Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Freedom - The Underground Railroad is an engaging cooperative game for
one to four players about a pivotal time in American history. Players
assume the roles of important historical Abolitionist characters
attempting to help slaves move from Southern States to freedom in Canada
while avoiding the slave catchers dedicated to taking away their
freedom during the early 1800âs thru the Civil War.
During the game, players need to work together in an effort to achieve
two victory conditions. First, the players need to raise the strength of
the Abolitionist movement through the acquisition of Support Tokens.
Next, the players also need to help Slaves escape from the plantations
in the south, moving them north to freedom in Canada while avoiding the
Slave Catchers that are roaming the board. If the players are able to
achieve both conditions before the end of the game, they win. Of course
this is not going to be easy, but through careful planning and strategy,
the group can recreate history, helping to bring down the institution
The game board consists of two sections. The map on the right features
the paths available to both escaping slaves as well as the Slave
Catchers who roam the board. The North Star Newspaper on the left, holds
the resources available to the players during the game, including
Abolitionist Cards that feature key historical figures and events.
The game is played over eight rounds, covering the years of early
independence up until the end of the Civil War. During the game, players
must progress through three time Periods: 1800-1839,1840-1859 and
1860-1865. Each period holds resources that the players attempt to
unlock during play. These resources include new Support, Conductor, and
Fundraising Tokens, as well as Abolitionist Cards that restock the
The players must move Slaves to freedom in Canada, which is achieved
through the use of Conductor Tokens, Abolitionist Cards, and Player
Roles. Only the tokens in the periods you have activated are available
for purchase. Each token can only be used once and are depleted quickly!
If players do not advance in a timely manner into the next period by
purchasing all of the current period's Support Tokens, the Conductor
Tokens run out and Slave movement along the Underground Railroad grinds
to a halt.
Additionally working against the players are Slave Catchers that
constantly react to Slaves that move onto their paths. This can hamper a
player's movement options and can even result in Slaves being captured
and sent back to the Slave Markets!
Even with the best laid out plans, a Slave Catcher can make an
unexpected move once per round. This movement is determined by a dice
This unique Slave Catcher system creates tension in the game, since
players need to move Slaves out of the southern plantations and into
Canada before the Slave Markets deliver more Slaves into the Plantations
at the end of each round. If there are not enough open spaces in the
Plantations to accommodate the new influx of Slaves, the excess Slaves
are placed into the Slaves Lost Track. If this is completely filled,
then the players lose the game.
Freedom is a challenging cooperative game that will keep you and up to three of your friends playing over and over again.