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Bus (1999)

Average Rating: 6.80/10
Board Game Rank: 1484
Strategy Game Rank: 681
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Publisher
Year Published
1999
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
(14 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
(7 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(6 voters) [poll]
Subdomain
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Mechanic
Primary Name
Bus
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Prior to Essen 1999, a group of students created Splotter Spellen to sell some of their own game designs. This game is regarded as one of the highlights of that group. The object of the game is to deliver as many people to their destinations as you can. To accomplish this, players place route markers on the board to connect passengers to their destinations. However, the destination types (work, bar, home) vary from turn to turn, so you can follow certain passengers as they make their way through the daily grind.

Players may buy more buses (they start off with one), build onto their bus route, bring new passengers to the city (via the trains), expand the city by adding more buildings, and run their buses. There is another option, the clock, but more on that later. The action board has one other clever feature. On some actions, route expansion and building, the first player to choose that action actually gets to execute the action last! Which leads to some interesting games of chicken and some painful decisions.

Buying more buses allows a player to carry one more passenger every time they run their buses - hence scoring, in the best case, one more point. Depending on how the city gets built, however, finding lots of passengers on the street can be tricky.

Bus routes extend from either end of a Settlers-style initial placement. Extensions are appended to either end. Routes may only run parallel if a route is completely blocked at both ends - seems pretty rare - so getting one end pinched off can be painful (but isn't it always?). All new passengers will arrive at one of two train stations so that is one concern when route building. One must also be careful to run by a nice mix of building types. And, when building, one must always have an eye towards spoiling other players' routes by placing a mix of building types at each of their intersection so that all of their passengers just walk! Finally, when carrying passengers, one wants to be careful to set up to carry the same passenger next turn.

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Third Edition
Publisher: Splotter Spellen
Artist: Tamara Jannink
Year: 2001
Size: 12.20 x 8.66 x 2.08 inches
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German third edition
Publisher: Splotter Spellen
Artist: Herman Haverkort, Tamara Jannink, Joris Wiersinga
Year: 2001
Size: 12.20 x 8.66 x 2.08 inches
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Publisher: Splotter Spellen
Artist: Tamara Jannink
Year: 2000
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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First Edition
Publisher: Splotter Spellen
Artist: Tamara Jannink
Year: 1999
Size: 12.12 x 8.62 x 2.00 inches
1.85 pounds
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4 Bus Rules in English - Original Scan
This is a scan of the original rules in English. I cleaned it up a bit so it can be printed out in booklet format easily.
English
2015-05-04
3 Bus: Regolamento in Italiano
Traduzione in italiano del regolamento di Bus. Layout non originale a colori.
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2014-04-28
14 BUS Track.jpg
Replacement Action Track
2004-12-13
28 Bus.zip
English rules (html)
2004-12-13
1 bus.pdf
French Rules for Bus in pdf format
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1484
Strategy Game Rank: 681
Num Ratings: 587
Average Rating: 6.80
Standard Deviation: 1.53
Num Views: 67195
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 3.0
Fans: 15
Personal Comments: 238
Users Owning: 631
Users Wanting: 154
Users Trading: 9 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 1
Price History: View
Total Plays: 1448
Plays This Month: 9
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Episode 27 – Splotter Spellen Interview
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