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Trailblazer Rediscovering America Game

Talicor Aristoplay
www.aristoplay.com


Trailblazer Rediscovering America is an American trivia board game for ages 7 and up. It is designed for 2 to 6 players. It includes a game board, a spinner, six playing pieces, 160 Question cards, 50 Treasure cards, 50 Adventure cards, a card caddy, and a score pad.

The game board is a map of the United States, and there are six paths crossing the map. The paths are made up of blue, green, and red circles. The blue circles correspond to the Question cards, the green circles correspond to the Treasure cards, and the red circles correspond to the Adventure cards. The Question cards contain questions from six different time periods: pre-contact to 1763, Revolution and Early Republic (1763-1828), Western Expansion and Reform (1828-1850), Prelude to Conflict--Civil War (1850-1866), Reconstruction and Gilded Age (1866-1890), and Progressive Era (1890-present). The questions vary in difficulty level and point value and are color-coded. Green questions are elementary and worth 1 point, blue questions are intermediate elementary and worth 2 points, purple questions are intermediate advanced and worth 3 points, and red are advanced and worth 4 points. The Treasure cards have a picture of an "American Treasure," such as a Model T Ford, the Statue of Liberty, the Colonial Flag, or a mountain lion, and each card contains a value. These cards are bonus points and are added onto the final score of a player. The Adventure cards instruct players to move either forward or backward, miss a turn, or give away Treasure cards.

To play the game, each player chooses a path across the United States and places his token on the beginning of this path. To move, the player spins the spinner and moves the instructed number of spaces. If the player lands on a trivia space, he is asked a question based on the level of difficulty he chooses. If he answers correctly, he receives the number of points for that difficulty level. If a player lands on a Treasure or Adventure space, he draws the correct type of card and either hangs on to it (Treasure card) or does what the card instructs (Adventure card). The player who makes it across his trail first receives a bonus of 10 points. The player with the most points wins.

I played this game with my 11, 10, 8, and 7-year-old sons, and it was a hit. Because each player could choose his level of difficulty when answering a trivia question, we were on a somewhat level playing field. We enjoyed discussing and learning from the trivia questions, and I look forward to playing this game more this year. Game play took less than 30 minutes, so it's easy to fit a game in now and then. It is a wonderful way to reinforce American history, and I highly recommend it.



Product review by Courtney Larson, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, July 2011


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