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Homesteaders 10th Anniversary Edition plus New Beginnings Expansion (Kickstarter Special)
Board Game Geek Rating: 6.81
Board Game Geek Avg Player Rating: 7.28
Players: 2 to 4
Content Notes: Kickstarter 10th Anniversary Edition of Homesteaders by Tasty Minstrel Games. Includes core game, New Beginnings Expansion, plus all other unlocked stretch goals. Please note: unless otherwise stated paid add ons from the Kickstarter Campaign are not included.
Beginning in the mid 1800's, brave and ambitious settlers traveled west across the United States, emboldened by the lure of a better life and an innate sense of adventure. These early settlers did not know what kind of life awaited them, but they pressed onward, in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their families.
This spirit is the focus of one of Tasty Minstrel Games very first published titles, Homesteaders, from designer Alex Rockwell.
Long out of print, TMG is now bringing the game back as part of their 10 year Anniversary Extravaganza. This enhanced edition, with upgraded components, will be published along with the expansion, Homesteaders: New Beginnings.
Homesteaders: New Beginnings, from designer Sean McCarthy,will include all the components needed to add a 5th player to the game, plus more auction and building tiles to give more variance to each play session. It will have 25 "jumbo size" resource components - each of these will count as 5 resources of normal size. Perhaps the most exciting addition that the expansion brings to your table is a brand new event deck. Every round of the game will be altered slightly by an event, and the players will need to be on their toes and plan accordingly for these changes if they are going to come out on top at the end of the game.
And for those of you who own a previous printing of Homesteaders, don't worry - the New Beginnings expansion is completely compatible with earlier editions of the game!
Homesteaders is played over the course of 10 rounds - with each round having an income phase, followed by an auction phase.
During the Income phase, the players will allocate their workers to their buildings. When this is completed, each player will collect their income from their buildings and rail lines, and finally pay each of their workers for their efforts.
During the Auction phase, each player will have a chance to bid on the right to create buildings. On their turn, they will either issue a new bid, or pass. Once a player has passed, they can no longer take part in the auction phase, but they will move up the Railroad Development Track as consolation.
Starting with the player who won Auction #1, each winner will choose an available building that they have the resources to claim. After each player has chosen a building, the players will return to the income phase and start the process over.
After 10 rounds, there will be one last income phase without an auction, and the player with the most points will win the game of Homesteaders!
Check out the Rules to Homesteaders HERE
Check out the Rules to the New Beginnings expansion HERE
--from the publisher
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