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Revisit Great Western Trail, Then Follow Trails Elsewhere

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Great Western Trail (Second Edition)
Plan B Games, which owns the eggertspiele brand, has announced a second edition of Alexander Pfister's Great Western Trail, which debuted in 2016.

You can see the changes immediately from the box, with artist Chris Quilliams taking inspiration from Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, using black bands across the box top and bottom to give a panoramic, cinematic feel, with the image also stretching around the sides of the box. Quilliams has also created new art for the game board and cards, with Plan B planning to reveal the new look bit by bit over several weeks.

On top of this, Pfister and eggertspiele are working on two additional Great Western Trail titles, each of which will use elements of the original game — deck-building and a rondel — but in new ways. Says Martin Bouchard of Plan B Games, "Alexander is re-exploring the core mechanisms of the base game because it's an open field for creativity."

The second edition of Great Western Trail is due out in Q3 2021, while Great Western Trail: Argentina will debut in mid-2022 and Great Western Trail: New Zealand in mid-2023. Bouchard notes that unlike Plan B's Century series, these titles will all be standalone games that don't have crossover elements.

A new edition of Rails to the North, first released in 2018, will also arrive in 2021 to be compatible with the second edition of GWT.

Board Game: Great Western Trail (Second Edition)
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