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Is Great Western Trail fun to play?

Is Great Western Trail fun to play?
Great Western Trail

Players: 2 – 4 players | Game Duration 75 – 150 mins | Min. Age 12+ | Game complexity: HIGH

Genre: American West, Animals, Economy / Industry

Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No | Online Version: No

What is Great Western Trail about?

America in the 19th century: You are a rancher and repeatedly herd your cattle from Texas to Kansas City, where you send them off by train. This earns you money and victory points. Needless to say, each time you arrive in Kansas City, you want to have your most valuable cattle in tow. However, the “Great Western Trail” not only requires that you keep your herd in good shape, but also that you wisely use the various buildings along the trail. Also, it might be a good idea to hire capable staff: cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to build your very own buildings, or engineers for the important railroad line.

If you cleverly manage your herd and navigate the opportunities and pitfalls of Great Western Trail, you surely will gain the most victory points and win the game.

The second edition of Great Western Trail includes solitaire rules, making for a player count of 1-4.

Second Edition:
Remember the old days in the West? Well, the times they are a-changing’! From new solo opponent to incredible landscapes, you won’t know where to start. And there is a new herd of cows for you to sell!

Great Western Trail is the critically acclaimed game of cattle ranching by Alexander Pfister. Players attempt to wrangle their herd across the Midwest prairie and deliver it to Kansas City. But beware! Other cowboys are sharing the trail with you. We invite you to saddle up!

The Changes in the Second edition:

Brand New Artwork by Chris Quilliams
Solo Mode: A New Challenger in the West
Dual-Layered Player Boards
Addition of a new breed of cows: The Simmental breed
Two new reversible buildings (#11 & 12)
Twelve Exchange Tokens, First introduced in the Rails of North Expansion, for more interaction with other players
Four new Master Tiles added for more strategy, replayability, and challenges

—description from the publisher

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Awards Won by Great Western Trail

2018 UK Games Expo Best Board Game (European Style) Judges Award Winner
2018 Origins Awards Best Board Game Nominee
2018 MinD-Spielepreis Complex Game Nominee
2018 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Winner
2018 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Nominee
2018 As d’Or – Jeu de l’Année Expert Nominee
2017 Tric Trac Nominee
2017 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Experten Recommended
2017 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Expert Game Nominee
2017 Lys Passioné Finalist
2017 Kennerspiel des Jahres Recommended
2017 JUG Adult Game of the Year Winner
2017 JUG Adult Game of the Year Finalist
2017 Jogo do Ano Winner
2017 Jogo do Ano Nominee
2017 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Multi-player Winner
2017 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2017 Hra roku Recommended
2017 Gouden Ludo Best Expert Game Winner
2017 Gouden Ludo Best Expert Game Nominee
2017 Goblin Magnifico Nominee
2016 Swiss Gamers Award Nominee
2016 Meeples’ Choice Winner
2016 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2016 Jocul Anului în România Advanced Finalist
2016 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2016 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2016 Cardboard Republic Tactician Laurel Nominee
2016 Board Game Quest Awards Game of the Year Nominee
2016 Board Game Quest Awards Best Strategy/Euro Game Nominee

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