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Me and My Train Games
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Anyone who has played games with me for any length of time will know of my fondness for train games. According to BGG, my collection currently has >80 items that are classified as "Train". It is somewhat sobering to think that I own more train games than most people (even people on this site) own games. For my collection, that total is right around 1 in 8 games that I own. Counting up the plays quickly, train games I own count for right at 11% of the games I've played. That seems to be a pretty reasonable correlation. Given the length of many of these games, my playtime may weigh more heavily toward the train games.

Since it is bound to come up at some point, I suppose I should comment here on what I consider to be a "train game". I tend to prefer a broader definition than some. A game is a train game if it is about trains. Thus I might exclude something with a train theme (like a Monopoly edition) that really is not about train games (but I might not). The result of this for me is that train games tend to fall into two broad categories -- 1) games about set collection and 2) games about networks / route building. The latter group are more "train game" to me than the former, which will be apparent in some of the "non-train" items that eventually show up on the list. At any rate, this definition puts me at odds with some folk. For example, wikipedia disagress with me. While I suppose a case can be made for that definition, I have a problem with any definition of a Train Game that excludes Winsome train games or that does not align with the Puffing Billy / Train Gamers Association idea of a train game.

I intend for this list to be divided up in to the following groupings:

1. Own
2. Have Played but never Qwned
3. Have Owned
4. Non-train Train Games
5. Honorable Mentions
6. Games on my Radar

It will also be a work in progress. It will likely take me a while to type everything up on all of the games I list. I naddition, I expect to continue to add games to my collection as well as play some of my unplayed games. It has become apparent just by entering games into the list that I probably should go back and revisit some of my ratings. For that matter, I need to actually put in a fair number of ratings.

Comments are welcome throughout, as are suggestions for games I might be interested in.

For those interested, this is a blatant theft of idea from BGG user Favre4MVP for his geeklist Me and my Knizia, which is still one of my favorite lists to read -- dating back to my own (now somewhat cooled) love affair with Knizia. I always wish I had the idea first.

Plays current to 02/27/2011.
Owned current to 02/27/2011
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101. Board Game: 18Scan [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2396]
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It's really a shame that it has taken me this long to add this game to this list. I really would like to get a copy of this game based solely on the area it represents. I've not yet ordered from Deep Thought. However, if I do, I expect that this will be the first one I take the plunge with.

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102. Board Game: 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1851]
Stephen Smith
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103. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Austria, Switzerland & The Netherlands [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Switzerland only from the free print and play files.
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104. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Barbados / St. Lucia [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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105. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: 1890 Berlin [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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Another Winsome map exclusively available in the USA via Boards and Bits. Added it to a recent order so I would have it. May never get it played. I find I am having a hard time getting all of my Winsome games played as it is. That makes it difficult to also get in AoS expansions.
 
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106. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Eastern US & Canada [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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107. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Finland & Portugal [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Part of the 2009 Winsome Essen set. I desperately want this solely for the map of Finland.

Mine finally arrived!

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108. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Poland [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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Winsome 2010 Essen Set.
 
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109. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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110. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:888]
Stephen Smith
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Status: Owned (arrived 02-16-2010)
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111. Board Game: Australian Railways [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4742]
Stephen Smith
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Status: Owned (as part of Early Railways set)
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Rating: Unrated

Added November 2009
 
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112. Board Game: Boxcars [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:4579]
Stephen Smith
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113. Board Game: C&O/B&O [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:9196]
Stephen Smith
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114. Board Game: ConTrack: Switzerland & Austria [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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115. Board Game: Confederate Rails [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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116. Board Game: Congo Line [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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This game is the one that has forced me to at least have a look at anything Stratamax does. I've already been interested in their Credit Mobilier for a really long time and have had Days of Steam (in theory soon to arrive) on pre-order for a while. While these other two games are going to be available (in theory) relatively soon, this one seems as though it is going to be more of a challenge to acquire.

 
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117. Board Game: Crazy Race [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:6990]
Stephen Smith
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118. Board Game: Dispatcher [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:8173]
Stephen Smith
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119. Board Game: Dutch InterCity [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4532]
Stephen Smith
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Arrived March 12, 2010
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120. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2588]
Stephen Smith
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121. Board Game: Express [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2593]
Stephen Smith
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122. Board Game: Express Line [Average Rating:6.04 Unranked]
Stephen Smith
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123. Board Game: Freight Train [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2306]
Stephen Smith
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124. Board Game: Gulf, Mobile & Ohio: Expansion #1 [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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Part of the 2009 Winsome Essen set.

Mine finally arrived!

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125. Board Game: HellRail: Third Perdition [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3860]
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