Thurn and Taxis (board game)
The box cover of Thurn and Taxis
|Designer(s)||Karen and Andreas Seyfarth|
|Publisher(s)||Hans im Glück
Rio Grande Games
|Players||2 to 4|
|Age range||10 and up|
|Setup time||5–10 minutes|
|Playing time||45–60 minutes|
|Skill(s) required||Strategic thought|
Thurn and Taxis is a board game designed by Karen and Andreas Seyfarth and published in 2006 by Hans im Glück in German (as Thurn und Taxis) and by Rio Grande Games in English. In the game, players seek to build postal networks and post offices in Bavaria and surrounding areas, as did the house of Thurn und Taxis in the 16th century. The game won the prestigious 2006 Spiel des Jahres award.
Each turn players draw one or more cards representing cities in southern Germany. They then play one or more cards comprising a route. After reaching a certain length, a route may be scored. Players choose to put markers on some of the cities through which the scored route passes. One may either choose a particular province and assign markers to each city within that province represented in the route, or assign a marker to one city per province represented in the route.
Points are awarded for the length of the route and domination of the different regions. The player who triggers the game-end condition also receives a bonus point.
Expansions and spinoffs
Three expansions have been released for Thurn and Taxis. The first, Der Kurier der Fürstin, was a small expansion released in the October 2005 issue of Spielbox magazine which adds letter tokens and a messenger to the game.
The second "expansion", Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory (German, in an apparent allusion to Gloria, princess of Thurn and Taxis, Glanz und Gloria, lit. Splendour and Glory), is really more of a distinct game, using new region and carriage cards, a new map, and significantly changed route-building rules.
The third expansion Alle Wege führen nach Rom (English: All Roads Lead to Rome) can only be played with the base game, and consists of two small expansions, "The Audience" and "Offices of Honor". While the first two boards show somewhat realistic representations of Southern and Northern Germany, the Rome expansion makes no reference to Italian geography.
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- Rio Grande Games' official Thurn and Taxis homepage
- Thurn and Taxis at BoardGameGeek
- Der Kurier der Fürstin, Power and Glory and All Roads Lead to Rome at BoardGameGeek