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satoru kurokawa
Japan
sapporo
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10
Nov 2009*
Tyler McLaughlin
Canada
Medicine Hat
Alberta
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10
Aug 2010
PnP
2011-03-15
Owned
George Nikolidakis
Greece
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10
Nov 2010
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Ken McMillen
United States
Oceanside
California
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10
Jun 2011
Oliver Dräger
Germany
Iserlohn
NRW
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10
Nov 2012
Owned
Ferdinand Garoff
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9
Jan 2010*
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Randy Pletzer
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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9
Mar 2011
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Mark Tyler
United States
Orem
Utah
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9
Feb 2012
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Ian Wilson
United Kingdom
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9
Dec 2011
This is one of my favourite 18xx titles.
18Ardennes has been described as "18EU with the bugs fixed". This isn't entirely accurate, but there are many similarities: 15 minors auctioned at the start, minors turn into majors etc. But there are some important differences, which make Ardennes a better game, for example: minors can last to the end of the game.
Like 18EU, it is a game where route-building (and tokening) is just as important as buying/shuffling trains - you have to get both of these aspects right to win.
The one weak element is the start of the 4-player game. Adding the Lux (the 16th minor) makes it better than EU, but because the Lux is so useless it is still a problem.
2011-12-11
Owned
Paul Finch
England
Wallasey
Wirral
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Mar 2013
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Richard S
United States
Rensselaer
New York
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8.75
Jan 2011
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Christian Becker
Germany
Herne
NRW
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8.5
Sep 2010
Tom Hudson
United States
Vermilion
Ohio
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Dec 2009*
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Scott Petersen
United States
St. Louis Park
Minnesota
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Sep 2009*
Played some playtest games with five players. The rules for five can block players out of opening the major companies (painful). This should be remedied in the final version.
2009-11-14
Owned
R.A. van Leeuwen
Netherlands
Groningen
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May 2010
Owned
Ricky Bayu
Indonesia
Jakarta
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Jun 2010
Timothy Pride
Indonesia
Jakarta
DKI Jakarta
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Jun 2010
A fresh different 18XX. It has 1D stock prices, so it's on 1829 branch. But it's quite gamey in running the corporation. And I like the minor companies too. The downsides is the downtime. 1 OR is too long, because of the minor companies. Also, there are too many bonuses, while good, need a player aid, or it's easily forgotten. The 5 shares and 10 shares seems interesting, but quite useless in execution.

Specialties:
- 15 minor companies without privates
- Minor can merge into major, and assimilate
- Many run bonuses
- 1D stock market, and fixed 2 OR
- Not fully capitalized, only by selling shares
- Can convert from 5 shares to 10 shares.
- 4D train is unlimited range, but can only get income from 4 cities, and doubled.
2010-09-20
Shuho Ide
Japan
Saitama city
Saitama pref.
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Mar 2011
Owned
Mike Mobile
United States
Portland Area
Oregon
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Jun 2010
Playtest PNP
2013-07-05
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Chris Shaffer
United States
Portland
OR
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8
Jul 2012
18EU done better.
2012-07-04
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Pawel Ostrowski
Poland
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Jan 2011
Nice game but:
- 18eu is similar but faster (this one took us 7h with 5 players and 18eu only 4,5h)
- flat stock market (this is not bad but for me is another "+" for 18eu)
- you HAVE to liquid your company shares and buy a "diesel".
- not enough cross railroad tiles - there are many oportunities to block another players (even accidentally)
2011-01-08
simon craddock
England
widnes
cheshire
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Nov 2011
Owned
Walter E. Kurtz
United States
Austin
Texas
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Jul 2012
IMHO, the most intense, brain burning 18xx around. Forces cutthroat-ness whether you like it or not, as key cities get tokened out almost automatically. The limited number of majors companies makes the game decisions difficult. Played with 3, two times. It is important that a person does *not* get control of a majority of majors. Not for the faint of heart. Essentially, 18EU, made much more difficult and unfriendly. Good place to hone your cutthroat skills.
2011-08-02
Owned
Walt Collins
United States
Harleysville
Pennsylvania
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Aug 2014
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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Jun 2012
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