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Alvaro Gonzalez
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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10
Aug 2012
Owned
Oliver Dräger
Germany
Iserlohn
NRW
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10
Nov 2012
Owned
Javier Quintas
Spain
DAGANZO DE ARRIBA
MADRID
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9.5
Aug 2012
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David Lara
Spain
Alcobendas
Madrid
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9.5
Mar 2013
I like how this 18XX starts with all the different kinds of private companies. Really good and recommendable.
2013-11-15
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John Tamplin
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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9
Jan 2006*
Really nice 18xx game with a great mix of company types.
2006-01-16*
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Frederic Taton
Belgium
Embourg
Liege
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9
Jul 2006*
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Matt Campbell
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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9
May 2007*
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Ralf Wirth
Germany
Oldenburg
Niedersachsen
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I spent 100GG and all I got was this lousy Overtext
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Brot und Spiele jeden Sonntag 18h im Litfass Oldenburg!
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9
Dec 2007*
Many small companies make it possible that everybody is a president from the very beginning of the game.
2009-05-11
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simon craddock
England
widnes
cheshire
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Jan 2008*
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Scott Petersen
United States
St. Louis Park
Minnesota
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Oct 2008*
The variation of the mountain and coal railways is a welcome addition to the 18xx family. Ohley has introduced some excellent mechanisms. A great game.
2009-11-14
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Mike Bazynski
Poland
warsaw
mazowieckie
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Jun 2010
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Chester Ogborn
United States
Temple
Texas
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9
May 2011
Wow, this one really surprised me. I love it!

The initial draft (rather than an auction) speeds the game start. There are perhaps some problems with too powerful starting companies going out in a rote order, but I don't see that yet.

At this point I feel there is a lot of interesting diversity in how you can choose to develop your minor RRs to set up for the mid-game. Then there is the genius of the g-trains. They rust on a different schedule and have potential for pretty lucrative routes in the endgame (and a way to inject enough capital into the company to matter).

But the train rush! There are so many levers in this game, with the trade-ins and that damnable foreign investor. The train rush can be brutal and unforgiving. And then there's no bankruptcy! If you don't play your cards right, you can suffer a fate worse than bankruptcy with those expensive loans.

This is among the top tier 18xx games I've played.
2011-05-30
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Michael Shaver
China
Beijing
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Dec 2009*
Played 2 times. Very fascinating game with 5 types of companies. I really like how the two types of minors grow up into the two types of majors. 2009/10/04
2010-04-30
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Richard S
United States
Rensselaer
New York
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9
Jan 2011
Argh! Played this at the Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge. As it was explained to me, I didn't think I would like it. Something about the development of the various companies just seemed to awkward to be enjoyable.

Now, I can't get the game out of my head. I keep thinking of different things I want to try. That, I think, says something positive about the game, but I find I will have too few opportunities to find out.
2010-01-19
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Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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Devoted Follower of the Most Holy Church of the Evil Bob. Possessed and down the road to become chaotic, evil & naughty. All hail the Evil Bob and his Stargate.
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9
Mar 2010
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Randy Pletzer
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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9
Mar 2011
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Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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9
Apr 2015
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Tai-Lung Li
United States
sunnyvale
CA
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9
Apr 2013
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marc magner
United States
webster
New York
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8.5
Apr 2013
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J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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Jul 2009*
Rather well supported by the moderator (easy/accurate moderator support is apparently a design criteria for Helmut Ohley). The early game is fairly programmatic -- but once the 3 trains pop in the second or third OR the game starts to differentiate heavily.
2006-03-12*
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Bill Skulley
United States
Westminster
Colorado
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Jul 2006*
1 playing with 5. Similar to 18EU with basically everything being a minor to start but without the messy minor auction and different formation rules. Very well put together, lots of things to do, and quite enjoyable. I don't know that I enjoyed it as much as 18EU, but I suspect that is due in part to having played 18EU much more and in part to the much lower quality of the components, one of my issues with the Orgler/Ohley games.
2006-07-31*
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Dean Washburn
United States
Henderson
Colorado
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Mar 2007*
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Henri Harju
Finland
Oulu
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May 2009*
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Peter Nitz
Germany
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Apr 2009*
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Dan Hyer
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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The die is cast.
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You say OCD like it's a bad thing.
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8
Sep 2013
Plays very well with four. Then end game seemed a little drawn out, it took us a while to break the bank. Screwing each other with tokens to break up routes seems to be mandatory. The train rush is brutal, and can play a big role. It seems that you will want to upgrade your trains whenever possible.

One difference with this game is that you cannot open new companies. All the companies open at the start of the game.
2013-09-02
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