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Ra is a bidding and set collection game where players compete to acquire the most victory points by collecting sets of tiles representing various aspects of ancient Egyptian life, while managing their limited bidding tokens.

7.62 / 10
BGG Rating
published year
2 - 5
player count
3 - 5
Recommended player count
45 - 60 mins
play time

How Complex is Ra?

2.32 / 5

Ra has moderate complexity due to the bidding mechanics and the variety of tiles, but is easy to learn and offers strategic depth.

How much Luck is involved in the gameplay of Ra?

2.5 / 5

Ra has a moderate amount of luck due to the randomness of the tiles drawn and the unpredictability of the Ra track, but skilled bidding and set collection can mitigate luck.

How much Player Interaction does Ra offer?

3.5 / 5

Ra has moderate player interaction through competitive bidding and the ability to steal tiles from opponents, but players mostly focus on their own sets and the Ra track.

How much Replayability does Ra offer?

4 / 5

Ra has high replayability due to the variability of the tiles, the unpredictability of the Ra track, and the strategic depth of bidding and set collection.

Why you should play Ra

Easy to Learn

Ra is a relatively simple game to learn, with straightforward rules that can be grasped quickly. This makes it a great choice for both experienced and novice board gamers.

Strategic Gameplay

Despite its simplicity, Ra offers a lot of strategic depth. Players must carefully manage their resources and make tough decisions about when to bid on tiles and when to pass.


With a randomized tile draw and a variety of different strategies to explore, Ra offers a lot of replayability. No two games will be exactly the same, keeping things fresh and interesting.

Quick Playtime

A typical game of Ra can be completed in around 45 minutes, making it a great choice for a quick game night or as a warm-up before a longer game.

Unique Theme

Ra's ancient Egyptian theme sets it apart from other board games and adds an extra layer of immersion to the gameplay. The artwork and components are also beautifully designed, adding to the overall experience.

Why you should avoid Ra


While Ra does require strategy, luck plays a significant role in the game. The randomized tile draw can sometimes result in a player getting a lucky break or being dealt a bad hand, which can be frustrating for some players.

Limited Player Interaction

Ra is a relatively solitary game, with players mostly focused on their own strategies and not interacting much with each other. This can make the game feel a bit isolating for some players.

Not for Everyone

While Ra is a classic game that many board gamers love, it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Some players may find the theme unappealing or the gameplay too simplistic for their tastes.

Where to find the Rules of Ra

Check the rules of Ra in a PDF file.

You can also find the community-driven rules summary, player aid, etc., in the Ra files section on the BoardGameGeek website. You need an account on BGG to download files.

Beginner Strategies for Ra

These strategies are for players who have either not played or played one or two games of Ra.

Understand the scoring system

The game is won by the player with the most points at the end of the game. Points are earned by collecting sets of tiles, such as sets of monuments or sets of civilization tiles.

Manage your sun tiles

Sun tiles are used to trigger auctions for the various tiles in the game. You want to use your sun tiles strategically to win auctions for tiles that will help you score points.

Focus on collecting sets

As mentioned earlier, sets of tiles are the key to earning points in the game. Try to focus on collecting sets of tiles that will earn you the most points.

Be aware of the disasters

There are several disaster tiles in the game that can negatively impact your score. Be aware of these tiles and try to avoid them if possible.

Keep an eye on your opponents

Pay attention to what tiles your opponents are collecting and try to block them from completing sets. You can also use this information to your advantage by bidding on tiles that your opponents need.

Don't be afraid to pass

Sometimes it's better to pass on an auction rather than overpay for a tile. Be strategic with your sun tiles and don't be afraid to let a tile go if it's not worth the cost.

Use the Ra tile wisely

The Ra tile allows you to trigger a special auction where all players bid on a single tile. Use this tile strategically to either win a valuable tile or force your opponents to overpay for a tile they need.

I hope these strategies help you get started with Ra. Good luck and have fun!

Advanced Strategies for Ra

Be flexible with your strategy

While it's important to focus on collecting sets, don't be afraid to adjust your strategy based on the tiles that are available and the actions of your opponents.

Pay attention to the Ra track

The Ra track determines when the game will end and can have a big impact on the final score. Keep an eye on the track and try to time your big scoring moves for when the game is about to end.

Use the God tiles strategically

The God tiles can be very powerful, but they also come with a risk. Use them strategically to either win valuable tiles or force your opponents to overpay for tiles they need.

Don't forget about the Nile tiles

The Nile tiles can be easy to overlook, but they can be very valuable for scoring points. Try to collect sets of Nile tiles whenever possible.

Be aware of the monuments

The monuments are some of the most valuable tiles in the game, but they also require a lot of resources to collect. Be strategic about when you go after monuments and try to collect them in sets for maximum points.

Keep track of the tiles that have been played

As the game progresses, it becomes easier to predict which tiles will come up in future auctions. Keep track of the tiles that have already been played and use this information to your advantage.

Take calculated risks

Sometimes it's worth taking a risk to win a valuable tile or complete a set. However, make sure you weigh the potential reward against the potential cost before making a move.

I hope these strategies help you improve your gameplay in Ra. Good luck and have fun!


Set Collection
Push Your Luck
Constrained Bidding
Auction: Once Around
Closed Economy Auction
Hidden Victory Points