The Transcontinental

A project in Calgary, Canada by Glen Dresser

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Award-winning worker placement, pickup and deliver game for 1-4 players, about building the Canadian transcontinental railway.
Backers: 2192
Average Pledge Per Backer: $63 CAD

Funded: $137,403 CAD of $20,000 CAD
Dates: Nov 10th -> Dec 10th (31 days)
Project By: Glen Dresser
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Latest News

A Few Hours Left and a Final Stretch Goal Unlocked

December 10th - via:
Since I last posted an update yesterday morning, we blasted through the Wooden Markers, and the next stretch goal as well, which is was Land Claim Tiles, which are a variant for two players. I had originally intended to have the metal train and the... (Read More)

We're racing past the stretch goals! Plus some language-support news for German and French backers

December 9th - via:
We're set for an amazing final 24 hours for The Transcontinental. During my last update yesterday morning, I announced that we were adding wooden track markers as the next update. Not only did we unlock those last evening, we've already almost... (Read More)

Another stretch goal for the final 48 hours!

December 8th - via:
Stretch Goal: Metal Train Unlocked, Wooden Markers Up Next Amazingly, the diecast metal train is already unlocked! So with a little over 48 hours left in the campaign, we're going to try to upgrade the track markers. These five markers on the track... (Read More)

Stretch goal: Die-cast metal train engine

December 6th - via:
This is a stretch goal I was really hoping we could get to, but it was going to take a really good campaign; and with the campaign already closing in on 100K with several days left, I'm so glad we could include it. While this stretch goal may not be... (Read More)

Final Ally Card Reveal (for now...)

December 5th - via:
We're already almost to the next Stretch Goal, not to mention 100K! And we're going to have a really exciting stretch goal up next! But before that, I just want to do one last Ally Card Reveal. Well, at least the last one as part of this Kickstarter... (Read More)

The Final Week for The Transcontinental

December 4th - via:
We're almost there! The Transcontinental's Kickstarter closes December 10th, just under a week away. And we continue to tick off the stretch goals at a fantastic clip, with some of the best ones yet to come! We've just unlocked 2 more ally cards (see... (Read More)

The Transcontinental is the winner of the 2020 Cardboard Edison Award!

December 2nd - via:
The Transcontinental is the winner of the 2020 Cardboard Edison Award!  Well actually one of two winners, as Cardboard Edison adapted to the Covid situation by having a couple different streams of the competition, and did one for online judging and... (Read More)

Four more Allies, plus an in-depth podcast about The Transcontinental

December 1st - via:
So this was a really nice surprise today: The Game Brains Podcast did an Early Impressions review of The Transcontinental, based on their experience with it on Tabletop Simulator. It's a really engaging podcast and I recommend listening to the whole... (Read More)

2 New Stretch Goals + 1 Founders Exclusive + the Ally Voting Leaderboard

November 27th - via:
We've just unlocked Linen-finish tiles and boards, and I've got a few stretch goals to reveal! Vac-formed Box Insert Firstly, a vac-formed plastic insert. The design of this isn't finalized, but we'll try to make it sleeved-card friendly. It'll be... (Read More)

4 more allies, plus a holiday season download

November 27th - via:
Happy thanksgiving to our American backers! It was one of my original plans to go to some US conventions this year to promote The Transcontinental, but of course that was not in the cards this year. But I’m looking forward to making that happen... (Read More)

Voting for the Final Ally Cards is now open

November 23rd - via:
Ally card voting is now open! Click here. You can select up to 3 of the allies you'd like to see included.  Remember, the allies I've already been showing you in the updates are already included. This is for allies not yet included in the game. The... (Read More)

Meet 4 more of the Allies in The Transcontinental

November 23rd - via:
Stretch Goal Updates We reached our next Stretch Goal, unlocking linen-textured cards! I’m really excited about how this is going to work with the ally card artwork! That means our next stretch goal are standee components for the Railhead and Last... (Read More)

Amazing Euro Style Board Games You Can Back on Kickstarter

November 23rd - via:
Even though the holidays are getting closer and closer we keep seeing more and more great Kickstarter projects appear on the platform. Today we have a treat for fans of more thinky, strategy board games that can keep you occupied for many game nights. Let’s check out 3 of them. (Read More)

Full steam ahead

November 19th - via:
We continue to check off stretch goals! Yesterday, we unlocked the Solo-mode Reference, and we're drawing close to unlocking Linen Cards at 64K. I've got a couple more stretch-goals to announce.  Railhead / Last Spike Upgrades Firstly, at 70K, the... (Read More)

The Transcontinental (Kickstarter)

November 18th - via:
In The Transcontinental players are not just building the railway, but also investing and developing the young nation of Canada, as the train opens up new territory to the west. Every player starts with a secret investment goal that they are trying to achieve and an ally who can help them to achieve it. There are more than 30 different allies, each based on real-life historical figures whose lives were changed by the railway, and whose lives, in turn, shaped the history of a nation. (Read More)

Let's talk Solo Mode!

November 16th - via:
We've hit another stretch goal unlocking 2 more ally cards, and I'm going to announce the next two stretch goals here. But first a quick note that if you're interested in providing input on possible translations, I've prepared a questionnaire here to... (Read More)

Better cards, more allies

November 15th - via:
We upgraded the card quality when we hit $46K, and next we'll add two more allies when we hit $52K, bringing the total number of ally cards up to 34. I'm prioritizing these ally cards as stretch goals early in the campaign, because later in the... (Read More)

Let's get to know the cast of characters. Plus, another stretch goal.

November 13th - via:
In the past 24 hours, we passed both the 40K threshold (unlocking the Founder's Exclusive wooden box), and the 42K threshold, unlocking 2 more ally cards! Card Quality! At 46K, We'll upgrade all cards in the game (Allies, Investments, Solo Mode) from... (Read More)

First Stretch Goal Reached

November 12th - via:
Good news everybody! We reached our first Stretch Goal, and all copies will now come with a Companion Booklet! With maps, timelines, and bios, it's the perfect thing to pass the time when you're waiting for that one player -- you know who I'm talking... (Read More)

New Day, New Rewards Tiers!

November 12th - via:
I've got several updates today, including a couple new reward tiers and a couple logistical things. When I launched, I hadn't planned on adding rewards tiers, but 48 hours later, these just make a lot of sense; one is responding to backer interest,... (Read More)

An Amazing First Day in the Books

November 11th - via:
Wow. I'm absolutely blown away by the reception for The Transcontinental. Funded in 6 hours, and $30,000 in less than 24! Thank you to everyone who has not only backed it, but also shared it with your friends and your community. I'm excited to be... (Read More)

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