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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76. Board Game: Railways of the Western U.S. [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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77. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:54]
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At first I wasn't sure if I wanted this game. With the inclusion of different colors, that changed somewhat. With the possible addition of a Western Expansion map, it was probably a foregone conclusion that I would pick this up. So far, I've never played the base game, only the Mexico map, which is quite interesting in itself. This will make it into the collection some day.
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I ended up getting the second edition of this game so that I could pair its Eastern map with the new Western map. I'm also happy to have the Mexico map with the Operation/Baron cards.
 
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78. Board Game: Robber Barons [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7518]
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79. Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1014]
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Winsome 2010 Essen Set.
 
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80. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:609]
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81. Board Game: Streetcar [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1419]
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82. Board Game: String Railway [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1394]
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83. Board Game: Take the Train [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:10203]
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84. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Mystery Train Expansion [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Way back when this was available directly from Days of Wonder, the original TTR was being played fairly frequently. This seemed like a no-brainer given its low cost. Strangely, it has never really meant much to me as we have played it only single time. I'm not particularly averse to playing it. As noted elsewhere, I really like the base game. While this does change the base game, it does not do so in a way that causes me to want to play it instead.

So, it is interesting enough for occasional play, I suppose, but nothing particularly earth-shattering.

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85. Board Game: Trainsport: Switzerland [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:7844]
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86. Board Game: Uncle Happy's Train Game [Average Rating:3.71 Unranked]
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Rating: 4
 
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87. Board Game: Vom Kap bis Kairo [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2041]
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Rating: 8
 
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88. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:260]
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89. Board Game: West Riding Revisited [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:6175]
Stephen Smith
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Winsome 2010 Essen Set.
 
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90. Board Game: West Riding [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7744]
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91. Board Game: Zug nach Westen [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:9899]
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Rating: 5
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92. Board Game: 1824 [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:2545]
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available at the designer's website here and here. Still listed in stock at Helmut Ohley's site, though he tells me there really aren't any. However, there are plans for a new edition in 2009-2010.
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93. Board Game: 1829 [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2709]
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This is the one that started it all. For that reason alone I would be interesed in a copy. Some folks indicate that 1825 is more similar to this than 1830. Since I prefer 1825 to 1830, that is another reason to look at picking this one up. Maybe I'll run across a cheap copy somewhere at some point.

Update: Purchased a copy off Ebay August 2009


Mine finally arrived!

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94. Board Game: 1829 Northern Board [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:4335]
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Picked up a copy off Ebay in August 2009.
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95. Board Game: 1835 [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1372]
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Won in M'Aider math trade.

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96. Board Game: 1844: Switzerland [Average Rating:8.50 Overall Rank:1714]
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Available for sale on the designer's website.
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97. Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:2194]
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Available at the designer's website here and here. However, I am told there is no new edition planned once they are gone.
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98. Board Game: 1856 [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:517]
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I would like to pick up. A friend has a copy, so this seems to be very unlikely.

Status: Owned
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Ended up getting a used copy as it was unavailable new at the usual online vendors. You never know when (if) stuff like this will come back into print.
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99. Board Game: 1862 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:5654]
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Available for sale on the designer's website. As noted in the comment below, it is listed as sold out on the website. However, he tells me there are actually a few still available with no plans for a new edition.
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100. Board Game: 1895 Namibia [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4945]
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Available for sale on the designer's website. Listed as sold out, though he tells me there are still a few available with no plans for a new edition.
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