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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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My wife and I love the "crayon rails" series, of which this game is the first (and still probably the flagship of the line.) It's really better with 3 or 4, but we can play it in 90 minutes with 2, and we often do.
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Ryan Bruns
United States
Roy
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NIS - Has Mayfair Demo Sticker affixed to the box
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Mark Huberty (General Trashy Meeples the Ambigamer)
United States
Woodbury
Minnesota
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#36 Simple but elegant series of pick up and deliver train games. Serves for geography education as well.
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Ken Kuhn
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Getting Closer...

Dates Played: 1/16

Play-by-Play: When we play Empire Builder just the two of us we pull out all of the stop and go full steam ahead by playing all of the expedited rules: start with more money, extra build phase up front, and the trains move 1/3 faster. This game is so much fun, there is something very rewarding that comes with drawing your railroad empire on the board! Throughout the game I connected through the lower middle of the map, completing my six major cities by building into Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, and finally Mexico City. Emily connected through the upper middle starting in L.A. and then building through the Rockies to connect to the mid-west cities and then on to the East Coast cities, rounding out her six by jetting up from the rockies and connecting into Seattle. Emily appeared to have the stronger start and network, but the delivery cards just weren't coming through for her. With a couple of really lucrative runs and a few lucky draws, I was able to pull out the win by nearly 50 M.

Victor: Ken

Running Tally:
Emily: 5
Ken: 2
GM: 1
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Mike Heine
United States
Waconia
Minnesota
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Auction

English Third edition.

Had to use some of the blank plastic chips for two that went missing. We wrote the missing resources on them with black marker so that now the game is complete. The components and box do show a good amount of wear. Some of the crayons are broken.

Opening bid $10
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Mark Salamon
United States
Escondido
California
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34 new-to-me titles in January. So that means I'll play over 365 new-to-me titles this year, right? That would be a great year! It won't happen though... I'll probbaly get three in February.

Top Eleven Potential

d10-9 Empire Builder (1982) - I've owned British Rails and Empire Bulder for a long time with no plays. I hope to change that in a big way in 2016. I loved this game.

Great Games I Will Be Suggesting

d10-8 The Climbers (2008) - Looks great on the table. Plays great. I'll be looking for a copy.
d10-8 Ticket to Ride: Märklin (2006) - I've finally started testing the non-vanilla TTR games. This one was lots of fun.
d10-8 Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan (2011) - A no dice war game. That makes me happy.
d10-8 Small City (2015) - Need to get this back to the table quick. Complex and very satisfying.



And Some Good Games I Am Happy To Play Anytime

d10-7 The Prodigals Club (2015) - Fun theme. Solid game.
d10-7 Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series (1980) - An aerial combat duel in a couple books. Surprisingly fun.
d10-7 StreetSoccer (2002) - Good abstract, I mean, it is a good simulation of a soccer game.
d10-7 Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele (2009) - A bit more interesting than vanilla Keltis.
d10-7 Keltis: Das Orakel (2010) - My favorite Keltis game so far.
d10-7 Captains of Industry (2015) - One of the better Kickstarters I've backed.
d10-7 Hostage Negotiator (2015) - Good solo game with an intriguing theme. Needs an app.
d10-7 Mombasa (2015) - First play broke my brain as I screwed up every single turn. Second play was a breeze.
d10-7 7 Wonders: Duel (2015) - 37 times better than any game of 7 Wonders I've played.
d10-7 Trambahn (2015) - Another 2p game I need to buy.
d10-6 KUNE v LAKIA: A Chronicle Of A Royal Lapine Divorce Foretold (2015) - my wife enjoyed it a bit more than I did, so it will probably grow on me.
d10-6 Neuroshima Hex! (2006) - First play was crap. Second showed me enough to try again.
d10-6 Gold West (2015) - I don't quite remember why I enjoyed this one. 34 is a lot of new games!
d10-6 Tahiti (2012) - The perfect 30-60 minute game. Quick with some interesting choices.
d10-6 Dragon Master (2004) - The perfect 5 minute game. Reiner rocks.
d10-6 Al Cabohne (2000) - One solo play. A nice bohnanza puzzle.



I'll Play These If YOU Really Want To Play Them

d10-5 Dale of Merchants (2015) - Cute art.
d10-5 Xenon Profiteer (2015) - Functional.
d10-5 Baseball Highlights: 2045 (2015) - Two solo plays. The theme actively annoyed me. I'm weird.
d10-5 Keltis (2008) - Solid.



I'm Sorry But Once Was Enough

d10-4 Yardmaster Express (2014) - I'm too bored with these titles to bother typing much.
d10-4 The Manhattan Project (2012) - I don't like conflict in my resource conversion.
d10-4 Heroes of Normandie (2014)
d10-3 Spectaculum (2012)
d10-3 Keltis: Der Weg der Steine Mitbringspiel (2009)
d10-3 The X-Files (2015) - I was CSM and was working constantly to shut down the X-Files (game).
d10-3 Little Italy (2007)
d10-3 Nefarious (2011)
d10-2 Mascarade (2013) - Lying and cheating are not my bag.

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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
chris lake
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Hewitt
Texas
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#2 - Board

This is where all the action takes place and should be a functional and representative image with which all parties can be involved.
I like when something different is done with a board, eg interlocking puzzle board that can be drawn on with crayons and then wiped clean.

As a side note, you can make this into a legacy game if you play with sharpies (not advised)
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
@spielfriek
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Virginia Beach
Virginia
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Alex Radcliffe BoardGameCo
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Soft Reserve: $18

BIN: $23

Condition: Very Good
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Opus Allen
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Edition shown. All components still sealed. Stickers have not been applied to the chips.
 
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John F.
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Shelton
CT
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Publisher/Edition: Mayfair Games/ 1988 Edition (pictured)

Condition: Thrift story copy that was never played. Cards still in shrink and crayons in original packaging. Box is in very good shape although being from a thrift store, it was taped (still on box), has a price sticker on the side and a small black marker mark near the price tag. Some whitening near corners of boxes. Overall excellent shape!

Language:English
 
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Mark Perry
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Newtown
Pennsylvania
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This is for the 1989 version of the game. It was played once by the previous owner, and not by me. This game is in very good condition.
 
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Terry
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Mayfair games edition

Good condition.
A little bit of shelf wear due to age, and very slight bowing of box.
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Dave Schleicher
United States
GOLDEN VALLEY
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Number of plays:

2002 | 4
2003 | 5
2004 | 2
2005 | 2
2006 | 0
2007 | 7
2008 | 13
2009 | 8
2010 | 9
2011 | 6
2012 | 7
2013 | 5
2014 | 10
2015 | 6

Total 84

Staying Power: 15.96

I didn't play as many crayon rails games in 2015 as I typically do, and this led to a small drop in the Staying Power of Empire Builder. I'm not worried, though; I'm almost sure to keep playing it at this rate, which will sustain the Staying Power at about its current level. I just played a very interesting and unusual game on January 1, but that won't show up until next year's list.
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Dan Boyle
United States
Shrewsbury
Pennsylvania
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
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Calgary
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
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We're having a house con with a number of crayon rails fans among the group, so we started up yesterday morning with a 4-player game of Empire Builder. I was in the lead early but had a streak of bad contract luck and everyone caught up so it was close, and someone else beat me to victory.
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
David Harding
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Ashfield
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Pictured edition. Played once.
The flagship of the crayon rails series.
Some crayons a bit broken (just came with crayolas.)

Starting bid $10
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Tim S
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Greenwood
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
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Currently unplayed.
 
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Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:734]
Lori MacKenzie
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Regina
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Bradley Hays
United States
Kansas City
Missouri
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Mark Perry
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Pennsylvania
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First Edition, 1988, Mayfair Games

Bought this used from an auction, though the seller said he had played it only once or twice. I have not played it.

Box and pieces look very good with some shelf wear.

The cover is grey with what looks like a steam engine driving in the dark with it's headlight lit.
 
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