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Rail Gamer was a magazine for train games, starting with issue #1 in 1997. The latest issue was #17 in 2002.

Here is the Rail Gamer magazines index from #1 to #17:

Article
Author and Subject
Variants/aid
#:page
1800
kit by Antonio Leal Verslib 18xx for 2 players
1800
17:
1829 Railway Charters
Issues 2,3,4 & 5 each had 4 charters ready to photocopy and use
1829*
2-5:pp
1853 Company Charter Supplement
Makes life a little easier for fans of the Elephant game
1853*
1:18
18XX ala France
A first look at 1826 by Steve Thomas

13:16
18XX from the Mississippi to the Pacific
Herald Senk looks back at Alan R. Moon's 1869, circa 1989

10:38
A First Look at Confederate Rails
Richard Berg spills the beans on this Civil War train game

11:26
A 4th Railroad for 1876-30
Antonio Leal presents the Cipero Tramway
1876*
7:27
A Short 18XX Style Dutch InterCity
Rüdiger Geißler looks into the heart of Dutch InterCity

11:36
A Streetcar Named Desired
Mary Susan Sheaves-Bein examine the US version of Linie 1

4:8
A Trip on Ferrocarriles Pampas
Mary Susan & Richard Sheaves-Bein examine this prairie railroads game

2:7
Agent of Change in Retrospect
Richard Sheaves-Bein rediscovers Mayfair's (Empire Builder) West Virginia Rails game

5:22
'American* Iron Horses
Bill Wilhite explores Icarus' Games Iron Horse ca. 1980

14:22
C&O/B&O: A Retrospective
M. Robert Stribula rediscovers Avalon Hill's rail game ca. 1969

3:16
Chance Meeting You Here!
M. Robert Stribula gives us this handy table of Rail Baron probabilities

1:15
City Choice Revisited
Dean Washburn & Gene Rollins discuss this excellent Santa Fe variant
Santa Fe
5:29
City Choice Santa Fe
Gene Rollins modifies this limited edition Western US rail game
Santa Fe
2:5
Das 1835 Kohle fields
Harry Wu does it again with his 1835 Variant
1835
14:19
Design Considerations for Creating Shorter 18XX Type Games
Mark Derrick addresses design strategies for smaller 18xx games

7:32
Dispatcher: A Retrospective
M. Robert Stribulatravels back in time to Avalon Hill'srailroad game, ca. 1958

8:23
Dutch InterCity: The Challenge of Strategy
Peter Staab reveals strategies for Dutch InterCity, a game without a luck factor

12:22
Eurorails: Loads and Cities that help you win
Steve Okonski offers an analysis of cities, loads and ferries

3:8
First Look: Atlantic, Pacific & Chicago Rails
John Bohrer calls a meeting of all the shareholders.

15:13
First Look: Pampas Railroads
Ben Baldanza trys out Martin Wallace's latest game.

15:16
First Look: Rebel Rails
Dave Metheny burns some bridges down South in the land of Cotton.

15:22
First Look: Vom Kap bis Kairo


17:
Fixing Rail Baron Startup Problems
Steve Okonski offers two solutions for getting off to a good start

13:28
Freight Rivals
Wolfram Janich rediscovers David Carver's version of Railway Rivals
Railway Rivals*
6:22
From Virtual to Real
Steve Okonski tools up to produce RB Player maps on paper

8:13
Gold Train
Edgar Robins' labor quits the railroad for the silver mine

14:12
Go West, Young Man!
Strategy Tips for Prairie Railroads offered by Judy Menlo

12:32
Great Divide
Game by [personid=4995 Peter Hamaon]
Great Divide
16:11
Hell Rail
James Droscha gives a description of a fun card game from Galloglass
Yes
7:36
Honeymoon Rails
Mary Susan & Richard Sheaves-Bein supply 2 player rules for many games
Yes
2:10
IC Städtespiel
Ben Baldanza adds a very rare German Rail Game to his library, circa 1982

14:36
In the works: Design Chronology of a new 18XX game
David G.D. Hecht describes the development of 1826

3:11
Interviews
Franz Bayer & Thomas Hüttner - creators of the TRAiNSPORT games

4:4

Carl M. Burger talks about the design motivations of his mammoth collector's game 1831

3:7

Rob van Wijngaarden talks about creating 1839 and his future plans for the game

1:5

M. Robert Stribula. The creator of Lunar rails relates his experiences in game design

5:4

Martin Wallace relates his experience as creator of Lancashire Railways and over 10 other published games

8:6

Dieter Danziger discusses his game designs, past, present & future

10:4

Mark Derrick conveys his past and future goals in Southern US 18xx games

12:10

'Mr. 18XX, Chris Lawson, talks about how he got into 18xx and producing his kits.

13:4
Kit Construction: Making Your Kit into a Game
Carl Burger shows how to best assemble your 18xx game kit

7:34
Lancashire Railways
Review by Stuart Dagger used here as a paid advertisement for Counter Magazine

8:21
Locomotion: A Retrospective
David Metheny rediscovers Helge Anderson's railroad game, ca. 1987

8:32
Lost in Canada
Dave Lionett unravels the strategies of 1856

13:13
Making your 18XX Game
John Bohrer explains techniques used in making 1841 and 1831

3:14
Mayfair Train Game Variants
Steve Okonski offers 22 different variants for the Empire Builder system games
Empire Builder
5:8
Mexican Trains
A Domino variant by David Metheny

7:39
No Chart needed
a card based Rail Baron variant

17:
No Fiddle Factor, Either
J.R. Wells supplies a settlement display for Union vs. Central
Union vs. Central*
10:13
No Money, No Stock, No Crayons?
Ben Baldanza examines Winsome's Union vs. Central

10:9
On to Charleston!
Mark Derrick supplies an expansion tho his 18 GA
18GA
15:28
On Track With ConTrack
Richard & Mary Susan Sheaves-Bein describes this TRAiNSPORT expansion game

6:14
Pacific Northwest Rails
Albert Farcas takes a look at Gandy Dancer's game

11:18
Panzerzug
Review of Winsome's game by Stuart Dagger used here as an advertisement for Counter Magazine

9:31
Partially Successful Probabilistic Passes in Tracks to Titicaca
Mary Susan & Richard Sheaves-Bein modify Winsome's game
Yes
1:17
PBeM 18XX
Alex Rosser shows how to Play by Mail goes electronic in the Age of Steam

5:24
Prairie Railroads
Review of Winsome's Prairie Railroads from the German magazine Die Pöppel-Revue used here as a paid advertisement

11:5
Rail Baron in half the time


17:
Rail Baron on an Island
Intersystem Concepts kindly provides us with Ron Moore's Rail Baron game
Rail Baron*
10:20
Rail Baron Strategies
Steve Okonski offers a computer-aided analysis of Avalon Hill's classic

4:14
Rail Baron Strategy
John Bohrer offers his observations on The Super Chief Gambit

1:11
Rail Baron Variant Rules
Kris Gould's "nasty" variant for the venerable game by Avalon Hill
Rail Baron*
2:13
Rail Baron with Con Rail and Amtrak
Hoseph Paulsen presents three variant options.

14:28
Rail Barons Everywhere
Steve Okonski offers strategies for alternate maps for this classic
Rail Baron
6:15
Rail Games Come to Life
Mary Susan Sheaves-Bein describes the pleasures of visiting railroad museums

5:32
Railroad Dynasty
Richard & Mary Susan Sheaves-Bein discuss a Rummy-like card game

6:20
Railroader
David Metheny looks back at Waddington's 1963 train game

12:24
Railroad Honeymoon
Steve Okonski enjoys two player Rail Baron. Even solitaire!
Rail Baron
2:22
Railroading, Italian Style: 1841 Strategy
Steve Thomas reveals his 1841 strategies

9:6
Rails through the Alps with TRAiNSPORT
Mary Susan & Richard Sheaves-Bein examine Austria and Switzerland

3:10
Rails to your Favorite B Movie: India Rails
Mary Susan and Richard Sheaves-Bein confer with the Pilgrims

11:30
Railway Rivals: From the Start
David Watts gives the history of his former German Game of the Year

3:13
Realistic Floods in Eurorails & Autralian Rails
Steve Okonski improves the system.

15:26
Rebel Rails & Confederate Rails - comparative review


17:
Researching your game
John Bohrer reveals his railroad research methods and sources

7:23
Retrospective: Rails through the Rockies
Jeff Parr looks back to John Luecke's railroad game, circa 1980

9:32
Retuning 1853
Stuart Dagger & Steve Jones retunes their variant from Games International
1853
7:18
Revitalize 1829
Antonio Leal provides 1830 stile rules for the original 18xx game

15:19
Riding db-Spiele's Iron Horse
Stuart Dagger explains the ins and outs of this new German game

4:32
Riding the Pacific Northwest Rails
Ben Baldanza adds another rail game to his library

13:25
Scoring in Rail Baron
Mary Susan & Richard Sheaves-Bein examine the destination table

1:6
Silverton
Pete Staab considers the starts and finishes in Silverton

9:16
Silverton Mine Deeds
Upgrade your Two Wolf Silverton game with a complete set of mine deeds with maps.
Silverton*
12:12
Silverton Passenger Run Deeds
Upgrade your Two Wolf Silverton game with a complete set of passenger run deeds with costs listed
Silverton*
13:36
Slick operators in Freight Train
Mary Susan & Richard Sheaves-Bein play Alan R. Moon's 1992 railroad game, Freight Train

10:6
So, Where is Den Helder?
David Metheny takes a ride on Route NL

10:14
Staying on the Fast Track
Kieran Bartley gives us two tricks for speeding Tracks to Titicaca
Yes
2:14
Stephensons Missing Apostrphe
Stuart Dagger presents Reiner Knizia"s Stephensons Rocket

12:29
The Bank Always Wins
Richard & Mary Susan Sheaves-Bein play Lancashire Railways

8:18
The Coalfields
Alan R. Moon offers his 1830 variant - originally published in Games International
1830*
7:14
The Colorado Railroads Game
John Bohrer breaks out his copy of The Colorado Railroads Game

9:26
The Design of a Play-by-Mail Game
John Van De Graaf reveals his design decisions behind his PBM train game: Continental Rails

8:9
The Empire Edition
David Metheny shows how the four card sets of Empire Builder have evolved

6:25
The Essen Game Fest
Carl Burger & Karl Brown travel to Spiel '97

4:6
The Mines of Tracks to Titicaca
JR Wells inspects the 77 mines of this comprehensive rail building game

6:30
The New Empire
Analyzing and Comparing the New Empire Builder by David Metheny

11:11
The Rules of the Road
Steve Okonski offers his observations on Rail Baron service probabilities

2:9
Tracks to Telluride
David Metheny interacts with Tracks to Telluride

9:20
The Train Game
Peter Staab presents Koplow Games' transportable little dice train game

6:11
The Wabash Cannonball
An 1830 Variant by Harry Wu
1830
13:8
TRAiNSPORT: Austria
Review by Thomas Hüttner & Nord Eckert used here as a paid advertisement

2:12

Review by Stuart Dagger used here as a paid advertisement

4:26
TRAiNSPORTing in Europe
Michael Tsuk analyzes payoffs in Switzerland and Austria

6:8
Train Wreck
Scott Hanson presents a fast, portable railroad dice game

9:38
Turn Based Rail Baron
Herals Senk reduces the luck element and enhances player interaction

15:8
Ultrasimplified 1830 - or- 1830 for the Young and Naïve
Daniel W. Farrow IV presents a fast, introductory version of 1830.
1830
8:35
Union Pacific
Stuart Dagger presents Alan R. Moon's new release

11:33
Union vs. Central
Review by Stuart Dagger used here as a paid advertisement

10:18
Union vs. Central for the Uninitiated
Steve Cary prepares the uninitiated for reality in Union vs. Central

12:35
US Rails: The Urge to Merge
JR Wells describes this Rail Baron companion game from Winsome Games

4:13
West Riding
Stuard Dagger plans his next stock buy

14:15
Westward Ho! on Prairie Railroads
Mary Susan and Richard Sheaves-Bein ride Prairie Railroads from Atchison to Topeka
Prairie Railroads System
11:22
Winning Australian Rails
M. Robert Stribula presents an analytical methodology for optimizing networks

5:11
Win your next Mayfair Silverton game
Steve Okonski supplies an analysis of Mayfair's latest game.

14:31
Where Did All the Railroads Go? Changes from Rail Baron to US Rails and Beyond
M. Robert Stribula notes the real life transformation from Rail Baron to U.S. Rails

9:12
Zug Nach Westen & Rock Island: A Retrospective
John Bohrer rediscovers Michael Blumöhr's rail game, ca. 1980

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