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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Prairie Railroads
Theme:  Train
Genre:  Rail & Network
Format:  Board Games

Veld Railroads

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Play Time Players
120 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Martin Wallace

Manufacturer(s): Winsome Games

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Product Description

South Africa is a large country with a rich history. the Northeastern section has a large prairie, or veld, settled by Dutch immigrants in the 1800's. They formed their own nation states, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, where farming and ranching were the basis of an agrarian society. Later, diamonds were discovered in nearby Kimberly. This discovery hastened the progress of railways from the British Cape Colony to the interior. In 1886, gold was discovered in the Transvaal, a huge rich field surrounding Johannesburg, and railroads from Portuguese Mocambique and British controlled Natal also drove toward the riches. Johannesburg businessmen started their own railroad in Johannesburg, transporting railway equipment in by cart at great expense.

Relations between the Dutch settlers, Boers, and the British Empire were not good and the region experienced a brutal war from 1899-1902. While this game is an economic gamer's game, the history of the region is embedded in the economics of the game. Closed borders, military facility construction and expansion, wartime boom and later bust, are all factors in this game affecting railroad building, development of settlements and dividends.

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Product Information


  • 1 game board
  • 1 die
  • 6 crayons
  • 6 locomotives
  • 30 railroad stocks
  • money
  • rules
  • 2 ledger sheets

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