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A Rather Crazy Idea

Gareth Madeley
United Kingdom
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I haven't played much this week, as I didn't go to the Lion on Monday.

However, I did play Neuland yesterday. It was an interesting economic game. You are building up a country's engine, however, any of its citizens can use any of its buildings. This means if you build something, you're opponent(s) can quickly grab whatever resource that building produces.

And, well, that's kind of it. I'm playing a few 18XX games by e-mail. Most of which are fun (except for the fact that rails tells you exactly how little chance you have of making a come-back). Speaking of 18XX games, over the past week, both 1829 and 1829 Mainline have arrived at my doorstep. Mainline looks intriguing as it's an 18XX game with luck surprise I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

I've been trying to play some games solo. I've played the three CDGs I have, Here I Stand, the Napoleonic Wars and Paths of Glory, to many errors, I'm sure. I'm enjoying playing these multiplayer games solo, maybe due to the slightly more tactical nature of them.

Another one of the games that arrived recently is Empires of the Middle Ages. So I'm now wondering if it's possible to find a game for each "era" of European history and play consecutively (most likely solo). So far, I also own Here I Stand, Empires in Arms and Pax Britannica. This means that, if I want this to work, I need games set in the Classical Era, the "Roman" Era, the barbarian time after Rome Fell, the time from Here I Stand to Empires in Arms, The two World Wars and (maybe) a game for Contempory Europe.

I'd prefer them to have maps, diplomacy and multiple players. I don't want a desire to stick rigidly to history. So I'm leaning away from adding Paths of Glory to the list above. Any suggestions?
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