Hell rail is a card game having the theme of souls transport to the different Circles of hell.
The game theme is original, basically is a game of goods transport .
In the box there are a rules booklet, a card deck with 9 “Circle of hell” and a “hell’s gate” and 4 little trains (metal in the USA original version, wooden trains in the italian version that I have) one for each player.
The winner is the player that is able to load, deliver and unload the more souls in the different Circles of hell.
At start of the game each player receives five Rail cards with wich develop the railroad circuit, load the souls at the appropriate Circle of hell, move the train, unload the souls at the appropriate Circle of hell or take cards if needed ;
the Circles and hell’s gate cards are placed on the table having empty spaces between them where will be placed the railroad cards to form a circuit that permits to move a train from a Circle to another.
Every time a player arrives in a Circle the movement stop and having the right card is possible to load or unload souls. In addition every circle has a power that permits to obstacle the other players.
- Draw one card
Load souls : Only if the player is in the Circle
matching the load card number
Unload souls: Only if the player is in the Circle
matching the unload card number
Move your train: A player may discard cards to move
on the railroad
Develop the old line: A player can place a rail
card on another one to develop the
circuit without modify the previous
(as in 1830)
- Discard a card and draw as new cards as his sulphur
I like this game because is simply to learn and to explain, every game is different and there is interaction between players.