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Robert Taylor-Smith
Canada
Okotoks
Alberta
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10
Jul 2003*
My personal favourite. Never had a game go over 4.5 hours. Don't understand how others claim it takes too long.
2013-11-03
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Axel BROCHARD
France
PARIS
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10
Aug 2003*
For me the best 18xx
2003-08-19*
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Mike Barton
United States
Spring Valley
California
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10
Sep 2003*
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Franz Schubert
Germany
Dresden
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10
Oct 2003*
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Clive Shilson
United Kingdom
Chesham
Bucks
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10
Mar 2009*
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Ed Barta
United States
Oak Forest
Illinois
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10
Feb 2004*
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Jens Droegemueller
Germany
Frankfurt
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10
Oct 2004*
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Nate Sandall
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
May 2009*
My rating kept going up the more I play this as this is definitely my favorite of the 18xx games. And now, finally a 10 rating because after 5 plays there is no doubt that this is worthy of that rating. Not as mean as 1830, but money is super tight! The fact that the game unfolds differently every time and that there are so many dramatic moments during the course of the game means that the replayability is higher than say 1830. This game is light years ahead of Age of Steam if you like tight money rail games with a debt element but I can't recommend this game enough if you think you might like the 18xx system and games. Fast and fun with three, stately and tight with four, and a real bloodbath with five or six players. Also works well as an intro to 18xx and is one of my all time favorite games.
2015-03-26
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Eric Mowrer
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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10
May 2006*
18XX's are the ULTIMATE train games. They take a long time, but they're worth every minute of it, IMO.
2006-05-18*
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Mike Bazynski
Poland
warsaw
mazowieckie
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10
Mar 2009*
ok, now I see how 18al is only an introduction.
2011-03-18
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Blue Dragon
United States
Your Base
New York
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10
Nov 2006*
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Axel Bambauer
Germany
37124 Rosdorf
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10
Jan 2007*
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Todd Jarvis
United States
Arizona
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10
Dec 2008*
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C.K. Au
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
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10
Mar 2007*
My fave and imho the best 18xx game.
2007-03-09*
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Franz Schubert
Germany
Dresden
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Jun 2007*
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Mark Tyler
United States
Orem
Utah
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10
Jul 2007*
1856 has lots of fun variations from 1830. The cash is much tighter as corporations receive funds only as shares are sold. Building towards a destination city is another interesting concept similar to that of 1870. The Canadian Government Railway (CGR) is a fun addition that can be used and abused. In many of our games, the player who sent the most nearly bankrupt corporations into the CGR, won easily. Other times, the CGR was a complete bust. Many, many ways to successfully play this game.
2007-07-01*
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Petri Savola
Finland
Espoo
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10
Mar 2008*
Upgraded to ten after 4 plays. What a wonderful game this is. Calculating the runs and performing +10 upgrades are annoying during the last operating rounds.
2011-12-25
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nicola morrocchi
Italy
SIENA
SIENA
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10
Jan 2008*
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Luiz Cláudio Duarte
Brazil
Curitiba
PR
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Quartel-Mestre da Confraria Lúdica
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10
May 2014
This was my second 18xx game, and it is my favorite one. Yes, I know that borrowing from the government is almost mandatory in this game, but so what? Several others games have almost-mandatory strategies (even in lofty Chess, you have king's pawn to e4 --- and yes, I know there are alternate openings).

2014-05-22
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Michael Thai
Australia
NSW
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10
Jul 2008*
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Henri Harju
Finland
Oulu
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10
May 2009*
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Peter Nitz
Germany
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10
Apr 2009*
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Sebastian Sohn
United States
culver city
CA
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10
Apr 2009*
Feels just like 1830 with more interesting options. Not as elegant at 1830 but better because of realism of loans.

Economic games without loans are totally unrealistic. Borrowing money is a crucial part of business.
2009-07-27
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Joe Wyka
United States
Walnut Creek
California
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10
Jan 2012
An awesome rendition of an awesome system. Nationalization of railroads is a nice option for making use of failed rail lines. The 18xx system for me gets a 10, and this is the best version I've played so it gets a ten as well. This 10 is for the system as a whole, just as is my 10 for Age of Steam. I'll skew the rest of these games lower until I find a version I like more than 1856. This, of the few I've played so far, is the best.
2012-01-04
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Arne Östlund
Sweden
Eskilstuna
Sweden
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10
Jun 2009*
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K MJB
Canada
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10
Jul 2009*
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Fabien Gridel
France
Lyon
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10
Sep 2009*
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Enrico Viglino
United States
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona
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10
Oct 2009*
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Michael Pargman
Sweden
Stockholm
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10
Dec 2009*
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Pedro Henrique Miranda
Brazil
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10
Feb 2011
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Thiago Penteado
Brazil
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10
Jul 2011
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Helmut Jagsch
Austria
Wien
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10
Oct 2010
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Stefan Bleeck
United Kingdom
Southampton
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10
Nov 2010
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Markus
Switzerland
Berg (Daegerlen)
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10
Jan 2011
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David Ruddat
Germany
Mülheim an der Ruhr
NRW
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10
Jan 2012
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Sauli Samila
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Jan 2012
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Tony M
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10
Feb 2012
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Michael Bär
Germany
Karlsruhe
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10
Nov 2012
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Tsu Hui YANG
Taiwan
Dayuan Shiang, Taoyuan County
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10
Mar 2012
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Mel Nicholson
United States
Pacifica
California (CA)
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10
Jul 2012
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Yannick Larvor
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10
Feb 2013
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Brad Fallon
Canada
Mississauga
Ontario
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10
Jan 2014
My favourite of all of the 18XX games. The components in this game are excellent. Well thought out and solid. They have aged well considering I have played this well over 100 times. I cannot recommend this one more highly. The rules and mechanics just seem to really click in this one.
2014-01-20
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Loke Jhi Kee
United Kingdom
Canterbury
Kent
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10
Oct 2014
My 1st 18XX and still my top favourite. Nothing much to say but a good 18XX game even though lighter than the others in the same system.
2014-10-27
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Mike Cook
United States
Stafford
Virginia
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10
Feb 2015
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Pontus Nilsson
Sweden
Gothenburg
Bohuslän
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9.9
Jan 2010*
My favorite 18XX game until I played 1870, really like how the state railway affects the game play and make it possible to dump unwanted companies.
2010-03-24
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Andrew Perkins
United States
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Unspecified
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9.8
Apr 2005*
One of my favorites - definitely the best outside of 1830.
2005-04-11*
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Andy McMullan
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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9.8
Dec 2011
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Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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So long ...
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9.8
Nov 2013
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Jon Carper
United States
Gretna
Nebraska
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9.5
Jun 2015
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Plate of Shrimp.
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9.5
Aug 2006*
Holy manoley! This game is intense. Many great choices here, with a couple brain burning moments thrown into the mix. 1856 is more about the stocks than the rails, so know what you are getting into. For me this ranks as one of the greatest stock games of all time.
2006-08-25*
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