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David Wilcox
United States
Boulder
Colorado
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9
Apr 2008*
Token moving across the USA collecting votes.
There is much more to this six player game than it looks.
2014-05-08
Owned
Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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9
May 2009*
I wouldn't want to play this all the time but this game is surprisingly entertaining. At the core, the game is simply roll and move, with a lot of luck riding on the dice (especially when considering that rolling doubles helps you get the special action cards). However, the game is unusually thematic for just a map of the USA and plastic pawns. I think it does a good job recreating what a campaign must be like, choosing where to spend one's time, monitoring your opponents' progress, deciding how little time can be spent in different areas for the maximum gain. This can really be a lot of fun.
2007-07-23*
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Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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9
Sep 2007*
The best election game I have ever played by far. The gameplay is deceptively simple yet deep. Similar to a real campaign, you have to start with an overall strategic plan, then adapt to changing conditions and events. The endgame is incredibly tense, perhaps the best of any game I have played. Scales well for any # of players and is especially intriguing for four to six players. An underrated classic.
2007-09-03*
Owned
Eric Li
United States
Oregon
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9
Jun 2014
I spent countless hours playing this game with my high school buddies, and my family. Taught me more about election strategy than any Civics course out there. Unfortunately, the board is locked in to the 1984 electoral map, so it is pretty outdated politically right now. Very high replay value in this game.
2014-06-29
Owned
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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8
Jul 2003*
An old-style game that I nevertheless enjoy. I use Bruce Linsey's event deck and the option to double your president when you roll doubles instead of taking an event (Bruce's rule.) I really like playing this game every year or two, though I wouldn't play it regularly.
2012-01-21
Owned
Jeffrey Kessler
United States
Long Beach
California
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8
Feb 2004*
This is one of my favorite political games.
2004-02-08*
Owned
Ed Holzman
United States
Seffner
Florida
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8
Sep 2005*
I love this game! Every time an election rolls around, I just have to break it out and update the electoral college numbers for the states. Yeah, it's roll and move with event cards but it is quick and easy and tons of fun.
2005-09-19*
Owned
Michael Prator
United States
Chandler
Arizona
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8
Jan 2006*
Fun political strategy game that is easy to learn. Nice break from the easier Landslide.
2006-01-22*
Owned
Douglas S
United States
Torrance
California
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8
Oct 2007*
Fun game. Simple and addicting when you are in the mood. I recently changed all the states electoral votes on the map to keep the game updated to its real life counterpart. Purchased in college.
Strategy/Politcal Game.
2011-01-15
Owned
Terry
United States
carlsbad
California
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8
Mar 2011
A remarkably complex game for its simple appearance. I love the scoring methodology at end game... can't help feeling that this sort of elimination scoring could work well in other games.
2009-05-18
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Hanno Girke
Germany
Berne
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8
Nov 2008*
The perfect game to play while the votes are counted ... and recounted.
2008-11-03*
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Paul Shabatowski
Canada
Stittsville
Ontario
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8
Feb 2011
Just a great game to play. Fun stuff.
2012-02-27
Owned
Stephan Valkyser
Germany
Wesseling
NRW
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7.7
Nov 2011
True, this is mostly just roll the dice and move the pawn, but with a full range of players it becomes quite tense, actually, and the scoring at the end is always very exciting.
2005-10-21*
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Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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7.5
Jul 2003*
Fine game. Sure there's dice rolling, but it balances out. And I love that you can't just go wherever you want to go. The ...
This is another one of my longer comments from years ago that got truncated during some system update (also many years ago). I wonder what I said back then.

Anyway, I love the game and don't mind the luck of the dice at all. We play fast, where you make your move and then deal with any card (passing it around the table so others can see what you got). 90 minutes is plenty for 6 players.
2012-09-28
Owned
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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7.5
Jan 2011
One of the better American presidential election games out there. Easy to play and frustrating as curve balls can derail the best laid out campaign strategies. Fun!
2011-01-08
Owned
jefF, There are some who call me... DuneKitteh
United States
Wood Dale
Illinois
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Dune Kitty really does love you, despite any asshattery.
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Useless rollover, booya! Dune Kitty says, "deal with it."
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7
Sep 2003*
I have had fun playing this. Simple and straighforward.
2003-09-15*
Bernard Kiel
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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Sep 2004*
This is the best simple game for election year gaming. Key word is simple.
Roll dice, move, with some decisions involved.
2004-09-16*
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Robert Taylor-Smith
Canada
Okotoks
Alberta
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7
Oct 2004*
Lots of fun. Wish it could be reprinted.
2004-10-29*
Kenneth Sheffield
United States
Aberdeen
North Carolina
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7
Jan 2008*
Complete
2008-01-15*
Owned
Robert Crawford
United States
Chester
New Hampshire
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7
Jan 2006*
Despite seeming luck driven, the same players tend to win most of the time (me!) Easy to get into game for non-gamers.
2006-01-25*
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Michael Milford
England
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
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7
May 2009*
A good game of USA electioneering.
2010-05-24
Owned
Dan Abraham

Gilbert
Arizona
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7
Sep 2013
GDW game. Campaign Trail is a good fun election game. Lots of dice rolling and neat "hidden" game mechanic for "tallying" votes as you move your President or Vice President or 3rd special piece. I take this game out every election year and most players enjoy playing the game. The rules are well written. The game plays fast (30 minutes per player). Campaign Trail plays best with 4 or 5 players. Although I despise house rules, my extended gaming group allows one - questioning one player's current vote count per turn in the state where the active player's President is in. This house rule gives limited polling "intelligence" and allows players to focus campaigning resources to either "attack" states where it's close or rally campaiging resources if you are the leader in a state trying to maintain your lead. Campaign Trail is a fun game and should be in player's collections who like gaming and US election politics in a general sense. Some players have even updated the 1983 game to include the current electoral vote counts for a more current game of Campaign Trail.
2013-10-06
Owned
Jamie Maltman
Canada
RICHMOND HILL
Ontario
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Jun 2015
homemade version
2015-06-15
Owned
Todd
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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Apr 2003*
I loved this when I got it 20 years ago. Lost my copy of the rules in case anyone can help
2009-03-29
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Mark D Lew
United States
Snohomish Co
Washington
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6
Jul 2005*
I played this a lot in the mid-1980s, using a homemade map -- dots and lines drawn onto a National Geographic map -- and homemade card deck provided by BRUX. Later I chanced upon a copy of the real game, but we still used BRUX's cards, which were tweaked for the better. The main drawback was the bookkeeping and constant querying about current tally, so before long we wrote a computer program to keep a color-coded display of the current totals for every player in every state. From then on we always played with the monitor on the table, entering our votes in the computer. (Later I added a special scoring routine which displayed a pretty colored map for each runoff ballot.) Eventually we abandoned the Amiga for a "real" computer (Mac for me, PC for Doug) and didn't have the program any more. Without it, Campaign Trail wasn't any fun anymore. (It occurs to me that Campaign Trail is particularly well suited to having a Java version for online play. Should be fairly easy to program, and unlike most board games this one would have better interface on a computer screen than in real life.)
2005-07-17*
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Gerry Smit
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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6
Feb 2009*
Something I should play every four years. The mechanics need something better for flying around the country though.
2007-10-28*
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Robert Ehlers
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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Feb 2008*
Pretty fun game to play on election night. Has some good strategy to think about, but also a good amount of luck.
2008-02-06*
Robert Neff
United States
Culver City
California
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6
Oct 2011
Time limits need to be set.
2008-04-06*
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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6
Oct 2008*
Initial impression. Needs more evaluation. I expect my rating to be higher with more plays. Too much luck. Die Macher is better political game and 1960 Making of a president in more intense.
2008-10-25*
Jason Matthews
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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5
Apr 2004*
Too long, I'd cast my vote elsewhere.
2004-04-20*
Atalanta
United States
Germantown
Tennessee
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May 2005*
Not the best election game ever - too much luck involved in trying to role the right die role. Hard to plan out turn sequence when all dependent on dice. Also, cards are too powerful.
2005-05-08*
Bob Rademaker
United States
The Colony
Texas
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5
Nov 2012
Not a bad simulation of the election process, with the luck of the dice playing a pretty big part in the outcome.
2007-12-19*
Enrico Viglino
United States
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona
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5
Oct 2009*
Predecessor to Road to the White House, this is probably
a better game - but not doing enough of interest to justify
the bookkeeping. Go big, go little, or go home is my motto.

If you want a lighter game than Road, AH's Candidate and
3M's Mr. President are better.
2015-02-19
Dawn Hunt
United States
Hudson
New York
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Mar 2011
Sunday Sick Girl. I couldn't leave the house this one Sunday, sick with a horrible cold. Bruce was a brave soul, he appeared at my house with yummy chicken soup and Campaign Trail ;-) I think I liked the game, but I did not have the enthusiasm I might have had normally. Would like to play again when I'm feeling 100%.

3/6/11 played again....not for me. I thought it was tedious and kind of boring.
2011-03-07
marc magner
United States
webster
New York
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Mar 2003*
pure luck
2003-03-23*
Misha Nosiara
United States
Houston
Texas
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Nov 2004*
Haven't played for years. If you like election games, the British game 'Election' is a lot better.
2004-11-05*
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Dick Hunt
United States
Ovid
Michigan
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Sep 2006*
I love this game, but there are two rather major flaws in it. First, too many of the "smaller" states (low number of Electoral College votes) are worthless to visit because of the game's event cards. For example, visiting West Virginia is a waste of time because there's an event card which simply hands somebody five votes there, basically handing them the state's votes on a silver platter. Since it would take three trips to WV to win it, nobody in my group ever bothers going there because that 5-vote event always comes up and hands it to somebody.

Secondly, keeping track of who's leading in this game is a lot of work. Everyone tracks his own vote totals in every state, but there's no "big tote board" to track each state's progress. If you want to find out who's leading in California, you have to poll the players on it after every turn. Multiply that by 50 states, and you spend an awful lot of time just figuring out who's leading at any given moment.

The game's a blast if you've got a schoolroom blackboard to track the scoring on....

Last but not least, the game's Event Cards cause a lot of trouble. They make luck far too big a factor in my opinion. In my last six player game, the guy who won had an Extra Campaigner (giving him three pieces on the board rather than the usual two) for almost the entire game. He was just lucky enough to draw three or four of them in a row whenever he had an Event occur. The Extra Campaigner Events and the Endorsement Events are simply too powerful. I'm currently working on an alternate Event Card deck of my own. It's a blast, but it's pretty slow going. I'm hoping to post it at BoardGameGeek when I get it done...
2006-09-10*
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Brian Stephens
Australia
Mt Martha
Victoria
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Feb 2010
Fairly bland game covering the US presidential election.
2010-02-14
Owned
Jonathan Doolin
United States
Illinois
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Aug 2013
Kevin's. Move your piece around a map-board and try to collect electoral votes.
2011-08-15
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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Oct 2010
I am owed two apologies: (1) from my friends, who suggested that I play this game in the first place, and (2) from the designers' parents, who ultimately made this game possible.

For those looking for an actual description of game mechanics, Campaign Trail is a perfect simulation of a real-life campaign, in that it is easily the single most grueling and repetitive exercise that I have ever had the stomach to sit through.

On the day that I had my "CT" experience, all memories of prior fun disappeared. Now, my despair growing every day, I am unsure whether I even like gaming at all - and this lobotomous dose of ludo-syphilis is the game that I have to thank.

No, Campaign Trail is not broken. But it demands the lowest possible rating that numbers can provide, and the lowest possible rating it shall have.
2011-12-09
G. Harding Warren
United States
Arnold
Maryland
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The best point about this fine game was the way cards would provide support from various interest groups (AFL CIO, Oil & Gas Interests) which would provide votes in particular states. Basically introduced a PAC theme to Mr. President. Sadly lacked those Kick-Ass Mr. President candidate cards.
2009-04-02
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John Ellerbe
United States
Port Royal
South Carolina
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2010-08-08
Owned
Jason & Charles
United States
Washington
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Some tally sheets used, otherwise complete. $20
2010-01-15
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Andrew Hung
United States
San Francisco
California
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From Ebay for $10 on 10/14/10. Mint.
2010-10-14
Owned
M C
United States
Honolulu
HI
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Ebay. $0.99
2010-12-12
Owned
George Falconer
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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Unplayed, unrated.
2011-01-28
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Joe Kowalewski
United States
Rockford
Illinois
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Bought new & played once.
2011-06-13
Tom Veal
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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Political Games > Elections
2011-12-08
Owned
Chas Bernard
United States
Michigan
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GDW.
2013-03-26
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