Trade Routes is an economic board game in which players take the roles of traveling merchants going from city to city buying and selling goods. Each location has goods that are in supply or in demand, and the goal is to buy goods that are in supply and maximize profits by selling them in a location where they are in demand before another player is able to do so. Each location has two choices of routes to the next; a direct route, and a safer, but somewhat longer route. Players must make smart decisions and tradeoffs to succeed.
The game also allows players unrestricted trade between each other, producing a frequently-rich social dynamic on top of the economic system.
The rules and a printable board are provided in PDF format below.