Klondike Rush is a bidding/stock game set in a gold-rush setting where players build mines along different routes. Players will also get a chance to score a big reward if they hunt down a wild monster that’s been scaring the miners.
Item Code: RVM016
Releases August 2017
At the start of each player’s turn, all players will bid on the mining-company card drawn for that turn. The highest bidder pays the bid, collects the card, and then sets aside mining tokens or claims order cards according to the symbols on the card.
Then, the active player will be able to place any available mining tokens (those gained from mining-company cards) to the game board. The cost to place a mine depends on the position selected on the board and how close it is to the player’s other tokens that have already been placed. Also, each space has a hunt icon, and the player will collect a token that matches the icon: fish, pelt, emerald, moose, wild, or the snow beast. Finally, placing a mining token means increasing the corresponding company on the company-value track.
Each mining-company card represents a different mining company, and winning a bid also means the player keeps the card and effectively gains a share in that company. Each player can “cash in” once during the course of the game, collecting money according to the values of all the companies that player has shares in. Players will cash in an addition time at the end of the game before final scoring.
To complete an order, a player can turn in the depicted hunt tokens at any time, claiming the money value of the card. A player can also turn in any three tokens at any time for $5.
After the turn when the last mining-company card is bought, each player will have a final turn with no auctions, allowing them to place any final available mining tokens. After collecting final profits, the player with the most snow-monster hunt tokens gains $25, and the player with the most money wins!
Klondike Rush is an easy-to-learn, gorgeously illustrated with talented designer–illustrator Ryan Laukat. You’ll be planning your routes, competing for spaces to reduce costs and grab the hunt tokens you want, and making the tough decisions about bidding and valuing the various mining companies. All of this comes from a single page of gameplay rules and a half-page of setup. This game is coming straight to retail soon, so place your pre-order today!