Great Western Trail
- Players: 2-4
- Playing Time: 75-150 Minutes
- Age: 12+
- Mechanisms: Deck / Pool Building, Hand Management, Point to Point Movement, Set Collection
- Designer: Alexander Pfister
- Contents: 1 Game board, 4 Player boards, 92 Cattle cards, 28 Objective cards, 47 Cattle post tiles, 54 Worker tiles, 18 Hazard tiles, 22 Teepee tiles, 5 Station master tiles, 55 Coins, 4 Wooden cattlemen, 4 Wooden engines, 56 Wooden discs, 4 Wooden certificate markers, 1 Job market token, 1 Scoring note pad, 1 Rulebook
You are rival cattlemen in 19th century America, herding cattle in a circular trail from Texas to Kansas City.
Your cattle are then shipped by train, earning you money and victory points. Needless to say, each time you arrive in Kansas City, you want to have your most valuable cattle in tow.
However, the mastering the Great Western Trail not only requires that you keep your herd in good shape, but also that you wisely use the various buildings along the trail. It might also be a good idea to hire capable staff: cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to build your very own buildings, or engineers for the important railroad line.
The winner is the player who manages their herd best and exhibits good timing in mastering the opportunities and pitfalls of the Great Western Trail.