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Union Pacific

original German edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60-75 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Alan R Moon

Manufacturer(s): Amigo

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Product Description

The Union Pacific is one of the largest railroad companies in America with rails connecting many of the largest cities. To further enhance its range, it has arrangements with smaller companies to use their rails. This allows the Union Pacific to serve even more cities. The map shows the ten smaller companies with their starting cities and possible track sections they may build. Each track section connects two cities and has spaces for one or more trains. The number of spaces indicates how many companies may build track along the section. The players are shareholders of the railway companies and fight for the stock majorities in the companies. They also develop the railway systems by building track for the companies. By building track for the companies they have large holdings in, the players attempt to earn large dividends and end the game as the richest player.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2000
Spiel des Jahres
Finalist, 1999
Deutscher Spiele Preis
3rd place, 1999

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Alan R Moon

  • Manufacturer(s): Amigo

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 60 - 75 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,457 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #64

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.3 in 33 reviews

A Rail Game Worth Re-Riding
August 17, 2006

Before Ticket to Ride, Alan Moon was trying to discover the railroad to success with Union Pacific and other rail-inspired games. Although T2R seems to be an ever-growing empire among train games, Union Pacific is a highly overlooked (today) gem that needs to be rediscovered.

Although a few elements, such as the draw cards to select from and the placement of plastic trains on a board seem to resemble T2R, the comparison is quickly lost in a more strategic game play. The game is not about connecting routes, but about amassing stocks in companies that you have a vested interest in on the board. With many options of what you can do within a turn, it becomes evident that you must carefully consider whether you are better off building rails on the board, or laying out more shares of stock to ensure that you are the primary shareholder. It isn't always an easy decision as the cards that results in stock payoffs (of which there are four in the game) could be turned over at any moment. With play money exchanged instead of points given, it is also harder to know who will eventually win the game -- and the results are often close.

The stock splits are reminiscent of Acquire, the card play has a Monopoly feel, the unexpected nature of the Union Pacific counter adds a Tikal gameplay quality to the game, and the trains look and feel like Ticket to Ride (except in many more colors). And yet, Union Pacific is entirely original and exceptionally entertaining on so many levels.

I only hope that the game catches on again while the railroad game fever is high or we may see this fine vehicle go the way of the Iron Horse.

Challenging yet easy to learn.
July 25, 2005

Union Pacific is Acquire and Ticket to Ride in one game -- buying stock, building railroads, out-playing your opponents!

UP is one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. If you're looking for something that is challenging yet easy to learn then this is the game for you. Random cards makes the game different every time you play. Beginners can learn in one game, yet strategy is learned over time.

One of the top 10 games ever made.

My Favorite German Game ... So Far
August 23, 2003

The first time I played Union Pacific, I was immediately hooked. I had to order my own copy the next day. I haven't played many German games yet, but so far this one is my favorite. The game is easy to learn, yet fast-paced and strategic, the perfect game for my fledgling gaming group. I hope to enter the Union Pacific tournament at the upcoming Euro Quest game con. I highly recommend this game for spielfrieks and non-German gamers alike! You won't be disappointed.

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