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Year Published
1992
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2, 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
(11 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
(4 voters) [poll]
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Primary Name
Nippon Rails
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Explore the ancient land of Nippon! Build a railroad empire in the land of the rising sun. Use your initial investment to build track. Then pick up commodities where they are grown, mined, or manufactured and deliver them to a lucrative place of demand. Complete a delivery and make the money you need to buy larger, faster trains, and expand your railroad empire. Win the game by building the most effective railroad empire!

With the countless variations of play provided, Nippon Rails – an Empire Builder game and part of the crayon_rail_games series – provides a challenging region for the creation of your network. Obstacles are rival tracks and Japan's great mountains, channels, and rivers and restrictive coastline. Capture the can-do spirit of Japan and build an empire.

Nippon Rails is considered to be among the more challenging maps, given many narrow portions that are susceptible to purposeful blockage by opponents. The design includes a unique tunnel feature that links the main island Honshu to the northern island Hokkaido.

The second edition of Nippon Rails is for 2-3 players, with a variant that allows for play with up to six.

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Components (second edition):

• 1 markable game board (puzzle-cut map)
• 2 decks of colorful cards (180 total)
• 97 color load chips
• 1 pack of money
• 1 pack of six special Mayfair crayons
• 6 train pawns
• Full-color rules

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Nippon Rails
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Mayfair English Boxed Edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
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Year: 2011
Product Code: 4508
Size: 11.80 x 9.50 x 3.20 inches
2.90 pounds
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Release Date: Oct 20, 2011
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Nippon Rails
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Mayfair English Tubed Edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
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Year: 1992
Product Code: 1450
Size: 18.00 x 3.50 x 1.00 inches
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9 Nippon Rails player aid
Quickly see where goods are on the map. Gives a visual representation so you can tell if the needed item is nearby or far away!
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2009-04-14
0 NipponRailEventList-Chinese-v0.doc
Chinese Translation of Event Cards, with Cities' Names Remarked with Province Names for Easier Search
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Supplies List with Kanji/Chinese Characters, Colour-coded by Provinces
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Board Game Rank: 1713
Strategy Game Rank: 740
Num Ratings: 458
Average Rating: 6.84
Standard Deviation: 1.37
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Users Owning: 789
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