While the ultimate goal is to create the most luxurious train lines possible, even the grandest of empires have humble beginnings. Players start with a single zero-point train car on each of their lines. From there, they select from a pool of eighteen action cards each round that allow them to develop their lines and score more points as they steam toward Constantinople.
Managing an Empire
You’ll need to properly manage your trains and their staff if you hope to be successful and gain the best bonuses each round. For example, even the most luxurious train cars in the world aren’t worth a thing if there’s no one around to operate them. Each train also has a conductor who moves through its cars by taking actions. Moving your conductors efficiently through your trains is essential for claiming victory, since only those cars that a conductor is on or has moved past are scored each phase.
Murder and Intrigue on Rails
In addition to building your rail lines and managing your conductors, you’ll also have the opportunity to deal with customers. They aren’t always the easiest to deal with—and some can be downright unsavory! First Class also has five module decks, which add different types of passengers and new goals. Each time you play, you choose two of the five modules, then mix them in with the standard action cards. Each possible combination provides the opportunity for a unique strategy and approach.
The modules encourage further depth and thematic flair in every game of First Class. You could aim to fill contracts for lucrative bonuses, for example, or adapt to carrying celebrities and postcards on your trains. Or you could even get swept up in a murder mystery where one player takes on the role of a murderer trying to divert attention away from themselves. In fact, the murder mystery module injects hidden roles into the game, tasking players with uncovering the murderer—or avoiding detection. No matter which you choose, the modules add a new layer of interaction—and intrigue—to First Class.
Step into this world of romance on the rails where the most elite travel in luxuriously appointed train cars. Seize the opportunity to build a rail line that will go down in history.
First Class arrives in the US soon!