Friday Games: Transamerica

Transamerica geography train game

One of my favorite games for when Jeff and I have friends over for games is Transamerica.  It’s easy to explain, rounds go quickly, and if you’re behind one round you can bound ahead the next.

Transamerica geography train game

At the beginning of the game each player is given 5 cities they have to connect with their tracks.  you can start your tracks anywhere on the board, but common plan is to start near one of your cities.

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When it’s your turn you can lay 2 tracks down, or 1 track if crossing a river or mountain.

 

Pretty simple, right?

 

Transamerica geography train game

Well yes and no.  The rules are that simple, but there is a lot of strategy behind where you start and how you build.

 

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Once your tracks are linked in to other people’s tracks they can build on your tracks.  That can help you or hurt you.  Usually it helps you, but you have to beware because it can help your opponents more.  Your tracks might be right next to their city.

 

On the random to strategy side of things; the draw of the cities is random, but it’s what you do after that which is key.

 

As a side note, we used this game as part of our study of the transcontinental railroad.  If you’ve ever looked at our train system, this really explains much about it.  They’re crazy.  Why do I need to go all the way up to Chicago if I want to ride a train to Denver?  CRAZY!  Transamerica explains all that, because the owner of the railroad piggy-backed on someone else’s tracks to save on expenses.

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8 thoughts on “Friday Games: Transamerica

  1. Added this to our wish list!! :-) We love playing some complex games but they aren’t as fun when you have to teach everyone the rules.. this sounds like the perfect game to play with people that don’t play some of the same games as us!

  2. We have a similar game – it’s called Ticket to Ride. I got it for my birthday last year and sadly didn’t open it yet. Now I really want to see if Anna is ready to play it.

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  4. Where do you find many of your games? I’ve never heard of many (the ones you wrote about on Upside Down Homeschooling)…..

    • I mostly get them at a local game store in our area, but Barnes and Noble also is starting to develop a good game section. I know they’ve got Settlers of Catan, and Carcassone there. Most of them are also available on Amazon for a good price. I’d try doing a search online for either “your city name” game story or “your city name” comic store. Many comic stores are also game stores.

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