Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thurn und Taxis board game

Want to take a break from sorting, soaking and mounting your stamps? Well, the board game Thurn and Taxis may be just the thing.

According to reviewer Greg Schloesser, "Set in the infancy of the German postal system, the board game Thurn and Taxis challenges players to construct postal routes across the country. Longer routes are initially more lucrative, but establishing postal stations in as many provinces and cities as possible is also a profitable goal. The player who best able to accomplish these tasks shall rise to the German equivalent of 'Postmaster General' and be renowned in letter-carrier lore for posterity."

Produced in 2006 by Rio Grande Games of Rio Rancho, N.M., there is also an expansion game - Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory Expansion with additional routes.

Thurn and Taxis won the 2006 Spiel des Jahres award given to the best family game of the year published in Germany. The Spiel des Jahres is probably the most prestigious award a game can win. reports, 'The new routes run between Holland and Sachsen – between Preußen and the free cities. The players build new postal stations in order to provide fast service for important letters to the many new customers in the north. Hard-working postal carriers add horses to their carriages to enable them to travel farther and more safely, which will help the separated Preußen provinces to achieve power and glory."

To watch a video about the game, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM