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Artist
Publisher
Year Published
2009
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
(117 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
(25 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(38 voters) [poll]
Honors
Subdomain
(78 voters) [vote]
Category
Mechanic
Expansion
Family
Primary Name
Automobile
Alternate Names
汽车传奇 (汽車傳奇)
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Automobile is a 3-5 player game that bears a modern setting when compared to most of Wallace’s releases. Players are competing in the U.S. auto industry in the early 20th century, purchasing factories that turn out low-, medium- and high-valued vehicles, starting with the 1893 Duryea and moving through history from there.

Each player knows a portion of the market demand each round and must make his purchasing and manufacturing decisions based on the information. Players can fund distributors across the country, but if they don’t supply distributors with vehicles to sell, they go bankrupt, taking your investment with them. Alternatively, players can drop the prices on their cars to move their market share, or even temporarily improve sales rates at the cost of research. Special action spaces are available that give a player a one-turn special ability with the actions provided by Ford, Durant, Kettering, and others some what related to their actual business history.

As newer models make their way onto the market, they sell at the expense of the older models. Older factories give inefficiency cubes as time passes, encouraging you to keep pace with technology.

To get money, you need to build cars with your factories, but if you build more than there is demand theylose not only the money spend to make them, but gain inefficiency cubes that hurt them for the rest of the game. Whoever manages their car factories the best over this 120-150 minute game will win.

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Automobile is #5 in the Warfrog Games Treefrog Line

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Awards

  • 2010 JoTa - Best Heavy-game (Critic)
  • 2010 JUG Game of the Year Nomination
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Mayfair Games Edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Czarnè
Year: 2011
Product Code: MFG 4521
Size: 11.62 x 9.38 x 3.12 inches
3.19 pounds
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Mayfair English Deluxe edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Czarnè
Year: 2011
Product Code: MFG 4522
Size: 15.00 x 12.00 x 3.00 inches
3.00 pounds
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999 Games Dutch Edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Czarnè
Year: 2010
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Release Date: Dec 2010
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Lookout Games German First Edition
Publisher: Lookout Games
Artist: Czarnè
Year: 2010
Size: 11.60 x 9.40 x 3.10 inches
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3 Автомобиль (перевод Shinner)
Русский перевод правил игры
Russian
2013-09-20
3 Russian rules
Качественный перевод правил, сверстанный в pdf на основе оригинального буклета. Перевод: Balury Верстка: Jay
Russian
2013-07-17
3 Resumen del Juego Automobile
Resumen para ayudar durante la partida
Spanish
2013-06-08
3 Automobile Calculator
This is a spreadsheet designed to reduce the large amounts of counting and simple math in Automobile. The spreadsheet has only been play tested a few times. Please give me feedback, and I will make updates.
English
2013-02-14
3 Automible turn and phases sequence - Portuguese language
It contains Autombile's sequence of turns and phases, in Portuguese language, in one A4 sheet of paper.
English
2012-09-26
1 1 page Automobile (Simplified Chinese)
This 1 page rule(excluding initial setup) is summarized by myself based on 3 gameplays
Chinese
2012-09-26
8 Automobile Tracks v1
Easily keep track of the car production and the distributors while having all information about demand. Only needs 4 loss cubes from the game. Version 1
English
2012-09-15
3 Player Aid in polish (1xA4)
Wprowadzono korekty w opisie fazy nr 2
Polish
2012-08-17
9 Single Page, Quick Reference Rules Summary
Quick Reference rules summary for helping to teach the game, and for remembering key rules between plays.
English
2012-05-08
1 Automobile Demand Stickers
Two chit-sized hot / cold stickers to place on the extra black car tokens that came with the Mayfair version of the game. These tokens can be placed in the demand spaces to help remember which space gets the higher value token.
English
2011-09-28
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Board Game Rank: 195
Strategy Game Rank: 117
Num Ratings: 4271
Average Rating: 7.41
Standard Deviation: 1.38
Num Views: 373825
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Users Owning: 4205
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Total Plays: 8509
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Year Published 2012
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Heavy Cardboard Episode 19 – Automobile
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2015-03-04
When Friends Disagree : Our Automobile review
55.66 MB
2015-01-25
I've Been Diced! episode 39: Martin Wallace
63.74 MB
2012-08-19
I've Been Diced! episode 11: How many sessions before judgment?
60.73 MB
2011-11-07
Episodio 3 – Homínidos 2011 y entrevista a Pol Cors
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2011-09-27
Automobile
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2011-05-31
OBG 047: Preferred Target Status
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