La Strada (2004)

Average Rating: 6.23/10
Board Game Rank: 1934
Strategy Game Rank: 846
Family Game Rank: 569
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2004
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2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 to 10
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No necessary in-game text
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The route-building game genre can be counted as the greatest passion of English game designer and history teacher Martin Wallace. And with La Strada, he has come up with a particularly clever road-building game. Everything – from the rules to the game play – is devilishly simple. The game lets players claim successes throughout the game, and turn-by-turn one reaches one or even multiple goals. But at the end, someone else wins? How did that happen?

The game features a variable game board, built up out of hex tiles that depict easily traveled flatland, forests, or hills. Before the start of the game, nineteen different settlements (ranging from cities to tiny villages) with varying victory point values are randomly placed onto those spaces featuring a gray symbol. Each player then places his or her starting marker onto a chosen flatland tile. The object here is of course to try to put your starting marker near as many high-value cities as possible.

The object of the game is to connect together as many settlements with your roads as possible, in order to get as many victory points as possible. The catch is that settlements award fewer and fewer victory points the more players connect to them. The cities are like pies: the more people want a slice, the smaller the slices have to be.

Building streets is very simple. One a player’s turn, he receives six gold pieces. Each street segment costs two gold to build over flatland, three over forest, and four over hills. Players can build as many segments as they can afford on their turn, provided that they end at a settlement and don’t intersect any other streets on the way. Put simply: players can’t end a street in the middle of nowhere and then keep building next turn. Streets have to reach their destination at the end of each turn.

Once a settlement has been reached, and then the player gets to put one of their trade markers on it. Note that streets can intersect each other only at the settlement locations. If a player doesn’t use up all of his gold on his turn, then he can save it for the next turn (where he will also get another six gold to play with again). Players aren’t allowed to spend more than ten gold pieces on their turn, though, so you can’t save forever.

The game ends when one player can’t build any more roads or doesn’t have any trade markers left.

Scoring then occurs. A scoring example for a city: The city is worth five victory points, but only if it was connected to by a single player. A doubly connected city is worth four points for each player, while a triply connected city is only worth three each. Cities connected to by four players are only worth two points. This decreasing point system also counts for smaller settlements, worth between four and two victory points. A nicely thought out sorting system ensures that the end game scoring doesn’t turn into a math exercise. Naturally, the player with the most victory points is the winner. In the case of a tie, then the tied player with the most gold left is the winner.

La Strada is a very simple game: build roads and connect cities. But it’s not that easy to get ahead with the scores. It’s every player’s dream to claim a fat five point city all to themselves – but a player who spends too much energy trying to protect an investment will find that his other road-building options become tighter.

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Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Tanja Donner
Year: 2004
Product Code: 696139
Size: 10.00 x 10.00 x 2.00 inches
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Publisher: KOSMOS, Mayfair Games
Artist: Tanja Donner
Year: 2004
Product Code: MFG3304
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1 La Strada SP
Reglas en castellano
Spanish
2014-02-24
3 Ла Страда (перевод Shinner)
Русский перевод правил игры
Russian
2013-09-20
8 La Strada Players Aid
Player aids for La Strada. 1 x leader card & 2 player cards. Designed to be printed dual sided on a single A4 page.
English
2009-07-28
5 La Strada One-page Summary
Version 2 with a couple of adjustments.
English
2009-06-28
15 La Strada - 2 Player - Danger Style
It has been said that the official two player rules of La Strada leave a lot to be desired. Nick Danger came up with a variant (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/24751). I have taken Nick's variant, tidied it up & include it here. Basically, if I'm going to keep something, I like it to be neat. Designed to be printed on a single A4 page.
English
2009-06-23
4 A new way to play La Strada
To make the game feel more like it's your first time riding your horse through the country side to visit the new trade routes your looking to establish, try this variant. Version 1.0
English
2008-05-29
11 La strada english.pdf
English rules in PDF format - Easy to print
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2005-03-05
0 La Strada Greek.pdf
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2004-07-01
4 La strada english.doc
English Rules
2004-07-01
2 LaStrada_French.pdf
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Board Game Rank: 1934
Strategy Game Rank: 846
Family Game Rank: 569
Num Ratings: 1209
Average Rating: 6.23
Standard Deviation: 1.21
Num Views: 69287
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.8
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Personal Comments: 530
Users Owning: 1417
Users Wanting: 38
Users Trading: 110 [find trade matches]
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