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Make deals, lay tracks, and connect your voters!  Innovative political game mechanics. Simple 1 page rules, 2-6 players, 1-hour games.
Make deals, lay tracks, and connect your voters! Innovative political game mechanics. Simple 1 page rules, 2-6 players, 1-hour games.
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Brought to you by the makers of the California Rail Map, the Northeast U.S. Rail Map, and the world-famous U.S. High Speed Rail Map, the High Speed Rail Game is a fast, fun, and educational game for 2 to 6 players where you negotiate with other politicians to bring high speed rail to your voters. 

Featuring innovative gameplay mechanics designed to capture the wheeling and dealing in infrastructure politics, the High Speed Rail Game takes a simple, interactive approach: when it's your turn to lay new track, you'll ask the other players for proposals and pick one to go with.  With games averaging an hour and randomized starts, it's designed to please everyone from the experienced gamer to your housemates.  

The game's based on this, of course.
The game's based on this, of course.

Keeping it Simple:

  • Only 1 page of rules.
  • Sets up in 1 minute: just shuffle the cards and go.
  • All math limited to single digit numbers.
  • Just four types of tiles.

Form Your Party:

Eighteen voter blocs represent different regions and industries in the U.S.  You represent three of them.  Two are public for the other players to see, the third, well, that's your hidden agenda!  To win, you'll want to satisfy at least two of your three.

It's a Big Country Out There:

It's over 2,500 miles - or 17 tiles - from coast to coast.  Maybe you're stuck in a corner?  Don't worry - everyone gets to lay a couple lines of their choice to start with.  

Go Make Some Deals:

On your turn, other players will propose where they want to extend the system to, and you'll pick from their choices.  Want to do some "I'll pick yours if you'll pick mine"?  Go for it.  Maybe they'll return the favor, maybe they won't.  It's not personal, it's politics!

Two Party System:

While 3 or more players are recommended for the High Speed Rail Game, rules have also been created for games between two players.

 Click to enlarge, or visit www.californiarailmap.com/hsrgame

Cards:


 

Actually Learn Something:

The High Speed Rail Game isn't just meant to be fun - it's also designed to illustrate current high speed rail proposals, plans, and challenges.

The cities on the map are the largest metro areas in the U.S.  Bigger cities like New York and politically influential swing states are more likely to be part of your goals.  Cities amongst mountainous terrain are separated by awkward geometry.  Supercommuters traveling from Virginia to New York?  California High Speed Rail?  There's a card for it. 

Creative Commons:

The High Speed Rail Game will be released under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.  Anyone will be able to download the free print & play PDF.

Prices are for those in the US and include free shipping to anywhere in the US.  For elsewhere, please see below.  All parts other than glass tiles are printed or made in the USA.  Source of glass tiles is unknown (I get them from Etsy).

$5 Level  - Early PDF Print & Play

Get the Game Early!  While the finished High Speed Rail Game will be Creative Commons licensed and available for anyone to download, backers will get access to the latest print-and-play PDF late-stage beta right away.  All other rewards also come with this reward.

Link to PDF (accessible to backers only): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1700980409/high-speed-rail-board-game/posts/978088

$15 Level  - Basic Edition (Transparency Tiles)

Budget Edition of the High Speed Rail Game!  Hard copy with everything you need to play.  Track tiles on overhead transparency sheet plastic, paper gameboard, cards, and playing pieces. You'll need to cut out the tiles, cards, and pieces on the dotted lines before playing.

$20 Level  - Basic Edition (Transparency Tiles)

Basic Edition of the High Speed Rail Game!  Hard copy with everything you need to play.  Track tiles on overhead transparency sheet plastic, paper gameboard, professionally printed cards, plastic playing pieces. You'll need to cut out the tiles on the dotted lines before playing.

$45 Level - Standard Edition (Transparency Tiles)

Standard Edition of the High Speed Rail Game! Upgrade to a real rigid board  and game box.  You'll need to cut out the tiles on the dotted lines before playing.

$65 Level - Deluxe Edition (1.5 mm Plastic Tiles)

Deluxe Edition of the High Speed Rail Game! Real rigid gameboard, plastic playing pieces, and 1.5mm thick plastic track tiles.

$100 Level - Deluxe Edition (4 mm Glass Tiles)

Deluxe Edition of the High Speed Rail Game, upgraded to 4mm thick glass track tiles.

$150 Level - Collectors' Edition (4 mm Glass Tiles)

Collectors' Edition of the High Speed Rail Game, includes 30"x42" U.S. High Speed Rail System Map

$250 Level - Be a Sponsor

Be a Sponsor!  Get your name/business and/or website listed on the official game board.  Also comes with Collectors' Edition of the High Speed Rail Game.

$300 Level  - Game + Small Painting

Get one of the below original paintings, approx. 14x20" Also comes with Collectors' Edition of the High Speed Rail Game.  Shipping is now included!

Building with Ramp
Building with Ramp
Valley Bus Stop
Valley Bus Stop

$400 Level - Game + Large Painting

Get one of the below original paintings, approx. 36x24" Also comes with Collectors' Edition of the High Speed Rail Game.  Shipping is now included!

Downtown Berkeley, Strawberry Creek
Downtown Berkeley, Strawberry Creek
Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

$500 Level - Custom Painting

Got something else in mind?  Request a custom 24x36 or similar sized painting.  Comes with Collectors' Edition of the High Speed Rail Game.  Shipping is now included!

All paintings are by by game designer and artist Alfred Twu

Want a custom reward?  Message me!

International Shipping Information

Eurozone: please add $30, or $40 for options with glass tiles or select the one of the "Includes shipping to Canada/EU" options.  VAT may apply depending on your country.  (Product value for VAT purposes is half the reward level).  No duty as value is under 150 EUR.  Allow 2 additional weeks for shipping and handling. 
Canada: please add $20 or select the one of the "Includes shipping to Canada/EU" options.  GST/HST may apply depending on your province.  (Product value for tax purposes is half the reward level).  No duty as product is US made.  Allow a couple extra days for shipping.  Ships via US Mail. 

For all other countries please message me.

Risks and challenges

This is my 4th Kickstarter project. Game design is complete. The game has been tested extensively and is playable and enjoyable.

Production of the game is done at local copy shops in Berkeley, California for the basic edition with additional parts for the deluxe edition from The Game Crafter in Madison, Wisconsin (www.thegamecrafter.com) and Litko Game Accessories in Valparaiso, Indiana (www.litko.net). Production time is 1 day for the basic edition and about 2 weeks for the deluxe edition. Should there be extremely high demand (as in more than 200 copies ordered), orders may take longer to fulfill but will get to you early December 2014 at the latest.

Rewards are listed as "US only" because Kickstarter does not have an option for only certain countries. If you are not in the US and do not see your country listed above, please contact me with your desired reward level so I can provide an accurate cost and time estimate for shipping.

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