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Express - Errata
In which it is seen that even a relatively simple game like Mayfair's Express needs errata.

Q: Suppose it is a 4-player partnership game. One team has a one-car train on the board. An unanswered Broken Car disaster is played on this train so that the car is sent to the disaster pile. The question is, what happens to the locomotive card that was on this train?

In a non-partnership game, it would be picked up by the owning player, but now that the trains have 2 owners, the rules do not seem to make clear who would pick it up.

A: From:
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 10:08:39 EST
Thank-you for your interest in Express.
Since both players have equal access to the locomotive cards for the partnership, you can assume that whichever partner's turn is next is actually the controller of the unattached locomotive. Which partner is next depends, of course, on which direction play is going (due to the results of turntable cards).

Q: What happens if during the initial deal a player receives so many disasters that he is unable to get down to the required 5 cards?

A: From:
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 10:52:07 EST
In the highly unlikely event that a single player should be dealt all eight disaster cards, and is unable to play even after he draws his two cards from the draw pile (because he drew a Way card for example) then the hand should be declared a mis-deal and all the cards should be shuffled back together and the hand begun anew.

Q: The 15th page of the rules says "With 2 or 3 players, use only 2 turntable cards", but the 4th page of the rules says "use only 2 with 3 or 4 players". Which one is correct?

A: From:
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 10:52:07 EST
As for your second question, the rules on page 15 are the correct rules. You should only use 2 turntable cards when you are playing with two or three players (to prevent abuse of the turntables). Otherwise you should use all of the turntable cards. Sorry for the confusion on that one!

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Last updated: Tue Jan 25 13:31:29 PST 2000