Trains, trains and...TRAINS!
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I've always wanted to play, buy and then put my hands around a train/railway game, but am simply overwhelmed with the various mechanics/themes/over all strategies available. So much so that I don't even know where to begin. What are the over-all feelings of the classics (OOP, but still on auction sites) vs. some of the newer titles? How many train type games are out there? With experience in both the bookcase/consim world, and now getting serious playtime with the Euro themes under my belt, I'd enjoy hearing about both. What would the good folks at BGG recommmend? I've listed a few of the ones I have read about the most. Please feel free to populate with any and all comments. I'd probably end up getting a few, but with so many choices...
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1. Board Game: Rail Baron [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1919]
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Is this the first in the genre to receive wide acclaim? I see it going for quite a bit on eBay. I for one would be willing to get a copy, but if there are other/better ones out there, then let me know.
 
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2. Board Game: 1829 [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3666]
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There seems to be one of quite a few in the 18xx series. Which in this series would be the best to get? How would you rank each in this series?
 
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3. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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A newer game, how does it rank? Very high user ratings
 
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4. Board Game: British Rails [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2147]
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From the 80s, how has this one held up over time?
 
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5. Board Game: HellRail (Second Perdition) [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:9019]
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I actually own this, and enjoy it, but don't know that I would call it a 'train' game. Or should I???
 
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6. Board Game: Iron Dragon [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1279]
 
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Just what is a 'crayon' game anyway?
 
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7. Board Game: Lunar Rails [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2459]
 
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Sci Fi meets trains! awesome. I own Nautilus (and like some of the Mayfair games), does it compare in anyway?
 
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8. Board Game: Roundhouse [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
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Roundhouse. Having 3 generations of railroaders in my family, I was drawn by this name alone. Winsome Games seems to manaufacture a lot of train games. Thoughts about Winsome in general?
 
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9. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:952]
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Another one i've seen go pretty high on auction sites.
 
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10. Board Game: Eurorails [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1041]
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another caryon offering, this one from Mayfair. Crayons in a game is just an idea I have no concept about. When I think of crayons, I think of my sister when she was about 5 years old, coloring on the walls in the basement bathroom!
 
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11. Board Game: Frachtexpress [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:6065]
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tile placement and trains, and a new game I might be able to find on line somewhere.
 
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12. Board Game: India Rails [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:2201] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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I've seen this one still on the shelves of some game stores recently. i've held the box in my hand several times, but again, would I like it?
 
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13. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:897]
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sounds pretty simple, how does it play?
 
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14. Board Game: Mogul [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3000]
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Interesting...three offerings in this particular line.
 
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15. Board Game: Santa Fe Rails [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1849]
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Since I found no train game under the Christmas tree, I figured I should tweak the list a little more. This game is still in stock at my game store. There are several excellent comments under the sole user review on it at BGG.
 
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16. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1021]
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This will be my first train/rail purchase, as I recently got a copy el cheapo. Lots of high comments on BBG, and it seems to be a game void of luck. Lets hope so!
 
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17. Board Game: Nippon Rails [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2416]
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Well, it's a neat way to learn about Japan's geography. Lots and lots of mountains ...
 
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18. Board Game: Railroader [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:13509]
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I'd consider this at least as a collector item. Far older than anyone else here... And with a nice childrenlike feel thankds to the little models!
 
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19. Board Game: Apache [Average Rating:4.77 Unranked]
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For an old hex-and-counter feeling. One player builds the rail, the other one tries to stop him. By S. Craig Taylor, a great designer indeed.
 
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