Score as many points as you can by optimizing the routes of 4 Underground lines through 13 districts on your map of London
The game is played over 4 rounds. In each round, follow the 4 phases in order:
1. Find your Station
Each new underground starts at a special starting station for its color (it will be flashing).
2. Building Sections
This phase comprises of several turns (between 5 and 10), depending on the Station cards that are flipped over. There are a total of 11 Station cards: 6 Street cards (blue background) and 5 Underground Cards (pink and yellow background).
On each turn, a Station card with a symbol is flipped over. Players have the option to draw a line to add a section of their current line to a connected station with the corresponding symbol.
When the 5th Underground card (pink and yellow background) is flipped, it signals the end of this round. Players have the option to draw the last section and then proceed to the next phase.
3. Round Scoring
Each Underground scores points based on the following features:
- The number of districts (yellow boxes) your line goes through
- Find district with the most stations passed through, add the number of stations that were passed
- How many times it crosses under the Thames (each section counts 2 points)
You will also count the number of tourist sites (spiky stations) your line passes through. For each site passed, cross off one circle on your tourist site track at the bottom of your score card. At the end of the game, you will score the leftmost uncrossed circle.
4. Finish Round
After each round, players pass their pencil to the next player on their left.
In a 2 or 3 player game, if there is an unused pencil to your right, take it instead.
End of Game / Final Scoring
Game ends after 4 rounds. On your score card, add up the following points:
- - All the points scored from your 4 color Underground lines.
- - The leftmost uncrossed circle on your tourist site track
- - Interchange station points
There are 3 types of interchange stations: those connecting 2, 3, or 4 different color Underground lines
Count the number of interchange stations of each type across your whole network:
- Score 2 points per each interchange connecting 2 lines - Score 5 points per each interchange connecting 3 lines - Score 9 points per each interchange connecting 4 lines.
The player with the highest score wins the game! In the event of a tie, the player with the highest score for a single Underground line wins. If a tie persists, the players involved share the victory.
Remember, drawing a section is always optional. If you cannot or do not want to draw a section during a turn, you can ignore it and wait until the next card is shown.
The first section of an Underground line must always be drawn from your current departure station.
Each station after this must be drawn from either end of your line and must connect to a station with the same symbol as shown on the flipped over station card.
Exception: If a Railroad switch is flipped over, players have the option to draw a new section starting from ANY station on their line to a station with the revealed symbol.
Adding a Section
- Each section that you draw must be a single straight line going horizontally, vertically or diagonally following the grey potential lines laid out on the map
- Each section must always link two stations together without crossing through another station.
- You cannot cross through a section of any line that has already been drawn, except at stations.
- You cannot connect to a station that is already part of your current line (no loops)
- You cannot draw more than one section per grey potential line. (no doubling up)
For a new challenge, you can play Next Station London with its advanced modules. Add either Shared Objective cards or Pencil Power cards into the mix, or even play with both sets of cards!
Randomly select 2 of the 5 shared objectives. These 2 independent objectives remain visible for the whole game. Each player scores 10 extra points at the end of the game for each completed objective.
Each Pencil Power card is linked to one single pencil color for the entire game. Each power is helpful but can only be used once per round. Using Pencil Powers is optional and you do not have to use them in every round.