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2012
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1 − 4
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Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
60 − 120 minutes
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10 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Freedom: The Underground Railroad
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Early in the history of the United States, slavery was an institution that seemed unmovable but with efforts of men and women across the country, it was toppled. In Freedom: The Underground Railroad, players are working to build up the strength of the Abolitionist movement through the use of notable figures and pivotal events. By raising support for the cause and moving slaves to freedom in Canada, the minds of Americans can be changed and the institution of slavery can be brought down.

Freedom is a card-driven, cooperative game for one to four players in which the group is working for the abolitionist movement to help bring an end to slavery in the United States. The players use a combination of cards, which feature figures and events spanning from Early Independence until the Civil War, along with action tokens and the benefits of their role to impact the game.

Players need to strike the right balance between freeing slaves from plantations in the south and raising funds which are desperately needed to allow the group to continue their abolitionist activities as well as strengthen the cause.

The goal is not easy and in addition to people and events that can have a negative impact on the group's progress, there are also slave catchers roaming the board, reacting to the movements of the slaves on the board and hoping to catch the runaway slaves and send them back to the plantations.

Through careful planning and working together, the group might see an end to slavery in their time.

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Awards
2013 Game of the Year - Drive-Thru Review
2013 Theme of the Year - De Tafel Plakt! (The Table Sticks)
2013 Board Game of the Year - The Wargamer
2013 Winner Best Historical Game - Club Fantasci Board Game Awards
2013 Winner Most Innovative Game - Club Fantasci Board Game Awards
2013 Winner Best New Designer - Club Fantasci Board Game Awards
2013 Winner Best Thematic Game - Board Game Quest Awards
2013 Winner Cooperative Game - Board Game Quest Awards
2013 Winner Best Co-op Game - Dice Tower Awards
2013 Winner Best New Designer - Dice Tower Awards
2013 Winner Best Game Theming - Dice Tower Awards

2014 General Strategy Nominee - International Gamers Awards
2014 Best Historical Game Nominee - Origins Awards
2013 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee - Board Game Geek
2013 Best Strategy Game Nominee - Dice Tower Awards
2013 Most Innovative Game Nominee - Dice Tower Awards
2013 Best Game of the Year Nominee - Dice Tower Awards
2013 Game of the Year Nominee - Club Fantasci Board Game Awards
2013 Best Co-Operative Game Nominee - Club Fantasci Board Game Awards
2013 Best Thematic Game Nominee - Club Fantasci Board Game Awards

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Freedom: The Underground Railroad
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English first edition
Publisher: Academy Games
Artist: Jarek Nocoń, Steve Paschal
Year: 2013
Product Code: AYG5401
Size: 13.70 x 9.90 x 3.00 inches
3.80 pounds
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Release Date: Sep 2013
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2 Horizontal Tuckboxes for Sleeved Cards
These tuckboxes are for sleeved cards, specifically designed to accommodate FFG sleeves. This box holds the 6 Role cards, 4 Victory cards, and 18 Slave Market cards, 28 cards in total. For a full list of my tuckboxes, check out [geeklist=183263]My Tuckbox Geeklist[/geeklist]!
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2015-05-19
1 Rules in Greek
Οι κανόνες του παιχνιδιού στα Ελληνικά
Greek
2015-05-16
39 Abolitionist's Quick Start Guide to Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Abolitionist's Quick Start Guide to Freedom: The Underground Railroad This Quick Start Guide is meant as an introduction to the game of Freedom: The Underground Railroad. You can think of it as a guide to pass along to your friends to read before going to game night. It’ll be great if the game is played with at least one experienced player who knows how to handle all the exceptions and special rules. This guide is not meant to be comprehensive. Hopefully it can be used as an aid to help new players get into this game. Some of the things I left out include: - Scoring. - Money cannot be shared. - Moving two spaces. - Slaves cannot move through paths with Slave Catchers. - Slaves can move through paths with other slaves. - You can play maximum two tokens on your turn. -...
English
2014-09-10
2 Freedom_The Underground Railroad_cards_CHT
Traditional Chinese card of Freedom The Underground Railroad. Freedom 廢奴、保留及反對卡(文字敘述處)繁體中文化. 有錯誤之處,歡迎來信指正,謝謝 :D
Chinese
2014-09-05
10 Traduccion español Freedom: the underground railroad
Traducción al castellano de este gran juego, cualquier modificación o error ruego que me lo comuniquen.
Spanish
2014-09-01
8 Tuck boxes for Freedom
Tuck boxes for Freedom. One for each period, slave market (2 versions), role & abolitionist cards, as well as stretch cards. Best used with sleeved cards. v1.0 April 21, 2014
English
2014-04-21
4 NG Tuck boxes for Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Tuck box designs for cards in Freedom: The Underground Railroad. Box design separates cards into Abolitionist cards, Slave Market and Role cards, and Expansion cards. Design supports sleeved cards. Change log: • v1 Initial release. FEBRUARY 18, 2014
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2014-02-19
16 Freedom one-page rule summary
Single sheet setup and play summary for Freedom - The Underground Railroad. Designed for use as "tick-list" explaining the game, and quick review when playing.
English
2014-02-07
11 Rules in Italian
Selfmade traslation of rules in italian on original layout.
Italian
2013-10-05
25 Freedom: The Underground Railroad Expansion Card Rules
These are the temporary rules for the expansion cards, without final formatting or art.
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2013-08-12
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Board Game Rank: 297
Thematic Rank: 46
Strategy Game Rank: 154
Num Ratings: 1395
Average Rating: 7.70
Standard Deviation: 1.25
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Users Owning: 2492
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