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Store:  Card Games, Strategy Games
Theme:  Train
Genre:  Auction & Bidding
Format:  Card Games

Vom Kap bis Kairo


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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Card Game, 2003

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Gunter Burkhardt

Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

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Product Description

In 1850, most countries in the world already had several hundred kilometers of railway tracks in use. 20 years later, the railway tracks covered the American continent; and in 1902, with the opening of the Trans-Siberian Express, Asia was also covered. But a railway connection through the African continent from Cape to Cairo was still missing.

Each player must try to build a railway network through 8 landscapes of Africa first. To do this, the players must bid for the optimal route at an auction. Thus the route can be built with the least possible track and the train can reach its destination quicker.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Card Game, 2003

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Gunter Burkhardt

  • Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

  • Artist(s): Jurgen Martens

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 105 grams

  • Language Requirements: Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). Game components are language-independent.

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 3.7 in 7 reviews


 
 
 
 
 
A light and pleasant game, very good value for the money
September 20, 2002

I got Vom Kap Bis Cairo as a gift for buying recently a lot of games in Paris boardgames caf/shop OYA, which I thank from here once again. It was my first cardgame aside the traditional cards, of course and it took me some time to decide to play it with my wife.

Once the rules translated to Portuguese (my language), with the helpfull tips of the reviews above about a decent version in english (the original one is, no doubt, horrible) I began to play.

Of course it is not a game which can be confronted with the standart games, namely the awardness boardgames like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Torres, etc., but it gives good fun and pushes the players another, and another and another try (until you win).

Its a light and pleasant game to play as an intruduction to a serious gamming night, or to play quickly (but calmness) after dinner during the week (at least for my way of living).

It takes 15 to 20 minutes, it makes your brain work (a little), it forces you to manage capital and cards and take decisions, its fun, the game itself tells a story you can feel while you play (the construction of a railway in Africa), you relax and, better, you forget your television.

What more can we ask from a 9/10 USD (10 Euros) game ? It worthes every dollar (or every euro) it costs. A must have to complete that light part of your games collection and to play with your friends, family and kids. It works also very good with people which doesnt like games very much.

 
 
 
 
 
Another Adlung winner
June 07, 2002

Adlung Spiele is a company that specializes in publishing card games. Many of these are just lame variations on games that everyone already knows, but there are occasional flashes of genius in its releases. Perhaps the most famous of these are Verrater and Meuterer, both of which are essentially board games packed into a deck of cards. Vom Kap bis Kairo is very much of this same caliber, being deep and fun to play while still remaining relatively easy to learn.

There is a very strong element of bluff to this game. There is blind bidding on terrains, which make it either easier or harder for a player to advance. There is also a 'chicken' element to the game when players determine whether to pay for additional track or to let the next player take his chances with a card draw that could give that player between 0 and 3 track sections more to work with.

The tension level of this game is pretty high, as money becomes more and more scarce, with the cash influx being minor compared to the constant outlay for terrain and track.

While not for all tastes, this is a meaty little game and well worth mention to fans of auction and bluffing games. Recommended.

 
 
 
 
 
Great filler - use a good translation though!
February 21, 2002

Boardgamegeek has a link to a much improved set of translations that clear up all the difficulties. The game is never going to be played as the only game in an evening (not in our group anyway!) but will, I'm sure, hit the table after 10pm on a regular basis!

That boardgamegeek file can be found at:

http://66.12.2.74/viewfile.php3?fileid=1267


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