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.

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Owned current to 02/27/2011
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226. Board Game: Iron Road [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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227. Board Game: Gold Train [Average Rating:4.96 Unranked]
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228. Board Game: Länderbahnen [Average Rating:6.11 Unranked]
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229. Board Game: Prairie Railroads [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:5672]
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230. Board Game: Rocky Mountain Rails [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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231. Board Game: Tracks to Titicaca [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
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232. Board Game: Roundhouse [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
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233. Board Game: Veld Spoorweg [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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234. Board Game: Alpen Express [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6636]
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235. Board Game: Credit Mobilier [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5914]
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This game is one I have been watching for a really long time. For a large portion of that time, it has been rumored that it was going to be available "soon" in some manner. Stratamax tell me that it is supposed to be available from Rio Grande games in time for Essen this year (2009). I hope that is the case.
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It looks like this may finally be available from Rio Grande after years of waiting. They are talking about it as an upcoming release here on BGG. Online stores are taking pre-orders. Its release appears imminent. Still, I'll believe it when I see it. [2012-06-18]
 
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236. Board Game: Dampfross [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2176]
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I am not really a particular fan of Dampfross. I already have an older Schmidt edition. This is the edition I actually would like to own. It looks really nice. It's not particularly high on my wishlist, but it is something I would like to own someday (or earlier if found cheap).
 
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237. Board Game: Dampfross 2 [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:4989]
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Though I'm not really all that fond of the game, I still think I would pick these up if I ran across them cheap.
 
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238. Board Game: Rails of New England [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:3057]
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Due out in 2010.

Well, 2011
 
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239. Board Game: Rails Through the Rockies [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:8052]
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240. Board Game: Spectral Rails [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:3169]
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I would like to pick up....someday.

UPDATE: According to this link, Zman will now be doing this. It's good to hear that someone will finally be making it. If only we knew when.

UPDATE: Looks like another delay. It's not listed on the ZMAN website at all now. No word on when it will be available.

UPDATE: Looks like this one is going to come out this year...Finally. [02/27/2011]
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241. Board Game: Ur: 1830 BC [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2987]
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Another Splotter game with some train game qualities. This one is supposed to have some significant similarities to 18xx games except you are sending water from place to place. I would love to give this a try someday. As it is a Splotter game, I expect that I will pick one up at some point in the future.
 
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242. Board Game: Big Rock Candy Mountain [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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This game was created as part of a contest in a geeklist. There are additional component pictures in the users gallery. The subject matter certainly deals with trains. Someday I may actually get around to putting together a copy of this just to see how it goes.
 
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243. Board Game: Bindle Rails [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6278]
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This one has piqued my interest.

I first saw information about this game in a post when BGG went down earlier this year. I have been following it off and on ever since then. I've not played it, I haven't even downloaded the files for this game. That is an amazing fact. I did kick around the idea of purchasing the (very nice) self-published edition earlier this year, but was unable to do so at the time. I think I need to get around to putting this together sometime soon.
 
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244. Board Game: Chattanooga Choo-Choo II [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Yet another reason to be disappointed never to be invited to Gulf Games soblue I think I would have definitely picked up a copy of this if I had the opportunity. As it stands, I suppose that I will have to hope that enough information gets posted here on BGG for me to make my own copy. Someday.
 
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245. Board Game: Colorado Railroads Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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This is a Tom Wham game that I ran across completely by accident not too long ago. There is terribly little information available other than a description of being a combination of crayon rails and 18xx which is quite intriging to me. There are apparently a few homemade copies of this available directly from Tom Wham himself, but they are extremely expensive. Maybe someday.
 
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246. Board Game: Manifest Railways [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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This one has piqued my interest.
 
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247. Board Game: Puzzle Train [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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A print and play game that was apparently originally published in a Spanish magazine. I may need to give this one a run through at some point.
 
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A word on Age of Steam expansions. You'll probably notice that there are not a whole lot of them listed here. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that I have only relatively recently developed a liking for the game itself. For the most part, I am still interested in playing the base map. Another is that the person I would play most of these with deaddogdays already has a lot of these.

Also, if you haven't picked up on it, I am something of a completist. I already own all of the Empire Builder games out there, including multiple editions of some of them. Now that I have someone to play 18xx games with, I am actively trying to acquire quite a few of them, as well as making my own. I fear that if I start pursuing Age of Steam maps that I will not be able to control myself. As it is, I have downloaded a boatload of print-and-play maps that will occupy my time for a while if I ever get around to actually making them.

So, I'm not averse to Age of Steam expansions, I'm just intentionally avoiding them for the time being. I expect that will change in the future
 
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249. Board Game: Bus Boss [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
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Apparently similar to Dampfross, but not specifically about trains. I've kind of had this on my watchlist for a while, but it seems to be pretty obscure. I don't think I've seen a copy for sale here and there seems to be relatively little information available. Perhaps I will run across this one in the future.
 
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250. Board Game: Frachtexpress [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4142]
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This game has piqued my interest.
 
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