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Clive Shilson
United Kingdom
Chesham
Bucks
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Mar 2009*
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Christof Degenhart
Germany
Karlsruhe
Baden
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Feb 2013
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Randy Pletzer
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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Mar 2011
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Andreas Karsten
Germany
Hamburg
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9.7
Aug 2010
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Jon Carper
United States
Gretna
Nebraska
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9.5
Jan 2015
With the retuning rules (not a large overhaul at all), this game is very good. Trying to work in profitable meter gauge trains is a very fun element.
2004-06-04*
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Baltior
Spain
Huelva
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9.5
Mar 2012
Compartido con Fran
2014-01-07
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Jesús Gómez-Monedero
Spain
Ocaña
Toledo
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9.5
Mar 2015
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Michael Heißing
Germany
50968 Köln
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9.2
Nov 2013
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Mar 2007*
Interestingly, this remains one of my favorite 18xx games, although there is an extremely important caveat: we play with all the "missing" standard tile configurations (small city/curve, several variations on green single-station cities), 2 extra 2M trains, as well as the alternate start for the BB&CI from the expansion kit. All these minor changes hurt the EIR a little, and the net effect is to more or less equalize the first 5 railways and make for an excellent game, much better than is generally appreciated. It's also just the right length, 4-5 hours with reasonably quick play, which is right in the comfort zone. Most post-1830 games add complexity & length to the point where they take too long to play. The expansion kit is somewhat amusing, and I always meant to try it once, but I guess it's just a bit too wierd.
2007-03-01*
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Taco van Vliet
Netherlands
Zoetermeer
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Dec 2005*
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Mike Hutton
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Feb 2006*
A shambling behemoth of an 18xx, steeped in atmosphere and brilliant despite a few flaws in the opening auction mechanism.
2006-02-24*
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Ulrike Marisken
Germany
Hannover
Niedersachsen
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Mar 2006*
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Michael Plach
Germany
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Jan 2007*
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Hanno Girke
Germany
Berne
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9
Nov 2009*
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Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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9
Apr 2015
Long, and not as exciting as e.g. 1830.

But the constructive elements of the game are still entertaining.
2012-08-22
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Gregory Wyman
United States
Lawrenceville
Georgia
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Feb 2010
This is the 2009 Lookout Games / Mayfair Games printing
2010-01-18
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Howie Dawson
United States
Grosse Pointe Woods
Michigan
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9
Jan 2010
Owned
For Trade
Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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9
Apr 2010
Some tips for new players:
1) I think the sweet spot in terms of player count is 4 or 5. 6, I think, is too tight. 3 to thin. I suspect 5 is best, but 4 is fine too.
2) Play the short game first, as described in the rules. 1853 isn't difficult, but like the other, bigger 18xx games it really benefits from some familiarity. The best way to get it is just to play a game of the short version first. The opening contract bids, while far less punishing than private company auctions in the 1830-style games, is still something you just have to see how it plays out once to really grok how it works; best to do it with a short game.
3) There is no legitimate opening bid that includes shares of a minor in my opinion, other than a play to make the BB&CI a major (and, therefore, not minor shares; the BB&CI is a strong alternative to the NWR early as a major, but far too weak as a minor). Never, ever take a share of MSM, SIR, or ECR in the opening bid. The new Lookout/Mayfair version has beefed up the strength of the "minor" companies by adding M trains and giving them some out-of-the-gate options, but this is mostly over-correction; these companies are weaker than the majors, and the 1Ms are, in my opinion, a false choice - they should never see play. You are not going to win the game buying minor-company shares early. You need to get some shares in EIR and GIP to win. Meter-gauge railroads may play a part in your mid-game strategies, but not in the opening.
4) GIP, however, has legitimate meter-gauge options in the south early which should be seriously considered. You just need to wait for a 2M, but it shouldn't be long. NWR also has a legitimate meter gauge option in the north if they start on OR1. *If* the GIP opens early withe meter gauge in the south, the MSM can be a strong mid-game player with meter. But not an opener.
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There are some not-great glitches in the new Mayfair/Lookout version, a few errors in the rules, and a misprint on the map (the BNR and NWR have their positions reversed), but in general the new version of 1853 is a great update of a classic game. Many of the problems with the original (which we had always houseruled anyway) have been fixed, the missing track tiles have been supplied, and the minor imbalance in the meter-gauge train availability fixed. All of which allow 1853 to be the great game I always thought it was. As I've decisively moved away from the 1830/1856 branch of the 18xx family and into 1825/1829/1853, I really appreciate the nuance and subtlety of 1825 and 1853, and much prefer them. 1853 is not quite as clean as 1825, there is definitely a bit of grit (mostly introduced by over-correcting), and it's definitely a touch long, but the length comes down with some play and this a game that does a ton of stuff right.
2010-04-18
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Andre Viana
Brazil
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Nov 2013
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Kristjan Lennuk
Estonia
Tallinn
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9
Aug 2010
A different kind of 18xx where main focus is on track building and the game overall has more gentle nature - there is no mandatory train buying and no restricitons of what shares can you sell back to the bank for example. All those changes provide opportunities for new kind of scheming and strategies of course. The track building and company management is rich in choices as there are two different gauges of track available and these need different types of trains also.
2010-10-05
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Timothy Pride
Indonesia
Jakarta
DKI Jakarta
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9
Sep 2010
A sedate version of 18XX, slow paced, and focusing more on train and track building rather than stock market. It's a game where you really want to play the companies rather than stock manipulating. Probably the best 18XX from 1829 line.

Specialties:
- No privates, but bidding for contract bond of making route of specific cities
- 8 companies, some major, some minor
- 2(3) different tracks that can be run by specific train
- A lot of small town
- 1D stock market
- Selling or buying shares NEVER adjust price.
2010-09-20
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george jaycock
United Kingdom
Nottingham
Notts.
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Oct 2010
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Catherine Straight
United States
Lacombe
Louisiana
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9
Jan 2011
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Javier Quintas
Spain
DAGANZO DE ARRIBA
MADRID
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May 2012
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Evelin Auger
Canada
Portneuf
Québec
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9
Mar 2014
Un 18xx excellent pour des joueurs qui n'aiment pas trop les calculs boursiers.

Rejoué et encore meilleur! Très difficile du côté des rails et des gares.
2015-04-16
Owned

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