1490, Kaiser Maximilian I awarded Franz von Taxis the contract to deliver mail
between the Kaiser's residences in Innsbruck and Brussels.
He did such a good job, that postal services in the country continue to be
connected with the name Thurn and Taxis.
With the introduction of postal carriages in the middle of the 17th century,
members of the family were raised to Count status and given the hereditary title
of Postmaster General. The game begins at this point in history.
Can you emulate the achievements of this family and build a successful postal
network? Do you have the talent to connect the right cities to create an
effective network and not lose sight of the need to acquire new carriages when
they are needed?
Plan your moves carefully and watch your opponents' moves carefully, so you are
prepared to respond to them. The game takes you back in time and gives you
challenges that will bring you back to the game over and over.
Winning the Spiel des Jahres in 2006, Thurn
and Taxis takes the theme of the German post office and transforms it
into a fascinating game. Players take turns building connecting routes of postal
stagecoaches across Germany. Decisions must be made whether to build short,
safer routes that may allow them to control territories, or to build longer,
more lucrative routes.
Ticket to Ride
will enjoy the medium complexity of this game, as players may utilize one
special ability each turn to help be the first to build routes in each area.
Requiring planning and forethought, Thurn and Taxis is a
rewarding experience for those who enjoy strategic games.
1 game board
80 wooden houses
4 principal firm cards
20 carriage cards
66 city cards
30 bonus tiles
4 summary cards
1 rule booklet
Strategy Game Honoree 2007
||International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee 2006
||Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year 2006
2nd Place 2006