Sorting out the Empire Builder series
Andy Hunsucker
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My group loves Empire Builder, and I was thinking of adding another version to our collection to add some variety. But it's hard for me to tell the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

We generally have 3 players, and we prefer shorter games in general. We can usually play Empire Builder in about 2 and a half.

Can anyone shed some light on the good and bad of these versions?

There's probably other versions I'm forgetting. If so, feel free to add it if you have an opinion on it.
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