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In Bridge Troll, you and your friends are hideous trolls who each guard a troll bridge. Each turn, you throw boulders to bid for travelers, who vary in number depending on the weather for that day. Travelers include fat merchants, pilgrims, poor monks (who make good eating), and if you are lucky, royal personages. As travelers come to your bridge, you use them to collect tolls. But watch out! Knights, bandits, dragons, and vicious Billy Goats Gruff prowl the countryside. You'll have to use some of your boulders to chase them away (which means you’ll have fewer left to use on your bridge!).

Although you need to collect tolls from travelers so you can buy building supplies, working on your bridge makes you hungry, so you will have to eat some of your travelers instead. It is important to balance tolls with food in order to make your bridge very appealing to travelers. If you eat too many travelers or just collect money, you won't be able to fix up your bridge. The player who uses toll-money, food, and boulders to build the most impressive troll bridge operation wins the game.

First of two "Troll" games by the designer, the second being Trollhalla.

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* 2010 "Games 100" nominee for Best Family Strategy Game in Games Magazine
* The Dice Tower "Top 10 Games -- 2009" (Giles Pritchard's #5)
* Shortlist (finalist), Best International Game Award 2010


http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_BridgeTroll.gif Bridge Troll fan

The illustrator for all those fun images in Bridge Troll is Ryan Laukat].

When playing, it is suggested that you GRUNT like a troll every time you reveal your bids!

Here are the two most commonly asked questions about Bridge Troll's rules (see full FAQ in FILES, below):

Q: If I close my bridge and the supply of boulders runs out, the rules say that I should collect boulders from the player who has the most boulders in his or her supply. Do I collect boulders one-at-a-time and check for the remaining player with the most boulders after each one I take? Or do I take them all from the same player?
A: You take them all from the same player. Trolls are not exactly polite about this sort of thing. See Rule Variants in the FAQ for a way to play that involves less bouldersnatching.

Q: If I am CLOSED and the supply of boulders runs out, I am supposed to collect boulders from the player with the most boulders in his or her supply. What if after collecting these boulders *I* become the player with the most boulders? Can the next player then take boulders from me?
A: No. When CLOSED players collect boulders, they should keep collected boulders separate from their supplies until after ALL players have collected. Do not count the boulders you just collected as part of your supply until all players are finished collecting. (It might be convenient to temporarily put these boulders on top of your bridge to keep them separate from your supply.) See Rule Variants in the FAQ for a way to play that involves less boulder-snatching.

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Bridge Troll
Z-Man English edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Ryan Laukat
Year: 2009
Product Code: ZMG 4052
Size: 9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 inches
1.14 pounds
English, German
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15 Unofficial Russian Rules
Rulebook. Russian language translation. Неофициальная русская версия правил настольной игры "Мостовой тролль". Полноценный PDF с иллюстрациями на основе официальных правил. Перевод и верстка sNOwBODY.org.ua специально для магазина настольных игр DesktopGames.com.ua
6 2 - Player Duel Variant (Auction Removed with Pick up and Delivery)
Added a better overview of the variant on the first page. New Gameplay Mechanics: * The privilege to gain first pick selection of a group of travelers will no longer be determined by auction bidding. * 5 Bridge Troll boards are placed in the play area. * 4 rows of traveler cards will be laid out on the table in each of the 2 rounds of play. * Travelers will be directed to bridges based on 2 color cubes that may be placed above each cards during setup. (Cards with no cubes may be directed to any Troll Bridge) * Players will not only be controlling the Bridge Troll boards in front of them, but will also be vying for a majority stake control of a second secret alliance Troll Bridge. (The collection of 5 cubes of one color is required to claim a majority stake in a secret alliance.)...
1 Bridge Troll FAQ, in German (revised)
Bridge Troll FAQ, in German (revised)
12 Bridge Troll FAQ, updated 2009-10-03
this is Alf Seegert's updated FAQ, put into a spiffy "booklet" format that will fit into the game box... just print it double sided, and fold
2 Bridge Troll rules in German
Bridge Troll rules in German
2 Bridge Troll rules in Chinese
Bridge Troll rules in Chinese v1.0
9 Bridge Troll Quick Reference
1-page, 2-sided quick reference in English, a la Liumas.
3 Card Organizers
These are kinda like tuck-boxes, but just have open tops. I've gone with a very utilitarian (no color, no art) design; all three fit on a single 8.5×11 sheet of card stock. But you could use a different color of paper for each box.
8 Bridge Troll FAQ, updated 2009/07/16
This is a minor update to Alf Seegert's FAQ. The updates are straight from the man himself... I contacted Alf for permission to post a "single sheet" version, and he gave me a couple updates to include. This version is formatted to fit on one side of a single 8.5×11 sheet.
26 Rule Clarifications for Bridge Troll and General FAQ
Updated Bridge Troll FAQ (10/3/2009). Includes some rule variants.
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