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nathan palmer
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I don't play 18XX games, but I'm curious about the genre. Are there any 18XX games where a corporation can own stock of other corporations?

So when one corporation pays out dividends it will go right into the operating funds of a different corporation...

Thanks in advance!
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Yes, these do exist, but it's pretty uncommon. The main one that comes to mind for me is 1841.

Please note it's a comparatively long and complex 18XX title, so I wouldn't recommend that as your first one even if you're used to heavy games.
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J C Lawrence
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nathan555 wrote:
I don't play 18XX games, but I'm curious about the genre. Are there any 18XX games where a corporation can own stock of other corporations?


Yes, 1841 most notably.

In practice the owning of side-shares and movement of dividends is almost incidental in 1841. More strategically significant is the ability of companies to start and own and control other companies, thus potentially having companies inside of companies inside of companies -- which depends on companies being able to buy/hold shares in other companies, but goes so much further.
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Sounds like the matrix
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clearclaw wrote:
In practice the owning of side-shares and movement of dividends is almost incidental in 1841. More strategically significant is the ability of companies to start and own and control other companies, thus potentially having companies inside of companies inside of companies -- which depends on companies being able to buy/hold shares in other companies, but goes so much further.


In which case, this is almost exactly how real railroads operated in the timeframe. The current day Union Pacific or BNSF each have over 300 once independent railroads within their present corporate structure, either by direct sale or take-over, or some other chicanery.
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