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Travel the continents of the world taking photos in different countries. To win you must outwit your opponents to be the player who has returned home with the most photos.Like real travelling, you will constantly be faced with choices, so you'll need to play the right card at the right time. Visit one or many continents, enjoy bonus events, get good and bad advice, avoid getting sick or missing your plane. You may even be forced to change your plans or seek assistance from your fellow backpackers. You'll need careful planning, patience and a bit of luck to win. Things don't always run smoothly when backpacking and you will have to cope with problems, delays and events, some of which may be caused by other travellers.
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|Backpacker is virtually the cardgame Grass re-written with a different theme. This is not the damning statement it may at first appear to be, since Grass is a particularly good game, but in these paranoid times it may not be the best choice of game to carry through Customs posts. And Grass itself is one of many games developed from Mille Bornes, first published in, I believe, the 1920's.
In Backpacker, you are trying to collect sets of countries from different continents, each country having a points value. If you can put down one from each of the five continents, there is a big bonus to be had. But to score the cards, you have to "go home" to cash in the cards, and players can play cards to stop you from doing this. They can also inconvenience you in a variety of other ways but a very good feature of the game is that you can always get rid of a bad card played on you by sacrificing the last Country card you have added to your set. You may hold out in the hope of getting a card which will rid you of the problem without recourse to accepting such a set-back, but having the option of taking the punishment and carrying on again ensures that you are never really stuck, and keeps the game moving nicely. The basic game is very easy to learn, and fulfills the stated aim of being highly portable and suitable for playing with anyone, anywhere. The cards which are added in for the advanced game have some strange effects and can make the game go on a bit, but if you are waiting for a flight which has been delayed for hours this is just what you need. For a quick game down the pub, stick to the basic game, which I, for one, am always happy to play.
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