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Two of the nicest cities in the world during the Art Deco period, where passengers, flying boats and long bridges are waiting for you!
Two of the nicest cities in the world during the Art Deco period, where passengers, flying boats and long bridges are waiting for you!
Two of the nicest cities in the world during the Art Deco period, where passengers, flying boats and long bridges are waiting for you!
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Tramways: Paris / New York, build the trams and stay happy!

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Shortly after completing development of Tramways the base game, it immediately became very clear that expansions could provide a lot of fresh play, set in various cities, because many cities of the world need a tramway, as a matter of fact!

Thus, I present to you… the Paris / New York City expansion!

If you are unfamiliar with Tramways, do not despair! This is a perfect time to hop aboard. Just take a look at the Tramways section a little further down this page. 

For everyone else already familiar with Tramways, read on, and I will tell you everything you need to know!

Tramways: Paris / New York City includes one large, 42cm × 60cm, 2-sided gameboard, folded into 4 sections, with a map of the Paris of the 1920s on one side, and a map of New York on the other side. It also includes a A4 rulesheet that explains the rules differences, and the peculiarities of each map.

Both maps have very special characteristics, and feature some traversable waterways. In Paris, you will have to make the best use of the river Seine, because not only can you build bridges across it, your passengers can ride along the Seine in tourist riverboats — Tramways is no longer only about the trams! In New York, you will need to cross the East River in order to access the most profitable and rentable areas of the city. This is going to require constructing some expensive bridges….

Both maps are illustrated by Todd Sanders, and these new maps will help highlight the depth of the game, while simulating construction in these two legendary cities, each with its own characteristics. I created these maps to recreate the time period and the geographical situation of these two metropolises in the early 1900s. I hope you will enjoy not only revisiting the game Tramways, but also riding the tramways through these two great cities at the turn of the prior century….

Paris is Paris! This expansion prioritizes leisure buildings, and highlights the role of the river Seine by allowing passengers to be moved via the famous tourist riverboats….

Tramways Paris Map
Tramways Paris Map

MAP Special rules: (3p-5p)

- You start the game all of the Leisure building cards and tiles, but only one each of the other types. 

- You draft your four starting parcels from the 25 available, rather than deal them randomly. 

- A new mode of transportation is available: tourist riverboats. They circulate on the Seine, and allow you to move passengers between buildings built on its banks. You must spend 1 magnetic strip per stop along the river, but each such stop also earns you $5 from the bank. 

So, with a few tickets in hand, you can take a grand journey on the Seine for great profits!

NEW VARIANT: It is possible to play the Paris map with 2 players. Just play with the East side or the West side of the city !

New Yoork, Neeeeew Yooooooork (Frank Sinatra is singing)…. The city of New York is divided into different boroughs, some of which are separated by the East River. You will need to build bridges at the right places in order to reach the most profitable neighborhoods. Rail links with bridges are worth a lot of points at the end of the game, assuming you can finish them in time!

Special rules: (2p-4p)

- You draft your four starting parcels from the 25 available, rather than deal them randomly. 

- Your Build 2 Rail icon + Rail Worker icon Generic card is replaced with a Build 3 Rail icon + Rail Worker icon Generic card. 

- You can build bridges across the East River (but not the larger bodies of water); however, a Rail tile on water requires 3 Build Rail icons! 

- Each completed link with a bridge is worth an extra 3 happiness points at the end of the game! 

You will have to manage your stock of Rail tiles (and use your Build Rail icons) very wisely!  

 

These 2 maps contain 25 parcels each, all in need of names. 

As a Venture Capitalist, you can buy a parcel and see your name on the gameboard every time you play! You will need to provide your parcel name immediately after the end of the campaign, so as not to delay manufacturing. 

Or naming your name near the Eiffel Tower along the Seine ?

Of course, the names are subject to my approval. You will neither get to choose the exact location of your parcel, nor the city in which your parcel will appear.

Tramways is a train game with a deckbuilding mechanism, some nasty bidding, and very clever management of the ticket cards in your hand. 

LAST NEWS: Tramways has been nominated for the Goblin Magnifico 17 in Italy !

 Want more info, click HERE

 

 

For a more detailed explanation and a review of the game, you can watch this video by Richard Ham final thoughts (a.k.a. Rahdo): 

 You don't want to read the rules book, just listen this video from Heavy Cardboard !

Various citations from around the internet with regards to Tramways: 

“a phenomenal game that is the jewel in the designer's crown!” — S. Carey 

“The solitaire game is juicy and appetizing,” — N. Morse 

“this is one of the top games of 2016 and one that I will gladly see many expansions for” — Coralsaw “One of the best games ever created” — Dugy

More comments and ratings for Tramways on the BGG page

  

 The Tramways base game includes ALL SG during the campaign in May 16 ! (12 modular boards printed both side for example...)

 

Download the rulebook here.

You should also read the May 2016 crowdfunding campaign for the base game, Tramways.

The game Tramways offers great possibilities for expansions for several reasons:  

- The map system uses parcels with coordinates that allow you to adapt to any type of map, of any size. You can adjust the number of map boards based on the number of players, and the game setup automatically adjusts accordingly. 

- The system for moving the passengers allows for many variations: varied distances, mountainous obstacles, different numbers of each type of building. 

- The rules can be adapted for each city, and can take each city’s peculiarities into account with just a few additional rules.

I tried to minimize the shipping costs at their best level.

The US/Canada, Europe and Australia shipping costs are only $2 for the Builder reward, $4 for all other countries thanks to fulfillment agreements in these different areas.

If you want to include Tramways the base game, the shipping costs are $10 for the US/Canada, Europe and Australia, $15 for all other countries.

The shipping costs are offered at the Venture Capitalist reward ! But add $54 to your pledge if you also want the base game.

The shipments will be made from France in a letter format. Backers of this campaign cannot pick up their expansions and games at SPIEL 2017 in Essen: Managing and organizing this is far too complex, and causes errors. Nobody likes errors, backers least of all.

 The project is US-CAN-EU-AUS friendly ! 

 

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Risks and challenges

With the campaign for the game Tramways, and fulfillment of all my other games, I have developed quite a routine for mass shipments. Manufacturing will be done by the same company in The Netherlands, NSF, who manufactured Tramways, because we are very satisfied with the quality (thickness of the tiles, quality of the cardstock for the cards, thickness of the box — much better than in other games…). The graphics are ready, as are the files. All we need are the Venture Capitalists’ names!

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