And if you never have, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.
After many playtests we are at rules 7.0- things are moving forward nicely.
Again, if anyone is interested in playtesting this one, please let me know.
We had a really great game at PrezCon . . . with 3 newbies, having to make new counters, explaining the game . .. it ran just over 3 hours to completion, with final;scores of 36-37-26-21. The playtesters liked the addition of the cards . . .and they also liked taking a chance on getting an extra Action Point (or, possibly, a tornado, the arrival of "the Cowboys" or the player-dreaded drought or flood.)
The game is now playing like it was intended: lots of interaction and everyone taking advantage of the whole board (much helped by the new RR Depot rule). Bidding for Areas (enlarging your ranch) was brisk, with some interesting bidding wars. We had some nefarious rustling, including lone great raid when Rancher A, speared by his hired shootist, John Wesley Hardin, raided Rancher B's spread, which erupted into a huge gunfight, at the end of why Rancher B and his hired guns lay dead with inly one loss to "A". As "A" headed back to his spread, Player B dropped the "Arrest Rustlers" card on him, sending them all to trial. As the locals started erecting the hanging platform in Town, Player "A" used a powerful package of graft and corruption and bribed the jury to bring in an acquittal. Rancher B's son - now Rancher B - had to pretty much start all over (which he did do, ending up 3rd).
Players win by owning land (bought at auction), amassing the largest "spread' (connected areas), having the largest herd and the most money (which they get from selling the cattle, usually on huge cattle drives . . .
We had players gaining areas by marrying some homesteaders' daughter, a huge cattle drive stalled by the deathly illness of the Cattle Baron, who was miraculously (given the medicine of the era) cured by crusty old Doc Adams . . . game played just like a movie.
After a somewhat slow start play wise, a series of major rules changes, helped by playtester suggestions has rurned WIL;D WEST into a winner.
As one lof the PrezCobn testers succinctly said, "Lots of fun; I'd P500 it tomorrow."
Yep. Yep. Yep. Yep. Yep.... WHAT?! WHAT?! What?!
The President has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?
As one lof the PrezCon testers succinctly said, "Lots of fun; I'd P500 it tomorrow."
Seconded. The game sounds awesome. Good luck with it.