power to turn any die into a dealer, or let you  recall dice that are tied up in a deal to your cup   during the Develop phase - remember that once you  commit dice to a deal, they’re pretty much stuck   there, unless you use a power to shift or remove  them. But this tile lets you break that rule,   potentially upsetting the balance of the  deal and either screwing other players out   of good prizes when the deal closes, or putting  yourself in a better prize-earning position!   You can choose either side of the generic  tile you get and add it to your tableau.   The giving end of this deal has you returning  worlds or developments that you’ve already   built into your tableau. If the tile came  from the bag, it goes back to the bag.   Ok - i mean the SPACE BAG. If it’s a start world,  it goes back to the box. If it’s a faction tile,   it goes back to the box too, and it only counts  as though you’re cashing in one tile, even though   faction tiles are double-sized. If it’s one of  those generic tiles, it goes back to the supply.   If you get rid of a world with a good on it,  you recall the good back into your cup without   getting any money or points for it. If you return  a tile that gave you extra dice when you built it,  

you still get to hang on to those dice. And finally, these symbols have you spending or   getting a talent counter and a buck, or spending  or getting 2 VPs. If the VP pool is drained,   you dip into the reserve VPs and end  the game at the end of the round.   THE ORB GAME In the Orb game,   everyone gets one of these mysterious yellow alien  technology dice with customizable faces on it,   along with a face-popper tool, which  isn’t as terrifying as i’ve made it sound.   You set up the game as usual, except  instead of 12 VP chits per player,   you put in 15 points per player. And instead  of the game ending at 12 constructions,   it ends at 15. So the Orb Game goes on  a little longer than a typical game.  

Just like in the Deal Game, you use this  extra dollar sign phase, but it’s now called   the Research Phase, and you flip your phase  strip to the side that says “research.”   Every round, before everyone rolls the dice  in their cup, everyone rolls their yellow   alien die in front of their screen for all to  see. You start with two each of these faces,   which the game calls the “initial faces”:c This one gets you a free reassign   power for this round. This one lets you pretend you have one  

white Home die under “explore” - just put the big  alien die under that phase so you’ll remember.   And this face gets you a research point that  lets you change the faces on your alien die.   More on that in just a second. After you upgrade  your die, drop it in your cup so you don’t   get confused about what you just rolled. There’s a fourth type of initial face that   you can only get onto your die using research  points. We’ll look at that face later, too.  

Just like in the Deal Game, if you roll a  worker die and it turns up with a dollar sign,   it no longer means that worker does its action for  free. Instead, you can assign that worker to the   Research phase, or move it there if the phase  you assigned it to doesn’t get called - or to   the other phase if research doesn’t get called.  For every worker you assign to be a researcher,   if the Research phase gets called, you can  spend each worker to get 1 research point.   Let’s see what you can do  with those research points!   These are the extra die faces you can add to  your customizable alien die. They have zero,   one, two, or four pips on them, indicating  their level of technological sophistication.   There IS no level 3. The available faces are sorted  

by colour and help you in different phases:  develop, settle, produce, and ship. There   are two other sets of faces in technology  groups called “talent” and “utility.”   So for 1 research point, you can upgrade  any of these faces to any of these faces.   Or from a yellow initial face to a 1-dot face. Use your little face-popper tool to pop out the   face you don’t want, and replace  it with the one you do want.   For 2 research points, you can upgrade from here  to here… or from here to here, but if you do that,   you have to stay within the same coloured  technology. It’s the same with upgrading from  

a level 1 to a level 2 - if you’re upgrading  a face in a specific technological category,   you have to stay within that category. If you want to switch technological tracks,   you can spend 1 research point moving laterally -  so from this level 2 face to this level 2 face… or   from this level 4 to this level 4. You can even  spend 1 point to downgrade to any lower level   in any technology - so from a green 4 to a pink  1, if it suits your strategy. If you do that,   you can’t make change - and you lose any  research points you don’t spend in this phase.   At the end of the game, the level  0 and level 1 faces on your die   are worth no points, but the level  2’s are each worth a victory point,   and the top level faces are  each worth 2 victory points.  

Here’s what each of the rest  of these faces do for you:   In the Develop phase technology, rolling  this face lets you move any die onto your   construction zone stack as a developer. So you  can move a die from your cup, from another world,   from the settler stack, from your citizenry  - any die - even if your develop stack is   empty! When you finish, you’re not allowed to  actually complete a construction in that stack,   even if you have enough developers. You’ll have  to wait until the Develop phase is activated.   This face gives you a 1-developer discount on  every development you build in this upcoming   round, but you still have to pay a minimum  of 1 developer for each tile you build.   And this one does the same thing,  but with a discount of 2.   The faces are identical in the Settle  category - shift any die to your settle stack,   get a 1settler discount for every  planet you settle this round, or   a 2 settler discount, to a minimum  of 1 settler per world.  

This Produce face lets you shift a die from  anywhere - cup, citizenry, planet, construction   stack, wherever - to an empty, non-grey world  to become a good. And if you’re rocking the   Galactic Reserves tile in your tableau,  the world doesn’t even have to be empty.   This one lets you do the same  thing, with up to 2 dice.   And this high-level face lets  you do it with up to 3 dice.  

This Ship face gives you an extra  white Home worker in the Explore phase,   if it gets called, and/or the Ship phase. This one does the same thing, except it gives   you an additional purple shipper for the ship  phase. Remember that a purple shipper acts as   any colour when it ships, earning you more points,  if you choose to ship for points over money.  

And this big kahuna forces the ship phase to  happen no matter what, and gives you an extra   purple shipper for that inevitable phase. The green “talent” technologies either give   you an immediate 2 dollars,  or 1 or 2 talent counters.   And finally, this pink Utility face gives you two  reassign abilities for this round instead of the   1 reassign power on the yellow initial face. This  one is an upgrade to the yellow improvement face:   you get 2 Research points to spend immediately  on your alien die, instead of just one.   What we’re left with are these two  arrow faces, which work similarly,   but there are some important differences. If you roll a pink arrow, you turn the die  

whichever way it’s facing. So it’s smart  business to point it at a valuable face.   If it points to another pink utility arrow, you  keep turning until you reach a non-arrow face.   If you’ve created an infinite loop, you have to  keep turning the die until… YOU die. No - you   just stop turning and nothing happens. Even though it has 2 dots on in, the pink   utility arrow isn’t worth any points at the  end of the game - that’s why the dots are in   brackets. But you can spend 1 research point to  rotate a pink utility arrow in any direction.   The yellow arrow is a clone. It makes this face  become whatever face it points to. It locks  

the face it’s pointing to, so you can’t upgrade  that face. But you CAN upgrade the clone arrow,   and when you upgrade it, it behaves as the thing  it points to. So if your clone arrow was pointing   to this level 2 talent face, that means the  clone arrow is also a level 2 talent face,   so you could spend 2 research points upgrading  it to a level 4 talent face of the same colour   as the one it’s pointing to. At the end of the game,  

clone arrows earn the same number of  points as the faces they’re pointing to.   If that’s all too hard to remember, good news:  every player gets a big reference sheet detailing   what all the faces do. Unfortunately,  the reference sheet doesn’t tell you   the various ways in which you can spend your  Research points, which i feel is a bit of an   oversight. If you forget those rules, refer back  to the rulebook, or watch this video again!   THE FULL (SPACE) MONTY Combining the Deal Game and   the Orb Game to play them both together is easy:   you use 15 VPs per player. Roll the Deal  dice before everyone rolls their alien die.   If the dollar sign phase happens, then you can  use the workers you’ve lined up there as either   a dealer or a researcher, but you have to choose  one or the other. Just like in the Orb Game,   building a tableau of 15 or more tiles is  one of the ways to trigger endgame.  

The only other thing to know is that in a 2-player  game of Deal or Orb or both, instead of rolling a   white Home die to active a random phase on top of  the phases that you and your opponent activate,   you roll a black Leader die. If it comes up  with Kurt Vonnegut’s butthole, no extra phase   happens. But if you roll one of the two-phase  faces, both of those phases are activated.   And now, you’re ready to play  Roll for the Galaxy: Rivalry!

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