Trade and Tile Marketplace
Trade chits are acquired from some buildings, mostly commercial buildings, and represent the ability to make business transactions. A player may use Trade chits and the Marketplace at ANY time. The Marketplace can be used to do any of the following:
Recruit a worker: The Cost to recruit a new Worker is 1 Trade chit and 1 Food.
Buy Resource: A player may spend a Trade chit to buy a resource of their choice at the going rates.
Sell Resource: A player may spend a Trade chit to sell a resource of their choice for the going rates. Players receive 1 Point for selling via the Marketplace.
Going rates of the goods are as follows:
Some buildings give players additional options for using Trade chits.
A Gold may be used as if it were 5 Silver for any purpose, but no change is given.
- Pay 7 workers with 1 Gold and 2 Silver, or with 2 Gold.
- Pay for an auction cost of 9, using a Gold and 4 Silver, or 2 Gold.
- Pay off one debt chip with a Gold.
A player may take any amount of Debt at any time. For each Debt chit a player takes, they receive 2 Silver.
Debt may be paid off during Scoring for 5 Silver each. Players may use the Marketplace or spend Gold at this time. Each unpaid Debt chit carries a penalty during Final Scoring.
Railroad Development Track
Players advance on the Railroad Development Track during the game. Each time a player advances they receive the bonus depicted on that space or any previous space on the track..
The Railroad Development Track has 5 spaces with the following bonuses:
- Trade chit
- Rail Line
- Any Resource (Wood/Food/Steel/Gold/Livestock/Copper)
- 3 Victory Points
If a player is already at space 5 on the track, then further advances give them another bonus of their choice.
Example: A player advancing to the third space of the Railroad Development Track may take a Trade chit, a Rail Line, or a Worker.