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I've been ensorcelled by 18xx. I started this list in 2009, initially to chronicle what 18xx games I was collecting. But now, a year later, I continue to use it to note what I've been playing, and what I like or dislike about the game.
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1. Board Game: 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2619]
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Back in the 90's when 2038 came out we used to play this a fair amount. We hadn't played any of the other 18xx games at that point. The game offered a real story arc. The early days with the independents, the rise of TSI, and then the eventual Asteroid League. Great narrative material. I didn't realize it at the time, but this game offered a significant break from the other 18xx games, apart from theme, it introduced the random tile factor. We loved it, but the game eventually fell out of favor. I recently lobbied for a return to it with my old friends, but the enthusiasm was gone.

I still keep a copy in hopes some of my younger friends will wish to give it a whirl some day.
 
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2. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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I used to attend game conventions and wander from game to game, trying out games I had never played before. I did this at a Los Angeles game con back in the 90's and sadly didn't have a good time with 1830. In retrospect I feel bad for participating in that game, as the old veterans clearly just gamed around me.

Well, eventually I revisited this game, and acquired a copy for myself. I still need to play this several more times, but I really appreciate what 1830 offers. From a human factor, it is much simpler to play than 2038. The stock market is famously brutal, and the track competition is vibrant. I still need to learn some chops from this game, but I am enticed!
 
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3. Board Game: 1829 Mainline [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:5230]
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My friend Tim showed up with this and various 1825 stuff one day. We opted to give this a whirl as a 2-player game. We found the game felt a bit odd. I didn't do my research till later, but I found out that the "1829" branch of the 18xx family is a fair bit different than the 1830 branch.

Then again, Mainline has some other weird variances setting it apart further. Tim called this game an 18yy game, as it was so different from 1830 so as to be quite odd. Nonetheless, I recently acquired a copy of this game, as while it was different, I found it preyed on my mind. Definitely a good sign.

Some points:

Mainline contains the finest set of 18xx tiles I've ever seen.

The stock market is linear, similar to 1829 and 1853.

The game eliminates many of the rules you expect from 18xx. You can build a great number of yellow tiles in a single turn. The trains never rust, and can be turned in for credit. You can build any color tile during the game. (No stages)

The rules for 2-player offer a rather bizarre card layout, a la "Patience" the solitaire cardgame. Now that I've bought the game myself, and studied it further, I am warming to this embellishment. But it sure struck me odd upon first encounter.
 
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4. Board Game: 1853 [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2532]
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My next foray into 18xx was 1853. While I often do not agree with him, I enjoy reading Chrs Farrell's comments. His high regard for 1853, along with the fact that it was also designed by Francis Tresham put it at the top of my desired list. Fortunately I was able to swing a trade for this uber-rare game, and we played it early in 2009.

This game has a few special rules that define the game.

Each railway company has a core area where they can place bases. I didn't find the helpful player mats prior to our game, and this rule added some hassle to figuring out who was elgible to act on the board.

Again, the stock market is linear. For my fellow players this was their first look at a 1829 type stock market. I sensed some dissapointment about the lack of a stock game to participate in.

We used Francis Tresham's revised rules, ditching the contract bids. Part of this was the ability to trade in trains, which didn't feel right. We thought there ought to be some penalty for trading in a train.

We removed all of the 500's from the bank, but even so the game ran quite long.

This was the first 18xx game I encountered with a stack of company credits, in lieu of using game money. This seems like a great idea, and I wonder why it has not been used more often?

We found it odd that the metric track had shape configurations that the broad gauge track did not. I noted that Chris Farrell's comments provide for adding some of the missing track and a few trains to the mix. I might do that in the future, but I wanted to try the game as envisioned by the author first.

So, with just one play... I'm eager to go again, but I may have to get new opponents. At least one of them seemed content to go back to 1830 and leave this one behind.
 
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5. Board Game: 1829 [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3663]
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In a fit of collector-mania, I bough a copy of 1829. I've only read the rules, so far. All reports state this is a LONG game. But I have noted there is also a "railway" game, in addition to the "business game". I will no doubt want to play the full game, but I plan to spring the shorter railway game on some friends soon.

One interesting element in this game is the use of a surveyor party. The surveyor must move onto a site, and then on a following turn move off of a site to allow a tile to be built there. Adding interest, another player may move his surveyor onto an empty spot with another surveyor party. The second surveyor party then acts as a disruption to the track building. This sounds all too slow for the business game, but may be amusing for the railway game.
 
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6. Board Game: 1825 Unit 1 [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3426] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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And then there's 1825... I mentioned my friend Tim showed up with his 1825 stuff. We played Mainline instead that day. But I still would like to try the 1825 stuff too. Well, it took a few months, but Heron Games did get more inventory from Francis Tresham. I now have all three Units on my shelf, along with one of the regional kits. Woo Hoo!

1825 is a reworking and breaking up of 1829. 1825 is the last Francis Tresham game added to my collection. We are now scheduled to play soon. Four players, Unit 1 with R1 (Wales). I have read the rules, and am excited to give it a go.

There are many rules at variance with 1830. I have warned the other players of the big differences. Now to find out if they approve!
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7. Board Game: 1835 [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1955]
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And then there is the rest. I own 1835, and am eyeing 1856 and 1870. The various game kits might be good too, although I'll confess a preference for nicely produced games.

But while I may range further, apart from 2038, the games above this entry were penned by the inventor of this genre. I think I could do far worse than learn my way around the system by playing Francis Tresham's games.
 
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8. Board Game: 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:865]
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I have played this once. A lot to absorb here. I definitely liked it. The debt management and decisions around nationalisation were hard to evaluate on a first play. I would enjoy playing more of this, but I also wonder how these rules should play out with experienced hands. I cannot see yet, but imagine there are some standard strategies that are known.
 
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9. Board Game: 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1174] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I now own this. I'm honestly more enticed to try a few other 18xx titles before this one. But I had noticed that this was beginning to become a bit harder to find. So it's on the shelf, awaiting its time.
 
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10. Board Game: 18EZ [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:8130]
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My friend Alex got interested in this during the playtesting phase. Since he made up a game from the playtest files, we tried it out, twice. I will admit this is not my favorite 18xx game. But I don't want to heavily ding it. You can learn a few things from this game, which is its stated purpose.

One aspect of 18xx I especially like is the historical theme and setting. Stripping those out takes away from the experience (for me). Another aspect of 18xx I like is the room for clever track building, where you choke off an opponent, or hive off a portion of the board all to yourself. 18EZ does not provide for this with its very low station marker counts, and tile connectivity which is TOO good.

So I will freely admit that I would rather play several other 18xx games over this one. But when I played 18EZ, I did find the game worked well enough. I could see playing this upon request. I wish level 3 were quicker though. For just a tick longer you can play 1830, which is a superior game.
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11. Board Game: Ur: 1830 BC [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:4138]
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I had told myself I would not buy this. But when a new copy came up for sale cheap, I couldn;t resist. I'm unsure when this might get played. Currrently other 18xx titles are occupying my attention.
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12. Board Game: 18AL [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1667]
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Alex gave this to me as a Xmas gift, '09. We need to play it!
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13. Board Game: 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1733]
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I played it once on Chester's copy. It was a beautiful edition, and I liked a lot of what I saw. But the game is epic. Despite my initial doubt that I needed to own this, when a copy became available, I got one.
 
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14. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:572]
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Joe Huber visited Albuquerque in 2009, and was kind enough to bring his copy of 1846 with him. Fabulous fun! Both Alex and I ordered it the next day. I will be curious to see how long it takes to receive the order from Deep Thought Games.

Oh, and I have to eat crow about the quality of "game kits". Quite nice. They really ought to work on their marketing... I bet I am not the only one turned off by the term "kit".
 
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15. Board Game: 1850 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:5570]
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I subbed in for a second half of an 1850 session. Part 1 was done with a different player, who could not attend the conclusion of the game at a subsequent session.

So, since I didn't play the first half, I cannot really make a fully informed comment about this game. Points that crossed my mind...
* The game took long enough that they stopped and had to save the game to finish later.
* Counting out 10's and 12's is a bit of a pain. (I've never played a game with these bigger, non-diesel, trains before.
* The blue line is interesting.
* Price protection... I'm not sure what to think about that.

I'm interested enough to play a full game of this.
 
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