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Joe Brown
United States
Ofallon
Missouri
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9.5
Dec 2010
Owned
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
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Steven Nozik
United States
Delmar
New York
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9
Mar 2005*
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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 Williams
Australia
Googong
New South Wales
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9
Dec 2007*
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Chuck Ledger
United States
Ohio
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9
Jan 2008*
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B Frekot

Maryland
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9
Sep 2008*
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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
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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*
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Ed Holzman
United States
Seffner
Florida
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As grey traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, the three travellers, men of Willowdale, emerge from the forest's shadow. Fording the river, they turn south, journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of The Necromancer...
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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*
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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*
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Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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8
Jan 2007*
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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
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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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Paul Shabatowski
Canada
Stittsville
Ontario
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8
Feb 2011
Just a great game to play. Fun stuff.
2012-02-27
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Gary M
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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8
Dec 2012
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Will Ladyman
United States
Texas
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8
Aug 2013
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
Leo Tischer
United States
Parma
Ohio
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7.5
Apr 2006*
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Todd Bookman
United States
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
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7.5
Oct 2011
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
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Jason Sato
United States
Tempe
Arizona
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7
Sep 2003*
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Pat H
United States
Seattle
Washington
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7
May 2004*
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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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Scott Van Blarcom
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7
Jan 2005*
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Kenneth Sheffield
United States
Aberdeen
North Carolina
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7
Jan 2008*
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2008-01-15*
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Bill Cleary
United States
Owings Mills
Maryland
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7
May 2005*
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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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Franz Heidbuechel
Germany
Stolberg
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7
Aug 2007*
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Tom Wells

Gilbert
Arizona
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7
Feb 2008*
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Monica Capalia

LA Harbor
California
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7
Jul 2008*
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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
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Lewis Wagner
United States
Houston
Texas
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7
Sep 2009*
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Dan Abraham

Gilbert
Arizona
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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
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Steven French
United States
Flower Mound
Texas
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6.8
Jun 2007*
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Jamie Maltman
Canada
RICHMOND HILL
Ontario
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6.5
Jun 2015
homemade version
2015-06-15
Owned
Scott Hagen
United States
Chandler
Arizona
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6.33
Jan 2005*
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Mike Hutchings
United States
Morris
Illinois
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6
Jul 2002*
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Steve Kurzban
United States
Seaford
New York
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6
Jul 2003*
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Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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Aug 2003*
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Mark D Lew
United States
Snohomish Co
Washington
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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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Tom
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Mar 2006*
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Gerry Smit
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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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 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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Mike Eid
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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6
Dec 2009*
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Eamon Bloomfield
Germany
23569 Lübeck
Schleswig Holstein
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6
Apr 2011
Owned
Jamie Lewis
United States
Grand Rapids
MI
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6
Aug 2013
Owned

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