Gold Board Game
Awesome Gold Board Game, and Templates to Print Your Own
As a child, I had a favorite gold mining game that was so much fun to play. However, they no longer make it!! So when I started making my own board games with my own kids, I thought it would be fun to make a similar game.
You can see a picture of the original game board, and if you keep scrolling you'll find links to some free printable board game templates to make a similar game for yourself or your classroom.
My Ravensburger Knock-off
Ravensburger's Gold Mining and Bandits game is great for math and strategy!
Unofficial Gold Rules - The Rules as I remember Them (haven't found the original rules yet)
Setup: all hexagon game chips are placed face down on board spaces. The bandits, gole pieces and blank pieces should be mixed together and randomly placed on spaces with holes on them.
Train starts at the edge of the game board. Every time a player rolls a 1 (with the Locomotive) the train gets ome space closer to the town. When the train arrives in town the game is over.
Each player takes turns rolling the die. They move however many spaces they roll. If they land on a chip they flip it over to see what it is. If it's gold they keep it. If it's blank they discard. If they get a bandit they have to roll again. If they roll a number higher than the number on the bandit's head they get to keep the bandit as part of their treasure (and he is worth in gold the number on his head). If the player rolls a number lower than the bandit than all the gold that is not safe at home that the player collected is lost to the bandit and placed underneath the space where the player found the bandit. Other players can attempt to win everything underneath the bandit by landing on that space and rolling a number higher than the number on the bandit's head.
If a player goes back to his or her home, he can safely store his gold there (no bandit can take it once it's home).
Rafts: A player must have the exact number rolled to get on a raft, but they can park the raft on any shore bank of the lake they are in. The raft stays where they player leaves it, and someone else can ride it if they roll the exact number to get on it in is new location.
Once the train returns to town everyone counts the gold they have safe at their home. If you have gold in your hand that you haven't brought home, it does not count in your score. Whoever has the highest number of gold nuggets wins (one game token can be work five pieces of gold, and one bandit can also be worth as much as five pieces of gold).
Update: I did just find the original rules here.
Eureka - Also Known as Gold - Great Game for Math Building Skills and Strategy
Strike it rich in Golden City!
Gold has been discovered in the foothills outside Golden City and every able-bodied person from miles around is off to grab a share.
But things can be tough for a prospector, who must be lucky enough to find the gold and to get it safely back to town - fending off bandits and claim-jumpers - before the train arrives,
Time is running out - can't you hear the train in the distance? May good fortune be yours!
1 Game Board
48 Gold Nugget chips
16 Bandit chips
10 Spare blank chips
6 Raft chips
6 Wooden Prospector figures
1 Wooden Locomotive
1 Die (with Locomotive 1
Strategy game for 3 - 6 players ages 8 - adult.
Playing time: 40 minutes
Sometimes You Can Buy it From Amazon.com
You can't buy it new, but you can sometimes snag a used copy. It's worth a shot anyway.
Printable "Gold" Templates
When I couldn't buy the Gold game I decided to make my own. It's very much simplified compared to the original game, but it does work!
- Black and White Blank Gold Templates
This is basically just a whole bunch of hexagons. Nothing else on this template. This is the PDF version for this gold board game.
- Editable Black and White Gold Template
This is the editable black and white blank hexagon board listed above. Doesn't have to be a gold board game, someone else made a fantasy game with a dragon.
- Color 19x19 Gold Board Game
This is the printable 19x19 inch version of the color game board template you see in the picture above.
- Color 19x19 Gold Board Game
Here is the Adobe Illustrator editable version of the color game board above.