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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Mark Levine
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New York
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Bill Herbst
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Sayville
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After Chris left, Vinny and I headed over to Miller's smorgasbord for a fairly early dinner. After eating far too much I stumbled back to the car and to the Host for some early evening gaming in Cafe Jay.

With no one around at that time, Vinny and I sat at the table for this intriguing train game and began to set it up and work through the slim rulebook together. Another man asked to join us and we had a three player game up and running rather quickly. While some note comparisons between the route building mechanic here and Transamerica or claim that fulfilling the company and regional line cards feels like completing the tickets in Ticket to Ride, I think that the mechanics involving timing of the removal of tracks and choosing when one pays other players to use their lines make this game significantly deeper than either of the two other light rail games. I also liked how the mechanics encourage the building of rail lines in ways that imitate the historical development of rail lines in US history. Although it did not appear that I was doing particularly well throughout the game, I even managed to pull off a win. As a sucker for railroad games I will probably pick this up at some point.
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
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We grabbed some free food and then sat down to 20th Century limited, the 3000th train game I saw being demoed at GenCon this year. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one.

Basically, you started with a limited number of train segments and a bunch of regional routes you had to complete and companies you could start. There were 8 levels of regional routes, and you had to progress mostly in order. Once you finished your region, you got your assignment for two ahead, so you had two region routes in your hand at all times. On top of that, you had companies, which spanned regions. Once you completed a company, you removed all of your trains from that company's cities. There were a few additional bonuses that you could get, ranging from Canadian Dominance (4 companies/regions in Canada) to "Fewest Segments on the board at the end of the game".

I destroyed this game. I cycled through companies until I got ones that fit with my regions. I conquered Canada. I completed all 8 regions when the next person only finished 6. #nailedit

LJ- 156, Eddy- 115, Regina-111, Jason- 107

It was better than I expected. I liked some of the mechanics, like removing the tracks for completing a company but not a region, but I thought there was too much luck involved because getting good companies made or broke the game.

6/10, would maybe play again, but it wouldn't be initiated by me.
 
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Alex
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Monroe
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Alex says: Another morning spent in the Rio Grande avoiding the crowds. This game was on my list to try. I think it met and exceeded its billing as a more mature Ticket to Ride, and I really enjoyed playing it. I share the quibbles those in my group had with the graphic design, with the cities being difficult to read and locate due to small printing, but I think the game play comes that snag. I picked it up when I saw it in the dealer hall without hesitation.

Stephanie says: I did not think that I was going to like this game at all and since the designer ran us through the rules at first, I kept my mouth shut. But as the game progressed, I really liked the game play and strategy involved. I went from taking-one-for-the-team to can-we-buy-this?
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Nathan Morse
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Powell
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Home-grown goodness. How could I resist? I really enjoyed the playtests I had, and I taught plenty of people the game, who by the end saw what I saw in it!
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
sean johnson
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After the math trad we went to the Rio Grande room to try the Roll for the Galaxy expansion, but we were disappointed to find out it was not there.

We did play this train game though. Players lay tracks to make connections that either connect regions or found companies. The regions needed to be completed in order so it ensures competition for spots.

My wife really liked the game. My firs play impression was positive. I think I liked it, but I need another play to know for sure.
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Michael Logan
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Demo in the RioGrande room.
 
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Nathan Morse
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
patrick stevens
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Los Angeles
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Joseph Soonsin Lee
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not sure

from makers of Thunder Alley
 
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Anton Wilsbach
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For a train themed game, I liked this much more than I thought I would. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Dan Slack
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Rio Grande again - not sure where
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
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After lunch (more Hot Chicken Takeover!) I went back to the RGG game area. I'd played this game in its prototype version (April 2014) and wanted to try the final published version.

I don't think the game has changed much. It still feels like a slightly more advanced version of TransAmerica (simple track lays connecting cities) combined with Ticket to Ride (long connections to score big points). The removing-track-tile thing reminds me of Last Train to Wensleydale -- great little game with a similar theme: players are little guys, building little railroad companies and then selling them off to the large corporations. In Wensleydale, though, the track stays put -- it just changes color. It is a little weird, here, that tracks just pop right off the board!

There was just one other person free so I played it 2-player. This game took only 33 minutes: a nice, quick little filler though with a bit of meat on it (unlike the 2 hour game I played that first time, with all 4 newbies). The game is probably better with more than just 2 players, though. In our game I almost exclusively built company links (the ones that clear) while she only built the regional lines. With a wide open board, we were basically able to build how we saw fit. The tighter competition, both for track builds and demand tickets would make it more challenging. With two, I was able to push the pace of the game higher than she could (since I didn't need to waste turns reclaiming track sticks).

Good game, though probably better with more than just 2. The production is also good, except:
- the track sticks are a wee bit too big for the board (once you have a lot of sticks near each other, anyway).
- the diagonal banners for city names are weirdly distracting. They're also too small to read easily. I would prefer something more like TA, maybe (I don't remember having trouble seeing city names there)? Or maybe just a slightly bigger board?

--- Summary ---
Setup:
- Reveal 3 random bonus cards (each will be awarded to first player to meet condition on card).
- Shuffle the company cards, give 4/player, 4 on display face up; rest in deck. All show cities to connect by track, and VP value.
- Shuffle each deck of region cards 1-8 separately. Give each player 2 1s and 2 2s; each keeps one of each, discarding the other. These also show cities to connect by track.
- Each player gets _ cubes

Your Turn:
1. MUST: Either place 1-3 track sticks (your own color) ANYWHERE on the board, or pick up 1-3 of your track sticks.
2. MAY: Score either a regional or a company card, if you've connected all cities shown on card. May use other players' tracks (pay them 1 cube per stick used), but must use at least one of your own.
- Regional: draw 2 cards from the next highest region you've not had yet, keep one. Must be completed in order 1->8
- Company: remove all YOUR tracks used for that card from the board. Draw a replacement (from 4 face up, or deck)

Game End:
- End of round when any player has built 8 Regional or 8 Company cards.
- Score VP for:
... completed company cards
... 1/cube
... bonus cards earned
... number of regional cards completed (chart on board)
- Most VP wins! Tiebreaker = more company/regional cards
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Jeff Wolfe
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Columbus
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First play. Sort of TransAmerica on steroids, but not really like TransAmerica after all.
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
Jimmy Okolica
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Rio Grande Games (Booth 301) (demos -- E150 - E151)

Pick up and deliver game. Probably too light, but definitely worth a look. Designers have done some other good work (e.g., Thunder Alley).

Watched a bit of a game. Had a Ticket to Ride meets TransAmerica feel. Another one I'd play but see no reason to own.
 
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
W. Eric Martin
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Apex
North Carolina
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Board Game: 20th Century Limited [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5008]
The Honorable Mayor McCheese
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I haven't played this as it hasn't been released yet but it sounds promising from the description.

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Become part of a U.S. National Institution of the early 20th Century, as you build the routes and reputation of The Most Famous Train in the World: the 20th Century Limited. You are American rail luminaries, creating small independent lines to serve local cities. Plying your business acumen, you plan to sell these lines to larger companies. Of course, you wouldn’t be where you are today without knowing a thing or two about turning tricky situations to your advantage: You have a scheme in mind to get the big companies what they need, without necessarily having, shall we say, exclusive ownership of it….

20th Century Limited condenses the history the American railroad into a sixty-minute game. Players take on the roles of the great railway robber barons as they set up small railroads, turn them into larger rail lines, then sell them off and start all over again. The spread of the North American rail system can happen on your game table in about an hour as the network develops in a fashion similar to the historical model.

The game possesses the simple route-building mechanisms that were used in Transamerica. The placement of pieces is easy to understand, and this simple feature is livened up by the Rail Line cards that dictate the placement of rail segments to recreate the various historical railways of America. The second piece of the puzzle are the Demand cards that serve as a pseudo pick-up-and-deliver system. Players are able to choose what path suits them in the game. You can go for the fulfillment of demands or you can try to build the great rail lines that shaped America. Everything from the Santa Fe to Boston & Maine and many other memorable lines are represented, including the game's namesake: the New York Central Railroad.

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Evan Pulgino
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Pittsburgh
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Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
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6/10 on BGG scale
 
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JOHN TODD JENSEN
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JOHNSON CREEK
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Game Description:
"20th Century Limited condenses the history the American railroad into a 60 minute game. Players take on the roles of the great railway robber barons as they set up small railroads, turn them into larger rail lines and then sell them off and start all over again. The spread of the North American rail system can happen on your game table in about an hour as the network develops in a fashion similar to the historical model.
The game possesses the simple route-building mechanics that were recently used in the trans Europa System. The placement of pieces is very easy to understand and can be learned by anyone and taught to anyone. This simple feature is livened up by the Rail Line cards that dictate the placement of rail segments to recreate the various historical railways of America. The second piece of the puzzle are the Demand cards that serve as a pseudo pick-up-and-deliver system. Players are able to choose what path suits them in the game. You can go for the fulfillment of demands or you can try to build the great rail lines that shaped America. Everything from the Santa Fe to Boston & Maine and many other memorable lines are represented, including the games namesake, the New York Central Railroad.
Even the famous individual train routes are included in the game as bonus cards. Being able to create the Kansas City to Florida Special is worth a lot of points but at the expense of time as there is little other reason to link up Kansas city and Miami. Perhaps you have decided to become a Tycoon and concentrate on getting a bonus for creating large routes. Or maybe you will value your independence and not sell many of your railroads at all.
The game is simple to learn and simple to play but does possess some very interesting choices and allows for multiple paths to victory."

My Thoughts:

TransAmerica with a twist??
 
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Rick Vinyard
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Las Cruces
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2nd 20th Century Limited

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8/1 @ GenCon

This was a solid route placement/path completion game. I liked the regional routes vs companies aspect. I wouldn't buy it, but I'd play it again at a game library or if a friend got it.

LJ 156
Eddy 121
Regina 111
Jason 102
 
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