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A micro game where players ride the express. You've earned the title of Yardmaster, but freight is rolling in faster than ever.
A micro game where players ride the express. You've earned the title of Yardmaster, but freight is rolling in faster than ever.
2,412 backers pledged $33,286 to help bring this project to life.

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$33,286

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$7 a copy for ALL at the 3-Pack Reward Tier 

Designed by David Short (Ground Floor, Skyline, Planes)

2-4 Players (5th Player as a Stretch Reward)

Less than 10 minutes to play!

In Yardmaster Express players are racing to have the most valuable train by the end of the last round. Through card drafting players must balance building a high value train while keeping an eye on what they might be able to deny their opponents.

Yardmaster Express will have top notch component quality and the best part of that is we don't have to hit any stretch rewards for it to come this way! You can count on 49 high quality, linen embossed cards. (Square 70mm x 70mm) 

+ Caboose Expansion #4 & Caboose Expansion #5

We want to put SO much more in the Yardmaster Express box so scroll down to the Stretch Rewards Section when you're ready.

Yardmaster Express will be the first game featured in an awesome magnetic box that has never been used by our manufacturer before. All future Pub Series Games will be featured in this box. Check it out!

By backing now you save OVER 50% OFF MSRP! 

The MSRP on Yardmaster Express will be $14.99 so don't miss out on this awesome price break!

We have a whole lot of awesome planned for the Yardmaster Express Stretch Goals. As we fund and funding grows higher we will release more Stretch Goals. Trust me, you're going to want them!

You can really help Yardmaster Express reach all of its Stretch Goals by heading over to Board Game Geek and giving the new images for Yardmaster Express your "Thumbs" Up. If you don't have a Board Game Geek account they're free and very easy to create!  Click here to start those thumbs rolling.

This will be a matte sleeve with UV coating on the logos and it will feature stylized art on the back of the sleeve.
This will be a matte sleeve with UV coating on the logos and it will feature stylized art on the back of the sleeve.
60 x 15 x 10mm
60 x 15 x 10mm

Please note that you only pay the shipping charge once, regardless of how many copies you are adding on. 

Please see the FAQ below for a full explanation and list of Add-Ons that will be offered post-campaign through Pledge Manager.

In past projects we have allowed you to add-on Swag or even other games that Crash Games publishes and we still want to be able to offer that to you but in a better, more efficient way for both you as the backer and Crash Games as the publisher.

I am very happy to announce that I have partnered with Adam (he's the awesome guy who made a website called Kicktraq) to run all of Crash Games current and future projects (Pay Dirt & Yardmaster) through an awesome service called "Pledge Manager". This is a very easy to use interface and allows for you as the backer to be in control of ALL of your information including your address as well as your add-ons. The best part is you only have to create a free account once and even that is super easy. 

I plan on offering not only the original Yardmaster but every current and previous Crash Games title through Pledge Manager once the Yardmaster Express Campaign is concluded. 

Read Geek Dad's Review by clicking here
Read Geek Dad's Review by clicking here
                                          

"Yardmaster Express is pretty delightful: it's a really quick play, but it evokes the original while mixing up the gameplay. ...Yardmaster Express will be a great addition to my collection of microgames."

Read Ken's Review here
Read Ken's Review here

"My kids and I really enjoy Yardmaster Express. The rules are easy to teach and explain, the gameplay is tactical, smooth and fun. It is becoming a go-to game when we have a small amount of time to play. Excited to see this game become a reality!"

-Brian Frahm (Discerning Gamer)

Here at Crash Games we firmly believe in offering all of our games in Print & Play form in an effort to help you decide if one of our games is the right fit for you. We are proud to continue that tradition with Yardmaster Express. Please click the image below to download the Print & Play Files from Board Game Geek (If you don't have a BGG Account it is free to create one!)

Please keep in mind these are not necessarily the final rules. 

Click HERE to download the Prototype Rules from Board Game Geek.

We have worked very hard to make Yardmaster as affordable as possible to our International Backers. We have partnered with Fulfillment Companies in Canada, the EU and in Asia so that as many international backers as possible will not have to pay any additional taxes or VAT fees. 

International Backers outside of the Canada and EU may have to pay all taxes and fees charged by your local government. Please contact us before pledging.

I know that Yardmaster Express is a great game and I have been delighted to hear from Reviewers & Bloggers and Con Goers from across the country, that they agree. Because I know Yardmaster Express is so awesome if you are not happy with it for any reason whatsoever within 1 month of receiving it you can return it to Crash Games for a full refund of your pledge amount no questions asked. If you're out of the United States you will be able to return it to one of our local shipping partners to keep your return shipping cost at a minimum. 

Pledge with confidence!

Without you, our backers, we would not be able to keep making the awesome and fun games you have come to expect from Crash Games. We promise that you are always our first priority when it comes to receiving Yardmaster Express. We will not under any circumstances sell Yardmaster Express to retailers or at a convention until you have your copies. We also promise to keep you informed through every step of the process from the second the project ends until it arrives on your front door step. Our customers are our number one priority and we are only one click away from answering any and all of your questions and concerns.

As a backer you can count on receiving a substantial discount off of MSRP plus extras for Yardmaster Express that will not be included in the final retail version of the game. 

Your best deal is ALWAYS to back our projects to get the best deal and the most for your money!

If you'd like to know exactly what your pledge means to Crash Games and the many people that we enable to provide for their families click here.

Here at Crash Games we know that our Kickstarter Backers are the single most important aspect to being able to bring our board games to market. It has truly been an awesome and rewarding journey with Rise!, The Lost Dutchman, Dungeon Heroes, Paradise Fallen, Council of Verona, Where Art Thou, Romeo?, Pay Dirt and Yardmaster.

The conversations that we have had with you all at conventions, local game stores, BGG and here on Kickstarter truly inspire us to continue creating and acting as a channel to bring talented designers' and artists' work into the hobby all while helping people create lifelong memories with their friends and family. We are eternally grateful and humbled by your support and we continue to need that support for Yardmaster Express; we simply cannot do this without you. Whether you are a first time backer of Crash Games or a long time supporter there simply aren't enough words to say thank you!

First off a big thank you to David Short for trusting me with the honor of publishing Yardmaster Express. I will always be awestruck by how your mind works and I am honored to be able to call you friend. Thank you David. 

A big thank you to my friends Bo Radokovich and Matt Loomis who helped provide key feedback that led to making Yardmaster Express even better than it already was. 

Thank you to all of the gamers who have played Yardmaster Express and provided valuable feedback in helping the game evolve into the final product. A special thank you to my nephew Spencer, Tuna and all the Crash Games Playtesters that dedicated their valuable time, effort & energy into making Yardmaster Express happen. 

I never get tired of thanking my muse, my beautiful wife, Jessica. Without her Crash Games would not be what it is today and I will never forget that.

Thank you to Steven Aramini who has joined me on this wild ride called Yardmaster and Yardmaster Express. When I approached you with Express you were very cool and supportive about it. Thank you Steven.

Risks and challenges

Pay Dirt has been submitted to our manufacturer, Panda Games and is well under way. We are on schedule and everything is going great. The original Yardmaster is currently in finalization and the files will be submitted within days.

Yardmaster Express is Crash Games' 9th Kickstarter Project and we love our backers! We have a very reputable manufacturer in Panda games that we have worked with on all seven projects and we are very familiar with all facets of the industry. We have taken steps to improve our International Delivery by hiring Canadian, Asian and U.K Based Fulfillment Companies that should result in a smoother process for all of our International Backers.

Crash Games has shipped all seven projects on time or even early in some cases so we know what it takes to keep a project on schedule. That being said there can still be hiccups or delays if something goes wrong in the printing process or overseas shipping process. We usually can see these things coming and have always been honest and upfront with our backers about any surprise issues that can delay our games.

You can pledge with confidence!

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    Print & Play - This tier includes full art digital files of Yardmaster Express for you to print. All Cards included. All Reward Tiers above this will also get Print & Play Files.

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    Single "Original Yardmaster Backer" Reward Tier - (ONE) copy of Yardmaster Express with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the U.S. THIS TIER IS ONLY FOR BACKERS OF THE ORIGINAL YARDMASTER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

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    Single New Backer Reward Tier - (ONE) copy of Yardmaster Express with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the U.S.

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    3-Pack Reward Tier - (THREE) copies of Yardmaster Express with all Stretch Rewards included x3

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    Retailer or Group Buy- (TEN) copies of Yardmaster Express with all Stretch Rewards included x10

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