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Edit (10 Aug 2016): I noticed the description was changed and now the game is described as driving cattle from Texas to Kansas City. I applaud the designer and publisher for making this change to more accurately reflect history. The game will be so much more pleasurable to those of us whose cultural past is steeped in the legends of this history. Thank you so much!

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I wonder why Houston was chosen as the destination for the cattle drives rather than Ft Worth.

BTW, I really like both Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King and Mombasa. I like the theme, so I'm looking forward to this.
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Re: Why Houston instead of Cow Town, Ft Worth?
This game is not finished yet. Everything is preliminary.
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Re: Why Houston instead of Cow Town, Ft Worth?
My understanding of the history of cattle drives from Texas ranches (which may be flawed) is that cattle were driven north to the railroads in Kansas. One or more of the trails used went through Ft Worth. Eventually the railroad came to Ft Worth which then became a major destination for cattle drives. Stockyards were built there, and that area is a nationally recognized historic district and a big tourist attraction. Slaughterhouses and meat packing plants were also built there.

Alex, thank for your reply and for choosing to design a game with this theme.
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I noticed the description was changed and now the game is described as driving cattle from Texas to Kansas City. I applaud the designer and publisher for making this change to more accurately reflect history. The game will be so much more pleasurable to those of us whose cultural past is steeped in the legends of this history. Thank you so much!
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I'm not sure how historically accurate the game really is. The IRL Great Western Trail ended in Dodge City, KS (on the western side of the state - opposite of KC) where cattle typically were sold and then shipped EAST to Topeka and then KC. Once in Kansas City, cattle were processed (slaughtered) and then shipped EAST to St. Louis, Chicago, and so on. Cattle from the Great Western Trail fed the Northern and Eastern portions of the country.

If you'd have wanted to send cattle from Texas to New Mexico, Arizona and California, you wouldn't have sent them ALLLL the way north to Kansas before sending them west, they would have simply shipped them west directly from Texas.

Lets just say that the thematic choices in the game are ... odd.
 
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scottatlaw wrote:
I'm not sure how historically accurate the game really is. The IRL Great Western Trail ended in Dodge City, KS (on the western side of the state - opposite of KC) where cattle typically were sold and then shipped EAST to Topeka and then KC. Once in Kansas City, cattle were processed (slaughtered) and then shipped EAST to St. Louis, Chicago, and so on. Cattle from the Great Western Trail fed the Northern and Eastern portions of the country.

If you'd have wanted to send cattle from Texas to New Mexico, Arizona and California, you wouldn't have sent them ALLLL the way north to Kansas before sending them west, they would have simply shipped them west directly from Texas.

Lets just say that the thematic choices in the game are ... odd.


Just tell yourself it's the development of the Southern Pacific

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Pacific_Transportatio...

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