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Catan Histories: Settlers of America Trails to Rails

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  • Standalone game, takes up to 2 hours to play
  • For 3-4 players
  • Contents include 120 railroad tracks, 48 cities, 8 train engines, 8 settlers wagon, 1 outlaw, 40 goods cubes and 40 gold coins
  • Also 4 building cost overview charts, 1 map board, 2 dice, 12 number tokens, 95 resource cards, 24 development cards and 1 rulebook
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 11.6 x 11.6 inches ; 3.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Denmark
  • ASIN: B003NX73F6
  • Item model number: MFG3203
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,605 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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The 19th Century has arrived and America is heading west. Wagon trains form on the frontier. Settlers seeking fresh lives and opportunities strike out to tame wild lands and build new cities. These new cities rely on young railroads for vital goods. Trails become rails and create great wealth. While the crowded East still offers options, its resources dwindle. Look west to make your fortune. Smart money seeks rich, unclaimed land and hungry new markets. Finance your settlers as they head west to build capitals of tomorrow. Link these cities with rails of steel. Operate your railroad to supply the townsfolk with goods. Go west. Settle the wide, open land. Claim your destiny. Settlers of America, Trails to Rails utilizes the simple, fun Catan hex-tile grid to map the young United States. Collect and trade resources in order to purchase and move settlers, build cities, lay rails and acquire and move trains. Create rail links to acquire gold, which lets you buy resources and use opponents’ rails. Use trains to distribute goods to rival cities. But, as your settlers populate the West, they deplete the resources of the East. Still, your options always abound.

Product Description

The 19th Century has arrived and America is heading west. Wagon trains form on the frontier. Settlers seeking fresh lives and opportunities strike out to tame wild lands and build new cities. These new cities rely on young railroads for vital goods. Trails become rails and create great wealth. While the crowded East still offers options, its resources dwindle. Look west to make your fortune. Smart money seeks rich, unclaimed land and hungry new markets. Finance your settlers as they head west to build capitals of tomorrow. Link these cities with rails of steel. Operate your railroad to supply the townsfolk with goods. Go west. Settle the wide, open land. Claim your destiny. Settlers of America, Trails to Rails utilizes the simple, fun Catan hex-tile grid to map the young United States. Collect and trade resources in order to purchase and move settlers, build cities, lay rails and acquire and move trains. Create rail links to acquire gold, which lets you buy resources and use opponents? rails. Use trains to distribute goods to rival cities. But, as your settlers populate the West, they deplete the resources of the East. Still, your options always abound.

Recommended Ages:10 – 14

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Customer Reviews

Game enjoyed by all the family.
Alan Koizumi
If you've played Settlers of Catan before, there's a very short learning curve and a very wide range of new strategies to adopt.
Jamie S
Amazing game for anyone interested in Settlers of Catan.
Molly

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126 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Sybertz on November 15, 2010
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Settlers of America- Trails to Rails is a great variation on a great game. My family and friends have been playing Catan and its expansions for years, so when I saw this as a pre-order on another web site, it caught my attention. Using the trading, robber, and probability controlled resource production mechanics of Catan, Trails to Rails adds the element of money, covered wagons, railways, and locomotive driven deliveries which replaces the point system, cities, ports, and bonuses (like longest road or army). The resources are Wood, Grain, Ore, Steer, and Coal. The artwork is very attractive and done by the same artist who did the 4th version of Catan, and fits well with the theme of Manifest Destiny.

Other than the fact that I enjoy the theme, I also like that during the game it seems as if you can build or do at least one thing per turn; there is very little time waiting while there is a famine of 8s or 6s (if you have played Catan you will know what I mean), or the robber is on your only source of coal.

**For those that have not played Settlers of Catan** I would venture to guess that since the rules are very well written, no prior knowledge of Catan would be needed. Plus, there is a very good explanation of how to play on their web site, so check it out before purchasing. Give yourselves a few hours to play, have stimulating conversations, eat some ice cream, and for your wife to feed your 5 month old; playing a Catan game is more of an event than a quick diversion. The pieces are a very sturdy wood, and the board and box are hefty enough to last; but, the pieces are small, so, make sure to keep them away from little mouths (human or otherwise).
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric Smith on September 22, 2010
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A great new game from Mayfair games. It uses the same mechanics as Settlers with railroads thrown in. I taught Settlers of Catan to my after school daycare group and they loved it and couldn't wait to get this new version. Using your resources you expand westward attempting to deliver cargo to your opponent's cities. This took some getting use to my my students love it! I highly recommend it. Fun,educational with great game pieces and board. It takes a while to play (about 2hrs) ,but is very challenging. A must have if you love Catan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DrumPhil on January 14, 2011
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We are long time fans of Catan games, and bought this for Christmas. We enjoy it as much as the other Catan titles -- our h.s. freshman is even willing to play this one with us sometimes (he's in a non-family-game phase). The educational value is mostly becoming more familiar with U.S. city locations; also, game play reinforces success by expanding west -- part of America's history. As with other Catan sets, the wooden pieces are classy and a pleasure to handle. What our family likes best about this game is that it breathes new life into the fun of the Catan concept. The underlying game play mechanism is the same, but enough features are changed that it is a new game, requiring new strategies.

The one negative is that it cannot be expanded for 5 or 6 players. It's only for 3 or 4 players -- more or less and you'll have to try a different game. (For 2 to 5 players, try Ticket to Ride.) You don't need previous Catan experience to play this game, but if you've enjoyed Catan in the past, this game will renew your enjoyment of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RavenRing on January 5, 2011
A friend of mine introduced the original Settlers of Catan to me and my family last year. It was an instant hit and we have played it many times since then. We bought the 5-6 players expansion and play with that, then the Seafarers expansion and played with that. This is our third incarnation of the game and I must say I was quite impressed. I got this game for Christmas and when I originally saw it I wasn't sure what to expect. I am not a fan of US history or trains. But I sat down to play it with some friends I was hooked. Despite knowing the rules for the original game, we still spent about a half hour learning the new rules and the new set up.

Unlike the original Settlers of Catan, Trails to Rails has a set board. I like the variability of the original game, but this certainly made it easier to set up. The basic start up is the same as the original game - two settlements, two rails, and a small collection of resources. The biggest difference between this and the original game is the way it is won. Instead of points, there is a single goal - deliver all of your goods. You can only deliver goods to other players settlements, only one good per settlement, and you only free up goods by building settlements. So in order to win you first need to build all of your settlements.

I really liked the addition of gold in the game. You can use gold to buy resources from the bank or pay other players to use their train tracks. It gave the game a lot more flexibility, and without the bonus of gold the game would have lasted forever. As it was, it took us about two hours to finish the game.
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