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2012
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Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Dark Horse
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Dark Horse is a board game set in the Wild West with an average playing time of 30 to 90 minutes. The game puts one to four players in the role of a unique character in charge of a small territory in the old west. Some examples of the characters in the game are Banker, Cowboy, and Tracker. The characters have various abilities that give them advantages in the game as well as a starting bonus of some sort. Each player collects and uses various resources to build towns, cities, and rails to grow their territories. Players start the game with one city and two towns with the goal of growing out their territories to include additional towns, cities, and railroad connections throughout the areas that they control. The objective of the game is to collect the most victory points when the game ends. Players do this by expanding their territory, collecting gold, and obtaining Influence Points from certain actions on the game board. Players will need to watch each other’s progress as the game can end in several different ways.

Summary of Play
Each turn players roll two colored dice and place those dice on a specific action on the game board. The game has built in actions and tokens that allow players to manipulate their dice in certain ways. So players will have to decide whether to use these actions or limited tokens such as the Wild Die tokens to modify their dice. This allows players to use a majority of the dice rolls that come up each turn to further improve their position in the game.

The game promotes fast play as each player takes turns placing one or more dice on only one action per turn. Actions can include but are not limited to drawing cards, collecting resources, building additional towns and cities, and taking special actions such as the Sheriff, Mayor, Trader, or Tycoon. Some actions, such as Rail Baron, require a certain natural die roll while other actions require that your dice add up to a certain value. Players gain influence points during the game by taking specific actions which counts for a players overall victory points needed at the end of the game. Players will also need to focus on building their railroad connections as efficiently as they can to maximize their score at the end of the game.

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Dark Horse
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Knight Works English Edition
Publisher: Knight Works, LLC
Artist: Thomas P. Reidy, III
Year: 2012
Product Code: KW002-01
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
3.00 pounds
English
Release Date: Jan 15, 2012
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18 Dark Horse Summary
A 2-page PDF file for Dark Horse. Page 1 is a summary of the game setup, initial placement, game phases, building rules and final scoring. Page 2 is a table summarizing the placement and collection rules for each of the action spaces.
English
2012-08-29
9 Dark Horse Game Aid and Index v1
This file contains game setup, game phase description, game end conditions, final victory point tally, and rulebook index. File approved by the game designer, errors are mine.
English
2012-07-02
16 Dark Horse FAQ/Errata
2012 FAQ/Errata Document (without textured background)
English
2012-02-04
7 Reference Cards
The PDF contains the front and back for two reference cards. These are the original cards that shipped with the game.
English
2012-01-15
30 Dark Horse - Rule book Version 1.5 (2014)
[No Background/Letter Size] This version of the rules has numerous minor updates to correct grammar and clarity. An index has also been added to the end of the book. (No rules have been changed!) -Don Lloyd
English
2011-05-18
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Board Game Rank: 2706
Strategy Game Rank: 958
Num Ratings: 190
Average Rating: 6.83
Standard Deviation: 1.57
Num Views: 52046
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.6
Fans: 27
Personal Comments: 99
Users Owning: 400
Users Wanting: 78
Users Trading: 23 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 400
Plays This Month: 12
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#6 - Thrash Car, Dark Horse: Rebels & Rogues
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