J’s Show and Tell: Lunar Rails

When my friends and I get together, we inevitably wind up doing one of three things: playing Rock Band, playing card games, or playing board games.

Lunar Rails

With summer approaching, and with it, barbeques, fireworks and get-togethers, I thought I would share one of my favorite board games: Lunar Rails.

Lunar Rails, by Mayfair Games, is one in a series of crayon-rail games.  Essentially, you build an empire by drawing railroad tracks on a laminated map with erasable crayons.  There’s something magical about this combination;   I get to use strategy at its most evil, and yet my inner child is happily coloring away.

Some may feel that once you’ve played one crayon-rail game, you’ve played them all, but I like Lunar Rails better for two major reasons:

  • It’s a map of the moon, not, say, China, so it’s a sphere – you have the Near Side and the Far Side, and they’re connected.  Woe to the person who forgets that.
  • It’s the freaking MOON!  I’m automatically happier with the sf theme.  Something about it reminds me of Heinlein’s juvenile novels, like Red Planet.

I’m warning you now, these games tend to be more fun if there’s at least one person in the group who’s played one before – that way it keeps the pace from dragging too much.  That being said, I have the most fun when it’s a silly group of people who don’t care about the pace, cursing those who cut them off and swiping other’s crayons.  As with any game, try not to take it too seriously.

I realized it’s actually been a few years since I’ve bought a new board game, and I’m dying for suggestions!  What are your favorites?

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