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I received The Oregon Trail game for Christmas, and I was pretty excited to play it. I remember all those times in the computer lab elementary school playing Oregon Trail. Sadly I never made it to Oregon. Not once. I probably died in all the ways you can die in that game: sickness, injuries, starvation (I sucked at hunting), dead oxen, broken wagon, drowning… Maybe I could survive the card game. Maybe.

Game play is simple. Everyone has trail cards and supply cards. If possible each player plays a trail card (the trail has to match and be continuous). If the trail card played has text written on it, you follow those instructions. If it’s blank, you count yourself lucky. There are also Town and Fort cards that can be played on the trail. Fort cards give you two supply cards of your choice, and Town cards give you one supply card or the ability to remove one Calamity card from play.

Many trail cards instruct you to draw a Calamity card which, unsurprisingly, are bad. Supply cards can help with Calamity cards. For instance if someone gets typhoid, they need medicine and clean water to get better. The player who drew the Calamity card can play the supply cards needed, otherwise she relies on the other players to save her. As a free action one or more players can turn in two supply cards for one supply card.

If a player either doesn’t have a trail card that matches or doesn’t have any trail cards, they draw a trail card as their turn action.

In this play by play, we’re skipping over a player putting down a trail card without text or drawing a trail card. We’re going to focus on the exciting stuff which is the stuff that could kill us.

  1. Professor successfully forded a river
  2. Space Cat broke the wagon tongue but was able to fix it
  3. Signing Monkey got measles – Chubby Unicorn played a medicine card, and she got better
  4. Chubby Unicorn was starving

    Chubby Unicorn is Starving

  5. Professor played a Fort (took 200 lbs food just in case)
  6. Space Cat did not successfully ford a river and turned in a supply card
  7. Signing Monkey fed Chubby Unicorn
  8. Chubby Unicorn got typhoid – played medicine and Professor played clean water to cure her
  9. Clumsy Ninja broke the axle but fixed it
  10. Space Cat did not successfully ford a river and turned in a supply card
  11. Chubby Unicorn was starving – Professor fed her
  12. Space Cat did not successfully ford the river and turned in a supply card
  13. Signing Monkey broke the axle but fixed it
  14. Chubby Unicorn successfully forded a river
  15. Professor got dysentery and died! Willed clothes and medicine to Chubby Unicorn

    Professor Dies of Dysentery

  16. Clumsy Ninja drew inadequate grass
  17. Space Cat played a Fort (took oxen just in case)
  18. Signing Monkey successfully forded a river
  19. Signing Monkey played a Town – removed inadequate grass from play
  20. Chubby Unicorn got cholera – played two medicine cards and got better
  21. Thief steals a supply card from Space Cat
  22. Chubby Unicorn drew bad water, but Clumsy Ninja played clean water
  23. Space Cat successfully forded a river
  24. Signing Monkey successfully forded a river
  25. Signing Monkey did not successfully ford a river and turned in a supply card
  26. Chubby Unicorn got typhoid – Clumsy Ninja played clean water and Space Cat played medicine and cured her
  27. Signing Monkey Oxen have died! – Chubby Unicorn turned in two supply cards for oxen
  28. Space Cat got cholera
  29. Clumsy Ninja successfully forded a river
  30. Signing Monkey did not successfully ford a river and turned in a supply card
  31. Chubby Unicorn played a Town – removed Space Cat’s cholera
  32. Clumsy Ninja broke her arm (lost 2 turns)
  33. Space Cat broke a wheel – Chubby Unicorn and Space Cat each turned in a card to get spare parts and fixed the wheel
  34. Space Cat got measles (lost 1 turn)
  35. Signing Monkey successfully forded a river
  36. Chubby Unicorn broke the wagon tongue – Clumsy Ninja turned in supply cards for spare parts and fixed it
  37. Space Cat drew extreme cold and would die without clothes (no one had any supply cards)
  38. Chubby Unicorn successfully forded a river
  39. Clumsy Ninja was bitten by snake and died!

    Clumsy Ninja and Space Cat Die

  40. Space Cat died of extreme cold!
  41. Signing Monkey successfully forded a river
  42. Thief tried to steal from Chubby Unicorn but she didn’t have anything
  43. Signing Monkey successfully forded a river
  44. Chubby Unicorn successfully forded a river
  45. Signing Monkey successfully forded a river
  46. Signing Monkey and Chubby Unicorn make it to Oregon!

    We made it!

I was so happy that I finally made it to Oregon!

This is a really fun game, especially for those who have played the computer game. We’ll definitely be playing again, and maybe Professor won’t get dysentery and die.

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