The New Year means new tabletop experiences as Capstone Games has just announced that Ride the Rails, a follow-up to 2019’s Irish Gauge, will head to stores on July 1. The game will include simple rules and a grand old time for three to five players, with a restock of Irish Gauge coming at the same time.
In Ride the Rails, you will invest in railroad companies, build railway track across America, and deliver passengers to as many cities as possible. Each of the 6 game rounds features 3 phases:
- Take a Share: each player must take any 1 locomotive from the available supply of Railroad companies as a share of that Railroad.
- Build Railroad Track: each player may build Railroad track in companies that they own at least one share.
- Ride the Rails: each player transports a Passenger to a city, paying dividends (points) to all shareholders.
Each round, a new Railroad company is introduced to the game, and each Railroad company has its own special placement rules! Deliver passengers to as many cities as possible to earn the most points. Be cautious in your travels, as shareholders of Railroads that you use will also earn points!
Ride the Rails is a game of simple rules (only 1 sheet of paper) with varied strategies & tactics for 3 to 5 players ages 12 and up, playing in about an hour. Contents include (subject to change): 1 game board, 5 player boards, 162 wooden locomotives, 52 wooden passengers, 7 tracker disks, 15 player disks, 1 round marker, and 1 rule sheet.
Ride the Rails is the follow-up title to Irish Gauge, the 2019 hit that released in September and is currently sold out. Irish Gauge will return to stores alongside Ride the Rails on July 1, 2020. Both Ride the Rails and Irish Gauge carry suggested retail prices of $39.99.
Ride the Rails will also have an expansion available as a separate product: a double-sided game board featuring France on one side and Germany on the other. Ride the Rails is required to play the expansion. The France and Germany expansion retains the original rules of Ride the Rails while providing a few special new rules, specific to the map being played! The France & Germany expansion will be released alongside Ride the Rails on July 1, 2020 with a suggested retail price of $19.99.
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