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Year Published
2001
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Santa Fe Rails
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On a map showing the western portion of the United States each player in turn can build track to extend any of 5 major railroad lines westward from their separate origins. Players may have conflicting goals for the route to be taken as each tries to gain rewards for connecting different cities. Some branching is allowed but each line has a limited number of track pieces.

The particular cities which will reward individual players are accumulated throughout the game by drawing blind from a deck of identifying cards. The more different lines arriving at a city, the higher the score will be for that city. Later in the game 4 short lines also become available.

An updated version of Alan R. Moon's White Wind game Santa Fe.


Game Summary
The deck is composed of city cards (with some short lines shuffled into the middle third). Players have a hand of 4 city cards to start the game. Each round, players simultaneously select a card to play, then reveal. City cards are added to your personal display -- essentially, you have a share in that city. There are also several special cards (2x, 3x, 4-in-one, Branch Line, Boomtown) that modify the basic game turn. These specials are on public display, and can be acquired at the end of each round (some cost $1; the 2x may be held, but the rest must be played immediately after acquiring them).

Then, in turn order, going twice around, players add a single track to any of the railheads (each of the 5 lines has specific starting locations on the board). If the link is to a previously unconnected city, collect $2. In addition, if the city is one of the goal cities of that train line, collect $4.

After all players have gone (twice), pass the start player marker to the left. THEN, in turn order, players bring their hand total back to 4 (draw from deck and/or from cards on display). If a Short Line card is revealed, discard the card and draw again; that Short Line is now in play. They choose a card to play, and repeat above.

The game ends when 3 (or is it all?) track lines are completely used up. Each city's value is equal to its base value, printed on board, multiplied by the number of different train lines connected to it. The player with the most cash and city value wins!

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Santa Fe Rails
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GMT first edition
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Simonitch
Year: 2001
Product Code: 0107
Size: 12.50 x 8.70 x 2.70 inches
2.43 pounds
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22 Santa Fe 2nd Edition English Rules
Santa Fe 2nd Edition English rules scan
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2010-06-20
5 SF-SFR Quick Reference.pdf
Quick reference (with Santa Fe differences indicated).
2007-03-04
8 SanteFe with SantaFe Rails.pdf
How-to play Santa Fe with Santa Fe rails.
2005-09-22
8 Santa Fe.jpg
Scoring Sheet
2004-07-09
2 santafe_sp.pdf
traduccion español
2004-02-03
2 SFR Empire Express.doc
Quicker-play variant for 2-5 players
2003-09-15
3 santa_fe_rails_player_ref.doc
Santa Fe Rails slim card reference plus
2003-05-12
4 sfr2player.txt
2 Player Rules Option
2003-03-05
7 Santa Fe Rails Players Aid.doc
Turn Sequence, Card Descriptions, and Scoring
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