My 18XX list
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I played many of these games and I must say I prefer the 1829 branch. Making a good company on a nice map with interesting railing, auctions, trains rusting or rotting have my interest.

Here is, today my list of best 18XX games.
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1. Board Game: Harzbahn 1873 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:6641]
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I played this one just one time but it immediately went on the top of my list. Mining companies, very nice system of rails, superb auctions. I can't wait to play it again.

Played it three times now and It is definitely my number one.
 
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2. Board Game: 18Africa [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:8580]
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Very nice auction and distribution of shares, good replaying issue, the companies change in every game. definitely one of the best games.
 
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3. Board Game: 1858: The Railways of Iberia [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:9652]
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I played a three players game this weekend and loved it.

Very nice auction which, even with the number of privates, was not too long.

The train rush is fast and makes the game end rather quickly.

It goes immediately high on my list.
 
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4. Board Game: 1849: The Game of Sicilian Railways [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:2540]
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Hexes trains, two sizes of rails, companies arriving in a randomized fixed order, a rather short 18XX, I love it!
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5. Board Game: 18NY [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:5555]
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Very good game! I played it just once but I think it reaches the best games for me.
 
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6. Board Game: 1812: The Cradle of Steam Railways [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:7115]
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Played it twice last week and I like it a lot. Interesting game that is short and easy to teach.
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7. Board Game: 18Ardennes [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:5688]
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The auction is very good, the objectives too and this one is very tough to play well.
 
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8. Board Game: 1826: Railroading in France and Belgium from 1826 [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:4243]
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After only one play this one goes up along the best ones I know!
 
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9. Board Game: 1844: Switzerland [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:2733]
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I played it just once and it has potentiality to get higher on my list.
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10. Board Game: 18Ruhr [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:6951]
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A fun game to play and short enough. The train rush is fast and the blocking of roads becomes almost impossible with the brown and grey tiles. The winner will often be the one with the better investments.
 
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11. Board Game: 1880: China [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:2247]
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I have played this one just once and I think it will get on the top of my list very fast.
 
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12. Board Game: 1854 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:4757]
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A run for the routes and a fight for the stations. Very good!
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13. Board Game: 1853 [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2663]
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This game is very interesting and tough to play. The map is huge and having a game based on too sizes of rails brings it on the top of my list.
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14. Board Game: 18Ireland [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:4716]
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13 out of 14 companies arrive in a randomized order and auctions to start them, you have to be very careful with the money you keep in your wallet!

The system of voting for the fusions of minors is very tough to manage if one wants to take the control of the newly formed company.

The bank having little money and the tiles being unique for a big part of them, all these reasons make this game one of my new favorites!
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15. Board Game: 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1816]
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A very nice game with the government looking over you!
 
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16. Board Game: 1822: The Railways of Great Britain [Average Rating:8.47 Overall Rank:2875]
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Did not play it enough to have a real opinion.
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17. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:488]
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The run for Chicago! This game is good for introducing people to the system and can be very tough with experienced players. Its replayability is good but I always have the feeling that this game is always the same. The system that makes it short and easy might be the cause.
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18. Board Game: 18CZ [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2219]
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The lack of information on the board makes it harder to play. One has to constantly go in the rules or the sheet for simple informations.

The fact that the game has been done to shorten the normal duration of a 18xx made the game less interesting for me. Not many new interesting things happen.

I liked the idea of the three kinds of companies and the way they would develop. That would have been a lot better if they were not all the same but the duration would have increased.

I would play it again but once in a while.
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19. Board Game: 1889: History of Shikoku Railways [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:1154]
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A shorter version of 1830. Good and it can be a nice introduction to new players. With experienced ones, I would rather play something else.
 
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20. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:176] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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The second mother of the 18XX! Very tough to play with good players, it does not get to the first places because every game resemble to each other a lot. Also when players do not have the same experience with the system, it can be boring for all. And I prefer the 1829 branch.

Maybe I played this one too many times.
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21. Board Game: 18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:2679]
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The short scenarios are nice and the full one is awesome. Only problem with it is that it is easy to become a zombie at the end. I played the whole game once and it took 23 hours over two days. A unique experience but it was definitely too long!
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22. Board Game: 18EU [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:2361]
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The auction itself puts this game on top of many others. Nice fusions and interesting goals in a varied geological area.
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23. Board Game: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1386]
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Interesting game, specially with its expansion with the historical trains.
 
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24. Board Game: 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856 [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:922]
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Good game but long. Did not play it enough to have a real opinion.
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25. Board Game: 1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:2404]
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Interesting but too many ways of playing it. It becomes rapidly the same game in a very thick forest.
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