Snowdonia - General game info
Snowdonia
1-5 players, 30-90 minutes, 10 years and older
AuthorTony Boydell (tonyboydell)
IllustratorsTony Boydell (tonyboydell)
Klemens Franz
Charlie Paull
Published byAsmodee
Indie Boards & Cards
Lookout Games
Surprised Stare Games Ltd
uplay.it edizioni
Online since 2019-12-15
Developed byAdrian Kügel (ak15)
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Snowdonia - Rules

If you are reading these rules for the first time, ignore the text along the right hand side. These rules serve as a summary to help you quickly familiarize yourself with the game.

Rules (PDF)

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The peaks of Snowdonia rise before you encased in mist, their summits barely visible. The highest is Snowdon (Wyddfa) herself, at 1,085 metres. The year is 1894, and the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Company Limited has been formed to build a branch line from Llanberis to the summit. You can scarcely believe it is possible!

In Snowdonia, players represent companies providing labour for the construction of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Unlike in other train games, you will have to excavate your way up the mountain-side, as well as make and lay track and construct viaducts and stations; all this, in competition with the weather of the Welsh mountains and your fellow players. You will be assisted by a train and can collect essential materials from the Stock Yard. You will obtain special work contracts that give you bonus points at the end of the game.

Each turn, a player allocates labourers to specific tasks, such as getting supplies, excavating the mountain, making or laying track, building parts of stations, or obtaining lucrative contracts. A player uses supplies to construct sections of the railway that will yield victory points once the route has been completed. Players can also buy trains to ship in extra labourers and to improve their work rate. A player who completes contracts for specific work will gain bonuses at the end of the game.

Can you contribute more than the other players to the magnificence of the Snowdon Mountain Railway?

Game Components
1
Game board
66
cards, comprising
5
Alternative action cards for variations in the number of players
30
7
8
14
"Track" cards (double-sided)
2
Reference cards
40
“Iron Ore” (orange cubes)
24
“Stone” (grey cubes)
14
“Coal” (black cubes)
90
“Rubble” (small brown cubes)
8
Game markers (black discs)
5
Event markers (white cubes)
18
“Steel Bars” (black rods)
11
Weather discs (3 each in yellow and blue and 5 in grey)
80
Ownership cubes (16 each in yellow, blue, green, pink and purple)
20
Labourer pawns (4 each in yellow, blue, green, pink and purple)
1
Score pad
1
Start Player marker (wooden train)
1
Supply Bag
Game Setup
  1. GAME BOARD

    Place the game board in the center of the table, so that all players can reach it.

  2. START PLAYER

    Randomly determine who will be the first to play and give that player the Start Player Marker.

  3. PLAYER PIECES

    Players take all the pieces of their colour. The 16 x Ownership cubes per player is a fixed limit. If these run out, the player cannot take ownership of any more Track cards or Building sites.

  4. SURVEYORS

    Each player puts their Surveyor in any empty space on Llanberis.

  5. LABOURERS

    Each player puts two of their Labourers into their personal supply for use in the first turn, leaving the remaining Labourer in the Pub.

  6. RAILWAY ROUTE: STATION CARDS

    For the Snowdon game, use the yellow side of the Station cards; the blue side is for the Blaneau Ffestiniog game. Sort them into numerical order by the number on their top right hand corners. Waterfall Station (2) is not used if playing solo or with 2 players. The Passing Loop (4½) is only used with 5 players.

    Starting at Llanberis (printed on the board) and going clockwise round the board, lay out Station cards in numerical order with spaces between them, so they go from Two Viaducts (1) to Yr Wyddfa (7).

  7. RAILWAY ROUTE: TRACK CARDS

    Shuffle the Track cards. The number of Track cards between each Station card is printed on each Station card's top left hand corner. Place randomly drawn Track cards, shovel side up, between the Station cards adjusting them, so that the Track and Station cards are evenly spaced.

  8. RUBBLE

    Place rubble on each Track card equal to the number on the card, and also put the indicated number of rubble pieces on the Station cards in the boxes marked with a shovel.

  9. ACTION SPACE CARDS

    The game board has the action spaces for a 3 player game printed at the top in seven Action Areas marked A to G. If you are playing solo, or with 2, 4 or 5 players, take the alternative action space cards and place them over the Action Areas printed on the board, so that the number at the top of each Action Area matches the number of players.

  10. GAME MARKERS

    Put a Game marker on each of the 2 dots on the Work Rate tracks. Put the other 6 Game markers with the general supply of pieces off the board.

  11. CONTRACT CARDS

    If playing solo or with 2 players, remove two Contract cards marked with '3-5' (28 and 29) from the deck.

    Shuffle the Contract cards and place them in a pile face down on the board.

  12. FIRST WEATHER FORECAST

    Take the top 3 Contract cards and put them face-down, one per space, on the numbered spaces at the bottom of the board; these spaces form the Site Office.

    Take a Weather disc of the same colour as the weather icon on the back of the middle Contract card and put it into middle space of the Weather Track; then repeat for the right-most card putting the Weather disc into the lowest space of the Weather Track. Turn the three Contract cards face-up.

  13. TRAINS

    In the 2 to 5 player game shuffle the Train cards and place six Trains, selected randomly, below the game board to form the Engine Shed. Set aside the remaining Train card for now - it will not be available as train in this game. Put Coal from general supply onto each Train as indicated on the card.

  14. STOCK YARD AND SUPPLY BAG

    Put 7 Iron Ore, 4 Stone and 1 Coal on to their spaces in the Stock Yard. Put the number of Iron Ore, Stone and Coal into the Supply Bag as indicated in the Supply Table. All other Iron Ore and Stone should be put back in the game box; they will not be needed in this game.

  15. GENERAL SUPPLY

    Put all remaining pieces into a general supply area.

Supply Table

1 player 2 players 3 players 4 players 5 players
16 20 20 27 33
10 11 11 16 20
6 (minus Coal for starting train) Put Coal on the Train cards in the game and all remaining Coal into the bag.
4 5 5 5 5
Remove
  • Waterfall Station (2)
  • Passing Loop (4 ½)
  • 3-5 Contract Cards (28 and 29)
Remove
  • Waterfall Station (2)
  • Passing Loop (4 ½)
  • 3-5 Contract Cards (28 and 29)
Remove
  • Passing Loop (4 ½)
Remove
  • Passing Loop (4 ½)
Use all station cards.
Setup

Setup board

Setting up the game board

Setup player tableau

Setting up the player tableaus

Game sequence
The game is played using the following sequence:
  • Intial Setup
  • Rounds
    • Assign Labourers
    • Resolve Actions
    • Restock Contract cards
    • Check the Weather
    • Restock the Stock Yard
  • Repeat Rounds until the End of Game is reached
  • End of Game Scoring

Rounds

Assign Labourers

Players take it in turns to place on Labourer at a time into any non-empty action space.

In clockwise order beginning with the Start Player, each player places one of their Labourers from their personal supply onto any of the numbered action spaces in any of the Action Areas on the game board (A through G). Continue to place Labourers, one piece per player at a time, util all players have placed all of their Labourers in personal supply.

An extra Labourer for the round can be bought with coal if you have a train.

Before placing their first Labourer, each player with a Train may return one Coal (two Coal for Train No. 6) from their personal stock to the Supply Bag to take the temporary Labourer in their colour from the Pub and put it into their personal supply. The temporary Labourer can be assigned to actions just like any other Labourer.


Resolve Actions

Actions are resolved in a fixed order - from A (the Stock Yard) through to G (Surveyor).

Action Areas are resolved in order A through G. Within each Action Area resolve the actions in numerical order one-by-one from space [1]. If a player has a Labourer on an action space, that player must carry out that action; taking actions is not optional. If a player has two or more Labourers within a single Action Area, that player must carry out the action once for each Labourer.

After completing actions, return Labourers to each player's personal supply, except that temporary Labourers (a player's third Labourer) are returned to the Pub when used.


Contract Cards

Contract cards give your actions a boost - cards are played first and then the Labourers do their work.

Contract cards have effects printed on the middle part of the card that modify the action you are taking or change the rules in your favor. They also have a scoring bonus on the top part that is used at the end of the game.

Before the first action is resolved for an Action Area, players may play Contract cards. In clockwise order beginning with the Start Player, each player may play one or more Contract cards that have the current Action Area shown at the bottom left of the card. When a Contract card has been played, turn it sideways to show that its effect has been used and leave the card in the player's area. Card effects persist until the end of the current round.


A STOCK YARD

Take up to three cubes into your personal supply (at most 1 coal).

Take 3 Iron Ore and/or Stone from those available in the Stock Yard into personal supply. Alternatively, take one Coal and two Iron Ore and/or Stone.

If a Labourer is in the last space of the Stock Yard, the owning player additionally becomes Start Player; that player takes the Start Player Marker; if no-one occupies this space, the Start Player Marker remains with the current Start Player.

Resources hoarding will keep the bag emptier and cause more Events to occur! This may be part of your plan, or it may be your undoing!


B EXCAVATION

Removing the Rubble depends on the current weather.

Rubble is removed in a strict order 'up' the mountain.

When all rubble has been excavated, an extra Build Action Area becomes available.

The current Excavation Work Rate is shown by the Excavation Work Rate marker. Take the number of Rubble cubes equal to the current Excavation Work Rate, including any bonuses from owned Train and/or played Contract card, from Track and/or Station cards into personal supply. A player with a Labourer on an Excavation action space must take the full number of Rubble cubes up to the current Excavation work rate plus any bonuses and cannot choose to take fewer, unless there is no Rubble left to excavate.

Rubble must be taken in this priority order:

  • The Track card with remaining Rubble closest up the mountain to Llanberis.
  • If all Rubble has been removed from Track cards leading up to a Station card, then take Rubble from the leftmost excavation site on the Station card.

The player who takes the last Rubble cube from an excavation site on a Station card will gain the victory points for the site at the end of the game. Put one of that player's Ownership markers on the excavation site.

If there isn't enough rubble left on the whole route for your action, take as many cubes as there are available.

At the end of the round in which there are no more Rubble to excavate from any Track and Station cards, take the Train card set aside at the start and place it on the Excavate Action Area with the B Build Action Area uppermost. This card now replaces the Excavate Action Area and provides an extra Build action space in position B of the Action Area sequence.


C WORKS

3 times conversion: 3 Iron Ore can be converted into 1 Steel Bar. 2 Rubble can be converted into 1 Stone.

Convert 3 Iron Ore into 1 Steel Bar, or change 2 Rubble into 1 Stone. Do this up to three times per action space. You may mix these trades if you choose, for example gain 2 Steel Bars and 1 Stone, or 2 Stone and 1 Steel Bar, and so on.

Take Steel Bars from general supply and Stone from the Supply Bag; if the bag runs out, players cannot make more Stone until some is returned to the bag. Put the Iron Ore back into the Supply Bag and the Rubble into general supply.

The Works - conversion of iron into steel is important and restricted each round; don't be afraid to go there first!


D LAY TRACK

Laying track depends on the current weather. Each track costs one Steel bar and the player places one of his Ownership markers.

When the last track has been laid, the game ends.

The current Lay Track Work Rate is shown by the Lay Track Work Rate marker. Return to the general supply a number of Steel Bars up to the current Lay Track Work Rate plus any bonuses and, for each one, turn over the fully-excavated Track card closest up the mountain to Llanberis. Place one of the player's Ownership markers on the Track card to show which player laid the track.

A player with a Labourer on a Lay Track action space cannot choose to lay track at less than the current Work Rate plus bonuses, unless the player has insufficient Steel Bars, or there are not enough excavated Track cards, or there is no more track to lay. If there are not enough excavated Track cards to complete the action, the player must complete as many as possible.

Reminder: When All track is laid, the game will finish (at the end of the round). See End of Game section.


E BUILD

Trade in Steel Bars or Stone to build parts of the Stations for victory points.

Alternatively trade in Steel Bars to build a Train.

After all Track cards leading up to a Station card have been excavated, each Labourer on a Build action space can build any one non-excavation site of that Station (for excavation sites, see B Excavation).

Pay the resources specified on the non-excavation site of your choice by putting them in the bag, if they are Stone or Iron Ore, or to the general supply if they are Steel Bars, and place one of the owning player's markers in the site space. Players must pay the full cost of the site, as non-excavation sites cannot be partially fulfilled.

Note: Players cannot complete parts of Station until all Track cards up to that Station card have been excavated. However, the excavation spaces on the Station card do not need to be cleared; they represent the track continuing past the Station up the mountain.

Alternatively a player can use this action to obtain a Train card from the remaining available Trains, after the "Trains may be bought" event has happened (see Resolving Events). The owning player takes on the remaining Train cards and any Coal on it and pays the number of Steel Bars stated on the Train card to general supply.

A player may not own more than one Train. A player can return a Train card to the Engine Shed during a Build action when buying a different Train. Put more Coal from the Supply Bag (if available) on the returned Train card, as indicated on the card.


F SITE OFFICE

Take a contract card of your choice.

Take a card of the player's choice to hand from the three face-up Contract cards in the Site Office. Put the card face-up in the player's playing area (until it is played and turned sideways, it counts as 'in your hand'), so that other players can read it.


G MOVE THE SURVEYOR

Send your Surveyor further up the mountain for more points at the end of the game.

Move the player's Surveyor on to the next Station card numerically along the route. Whether Rubble has been excavated or track laid is irrelevant to the Surveyor.

The Surveyor is not just a default 'pass' action!


End of Round

Restock Contract Cards

If a Contract card is in Position [1] in the Site Office, put it face down onto the discard pile. Move any other Contract cards in the Site Office to the left to close up any gaps. Add cards face up to the end of line from the top of the Contract Card Deck, until the Site Office spaces have one each.

Check the Weather

Move the Weather discs one space along to the left. The disc furthest to the left (with the "!" on it) shows the current weather.

Weather - watch what's coming up! You can calculate work rates and decide whether you want to excavate/lay track first!

Look at the top (unrevealed) card of the Contract Card Deck, take a Weather disc in a color matching the weather icon on the back of that card and place it in the lowest position on the Weather Track.

Adjust the markers on the Excavation and Lay Track Work Rate Track according to the current weather, referring to the Weather Key below the Weather Track. Don't go off either end of the tracks!
Sun = Excavate +2 spaces , Lay Track +1 space
Rain = Excavate -1 space , Lay Track -1 space
Fog = No Excavation B or Lay Track D actions can be performed this round. Leave the Work Rate markers as they are, but put a Fog disc on both those Action Areas to show that Labourers cannot be placed there.

Note: The Work Rate markers show how much Rubble can be excavated or track laid by each Labourer assigned to one of those actions.

Restock the Stock Yard

The number of cubes required for restocking varies according to the number of players and is shown on the board to the left of the Event Track. Take the appropriate number of cubes at random from the Supply Bag and place them on the Stock Yard spaces according to the cube type, Iron Ore, Stone or Coal.

If any Event cubes have been drawn, put them on the Event Track, one cube per space, starting immediately after the last occupied space; as you place each Event cube, resolve the Event immediately before placing any more Event cubes (see Resolving Events).

Be aware of the Event track and how empty the resource bag is! Might there be a chance that a couple of Event cubes coming out and messing up your plans?

End of Game

The end of the game is triggered when the last track has been laid (every Track card on the whole route has been completed).

If the last track is laid as the result of an Event, finish the current round, then play one more round and proceed to Scoring thereafter.

If a player laid the last track, finish the current round and proceed to Scoring.

Additionally, in a 2-player game, as long as the last track has not yet been laid, the game ends immediately if neither player has any Ownership Markers left.

Scoring

Beginning with the Start Player each player scores victory points as follows. Use a page of the Score Pad to record the scores.

When counting scoring objects (resources, Ownership Markers, Surveyor position, etc.), you cannot score more than one Contract card with the given objects; for example, if you have laid 4 tracks and have a '4 track' and a '3 track' Contract card, you can only score one or the other, not both.

Completed sites on Station cards

Add the victory points for each excavation and non-excavation Building site on which the player has an Ownership marker. Don't remove the Ownership markers yet; these are used for scoring Contract card bonuses.

Completed Track

Add the victory points on each Track card on which the player has an Ownership marker. Don't remove the Ownership markers yet; these are used for scoring Contract card bonuses.

Contract Cards

Contract cards: You can't win the game without them - simple!

Players score bonus points for all Contract cards they have in their playing area, regardless of whether or not their effect has been used. The end game scoring section is the top part of the card.

Excavate bonus: put the indicated number of rubble pieces from personal supply on to the card and gain the stated victory points. If the player cannot pay that many rubble pieces, leave them where they are, and the card scores nothing.
Sample contract:

Track bonus: move the indicated number of that player's Owership markers from completed Track cards onto the Contract card and gain the stated victory points. If the player cannot move enough markers, leave them where they are and the card scores nothing.
Sample contract:

Building bonus: move the indicated number of the player's Ownership markers from completed excavation and/or non-excavation building sites and gain the victory points on the card. If the player cannot move enough markers, leave them where they are and the card scores nothing.
Sample contract:

Track, Excavate and Building bonus: put the indicated number of rubble pieces from the personal supply on to the card, retrieve the indicated number of Ownership markers from completed excavation and/or non-excavation building sites and Track to score the stated victory points. If the player cannot complete all the conditions, leave rubble and markers where they are and the card scores nothing.
Sample contract:

Coal bonus Contract Card (27): If the player has this Contract card, score 2 victory points per Coal cube in your personal stock.
Sample contract:

Surveyor bonus: If the player's Surveyor has reached at least as far as the indicated station, the player scores the stated victory points. Otherwise the player does not score the bonus on the card. The player's Surveyor still scores the victory points on the Station card reached by the Surveyor.
Sample contract:

Train No. 4, Snowdon

If the player has No. 4 Snowdon, add 9 victory points to that player's total.

The Surveyor

Add the victory points printed at the top right of the Station card reached by the player's Surveyor.

Winning

The player with the most victory points is the winner. In case of a tie, the tied player who was last in turn order during the final round wins.

Resolving Events

When event cubes are drawn from the Supply bag, put them on the Events Track, one cube per space, starting immediately after the last occupied space; as you place each Event cube, resolve the Event immediately before placing any more Event cubes. The Events are described below. Resolve each Event before moving on to the next one. If the Events in 4, 7 or 10 occur, put 3 Event cubes back in the bag as described below.

Events happen regardless of the Weather.

Excavate a number of rubble spaces immediately

Remove all Rubble cubes from a number of Track cards/Building spaces, starting with the card closest to the start of the route, where the number is equal to the current Excavation Work Rate. If you reach a Station card, take Rubble cubes from the left-hand space and then, if necessary and present, the right-hand space before carrying on up the mountain.

No player gains Rubble or scores for excavations done this way.


Lay Track immediately

Turn over a number of Track cards equal to the current Lay Track Work Rate, starting with the Track card closest to the start of the route. Remove Rubble from the Track cards if necessary (put them in general supply).

Ignore station cards when resolving this event.

No player scores for track laying done in this way.


Complete a Station immediately

Put one of the Game markers on to the first Station in the route that has not yet had all of its Building sites completed. Remove any Rubble on the Station card and return it to general supply. Players cannot carry out Excavate or Build actions in relation to this Station card for the rest of the game.

Do not remove Ownership markers on the Station card; these can still be used for end game bonus scoring.


Trains may now be bought

Train cannot be bought by any player until this event has occurred; once it has happend, the Build action can be used to obtain a Train card.


Train maintenance is needed

Each player with a Train card must immediately pay one Steel Bar to general supply or discard a Train Maintenance Contract card (16 and 21). If a player cannot, or chooses not, to pay, return the Train card to the Engine Shed. Put more Coal from the Supply Bag (if available) on to any returned Train cards, as indicated on the cards. If there is less Coal than needed, re-stock the train in numerical oder starting with the lowest.

Coal cubes held by the player are unaffected.


In addition to resolving the event on the numbered Event space, put the indicated Event cubes back into the Supply bag. Continue to place drawn Event cubes into spaces after the right-most occupied space on the Event Track. This means that when the 10 space is reached, the 7 space will always be the right-most occupied, and the events will loop through 8, 9 and 10 until the end of the game.

Solitaire Play

Snowdonia can also be played solitare, for which you play a series of games using a different Train each time to see if you can beat your previous scores.

Solitaire is played in the same way as the normal game, except the following changes:

In the Solo game you will be playing a series of 7 games each with a different starting Train card, starting with No. 1 and ending with No. 7. Select the train card for your current solo game.

Setting up the Stock Yard

Draw 6 cubes out of the bag at random and place them on the Stock Yard (return any Event cubes un-resolved at this point and redraw, so that 6 cubes are in the Stock Yard).

Check the Weather

Discard all Contract cards and deal out three new cards.

Trains

Only one Train card per game is available in the solo game. If you cannot maintain your train when the "Train maintenance is needed" event happens, you cannot buy another.

Game end

If the last Track card in the route has not been placed, the game ends immediately after the last (16th) Ownership marker is placed.

On the back of the Snowdon Stations are the Blaenau Ffestiniog Stations. The Blaenau Ffestiniog game is for 1 to 4 players only.

Setup

Put the Blaenau Ffestiniog station on top of the Llanberis space on the board, then lay out the rest of the route around the board as normal. Remove Contract cards 28 and 29 from the game. Everything else (resources in the Supply Bag, action spaces, weather, and so on) is the same as the Snowdon game, except as follows.

Beginning with the Start Player and continuing clockwise round the table, each player selects their starting position - Blaenau Ffestiniog or Porthmadog Harbour - and puts their Surveyor in one of the three spaces at the bottom of the card. There is a fixed limit of three spaces for players’ Surveyor pawns on Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog Harbour, so with 4 players it is possible that one player will not get a choice.

The last player to place their Surveyor chooses one end of the route to place one of the game’s Game markers (no surveyor space is required). This marker represents the game’s Surveyor who will alternate between Blaenau Ffestiniog or Porthmadog Harbour as Events resolve.

Put an Event cube on space 7 of the Events Track. Only spaces 8, 9 and 10 of the Events Track are used. Players can use the Build Action to build trains from the start of the game.

During Play

Excavate and Lay Track Actions

For the Excavate and Lay Track actions each player carries out the action along the route in the direction away from that player’s starting position.

As soon as all rubble counters have been removed from Station 4, the ‘Train maintenance is needed’ event happens.

Build Action

When a player builds:

  • Track cards do not have to be excavated before a Station card can be built upon.
  • A player can only build on Station cards from the player’s starting position up to and including the location of that player’s Surveyor. Therefore, if players do not move their Surveyors, they will be unable to build sites elsewhere.
  • Some Station cards give a player free resources each time that player builds on a non-excavation site. Take these from the Supply Bag, if available, otherwise receive nothing.

Surveyor Action

When a player moves their Surveyor off Blaenau Ffestiniog or Porthmadog Harbour, put one of that player’s Ownership markers in the starting Station to show that player’s starting position. This means that all players, if they move, will have one less Ownership marker to use in the game.

What happens when an Event occurs?

If an Event occurs, resolve it from the end of the route where the game’s Surveyor is currently located - either Blaenau Ffestiniog or Porthmadog Harbour (it never moves along the route). After the Event has been resolved, move the game’s Surveyor to the starting Station at the opposite end; Events alternate between the two ends of the railway route.

Appendix

Trains

Trains cannot be acquired by any player until the “Trains may now be acquired” Event has occurred. Once this event has occured the Build action can be used to buy a train.

If a player decides not to pay the upkeep of a Train (see Resolving Events), return the Train card to the Engine Shed.

A player may not own more than one Train. A player can return a Train card to the Engine Shed during a Build action when buying a different Train. Put more Coal from the Supply Bag (if available) on the returned Train card, as indicated on the card.

You don't need a train to win (but it often helps)!

No.1 L.A.D.A.S.

Cost: 2 Steel Bars

Comes with 1 Coal

You may pay 1 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

Whenever you take the Excavation action, you excavate at 2 above the current Work Rate. The total can exceed the maximum rate printed on the board.

No.2 Enid

Cost: 2 Steel Bars

Comes with no resources

You may pay 1 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

Whenever you take the Works action, you can convert 2 Iron Ore into 1 Steel Bar. Normally, this would cost 3 Iron Ore.

No.3 Wyddfa

Cost: 2 Steel Bars

Comes with 1 Coal

You may pay 1 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

Whenever you take the Stock Yard action, you may take 1 additional cube. You may still not take more than 1 Coal per action.

No.4 Snowdon

Cost: 1 Steel Bar

Comes with 1 Coal

You may pay 1 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

At the end of the game, you score an additional 9 victory points.

No.5 Moel Siabod

Cost: 1 Steel Bar

Comes with 2 Coal

You may pay 1 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

No.6 Padarn

Cost: 2 Steel Bars

Comes with 1 Coal

You may pay 2 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

At the end of resolving the Build Action Area, if at least 1 Build action was taken this round, by any player, you may take an additional Build action.

No.7 Ralph

Cost: 2 Steel Bars

Comes with 1 Coal

You may pay 1 Coal at the start of a round to gain 1 Temporary Labourer for the round.

Whenever you take the Lay Track action, you lay track at 1 above the current Work Rate. The total can exceed the maximum rate printed on the board.

Contract cards

Condition: Have 5 ownership markers on stations.
Reward: Score 15 points.
When activated: Whenever you take the Lay Track Action this Round, you do it at one more than the current Work Rate.
Condition: Have 4 ownership markers on stations.
Reward: Score 10 points.
When activated: Whenever you take the Lay Track Action this Round, you do it at one more than the current Work Rate.
Condition: Have 3 ownership markers on stations.
Reward: Score 6 points.
When activated: After all other Excavate Actions have been resolved, you may excavate completely the next space with Rubble in it (Track card or Building site).
Condition: Have 2 ownership markers on stations and 2 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 17 points.
When activated: Swap the Weather disc in the middle position on the Weather Track with one of your choice from general supply. This weather will be used at the start of the next Round
Condition: Have 2 ownership markers on stations, 1 ownership marker on tracks and 4 rubble.
Reward: Score 14 points.
When activated: Draw the top two cards from the Contract Card Deck. You may keep this card or one of the cards you have drawn. Discard the other two cards.
Condition: Have 12 rubble and 1 ownership marker on tracks.
Reward: Score 22 points.
When activated: Whenever you take a Build Action E this Round, you may use 3 Iron Ore as if it was a Steel Bar.
Condition: Have 8 rubble.
Reward: Score 11 points.
When activated: Whenever you take a Stock Yard Action this Round, you may take two additional cubes (the one Coal per Labourer limit still applies).
Condition: Have 8 rubble.
Reward: Score 11 points.
When activated: After all other Lay Track Actions have been resolved, you may take a Lay Track Action as if you had placed a Labourer here this Round.
Condition: Have 6 rubble and one ownership marker on tracks.
Reward: Score 14 points.
When activated: Whenever you pay a Stone requirement for a Building site this Round, pay one Stone less.
Condition: Have 4 rubble.
Reward: Score 5 points.
When activated: After all other Build Actions have been resolved, you may take a Build Action as if you had placed a Labourer here this Round.
Condition: Have 4 rubble.
Reward: Score 5 points.
When activated: Immediately convert 2 Rubble in your personal supply into 1 Stone up to 3 times. Take the Stone from the Supply Bag.
Condition: Have 12 rubble.
Reward: Score 16 points.
When activated: Immediately convert 2 Iron Ore from your personal supply into 1 Steel Bar once or twice. Put the Iron Ore into the Bag.
Condition: Have 4 rubble and 2 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 18 points.
When activated: After this card has been played, no other Contract cards may be played for the rest of the Round.
Condition: Have 4 rubble and 1 ownership marker on tracks.
Reward: Score 11 points.
When activated: Whenever you pay a Stone requirement for a Building site this Round, pay one Stone less.
Condition: Have 8 rubble and 1 ownership marker on tracks.
Reward: Score 17 points.
When activated: Whenever you pay a Stone requirement for a Building site this Round, pay one Stone less.
Condition: Have 8 rubble and 2 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 23 points.
When activated: You may discard this card instead of a Steel Bar when required to pay for train maintenance.
Condition: Have 16 rubble.
Reward: Score 21 points.
When activated: Whenever you take a Build Action E this Round, you may use 2 Rubble as 1 Stone or 4 Rubble as 2 Stone.
Condition: Have 11 rubble.
Reward: Score 14 points.
When activated: Immediately draw three cubes from the Supply Bag; return each Event cube drawn in this way.
Condition: Have 7 rubble.
Reward: Score 10 points.
When activated: Immediately draw three cubes from the Supply Bag; return each Event cube drawn in this way.
Condition: Have 5 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 40 points.
When activated: Immediately take any 2 cubes from the Stock Yard (one Coal maximum).
Condition: Have 3 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 24 points.
When activated: You may discard this card instead of a Steel Bar when required to pay for train maintenance.
Condition: Have 3 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 24 points.
When activated: Take the Start Player marker. The marker cannot move again this Round.
Condition: Have 4 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 31 points.
When activated: Immediately take any 2 cubes from the Stock Yard (one Coal maximum).
Condition: Have 1 ownership marker on tracks.
Reward: Score 4 points.
When activated: Immediately convert 2 Iron Ore from your personal supply into 1 Steel Bar once or twice. Put the Iron Ore into the Bag.
Condition: Have 1 ownership marker on tracks.
Reward: Score 7 points.
When activated: Whenever you take a Build Action E this Round, you may use 3 Iron Ore as if it was a Steel Bar.
Condition: Have 2 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 15 points.
When activated: Whenever you take the Excavate Action this Round, take double the number of Rubble cubes (Work Rate plus any bonuses).
Reward: Score 2 points for each remaining coal.
When activated: Immediately move your Surveyor 1 Station further along.
Condition: Have 5 ownership markers on stations, and your surveyor has reached at least station 6.
Reward: Score 23 points.
When activated: Immediately move one of your placed Labourers to any different, empty Action space.
Reward: Score 6 / 10 / 15 points if your surveyor has reached station 5 / 6 / 7.
You may ignore the limit on taking Coal from the Stock Yard this Round.
Condition: Have 2 ownership markers on tracks.
Reward: Score 15 points.
When activated: Whenever you take the Excavate Action this Round, take double the number of Rubble cubes (Work Rate plus any bonuses).

Stations Scenario #1

Stations Scenario #2

Player info

The player infos are shown in turn order (with the "own" player info on top). Left of the name of the starting player the string "(S)" is displayed.

The first line of the player info shows the current points from the placed ownership markers, the number in brackets gives the final points under the assumption, that the game ends in this moment. This final point value is calculated as the sum of the points for ownership markers, the points for the surveyor, the points for contract cards and the points for the Train No. 4 (Snowdon).

The second line in the player info shows the resources available to the player (from left to right: labourers, ownership markers, iron, stone, coal, rubble and steel bars). For the starting player there is a black train icon to the right of the resources.

The third line of the player info shows the train (if the player owns one) and next to it the number of contracts owned by the player. If you click on the card symbol, a dialog opens which shows the contracts of the player (broken down into unused contracts, active contracts and used contracts). For each contract it shows how many points it is currently worth.

Contracts

To gain the points for a contract, you need to assign the required resources (or use the position of the surveyor), and you cannot use something for more than one contract. Therefore in the real game you have to choose which contracts you want to fulfill in order to get the most points. Yucata automatically chooses optimally for the player.

Resources in the supply

On the left side of the game board you can see inside a dashed box which resources are currently in the bag, and under it how many steel bars are in the supply. Important: If there is e.g. no stone left in the bag, you cannot perform the action to convert rubble into stone.

Unusable actions

At the beginning of the game, you cannot buy a train yet. Therefore the action space will show a red cross on top of the corresponding symbol. Also, the train cards are shown somewhat transparent.

Also it can happen that it is not possible to convert rubble into stone, because there is no stone in the bag, or no iron can be converted into steel bars, because there are no more steel bars in the supply. In these cases, there will also be a red cross on top of the corresponding symbols on the action space. Theoretically it can happen that the required resource is returned to the supply before the conversion action is performed, so you should think yourself whether it makes sense to place a labourer on the action space or not.

Contract card piles

The discard pile and the draw pile for the contract cards shows in the lower right corner, how many cards are in the pile, respectively. If you click on the number, a dialog is opened which shows the individual cards (for the draw pile in sorted order from #1 to #28, for the discard pile from bottom to top).

Help texts for contract cards

In dialogs showing the contract cards, the help texts from the rules are also displayed next to each contract. Loading the rules can take a few seconds. If you don't need the help texts and you prefer a faster loading dialog, you can disable the setting "Show contract cards with help text" in the side panel (tab with the heart icon).

Coal

If you return a train, according to the rules, the coal coming with the train should be refilled from the bag. If this is not (or only partially) possible, the next time if someone pays coal, the missing coal is placed on the train card. If someone buys the train that is missing some coal, the missing coal will be taken from a different train (if possible). To simplify things, on Yucata it does not show whether there is coal on a train or not. In the unlikely case that the missing coal cannot be replenished you can see when buying the train that you got no (or not enough) coal.

 
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