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Gold Town: The Mining Town Game

Gold Town: The Mining Town Game

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"There's Gold In Them Thar Hills!"

"10-out-of-10! A great game. Very well done, and one of the most interesting crossovers between board games and miniatures that I've ever seen." by Mike Mitchell
(Mike Mitchell is the author/publisher of Gutshot, Wild West Skirmish Rules.

Gold Towntm is a very unique historical Wild West PDF tile-boardgame for 2 to 8 players recreating the real-life experience of Old West miners during the early 1870s in the gold mining town of Whitewash City. A lot of care and research was undertaken to ensure the historical accuracy of Gold Towntm. To play, just print it, cut out the components and play -- everything you need is included, except two six-sided dice, a pencil and paper.

Please Note: Gold Town is a board game and plays like a board game. Players roll 2d6 and move around town. Players do have some control over how and where they move, but movement is largely determined by the roll of the dice. Gold Town is not an RPG board game that allows players to role play, although you will find yourself getting into the feel and characters of the time period as you play. For a quick read on why Gold Town was published, go to: The Gold Town Story

    Review is a 28k PDF file

Gold Towntm is a fun fast paced, historical game that can be played in 2 hours. The game play can be longer or shorter depending upon how players want it set up. The more gold used in the game, the longer the game will last, but once the gold has run out... Whitewash City has become a Ghost Town and the game is over.


Gold Towntm is NOT a shoot'em up style Wild West game. Gold Towntm is an historical PDF tile-boardgame. The object of Gold Towntm is to be the miner with the most money when the gold finally runs out at the end of the game. Each player owns a mining claim, which, over the course of the game, they will work to accumulate their wealth. Their initial mining claim is not one of the best in the region, but, as recent arrivals in a goldrush town, they have to take what they can get. During the course of the game, the players are forced to leave their mining claims to visit Whitewash City to perform Game Tasks, such as buying provisions, mining equipment, or just to relieve the monotony of living and working alone on a small claim! Once in Whitewash City, players will be faced with the many temptations that a Wild West town-that-never-sleeps has to offer: drinking, gambling, and women?-just to mention a few?-all designed to steal away their hard-earned money. It's a tough existence, but that's the way it was for those whose lives revolved around a Gold Town.


Gold Towntm is a complete game. To play, print out the rules and the game cards, and with a minimal amount of cutting and assembly, start playing. The only additional equipment required are a pencil and paper and at least two six-sided dice. Although there are a number of full-color game components (in PDF), the color on these pages have been kept to a minimum to make Gold Towntm more economical to print while retaining its graphic beauty. Many of the game components can be printed in grayscale, and many of the game cards are designed for black ink printing. The rules booklet is also designed to be printed with black ink text, and black line or grayscale images and game tables -- no color printing is required for the entire rules book. Ease and economy for our customers was our primary goal. This product won't "bust a stake" to print!


Gold Towntm game comes fully loaded with PDF game files:
• 40-Page Rule Book (29 pages of rules and charts; 7 pages Designer Notes/FAQ; tile page; 3-page intro/history; 1 page index)
• 42-Building Cards (five pages in full color)
• Cheat Sheets for quick chart reference (4 pages in bw)
• Gold Cards (1 sheet in full color)
• Gold Town Play Money ($1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 sheets)
• Task Cards (6 pages/120 bw Cards, or you can use the 1 page, bw Task Table instead)
• Town Character Markers (1 sheet of the Town Characters in full color)
• Player Roster Cards (2 sheets in full color or black line art)
• Player's Character Cards (1 sheet in full color)
• Game Markers/Chits (1 sheet in full color)
• Bibliography (2 pages of the books used to research Gold Town)
• Player Playing Pieces (player pieces in 3D/in full color)
• Special (Objects) Cards (1 sheet in full color)
(Note: In most cases, color pages have subdued colors or minimal colors used to save you ink when printing -- this product won't cost you a lot to print; you do NOT need all of the above components printed out to play the game. Many of the above components are optional).

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(Photo Left: playing Gold Towntm with just the game cards and markers on a Gold Towntm Felt Game Mat;
Photo Right: playing Gold Towntm with Whitewash City card stock buildings and Wild West miniatures on a Gold Towntmfelt mat

Review is a 28k PDF file

• Play Gold Towntm using Whitewash City PDF 3D building models!

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April 20th, 2013
It's a fun little game and it makes an effective tie-in with the wonderful 3d card models that re also available. My only gripe would be I would have liked a more C19th look to the actual characters but that's nit picking! Overall it's a pleasure to pl [...]
April 10th, 2005
I decided to buy this because I like both board games and the old west theme so this had to be the best of both worlds. I am certainly please with my purchase. I have up until now only read the rules but the game looks like it will be very enjoyable to [...]
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