Designer: Matthew Dunstan, Chris
Marling Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2 - 4 Players Time: 60 Minutes Age: 14 and Up
Saddle up and guide your wagon train along the
perilous Oregon Trail! Build a team of hardy folk and
gather resources and equipment with a unique dice
drafting system. But dangers await in the dice you do
not choose! You can hire townsfolk, buy wagons, pan
for gold, and take on cattle — all the while
preparing for inevitable raids, storms and famine.
Who will best face the perils of the wild frontier
and lead their wagon train to victory?
Pioneer Days is a dice-drafting game reminiscent of
The Oregon Trail. While you pursue your strategy, you
must be prepared for impending disasters such as
storms, disease, raids, and famine.
Round by round, players draw dice out of the bag,
roll them, then take turns drafting one to either
collect silver, hire a townsfolk, or take an action
based on the die value. Townsfolk confer immediate or
constant benefits as well as end game scoring
bonuses, while actions help you collect wood,
medicine, cattle, equipment, and gold nuggets. The
unchosen die each round advances one of the disaster
tracks based on its color, and when a disaster gets
to the end of its track, all players must deal with
During a raid, you lose half of your silver.
During a famine, you need to spend 1 silver per
cattle or lose the cattle.
During a disease, you need 1 medicine per townsfolk
or lose the townsfolk.
During a storm, you need 1 wood per wagon or suffer
damage to your wagons.
At the end of each round, you can satisfy the current
town's favor conditions in order to earn their
favor. Prepare for the disasters while you pursue
your strategy, and earn the most points to win the