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Blue Riband

Design and operate a classic transatlantic ocean liner!

In the early 20th-century, rival steamship lines fiercely competed for speed, luxury, and profit. The legendary Blue Riband award was the greatest prize of all, won by the passenger ship with the fastest westbound transatlantic crossing.

In this game, you’ll design and operate your own steamship, with one player as Lusitania and the other as Titanic. The real-life Lusitania was built for speed and won the Blue Riband in 1907, while the real Titanic offered spectacular luxury. Both ships met with disaster—Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912, and Lusitania was torpedoed by a U-Boat in 1915. Now you’ll rewrite history by making your own design choices. Compete against your opponent and try to avoid the fates of the real Lusitania and Titanic!

You have two paths to victory: speed or luxury. Focus on one strategy, or try for both at the same time. In the first part of the game, you'll act as a ship designer, competing with your opponent to build the fastest and/or most luxurious ship. You build your ship by placing design cards that can increase your ship's speed, your luxury rating, your safety level, and your profitability.

In the second part of the game, you'll captain your ship as you and your opponent race across the Atlantic from Southampton, England to New York. Set your speed by deciding how much coal to burn each day, and contend with hazards including icebergs and a U-Boat. Try not to sink or become stranded along the way! The first ship to reach New York wins the Blue Riband award, but you can also win the game by having the most luxurious ship. You earn bonus points through financial profit.

The game materials are based on historic, public domain photographs and drawings from the early 20th century. Most of the images feature Titanic, Lusitania or their sister ships. Close-up images of the game boards and examples of completed ships are included in an appendix to the Game Rules PDF file.

Shop backdrop photo: Titanic departs Southampton (1912). Sourced from Smithsonian Institution.

Shop ad painting: Lusitania by Norman Wilkinson (1907). Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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Why buy this?

The game draws well on its theme and the public domain resources which should appeal to anyone interested in the Titanic or Lusitania.

  • Design a classic ocean liner from the Titanic era
  • Compete with your opponent in speed and luxury
  • Race across the Atlantic while dodging icebergs and a U-Boat

Requirements

30-60
2-2
12+

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Publish Date March 21, 2018
Edition First
Department Board Games
Genre Historic
Theme Transportation
Setting Industrial Revolution
Audience Family
Primary Mechanic Simulation

Paul Hellyer

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Notes

  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.

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