Russia, the end of the 19th century. The traitorous Colonel Ivan Ogareff has conspired with the Tartars to invade the empire, cutting communications between Moscow and Irkutsk, the capital of Siberia. Michael Strogoff has been tasked by the Tsar to deliver a message to his brother, the Grand Duke in Irkutsk to warn him of the coming threat. In this game based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name, players are couriers racing across Russia to deliver the message to the Duke and thwart Ogareff. Juggling time, using resources wisely, and overcoming threats (and sometimes pressing their luck), the fastest player to reach Irkutsk can challenge Ogareff for the win.