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Grade Levels: 7th+

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Product Code: 295-295
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Challenge Your Strategy and Your Character
Are you looking for a game that will evaluate not only your strategy but also your character? Settlers of America Trails to Rails, the latest of the Catan History series, will put to the test both your ability to outmaneuver your opponents, and your capacity to do so with grace. As in all Catan games, Settlers of America Trails to Rails' key ingredient is constant player interaction, which means virtually no down time and lots of opportunity for personality quirks to be exposed.

Race to Deliver the Most Goods
Settlers of America Trails to Rails combines the award-winning strategy of the Catan series with the remarkable history of American westward expansion. Players collect and trade resources in order to build settlements, acquire locomotives and railroad routes, then race with other players to deliver the most goods.

Twists and Turns Consistent with the 19th Century
Players start with cities east of the Mississippi River and instead of knights and monopolies, there are cattle drives, cavalry, and scouts, and the abundant resources of the west require players to travel west in order to expand. There are a number of twists and turns with Settlers of America involving the earning of gold, the devaluation of land, and the dwindling of resources as the population grows, all in keeping with life in the 19th century.

Breathe Life into American History
Settlers of America's beautiful one-piece game board map of the United States utilizes the familiar Catan hex-tile grid system and includes an almanac that puts many of the game's components and themes into historical context. This simulation of America's westward expansion will breathe new life into any American history program and will wean your family away from tedious games of chance to brain-stretching games of strategy.
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Game Components
  • 120 railroad tracks (in 4 colors)
  • 48 cities (in 4 colors)
  • 8 train engines (in 4 colors)
  • 8 settlers wagons (in 4 colors)
  • 1 outlaw
  • 40 goods cubes (in 4 colors)
  • 40+ die-cut gold coins (in 1 and 5 denominations)
  • 4 building cost overview charts
  • 1 map board
  • 2 dice
  • 12 die-cut number tokens
  • 95 resource cards
  • 24 development cards
  • 1 rulebook

    Manufacturer's Information
    Copyright: 2010
    ISBN: 1569052271
    Manufacturer: Mayfair Games
    Made In: Germany
    Design: Klaus Teuber
    Time To Play: 2+ hours
    Players: 3-4
    Age: 12+

    CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.



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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
     
    Settlers of America Meets the Kids December 20, 2011
    Reviewer: Heather from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
    I definitely hit the mark on finding a game that would challenge the kids. And the X Box stayed silent. I think kids really like board games deep down, sometimes where they don’t even know it.

    I did especially like that the players have to work together during each turn. While ultimately there is one winner, the game had a feel that everyone was working towards a common goal. (I love that!) There was a lot of trading and building going on.

    The fact that the game could also be used to reinforce or to introduce American History and the concept of westward expansion, well that is just icing on the cake.

    Overall, I think this is a good game. It is difficult, I believe. The game lasts about 2 hours and requires 3-4 players. It is marked for ages 12+ and I agree with that…although we did have one 5 year old playing.

    For families, this would be one to play with your kids. Like I mentioned, it is not easy the first time, but is fun and worth learning how to play.

    Read the rest of this review at http://faithfamilyandfun.com/settlers-of-america-meets-the-kids/

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    game October 25, 2011
    Reviewer: Lisa Bittle from Grand Junction, CO United States  
    Love it! This is a great game to teach your children all about the history of the settling of our country, in a fun and easy way.  Both our children, ages 5-11, and we parents love this game.  It is fun to play, rewarding, educational, and a great deal for the money you pay.  I highly recommend this game to anyone who wants an indepth game to play with many ages, while teaching about things such as settling, creating towns, connecting towns, manifest destiny, and so much more.

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
     
    Not just a chance game! Simple, fun, strategy! May 9, 2011
    Reviewer: Jennifer Schneider from Rhinelander, WI United States  
    We have not completely figured this game out yet, but we still love it and maybe for that reason!  There are not a lot of rules and it's easy enough to learn the basics (for 10 years old and up), but there are so many possible strategies we just can't figure out the best possible mix and are always surprised at how the game progresses!  Last time we played, my daughter was so far behind we counted her out and suddenly she started jumping ahead so fast no one could catch her!  Despite positive reviews elsewhere, we hesitated for a long time to purchase this because of the price, and while it's well made and will last 'forever' - we rate it 4 stars for that factor alone.  It is still too pricy for our family to buy as a gift for someone else, otherwise I think we'd wrap it up for everyone next year!  Other than that we highly, highly recommend it!

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