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The German edition is a simplified version of the original Wizards of the Coast edition. Artist Franz Vohwinkel (who designed the vehicles in Edison & Co) adds 4 new robots. When German games are released for 5 or less players it is for cost-benefit reasons, and this game is no exception. Expansions with additional robots are planned.
The box will not include Option cards--they are considered unsuitable for the basic game as they ruin the play balance. Expect to them in one of the expansions. The Program cards are identical to the American edition and so are the 4 boards. New boards may become available for download at the Amigo web site.
The rules are slightly modified (with the consent of Richard Garfield) and Amigo considers this their way to bring more complex games to a broader public--just like they did with Elfenroads/Elfenland.
Given an evening alone with my wife, with my son over at a friend's house, I'm as likely to suggest Robo Rally as a way to spend the evening as anything else.
I'll never understand why WOTC stopped producing this, and I dread the day when my copy wears out.
This game definitely has a limited target audience. But I've never met a fan who wasn't rabid about it. It's a thinking game, like chess, or Risk, with a bit of lady luck thrown in. But it takes a different kind of mind to really get into the game.
It's not for everybody, but if you *enjoy* coding HTML in notepad instead of some web-page-spewer, if you *enjoy* writing quick-sorts, but are still willing to use a bubble where appropriate, if you *enjoy* taking things apart to see how they work, this is the game for you.
I only wish I could find more people to play against.
Humor. Strategy. Intellegence. This game is painfully amusing, addictive, and in severely high demmand as it is out of print. The company with the current rights to this game are either blithering idiots for not releasing it again, or mindbogglingly cruel.
If you get your hands on a copy of this game, you are a very lucky person. Send it to me if you don't like it.
If you're like me, you know how computers work at the hardware level - processor, RAM, Registers - this game is up there with the best of them. Program your robot to navigate the course and interact with the board elements in real time. Gears, belts, lasers, and your competitive robots will interfere with your program as it is fully autonomous - not remote controlled. Load the program and watch the metal fly!