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Mikko Ämmälä
Finland
Oulu
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10
Dec 2010
A very nice 18xx game with a good twists (Bank of England, 2+/3+/etc trains and 2E trains). Perhaps more special rules than in your average 18xx game but all of them felt refreshing rather than overthought.

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2009-05-03
Mikaela Kumlander
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Dec 2011
Has several interesting aspects and is relatively fast to play. It's like a yummy snack 18xx-style.
2012-03-27
Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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10
Feb 2014
No too many extra rules compared to the "standard" 18xx rules. Relatively quick playing time. I really like this one.
2014-02-07
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Paolo Ciardulli
Italy
Trento
TN
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10
Mar 2013
Very beautiful game: it is very playable and maybe a bit less aggressive than other games of the 18xx series.

There are a lot of innovative things compared to other 18xxs, the most significant being the Bank of England: between other things companies go in receivership instead of bankrupting, making the punishment less hard for the director of the company.

As other games of the series it offers a lot of choices, so significantly more and deeper than the average Euro game that for me it is a real pleasure to play, there are so many ways to be creative.

The only problem is the length: it is a middle length 18xx game, that means still being around 5 hours, more in the first games. If it were not for this I would rate the game at "11"

Very recommended if you like deep gamer's games and you are not frightened by the length and by the fact that you will need all your neurons to win this


2014-07-28
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Ho hd
Malaysia
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9.2
Feb 2012
A very interesting shorter 18xx title. It plays really well and is fast. A great filler if we do not wish to do a 1817 or a 1844. This scratches the itch perfectly.
2012-02-16
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Breno K.
Brazil
Brasília
Distrito Federal
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9
Sep 2009*
A bit overwrought (you can play a few matches and see a few elements of the design not come into play at all) but still pretty fun. The map is interesting, even if (or perhaps because of this) it does develop pretty much on the coast.

After a cruel 3p match, I raised the rating by 0.5. I finally got my match were all players placed their stations. Ouch.
2011-03-09
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Sangbae Ko
South Korea
Anyang
Gyeonggi-do
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9
Mar 2015
비교적 짧은 시간 안에 즐길 수 있는 18xx 시리즈.
지역에 따라 철도 게이지가 변화한다는 점이 독특하다.
2015-03-03
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JR
Canada
Sooke
British Columbia
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"I fear threatening JC with a thumb boycott would be as effective as threatening Br'er Rabbit with the briar patch." (E. Brosius)
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9
Nov 2013
This is a nice 3-4 player 1830-style game with some unique flavour in the form of gauge changes (which are highly abstracted), a National bank system and various bonus runs to reward long-term strategy. I find the initial auction a bit needlessly unusual, but otherwise the game is very solid and attractive as well.
2014-02-18
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Kristjan Lennuk
Estonia
Tallinn
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9
Dec 2010
One of the best of medium length 18xx games. Has interesting track development with gauge changes and double cities, nice stock market activity and several twists to spice up the gameplay - mainly Bank of England that has it´s own shares, and it´s share price and dividends depend on how many loans are taken and how many bankrupt companies are taken over by the bank.
2011-02-01
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Bill Rosgen
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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May 2013
Relatively short 18xx with tight capital. Loans replace emergency money raising, but they are sufficiently punishing that this does not make the game easier. Laser-focus on the question "Where are my permanent trains coming from?". If you can't answer this question, you may not get to keep all of your companies.
2013-05-20
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Kimmo Leivo
Finland
Siilinjarvi
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9
Mar 2014
Rather small map where token placement is usually vicious. Some privates properties were a bit useless. I've played only once with five and assume it would be better with four. In general a really good 18xx which can be played in 4-4.5h.
2012-01-06
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Arto Klami
Finland
Espoo
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9
Aug 2011
Very interesting 18xx. Quite fast to play, yet has deep decisions. Financing forced train purchases with loans instead of president cash makes this one very different from most other 18xx games.
2011-08-14
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Christopher Rao
United States
Seattle
WA
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9
Apr 2012
Lowered to 9 because 1830 just so rocks!
2012-04-18
Luis Carvalho
Portugal
Madeira
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9
Jan 2012
My best 18xx experience so far. It adds interesting aspects comparing to simpler 18xx.
2012-01-11
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Ville Inkiläinen
Finland
Helsinki
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9
Jan 2015
Quick 18xx, with bank that gives out loans and swallows bankrupt companies.
2015-01-01
Zé Mário
Portugal
Porto
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8.5
Jan 2011
+ Great game that adds some brilliant twists to the 18xx genre. We played it in 5 hours which is within the reasonable playtime for me. Its method for auctioning the private companies is by far my favourite.
- Expensive, but that's what happens when you buy an almost homemade game.
2011-06-09
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David Lara
Spain
Alcobendas
Madrid
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8.5
Dec 2012
Very good 18XX.
2011-12-14
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Adriaan de Goeij
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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8.5
Feb 2012
O&O 18xx clone. Smooth gameplay generally well developped good materials, relatively fast 18xx game with playtime averaging around 4 hours.
2012-02-10
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Przemyslaw Gumulka
Poland
Warsaw
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8.3
Oct 2009*
First game took us 6 hours (3 players). I intended to focus on companies' value at the end of the. It turned ut, that payouts in this specific game are really huge. It might be a good idea to withhold money 2-3 times to buy 8 or D train.
2009-04-04
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John Tamplin
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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8
Nov 2007*
Bank of England adds interesting twist.
2007-11-14*
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Scott Petersen
United States
St. Louis Park
Minnesota
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8
Sep 2008*
The privates "auction" at the beginning is an interesting diversion. Once we learned how *not* to take loans, the Bank of England has become a lot less powerful and has not been a real factor in the game.
2009-11-14
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Petri Savola
Finland
Espoo
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May 2008*
Unplayable with more than 4 players, but works well with four players.
2011-12-25
Jesse Dean
United States
Orlando
Florida
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8
Feb 2012
1848: Australia takes most of the things I like about 18Mex and ratchets it up a level. At its basic level, it is another 1830 with a twist style game, with a lot of particular flavor bits that distinguish it from others of its ilk. What stands out the most, however is the loan/nationalization system that is so brutally punishing that it shapes everything in the game around it. This loan system has the following characteristics:
1) You are unable to get any money into the company’s treasury after it starts unless you withhold or take a loan
2) If you take a loan it pushes your company’s stock value back; this has a significant effect as stock values climb at a very accelerated rate in 1848.
3) If your company is pushed all the way to the edge, it is nationalized reducing the maximum number of shares that everyone gets, with the owner losing more. Everyone who is not an owner of the company gets a full share payout. The owner gets nothing.
4) You can buy shares in the “government” which increase in value as more companies take loans and get nationalized.
Now, there is no requirement for companies to get nationalized. You can get through a game without it happening. But the mere threat of it has interesting implications on the game.
2011-08-22
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Michael Shaver
China
Beijing
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8
Mar 2010
In my one playing the bank of England wasn't much of a threat, but more of a deterrent from going without a train. Withholding for 200+ is better than loosing 2 spots for $100, except you can payout and still get the 100, sort of like 1/2 withholding. 2010/01/31
2010-01-31
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The Honorable Mayor McCheese
United States
Windermere
Florida
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8
Jun 2010
The gauge changes added an interesting aspect to an 18xx. I would definitely play this again.
2010-07-16
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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8
Sep 2010
Nice version where new ideas worked well. I still like more brutal versions.
2010-09-20
Filipe Silva
Portugal
Santa Maria da Feira
Aveiro
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8
Nov 2010
The upside:
-Brings new ingredients to the 18xx recipe, providing necessary variability from other titles.
-I dig the 'K' bonus on this game, like the E-W bonus on 18Neb, which is a way of rewarding companies who work on the routes that would make the most sense for the setting.
-It handles the privates auction in the best way I know from any other 18xx.

The downside:
-I hear it's a little expensive, and the components are subpar to what you can do yourself.
-I don't like the idea that if you get rid of X shares, the share price doesn't go down by X spaces, but just one.
2011-12-30
Mark G.
United States
Holland
Michigan
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8
Jun 2014
ordered from OO Games as a kit. Need to laminate and cut.

One play and liked it quite a bit. Bank of England was an interesting feature.
2013-06-17
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Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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8
Jun 2011
I really enjoy this title, but its probably not in the top tier of 18xx games. Its nice in that there are not too many chromey rules to make the game cumbersome, but it retains a unique feel. Double O does a magnificent job with production quality.

I look forward to playing again soon.
2011-06-13
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Stephane Brochu
Canada
Outremont
Quebec
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8
Apr 2012
Potentially interesting 18XX, even though it looks meaner than it actually is. The rules for loans and what happens when you take one along with the receivership rules sound interesting, but in my one play never really took.
Need to play more and rating might go up.

UPDATE: oh my g*d can this game be mean. played a second time with a different group and the interaction was quite different.
2012-04-21
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Eric Flood
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
Jul 2013
Initial impression (2-player 2-handed game):

This will likely raise up to a 9 or so. I need to see how dynamic the loans can be, and how things change when companies start going into receivership.
2011-08-02
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Bartlomiej Blazejczyk
Poland
Warszawa
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8
Mar 2014
I think that the rule of different sections on the map isn't worth the fiddliness of having additional (beyond stations) cylinders on the tiles.
2012-02-03
Tagore Nakornchai
United Kingdom
Fulham
London
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8
Aug 2012
I'd describe this as 18Chicken - it is a massive game of Chicken from Start to finish. Do you want to pay more now for that private, or do you think you can nudge it down just a little bit further and hope nobody else picks it up? As the game goes along, you have a similar dilemna - should you buy the 4? How long will the 4s last? Will your opponent buy the 4? You've just counted $400 on a run - which will be more than enough to save your company, but with a stock round coming up, wouldn't it be better to pay out and help your position?

It's a very tight, very well done game, and turns the 18xx maxim of "if in doubt, buy a train" on its head- every $ in your company is precious, and you simply can't afford to waste money. Very solid 18xx.
2012-09-22
Joe Masinter
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
Feb 2015
This is one of my favorite 18xx, because it is elegant and not so bloated as many other titles. It has some interesting extra rules over 1830, especially with the Bank of England and loans. It is nicely balanced and not too crazy long of a game.
2014-06-05
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Frank Niil
Germany
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8
Sep 2013
Love the gauge system.
2013-09-27
Pawel Zaborny
Poland
Warsaw
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7
Oct 2009*
One play.
2009-10-18
Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7
Apr 2011
A very nice game, However i feel that it feels the same a little to much.
It doesn't have the wow factor. that some other 18xx has.
2011-04-30
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7
Apr 2011
Nice game. 1 play, learning game for 3 players. Took about 4 hours to play, it felt brisk and original. I would happily play again.
2011-04-30
Captain Planet
Canada
Burnaby
BC
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7
Mar 2013
Australia:
Ok to poor 18xx game. There are minor rules variations to the game that add to the play time without adding to the game. For example: instead of using the typical watershed auction, the designer used the chart reduction technique. Not all that different, but resolving the auction takes three to four times longer than the watershed. Also, British Empire bonds - Why? I know it may be thematic, but money invested in the bonds is without risk. Overall, not a huge fan of this iteration. 1830 is still my fav.

EDIT: I played with six players twice, apparently this game is for 4-5 players max.
2013-11-13
Juho Snellman
Switzerland
Zurich
Zurich
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Oct 2009*
A 1830 base with various complicating features, and a very cruel map. But it never felt like any of this fundamentally changed the game.
2013-11-03
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Scott Agius
United Kingdom
Brentford
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5.5
Feb 2013
An interesting system with loans and shares in the bank of England, some games its used much more than others which feels right, I like the boundary costs for trains and K-K bonuses for getting your tokens in the right places.
2012-01-07
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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5
May 2015
This game has lots of new and interesting things to think about, and it seems to present important decisions. On the other hand, there's a lot of work in playing it that is not exactly the kind of work I'm looking for in an 18XX game. I've played only once and don't feel much of a desire to play again.
2015-07-19
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Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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5
Apr 2012
Stay away if you're six players. Like 1830 at six, often, they will be players who won't be running corporations, or will have to wait several operating turns until they could start running their corporations. I didn't have a problem with that in 1830 because 1830 plays fast -- but 1848 plays in about the same time. Simply put, the chrome added to 1848 makes the game drag; these changes make corporation and capital (mis)management less flexible and thus less interesting:

* Corporations may take out loans but they don't have pay interest. Instead the corporation's share value drops. If a corporation's share value drops below a certain point, it goes into "receivership" -- the corporation dissolves, but the president is not liable for its debts. Because of this lack of liability, there is far less tension and suspense of a player going bankrupt because of a badly managed corporation.

* Players can buy shares in The Bank of England. The more loans corporations take out, the more The Bank of England's stocks are worth. Sounds like a good idea -- you're speculating on the misfortune of others. However, it's no fun owning shares in an entity you can't do things with. One of the least exciting strategies in 18xx is to play the stock market: Owning valuable shares but not controlling a corporation. This is not fun because you get to do far less in the game.

* The map itself is uninteresting. All the cities line the shore of Australia. There are less opportunities for clever re-routing. I did like the ability to build two yellow tiles per OR, but that's just to compensate for the large spans of empty space.

* I believe 18xx games should end shortly after corporations manage to get their permanent trains because at this point, the game becomes route optimization, which I don't find interesting. This end game phase lasted about 20-30 minutes.
2012-04-26
Ben Foy
United States
Ellicott City
Maryland
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5
Feb 2015
A very scripted tactical exercise.
2012-11-04
Walter E. Kurtz
United States
Austin
Texas
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Mar 2009*
An absolute mess of needless rules. I have played all sorts of 18xx games, and this one is by far the worst. It seems the "authors" of this edition wrote rules for the sake of rules. The game does not work with this rule set. However, I do believe that the map would work well with the base 1830 rules and avoiding the mess that the authors have made.
2008-05-17*
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Australia
Ashfield
NSW
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2007-11-14*
John Elbl
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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have not yet played.
2008-03-28*
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Nick Case
England
Epsom
Surrey
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2008-09-05*
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Dan Hyer
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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Plastic tokens: 23 white, 6 red, 6 green, 6 purple, 5 orange, 5 blue, 4 yellow, 4 black
2012-12-01
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Michael Leuchtenburg
United States
Cambridge
Massachusetts
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Australia. Gauges marked by transition tokens which cost a city to run through. Loans increase value of bank company, clock game.
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