Friday, July 11, 2008


The Basics
Description: Ra is an auction game with an Ancient Egyptian theme. Each turn players are able to purchase three lots of tiles with their bidding tiles. Once a player has purchased his three lots for the round, the other players continue until they do likewise, which may set up a situation with a single uncontested player bidding on tiles before the end of the round occurs. Tension builds because the round may end before all players have had a chance to win their three lots for the epoch. The tiles give either immediate points, prevent negative points for not having certain types at the end of the round (epoch), or give points after the final round. The game lasts for three epochs. The game offers a short learning curve, and experienced players find it both fast-moving and a quick play.

How to Play

  • You Tube (Video)
  • Quick Reference (Downloads a Pdf)
  • Rio Grande Games (Official Rulebook - reprint and link coming soon)

Where to Play Online (I love the real thing more, but the free PC version is fine)

Cheat Sheets (from the Geek)

Game Hints

  • Opinion: I love this game. Chanting "RA RA RA" is fun stuff.
  • Online: Works fine on BSW, or on the PC
  • Work: Could be to long the first time, but after that should be fine for lunch time play.
  • Home: Great game, great pieces, push your luck always good for families.

Other Info

  • Plays best with: Works fine with 3-5 players, best with 3 or 4.
  • Gateway Suitability: Fairly easy to learn, I would say a small step above gateway, but still easy to push on folks.
  • Spouse Suitability: Chrissy liked the pieces and playing on the PC.
  • Re-playability: A classic in modern board games. Replay value should be high.
  • Real Life Setup: A few minutes, place all tiles in the bag, and hand out cash tokens.
  • Real Life Time/Length: 45-60 minutes.
  • Geek Link:

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