Description: In Great Western Trail, you are rival cattlemen in 19th century America, herding cattle in a circular trail from the south of Texas to Houston, where your cattle are then shipped by train, earning you money and victory points. Hire capable staff, such as cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to build your cattle posts, or engineers for the railroad line.
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What's in the Box?
400 High-Quality Components!
1 Game Board
4 Player Boards
4 Player Count Tiles (1 per player; double sided)
4 Wooden Cattlemen (1 per player)
4 Wooden Engines (1 per player)
56 Player Discs (14 per player)
4 Certificate Markers (1 per player)
54 Worker Tiles (18 each Cowboy, Craftsmen, and Engineer)
18 Hazard Tiles (6 each Flood, Draught, and Rockfall)
56 Player Cattle Cards (14 per player; 5 grey, 3 green, 3 black, and 3 white)
4 Starting Objective Cards
24 Objective Cards
47 Building Tiles
5 Station Master Tiles
1 Job Market Token
1 Score Pad
Saddle Up for the Cattle Drive!
This ain't your average, everyday Euro game! Welcome to the Great Western Trail, where players take on the role of cattle drivers attempting to wrangle their herd to market. The trail will be tough, and countless hazards await you. Can you make it to the end of your journey and turn a tidy profit? Find out in Great Western Trail!
Simple Mechanics, Complex Decisions
Turns in Great Western Trail are broken into three simple phases that will carry you through the entire game. These simple phases belie a web of deep and complex decisions players will face as they make their way down the trail. The mechanics are simple, but mastering the trail is where the fun lies.
Make Your Move!
A turn starts by moving your cattleman down the trail. The number of spaces a player is allowed to move is dictated by their player board, and there are hazards a plenty all along the trail. Wherever you end up, the next phase is ...
When a player ends their movement, they perform the action listed on the space they ended on. Depending on where you land, you will have different options available to you. Neutral locations or buildings you own will allow you to perform a special action specific to that location or a single auxiliary action. On locations owned by other players, hazard tiles, or teepee tiles, your only option is to use an auxiliary action. Last, there's Kansas City!
Kansas City or Bust!
Landing on Kansas City sets off a series of subphases that must be resolved in order: Three Foresight phases, the Income Phase, and the Delivery Phase. The Foresight subphases give players a choice between two tiles to add to the board (hazard, teepee, or worker). These tiles will affect future trips down the trail, so choose wisely. Earn income from your journey down the trail by revealing and discarding your hand. Finally, choose a city to deliver your cattle to. This leg of your journey is over. Now it's time to do it all again!
Draw up to your hand limit and your turn is over! Time to start planning your next move and figure out the choices you'll face in the coming turns.
Critical Praise for Great Western Trail
Received a Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower
'I think it's an excellent game.'
'I'm not usually a fan of big, heavy Euro games, but this one is solid.'
'Once you get into it, it's really a neat concept.'
-Tom Vasel and Jason Levine, The Dice Tower
'I think this is my Essen game of the year.'
'I highly recommend this game. It's fantastic.'
'A giant breath of fresh air.'
'Definitely highly recommend this game. Definitely one of the best games of the year.'
-Joel Eddy, Drive Thru Review
'Alexander Pfister has knocked it out of the park.'
'This is a really, monumentally fantastic design.'
'Everything flows very naturally.'
-Rhado Runs Through
'Great Western Trail is an amazing game.'
-Tahsin Shamma, Board Game Quest
The Great Western Trail Awaits You!
With an evocative theme and deep gameplay, Great Western Trail will have you ready to go out and drive your own herd of cattle! Pick up your copy of Great Western Trail today!