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Coal Baron

Coal Baron is a strategy game for 2-4 players that takes 60-75 minutes to play. It is designed for ages 10 and above and has a complexity rating of 2.55 out of 5. The game is developed by Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer, illustrated by Frédéric Brogard and Dennis Lohausen and published by C and C Publishing and eggertspiele. The game's title "Glück Auf" is a greeting German miners use when wishing one another luck. In the game, players control miners who dig tunnels underground to acquire coal of different levels of quality. The coal is used to fulfill contracts that players compete for. The game lasts for three rounds and players take turns placing their workers on action spaces. Each player has an individual elevator shaft and must use workers to extract coal and bring it to the surface. Players also have to compete for contracts and earn cash in order to advance in the game.


Components include a game board, pit cages, tunnel tiles, order cards, coal cubes, workers, victory point markers, bank notes, lock tiles, a scoring marker, starting player marker, and shift hand.


You own a coal mine in Essen at the turn of the 20th century. Your goal is to fulfill orders for different types of coal, earn victory points, and have the most points at the end of the game.

Awards and nominations[]

  • 2014 JUG Adult Game of the Year Finalist
  • 2014 Juego del Año Recommended
  • 2014 Graf Ludo Best Family Game Graphics Winner
  • 2013 Meeples' Choice Nominee
  • 2013 Jocul Anului în România Beginners Finalist

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