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Transamerica

4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Railroad theme
  • Classic Eurogame
  • For 2-6 players
  • Takes about 30 minutes
  • Includes one game board, 85 tracks, 35 city cards, 6 start markers, 6 locomotives, one starting player card and rules
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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All aboard that's coming aboard! Choose your engine and start building your very own railroad network across America. As you lay down your tracks, you must strategically decide how you are going to connect five undisclosed cities before anyone else. Tunnels and bridges require extra tracks, but connecting to someone else's hub will afford you a much broader playing field. Be careful, though. Whoever you connect to can take advantage of your network, too! From award-winning designer, Franz-Benno Delonge, this game takes you back to the 19th century when travel was in the heart of every pioneer. Includes 1 game board, 85 tracks, 35 city cards, 6 start markers, 6 locomotives, 1 starting player card, and game rules. Takes about 30 minutes to play. For 2 to 6 players.A 2003 Games Magazine Games 100 honoree in the Family Games category.

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America in the 19th century: railroads are booming. Pioneer spirit and vision are everywhere. Everyone wants to be the first to build a railroad network across the country. Each player has five cities and tries to connect them with a shared network of tracks. As soon as a player has done this, the round ends. The other players lose points. At the end of the game, the player who has the most points left is the winner. A very simple railway game. The player who can make the best use of the other players' networks is generally victorious.

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Product Dimensions 8.9 x 8.9 x 2 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00008URUO
Item model number RGG 201
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 14 years
Best Sellers Rank #34,992 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,270 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By William Garrett on April 26, 2005
Transamerica distills the essence of a rail game. Players add tracks to a shared railroad network, competing to connect their 5 cities before anyone else does. The simple rules take less than 5 minutes to learn. The game plays quickly, too, finishing in around 30 minutes. Players with more time will be happy to play a few rematches.

The game plays well at different levels. Younger or inexperienced players can enjoy it as a fun game that teaches a bit about U.S. geography, while expert strategists will find a reasonable amount of depth and replayability relative to the simple mechanics.

A rare plus of this game is that it scales well from 2 to 6 players. It's balanced and lively with as few as 2, and it doesn't bog down with a full 6.
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Transamerica is surely a fabulous game. For as simple and easy to explain as it is, it provides a ton of entertainment. The idea is that you get 5 cities to connect in the USA-- one in each region: East, South, Midwest, Heartland, and West coast. The first person to connect all five of her cities wins the round, and other players lose points equal to the number of tracks needed to complete their network. You may employ others' rails once connected, so the trick is to anticipate where others are going to build and let them lay the tracks closer to your out of the way cities. Knowing when and where to connect is what separates good from great players here, along with a healthy dose of luck since some cities are painfully out of the way (Boston!). The game is great with 4+ but is acceptable with 3 and unique yet not as exciting as a 2-player feud. All in all, no hesitations in picking up this gem.
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Is it better than settlers? Ehe. If I wrote this review 2 months ago, I would have sworn this was a great game. Light, fast paced, high player interaction, explained in 2 minutes, played in 20 minutes. However, after two months of play I have seen some glaring flaws. The luck element is just too high. I have played a game where the lucky winner went out in the first round - a five minute game with no strategy. I have then played a game that lasted an hour and a half and bored everyone to tears do only to bad luck in darwing the destinations.

Bottom Line: Is it fun? yes. Is it worth buying for a couple of months. Sure. Is it for kids? As long as they can read.
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This game is a load of fun with the added benefit that it's easy to explain and plays in about a half an hour or less. The components are top notch. The board shows a map of the US with key cities. Each player is secretly dealth 5 cards showing 5 of those cities which are spread out over the board (a color-coding system insures that they are spread out). The cities on the board are connected by lines, and each turn, a player can place one or two track pieces on the board. The goal is to be the first player to connect all 5 cities with track. Players can hook onto other players' track, too, to make things go faster. The strategy lies in the timing. You must try to allow your opponents to build segments of track for you, without their noticing, and then hook onto theirs to link your cities the fastest. Since no one knows what cities the other players have drawn, there is a lot of tension as you race to connect your own, wondering if any minute someone will announce that they have beat you to the finish line. Not super deep, but a crowd-pleaser.
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This plays the same as Tran-Europa, but with a map of America instead of Europe. Hard to find and out of print, I think it is worth buying even at the high prices offered. Fast and easy to learn with good strategies and thinking to make the fastest connections. Each round plays a little different.
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First and foremost the game components are of good quality. The game is fun to play, just one leaf of rule book. Yes, it's just one page. Very easy to master, and lots of fun to have. My wife and I have had so much fun playing this game.
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The year is 1863, industry is exploding, and efforts are underway to construct a vast network of railways, the greatest technological achievement known to man! You are a wealthy entrepreneur who strives to link major industrial hubs across the United States, and you hope to be the first to complete it. But you are not alone: others are also in the business to get rich, and they can benefit from the rails you build. Will you be able to strategically utilize new and existing railways to be the first to complete your railway network?

TransAmerica is played in a series of rounds, in which the players each draw five (of 32) city cards, one from each of the five colored regions of the United States. The players then secretly determine the best route to connect all of their cities by rail, and take turns placing rails on the board. As soon as two players' rail networks touch, they can use both networks to further their development, which adds an interesting twist to the game. The first person to connect all five of their cities wins the round, and the other players collect negative points in proportion to how many railway sections they are lacking. These short rounds continue until one player's score triggers the game end, which is usually after two to four rounds.

I found TransAmerica while rummaging through a pile of undesirable games at a local thrift shop--and undesirable is an understatement! My mother spotted a small orange box that read, "TransAmerica Eine Spur schneller, $2.99." It looked interesting, but the entire game was in German, including the directions. We called up my husband, and he was able to find the directions online and in English.
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