The Oregon Trail – How To Play



Oregon Trail Rules Updates:

1. The first time that players make a stack of five trail cards, the player who played the fifth card chooses whether to put the first card played or the fifth card played on top of the stack. From then on, players always place the first card played on top of the stack (so the trail connects).


2. Crossing a river is treacherous. Follow the instructions on the card to try to ford a river. One player must successfully ford the river before any more Trail Cards can be played, so if a player dies, loses a Supply Card, or if nothing happens (by rolling a 3 or a 5 on the “Lose a Supply Card” River Card), play passes to the left. The next player does not play a new Trail Card; s/he rolls and follows the instructions on the most recent Trail Card played. This continues until one player fords the river.


3. When players run out of Trail Cards, they pick five more from the Draw Pile.

How Will You Die on the Oregon Trail?

All sorts of gruesome deaths await you and the rest of your wagon party in this official multi-player card game version of the classic computer game. To win you’ll need to keep one player alive all the way from Independence, MO to the Willamette Valley. But between rattlesnakes, starvation, dead oxen, broken bones, dysentery, and a host of other calamities the odds are long . . . almost as long as the Oregon Trail itself.

Players work together to move along the trail, fording rivers and playing Supply Cards to overcome calamities. But be warned–there will be times when it makes sense to let one of your wagon mates succumb to a calamity rather than expend precious supplies. And every time players go the way of all flesh, you’ll flip over the roster card and write their names on tombstones (don’t forget to include a quick epitaph). It’s a great way to relive your fond memories of one of the world’s most beloved computer games, and to kill off your family and friends at the same time.

58 Trail Cards
32 Calamity Cards
26 Supply Cards
1 Laminated, Two-sided Wagon Party Roster
1 Erasable Marker
1 Die
Illustrated Instructions

2-6 Players
Ages 12 & Up

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