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2005
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Best with 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Playing Time
120 minutes
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12 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Railways of the World
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Railroad Tycoon: Das Brettspiel
Railroad Tycoon: El juego de mesa
Railroad Tycoon: Il gioco da tavolo
Railroad Tycoon: Le jeu de plateau
Railroad Tycoon: The Boardgame
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Railways of the World (2009) is the new edition of the base game for Eagle Games' popular Railways of the World series, first published as Railroad Tycoon in 2005. It reimplements the original game with several improvements.

Revisit the early days of the Age of Steam as you begin with a locomotive (the venerable John Bull, the first locomotive to run in North America) and a vision (your Tycoon "mission" card). From there, build your budding railroad network into a vast empire. Connect New York to Chicago, earn the most money, develop bigger and faster locomotives and maybe even span North America and build the Transcontinental Railway!

Multiple expansions featuring different maps are available. Railways of the World is the new base game for the system and includes the engine placards, railroad tiles, train tokens, money, bonds, and other items that are needed in almost all the Railways of the World series. A gameboard depicting the eastern half of the United States is included in the base game, as well as a mounted map of Mexico.

This game is preceded by the designer's other Winsome train games: Age of Steam, Australian Railways, Volldampf, New England Railways, Veld Spoorweg, Lancashire Railways, and Ferrocarriles Pampas. Railroad Tycoon was the result of a collaboration with Glenn Drover, in which the mechanics and game-play of Martin Wallace's Age of Steam were simplified and streamlined and attractive over-produced components were added, in order to make Railroad Tycoon more appealing to less hardcore gamers and more accessible to a wider audience.

A revised reprint was published at the end of 2010 which made some component improvements, such as the addition of Railroad Operation cards for the Mexico map.

Complete series overview - The Railways of the World Series: Introducing the family members of the ideal medium-weight train game

Note: The RailRoad Tycoon board itself is gigantic (about 36x45 inches, 91x114 cm) and requires a huge table or playing on the floor.

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Railroad Tycoon Components:

  • 3 part 45" x 36" board, eastern United States
  • 1 Wooden 1st player marker
  • 125 Wooden good cubes (25 each red, yellow, blue, black, purple)
  • 24 Plastic brown empty city markers (6 each water tower, sand tower, railroad crossing sign, roundhouse)
  • 150 Plastic trains (25 each red, yellow, green, blue, black, purple)
  • 2 Western Link tiles
  • 12 New City tiles (3 each yellow, blue, black, purple)
  • 217 track tiles
  • 10 Tycoon cards
  • 24 Engine cards (6 each level 1, level 3, level 5, level 7)
  • 37 Railroad Operation cards
  • 54 Share cards (31-1 share, 18-5 share, 6-10 share)
  • 140 money bills (60-1k, 30-5k, 50-10k)
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 drawstring bag

Microbadges: http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_railroad_rrt.gif http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_rrt_card.gif http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_rrt_locomotive.jpg http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_rrt_share.jpg http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_rrt_track.jpg http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/mb_rrt_water.jpg http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/RRTboc.gif http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/RRTcity.gif http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/RRTtrack.gif http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/RRTtrain.gif

Railways of the World Components:

  • 30" x 36" mounted map of Eastern U.S.
  • 14.75"x24.5" mounted map of Mexico
  • 12 Railroad Baron Cards
  • 1 Start Player Card
  • 6 Player Aid / Major Line Cards
  • 37 Railroad Operation Cards
  • 3 Rulebooks (Basic Game, Eastern U.S., Mexico)
  • 1 Score Track
  • 150 Plastic trains in 6 all new colors
  • 24 empty city markers (4 types)
  • 125 good cubes (5 colors)
  • 24 Engine Cards (6 each level 1/2, level 3/4, level 5/6, level 7/8)
  • Bond Certificates (54 notes in 3 denominations: 30 x 1, 18 x 5, 6 x 10)
  • Money (3 denominations)
  • 217 Track Tiles
  • 12 New City Tiles (3 x yellow, 3 x black, 3 x blue and 3 x purple)
  • 2 Special Link tiles
  • Drawstring Bag
  • 2nd Edition (2010 Copyright) adds 54 Mexico cards: 38 Mexico Railroad Ops cards, 12 Mexico Rail Baron cards and 4 Player Aids

Card Sleeve Summary:

  • 37 Railroad Ops cards, 12 Rail Baron cards, 6 Player Aid/Major Line cards, 1 start player card.
  • 2nd Edition (2010 Copyright) adds 54 Mexico cards: 38 Mexico Railroad Ops cards, 12 Mexico Rail Baron cards and 4 Player Aids.
  • Total 56 Eastern USA, 54 Mexico = 110 Cards

Microbadges:

  • mb - Railways of the World Fan (Box Art)
  • mb - New City
  • mb - Level Crossing

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Second Edition
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Artist: David Oram
Year: 2010
Product Code: 101122N
Size: 15.50 x 12.50 x 3.62 inches
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Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Artist: Paul Niemeyer, David Oram
Year: 2009
Product Code: FDD101122N
Size: 15.50 x 12.50 x 3.62 inches
8.25 pounds
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Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games, Winsome Games
Artist: Kurt Miller
Year: 2005
Size: 15.50 x 12.50 x 3.50 inches
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Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games, Winsome Games
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Year: 2005
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Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games, Winsome Games
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7 Rules Summary (Eastern US & Mexico maps)
I combined the rules found in the base game manual plus the separate manuals for Eastern US and Mexico into individual game rule summaries. I didn't like the ones I had seen where everything was combined into one sheet with sections not applicable depending on the game being played. I print these back to back, laminate them, and throw them in the box.
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10 Upgrade Railroad Tycoon to Railways of the World
This is a single A4 page with the cards you need to upgrade your copy of Railroad Tycoon to be more Like Railways of the World. It includes the Railroad Baron cards and the new starting card. To make the other changes necessary see the comment section.
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1 Tradução das cartas para o português
Tradução para o português brasileiro das cartas relativas ao tabuleiro do leste dos EUA.
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4 Japanese rulebook
A PDF file of the rules in Japanese language for Railways of the World.
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2 RotW: Australia - karty PL
autorskie kompletne tłumaczenie kart do amatorskiego dodatku do gry planszowej Railways of the World: AUSTRALIA - wydrukuj, przytnij i włóż w koszulki - zawiera grafikę skanowaną z oryginalnych kart
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3 Railways of the World - karty PL
autorskie kompletne tłumaczenie kart do gry planszowej Railways of the World - karty do plansz US Eastern oraz Mexico - wydrukuj, przytnij i nałóż na oryginalne karty - zawiera grafikę skanowaną z oryginalnych kart
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3 Железнодорожный магнат (перевод Thinner)
Русский перевод правил игры
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2013-09-20
15 Legal Track Placement in the Railways Series (v 1.0)
This one page PDF explains all the track-laying rules for games in the Railways of the World series. There's a corresponding forum thread that explains most rules in great detail and links to other discussions of each rule. Find it here: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/12110683
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2013-04-25
9 RotW Scoresheet
I keep getting confused about which map to use which scoring track with, so I updated this to list the maps it is applicable to.
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20 RotW Quick Rules PDF
Explains basic setup and all the rules to play the game, simplified on one page.
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