Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Second Coming


RA is back.

Reiner Knizia's RA was the first game in alea's popular big box line, and it's been one of the most sought-after Euros since it went out of print. There was much rejoicing when uberplay announced that it was going to reprint it, followed by grave concern (as grave as you can get about a boardgame anyway) when a change of theme was explored.

In the end, RA returns almost unchanged from its original incarnation. There are minor component tweaks, such as a helpful little symbol on some of the tiles to remind the player that they're "permanents" and slightly larger tiles and board. Oh, and the box is not alea's box so you completists won't find satisfaction here.

For the people who just want to play the game with friends and family, a little glimmer of Christmas just arrived. For the game speculators, I hope you dumped your RGG RA for the old $100+ ebay prices because the new game can be had for under $25 online. That's a great price for a great game.

Kudos to Kevin from Eagle Games (who are uberplay's distributors) for posting pics of the new RA:

http://eaglegames.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=5956

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