Mine All Mine

Rules for Sat 5 June 1999

by Jonathan Pickles

Setting

The game is set in the middle of a gold rush in the Far West in the mid C19th. The players are prospectors who travelled over the country last year. The weather closed in before any prospecting could be performed. Now it is spring, the weather is clearing up, and you are all itching to get to the gold fields.

Layout

The game has a town where gold can be sold and gear shipped in. There is a map that is divided into claims, each representing the area one man is expected to be able to work. Claims may be registered at the town, one claim per miner, so only that miner may then work them (or allow them to be worked). Pardnerships are also able to register claims – one per pardner. You may want to draw up a legal pardnership agreement or not. Each claim is represented by a bunch of cards which detail all you need to know about extracting gold from that claim – what tools are needed and how much gold comes out.

Things you can buy

You have $50 worth of stuff left over from the journey here.

Icon

What it means

Weight

Lb

Cost back East $

Those infamous little wagons (or the key metal bits thereof)

40

15

Gold washing equipment for panning

40

7

Dynamite and other explosives

40

20

Mercury (Hg) for improving the efficiency of filtering

40

30

Picks, shovels and other sundry digging equipment

40

5

Ropes & pulleys. Assorted climbing and hauling equipment

40

10

Guns & Ammo - rifles. Everyone who wants to has a handgun (FWIW)

40

30

Saws Axes Hammers Adzes. general carpentry and felling equipment

40

10

A Theodolite -if you can spell it you can use it

40

30

A Burro

A Burro can carry 200lb (man carries 40lb)

 

25

       

Professional Skills

Pick 3 to be expert in (except only 2 f you have prospecting*). All are a bit useful but some are more use than others. You are expert in any skill you choose. You may be a legend in one skill at the cost of 2 picks - shown as eg Scout+ in the game documentation.

Animal Friend

Ability to look after and train animals and deal with wild ones

   

Blacksmith

Making metal tools.

   

Doctor

Healing people (!)

   

Explosives

Good knowledge of how to use explosives

   

Gambler

Skill at betting games (or cheatin’?)

   

Gunfighter

Coolness, Fast draw and pistol shooting

   

Gunsmith

Making guns and ammo

   

Husky

Big and strong – brawling and labouring

   

Indian Fighter

Tactics used by Indians - raiding and skirmishing

   

Indian Friend

Indian languages and customs

   

Joiner

Woodwork

   

Lawyer

How the law works and how to manipulate it

   

Merchant

Commercial skills and contacts

   

Mountain Man

Lore of hills and mountains - tracking, trapping, survival, Indian stuff

   

Prospector

Finding gold

   

Scout

Lore of plains and desert - tracking, trapping, survival, Indian stuff

   

Soldier

Military tactics and procedures and rifle use

   
       

Zuggestions welcome

     

Need better names

     

*If you choose Prospecting you must be a legend to balance its extreme utility (legend much better than expert but the increase may not actually prove very helpful).

 

Game sequence

Go to a claim zone.

Read the card.

You may be able to survey the site or mine it straight away. A survey takes a week but this can be the week the card is inspected. Subsequent more advanced surveys will take a week each.

To survey it, spend the tools required, then keep following cards.

If you want to set up a mine you need the tools and labour it says on the card. Keep following cards.

Events

These take place if you start mining, mostly. If not otherwise noted events take place on a roll of 1 on 1d6. Roll every week.

Some take place automatically - effectively these are a further part of the card you have just activated.

Labour

This is a time bottleneck. Each person contributes 1 labour per week. Usually a working mine will need one labour to run - this is the case unless it says otherwise. They occasionally produce x gold per labour or need more than 1 labour.

Sometimes Burros or steam engines can substitute for people (eg pumping but not digging), but a card will say detail how this works.

Registering claims

Every one can register one claim but may change which one. If a claim is not worked for two weeks running it lapses. Judge Pickles deals with registry and disputes thereover.

 

 


This page is the work of Jonathan Pickles.