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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Plate of Shrimp.
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Here we are folks, the dream we all dream of.
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10
Mar 2010
Turns much of what you know about 1830 on its ear (EDIT: HA! Just read JC's write up and he totally uses this analogy as well -- it is totally appropriate). Many new facets to discover on an old gem. Lots of activity in the south in the first part of the game, then a heavy surge in the north the last part. I fear that there isn't much incentive to move west, but that could be group think...maybe.

It does make the game longer, injects more money into the system, but makes for really fun stock choices and extra companies (I played with the Reading as well) mean fun shenanigans for all.

Anyway, lots of fun for folks that look for a new way to play 1830.
2010-03-02
Ian Scrivins
United Kingdom
Brighton
Sussex
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Sep 2014
The best of the 1830 variants, although the actual coalfields themselves are only of marginal relevance. The B&O and NYNH have been weakened, while moving the C&O makes the game even more NY-centric than before. The game's pace has been reduced, but if you want to play 1830 on a more level playing field then this is the way to go. In different ways it's just as flawed as the original: the B&M is perhaps a little too strong, while the Canadian Pacific remains as weak as ever.
2014-09-23
Ville Inkiläinen
Finland
Helsinki
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Oct 2013
Adds two rows at the bottom of the map. In our game there was a shortage of basic track tiles. With Reading, there was too much money in the bank.
2013-10-31
Anttoni Huhtala
Finland
Espoo
Uusimaa
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7
Oct 2013
The end-game takes too long compared with other 18XX games.
2013-10-28
J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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Sep 2013
Coalfields is critically flawed but briefly interesting -- it takes 1830 and loses the train rush and company push while increasing the absolute focus on NYC. The result is a pedestrian exercise of plodding down the dreary slope waiting for the game to happen.
2011-11-10
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Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Dec 2011
Although it add some nice track building options it lengthens the game to much for what it is worth. I also do not like the monster runs that come with it.
2011-12-11
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Mark Humphries
Philippines
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Metro Manila
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Games International #6
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2014-10-18
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While sleeping, watch!
United States
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Minnesota
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2011-09-24
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Bartlomiej Blazejczyk
Poland
Warszawa
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It took us horribly long to finish this (8h). I don't have comparison to vanilla 1830 in regard to time (only played it by PBEM) but I gather that this expansion makes the game longer while not adding anything worthwile, in fact vanilla game might be more interesting (more cutthroat). The only potential plus is that the bankrupcy will be much less common here, so if you don't like plays of 1830 decided by bankruptcy then you may like this one more.
2012-07-01
Tyler McLaughlin
Canada
Medicine Hat
Alberta
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Rail Gamer PnP
2013-06-04
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