I have to admit that I’m looking forward to the next expansion to Race for the Galaxy. Rio Grande Games is saying Rebel vs Imperium will be released in June.

raceforthegalaxyrebelvsimperium Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium

  • Designer: Tom Lehmann
  • Publisher: Rio Grande Games
  • Players: 2-5 (1-6 with The Gathering Storm expansion)
  • Year: 2009
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up

As the Imperium crushes outlying systems, Rebel worlds begin to ally, politically and militarily. Meanwhile, the Uplift Code, within the genomes of the Alien Overlords’ former servitor races, is being sequenced. Can you build the most prosperous and powerful space empire in a galaxy where border conflicts rage?

Check out the designer’s preview at Boardgamenews. Apparently the focus of the new expansion is “on new cards (with twice as many play cards as in the first expansion), new powers, and seven new 6-cost developments, which open up new strategies.” I like the idea that there is going to be an option for takeovers of other players’ military planets, under certain conditions. It has always seemed like your military should be able to take over others’ worlds, but the fact that the designer tried to make it “realistic” is, hopefully, a definite plus.

Sounds fun!