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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2011
This is really two separate games---with and without Mexico---but I love both of them (and I own three slightly different games all called "Empire Builder".)
2011-06-05
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Mike Schumacher
United States
San Diego
California
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10
Sep 2003*
Absolutely love this game. I can get people to play this for hours back in college.
2003-09-03*
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Mike Mayer
United States
Arcadia
California
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10
Feb 2004*
Fun game that happily accepts variants. We sometimes play that you can buy a second train. Not sure I'd like it with more than 3 players unless they were very fast players.
2004-02-18*
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Sky Sternberg
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Dec 2005*
One of the best railroad games out there as well as an excellent three player game.
2005-12-27*
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Michael Z
United States
South East
Pennsylvania
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10
Mar 2006*
Due to the time it takes to play, it is really for serious gamers, but it's never the same game twice. I love train games and this is the best and easiest to learn.
2006-03-16*
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Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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10
Jun 2006*
First played this in 2002 and was immediately hooked. I love the whole route-building and delivery system. I wish it could be shorter with more than 3 players, but since I rarely play with more than 2 (at 2 hours) that is not really a problem. My wife likes the fact that I cannot interfere very much with what she is doing. At any rate, this is my favorite of the series. She prefers Australian. As for the luck of the draw element--it's kind of like Acquire to me, I don't get it, but the same couple of people always seem to win. I think it is the same with Empire Builder, the good players always seem to get good cards just like the good Acquire players always seem to have the tiles they need. At any rate, this is one that I'll be playing for a long time
2010-01-24
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Tim Lewis
United States
Nottingham
Maryland
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10
Aug 2006*
Will play anytime, anywhere...just so much fun. Great one nighter!!
2006-08-02*
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Ann Hamon (annhamon@aol.com)
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2008*
2-6 players. Keep 2011.
2011-07-04
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Michael "Tie-Dyed-Eyes"
United States
Rapid City
South Dakota
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10
Jul 2010
I own the original version of this (USA/Canada only) I got it at a yard sale for 50 cents (Score!). It was missing many pieces, and the rules, but I managed to create my own replacements, and we've played this game at least 20 times. I thought I would want to get the expanded version with Central America, and all the original pieces someday, but I think I'd rather get a different Rails game instead.
2010-08-05
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Mike Krause
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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10
Mar 2008*
Favorite. Game. Ever.
2008-03-24*
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Society of Watchers
United States
Killbuck
Ohio
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10
Aug 2008*
This game is easy to learn (and to teach). Also, it is fun drawing with crayons. While there is a random aspect of the game in the cards, after that it is simply a matter of planning and optimizing routes, building rails and running the trains in the most optimal way. This is one of the games that I almost always win.

This is one I would never sell unless I was truly desperate.
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Michael Hovan
United States
Elkhart
Indiana
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10
Jun 2011
Have nearly worn this game out. Have worn out more than one set of crayons with it. Developed a great 2 player game that uses all of the card. The wife loves the base game for 2 players. The multi player game is very different from the 2 player one in how it plays. This is them mark of a good game to me.
2009-12-05
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Allen Carter
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2010
This is the one that turned me into a true boardgame geek. I'll forever be grateful...but I'm sure my wallet will not.
2010-07-22
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Aaron
United States
Huntington Beach
California
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10
Oct 2011
One of my favorite games . I will never refuse to play it. Oldie but a goodie.
2010-08-22
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Kent Seidler
United States
Fair Lawn
New Jersey
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10
Oct 2010
Trains and crayons, nothing bad can happen. Three players I think makes for the best game.
2010-09-29
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Dawn Hunt
United States
Hudson
New York
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10
Jan 2011
It had me at "Hello".
2011-01-13
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Jim Magnanti
United States
Michigan
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10
Jun 2013
A timeless classic. One of my favorites.
2013-06-05
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Darryl Ferster
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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10
Jan 2015
Bought it used but unplayed from Comic Readers on Albert St. in Regina in 2013 for $30. I had played lots of Eurorails previously, and this was the original game that Eurorails was based on. I have played it once, using the Circus variant - I will play it without the Circus next time.
2015-01-16
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Andrew Dillman
United States
Washington
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9.5
Dec 2007*
One of the newest additions to the collection, but already one of the favorites.
2007-12-27*
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Justin Hietala
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
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9.5
Apr 2008*
I'm a fan of train games, and this one is my favorite. The freedom of being able to lay track on a fine grid really appeals to me, as does the constant stress of building long-term vs. short-term infrastructure. The game can feel long, so I'd keep the number of players low (4 or less), plan your turn during other players' turns, and use the speedy train option. This is my family's favorite game.
2008-04-05*
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Dale King
United States
Cranston
Rhode Island
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9.5
Mar 2011
I own several versions of this and many other of the rail games from the series. I find it best with two players as the game will go quicker. I am amazed at how often I can play this game with a friend of mine and either he or I will miss winning the game by one turn. It makes you see how important each decision in the game will shape your future. I'm also amazed at how one person can be so far ahead of the other and then all of a sudden the other person can catch up. It is a very balanced game. Sometimes we like to play without the random hazards for an even more strategic game. If you play it for the first time you might not like it but it can certainly grow on you and has a nice relaxing pace. I find that the enjoyment is also increased greatly by buying the laminated map of the game and using wet erase markers for drawing the lines. Crayons are so frustrating to use and a pain to wipe off. To speed up turns we also made up a rule that a person only gets to draw track or move, but not both in a single turn.
2011-03-26
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Allan Brussolo
United States
West Chester
Pennsylvania
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9.5
Aug 2013
Played SO many times in the 80's. This and Cosmic Encounter were our staples then. I'll play any time. I'm surprised at how long some of the times are that people talk about here - maybe we just played it so often, we did not have to over analyze. I agree that it's not a short game. Funniest thing is watching a newbie strand themselves immediately, after a detailed explanation of how and why not to..."start again".
2013-08-11
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Bonnie Delaney
United States
Guilderland
New York
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9
Nov 2001*
Not much player interaction, but it doesn't matter! I didn't think I'd like a "crayon railroad" game, but I do! It's great fun! Works really well with 2 or 3.
2001-11-26*
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Thomas Lariviere
United States
Galena
Ohio
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9
May 2003*
I love this game. I like all the crayon rail games I have played. The more players the better. But it can get long. Figure about an hour per player.
2003-05-21*
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On Monday mornings, I'm dedicated to the proposition that All Men are created jerks.
United States
Stratford
Connecticut
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9
Jul 2003*
Playing with crayons!
2003-07-11*
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