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2011
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3 − 4
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Best with 3, 4 players
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12 and up
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60 minutes
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Spectral Rails
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For years prospectors, speculators, and frontier folk flocked to remote areas of the American Southwest in search of their fortunes. Makeshift towns cropped up around rich mines of copper, silver, gold and other precious commodities, only to fade away as the resources ran out. Now only ghost towns are left as testament to the community that once lived there. While the lucky ones made their fortunes; most folks barely scratched out a meager existence in these harsh and lonely towns. Some died lonely deaths in these places far from home, and now their souls wander around these ghost towns haunting them until the day when their soul can return home to achieve final peace. The ghost trains are these lost souls’ ticket to rest. These spectral trains glide majestically along ethereal rails looking for lost souls and give them passage homeward. You are the engineer of a ghost train. Your job is to find lost souls in various ghost towns and deliver them to their home towns so that they can achieve final peace

Players are Engineers of Ghost Trains traveling through the American Southwest. Each player uses their standard set of Ether cards (1-4) to move, picking up souls and delivering them to Ghost Towns. As you move, you expend Ether to lay track behind. Other players can move along on your Ether track for free, but you may never travel along your own Ether.

As you lay down more track, your old Ether disperses -- you can pull up your track to clear the way for yourself or to leave someone in the lurch.

A portion of the game revolves around managing your discard pile, as you only get half of your ether cards back each turn. But most of the game comes down to proper planning along with timing your movement to take advantage of what other people have left you, while trying to disallow easy passage for others.

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Spectral Rails
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First Edition
Publisher: Cafe Games, Z-Man Games
Artist: Kurt Miller
Year: 2011
Product Code: ZMG7053
Size: 8.88 x 12.44 x 2.75 inches
2.20 pounds
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0 Resumen de las reglas en español
Ficha resumen en español de las reglas del juego incluyendo inicio y puntuación.
Spanish
2015-01-13
3 Spectral Rails 8 x 5.5 inch Summary Card (double sided)
8 x 5 1/2 inch summary sheet that is a revised version of the sheet by vger7. Gives 3 and 4 player rules. This version is a cleaned-up version that reads better and clarifies a few points.
English
2014-08-13
0 Spectral Rails rules in Greek
Κανόνες στα Ελληνικά
Greek
2013-08-20
6 Spectral Rails Rules
Original PDF.
English
2013-07-28
0 Spectral Rails - Skrót zasad po polsku / Rules Summary PL
Spectral Rails - Skrót zasad po polsku / Rules Summary PL
Polish
2013-01-08
2 4 player board repair stickers
The Icons for Paradise Valley and Chloride City are intended for the three player board only. Please use these to cover the icons for the four player board.
English
2011-11-25
0 A Yellow Tuck Box.
A Yellow Tuck Box for the Yellow Cards, Track and Engine.
English
2011-11-22
0 A Red Tuck Box
A Red Tuck Box for the Red Cards, Track and Engine.
English
2011-11-22
0 A Green Tuck Box.
A Green Tuck Box for the Green Cards, Rails and Engine.
English
2011-11-22
0 Blue Tuck Box for cards and bits
A Blue Tuck Box for the Blue Cards, Rails and Engine.
English
2011-11-22
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Board Game Rank: 3280
Num Ratings: 181
Average Rating: 6.56
Standard Deviation: 1.14
Num Views: 54898
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Users Owning: 504
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Total Plays: 305
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