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2010
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1 − 2
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Best with more than 2 players
Recommended with 1, 2, more than 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
55 minutes
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10 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Circus Train (First Edition)
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Circus Train, by designer Tom Decker, is a 1-5 player game in which you are the owner and operator of a small circus train in prohibition-era America. In this game, you and your opponents are vying to employ the best talent while putting on the most magnificent show each month. While touring the country by train, you will have the opportunity to perform while adding talent to your show through hiring the performers stranded in cities by defunct circuses. Just remember to keep an eye on your wages, because your talent definitely will.

Through clever card hand management, you control the movement of your train around the American northeast, making strategic business decisions about talent, performances and payroll in this fast-paced strategy game. Each turn represents one week of real time, and after six months, the circus season closes for the year and the game ends with one player declared as having The Greatest Show on Earth.

Inspired by Sara Gruen’s novel, Water for Elephants, Circus Train Second Edition includes thematic elements such as improving your show’s reputation by picking up alcohol for your talent and staff (legally, in Canada), the high costs of supplying big cats and elephants, and the ability to “red light” (firing by throwing off the train) disgruntled talent or talent that has simply become too expensive to maintain. These elements are blended into the game’s mechanics, keeping it all simple while adding layers of depth and strategy.

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Circus Train (First Edition)
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English first edition
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Artist: Tim Allen, Chris Taylor
Year: 2010
Size: 8.66 x 5.91 x 0.39 inches
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4 Circus Train railroad cards for talent
After I posted I picture of my homemade cards, I was asked to upload the file so here it is. These cards can be placed it front of the player to show their talent and special characters as a train.
English
2013-05-14
32 Circus Train Solo PC
Circus Train Solo PC game. Requires .NET 3.5. Game rules @ publisher's site.
English
2012-02-08
5 Circus Train Korean rules
Rules in Korean. If there is something wrong, please send a geekmail to me, not email. As I play this game, it may be updated.
Korean
2010-11-03
5 Basic game Turn Track replacement
Update: slightly improved graphics. This is a replacement Turn Track suitable only for the Basic Game. Each row has seven boxes, one for each Action Card. Thus when your Action Cards are all available, it's easy to see that you're on track. This layout is also useful for planning two-week performances. (This is not suitable for the Advanced game, as that has eight Action cards and the possibility to reuse them.)
English
2010-03-29
7 Circus Train player aid: strategic choices
This small aid (two on one page, cut in two) was developed to help us figure out which Talents were the best to choose in our first game. There are a lot of factors going into this decision, and I had to spell them out like this to help us make informed choices.
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2010-03-07
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Board Game Rank: 3364
Thematic Rank: 421
Num Ratings: 102
Average Rating: 7.04
Standard Deviation: 1.32
Num Views: 35451
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.7
Fans: 11
Personal Comments: 64
Users Owning: 182
Users Wanting: 25
Users Trading: 14 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 244
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Year Published 2010
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1P 023 - Circus Train
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