Off The Rails: A Tile-Placement Game With A Simple Concept and a Depth Of Strategy

Off The Rails: A Tile-Placement Game With A Simple Concept and a Depth Of Strategy

Seth Ryals-Fernandes

Seth Ryals-Fernandes is the owner and main author at TableTopCrazy. His love for modern board games is still budding, and he enjoys writing here at TableTopCrazy as a hobby.

A Few Details About Off The Rails:

Off the Rails:

  • 2-4 Players
  • 60-90 Minutes
  • Ages 12+
  • $3 for Print and Play
  • $30 For Full Release
  • Release Scheduled for February 2018

Genre: Tile Placement

What is Off The Rails?

Off The Rails is a tile-placement game where the goal is to create a mine cart rail that allows you to pickup more jewels than the other players. Each turn the player can take 4 actions, of which there are four to choose from. A player can take the same action multiple times but it will count as more than one action.

Players each start with one cart at one of the predetermined spots on the edges of the board. They can choose which spot. The actions you can take each turn are:

  1. Place a new tile, which doesn’t have to connect to another tile.
  2. Place a mine cart, you can have a maximum of 2
  3. Upgrade a track tile. Upgrade a straight tile to a branching one, etc.
  4. Change the speed of your mine cart.

The player whose turn it is then moves their mine cart exactly it’s speed. Collecting jewels, and observing rules for collecting said jewels. Rules can be found here. The rules also cover such things as collisions and derailments (if you run into another cart or run off the track). But those rules are a little too complicated to be covered here.

Finally the player draws a card which shows where new jewels are deposited along the track. The final result of the game is a large interconnected track which players run back and forth down collecting jewels. See below.

General Thoughts

I know what you’re thinking,┬áthat’s just Tsuro but with extra steps (points if you get that reference). And you would be correct in your assumption to a certain extent. But the main difference being when I play Tsuro I’m done playing for a few months after each session. Tsuro isn’t very different each game. While Off The Rails adds a lot of randomness and variation to each game, and allows for more replayability.

I think the game looks really fun, and after reading the rules a few times I think the game will probably be really fun. The game currently isn’t funded all the way, although it probably will be. Because it has over half of what it needs and 24 days to go.

If you are interested in trying the game it can also be played on Tabletopia. But overall if you liked Tsuro or if you like tile placement games I think the game is well worth checking out. Especially because the game will only be a few months away from coming out by the time the kickstarter ends.

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