Railway Rivals (1973)

Average Rating: 6.75/10
Board Game Rank: 2143
Strategy Game Rank: 848
Family Game Rank: 570
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1973
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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This is a classic simple railway racing game, perhaps the first modern railroading game, where you draw the railway lines on hex-board. This one uses the sort of colored marker pens you can wipe off with a damp cloth after the game. The game goes through phases; initially you draw tracks and earn money for linking cities. When a number of cities are joined, you start racing, the cities being chosen randomly. The races are simple dice-rollers and the 1st & 2nd place get prize money. After a couple of races, you draw some more tracks, then race some more and so on.

The railways cost more if you go over mountains etc, but this gives you shorter routes. You can run parallel to other lines at a cost, or simply link into another player's track and rent the tracks of other players when you race.

The board has a UK map on one side and a US map on the other, both giving amusing challenges, and the game has good repeat value. The designer David Watts has published a lot of stand alone Railway Rivals maps, and there is another edition of this game, Dampfross published by Laurin.

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Games Workshop Game of the Year (1984) Edition
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Year: 1985
Product Code: 01025/0
Size: 11.54 x 8.50 x 2.20 inches
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Rostherne Games cardboard tube
Publisher: Rostherne Games
Artist: Andrew Poole, David G. Watts
Year: 1984
Size: 19.00 x 3.00 x 3.00 inches
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Board Game Rank: 2143
Strategy Game Rank: 848
Family Game Rank: 570
Num Ratings: 326
Average Rating: 6.75
Standard Deviation: 1.51
Num Views: 38406
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.3
Fans: 8
Personal Comments: 144
Users Owning: 494
Users Wanting: 23
Users Trading: 15 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 226
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