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Steve Haywood
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I'm wanting to buy a Pick Up and Deliver game to add to my collection - I like the mechanic but don't have any currently. The only one I've played is Kings of Air and Steam which I really enjoyed, so may end up getting that but wondered what other games there are.

Ideally I'd like a game that plays well with two but can accommodate more, as I'd play two player with my wife and also with my gaming group. Also preferably I'd like a game that plays in 2 hours or less. Though may waive one or both of these criteria if there's a really good game I'm missing out on! Any suggestions?

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Some don't view them precisely as pick up and deliver, though many do, but

Railways of the World

and

Steam

are both really good.
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From one Steve to another, I've always been fond of Iron Dragon. Getting to draw your own tracks to optimize your routes is an interesting twist on standard pick up & deliver, to me.

I think that one is OOP now, but in theory any of the other crayon rails games would also fit the bill. I've only played ID and the one on the moon (Lunar Rails?) myself.

Also, if you're in to sci-fi, Firefly is a decent pick up and deliver game. To be fair, the game is more about the theme than the mechanics, but it does qualify as P&D. You'd also have to chuck your 2 hour time frame, at least until you get it down pat. =P

If you're NOT into sci-fi (or Firefly in particular), then forget I mentioned that one. It is a good game, but like I said, it was built around the theme. If that doesn't suit you, there are better games to spend your money on.
 
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Merchant of Venus
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Pick up and deliver is not a genre I really play that much but I've heard a lot of good things about Cinque Terre. There is also a GameNight-Episode about it if I'm not mistaken :)


Edit: Here it is: http://boardgamegeek.com/video/33707/cinque-terre/gamenight-...
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I quite enjoyed Kings of Air and Steam too. It's on my wish list here and I'd like to get it at some point.

As others have said... I'd recommend Railways of the World/Railways of the World. It's a lot of fun but it is better with more people and can take longer than 2 hours.

Merchant of Venus (second edition) is also quite a bit of fun. It can be played 2-player or even solo, but can take a bunch of time too... especially given that you're somewhat at the mercy of die rolls.

Anther game that's quite fun and quick to play is The Great Heartland Hauling Co.. I'd really like to get my own hands on a copy of this but I haven't been able to find it anywhere. I'd check it out though if I were you. Simple, fast, fun, and a tiny game that you can take anywhere.
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nakmeister wrote:
I'm wanting to buy a Pick Up and Deliver game ... but wondered what other games there are.
One way to research is using the Adv. Search menu pick at the top center of most pages. You can filter on Pick and Deliver as a "Board Game Mechanic".

I think of it as being a little different from the common Pick/Deliver but Cinque Terre is recent and may be the one most getting mentions right now.

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steam with the full ruleset is pretty brutal and awesome!
railways of the world is also good and more beginner-friendly
and i like a lot 1830, but its more a stock-market game then a transport-game.
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+1 to Merchant of Venus (second edition). In my top 5. Plays great with 2. It might push your time limit a little bit when you're first learning or if you have more than 2 players, but me and my buddy can knock out a game in 90 minutes now that we know what we're doing.
 
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XxaviorR wrote:
Anther game that's quite fun and quick to play is The Great Heartland Hauling Co.. I'd really like to get my own hands on a copy of this but I haven't been able to find it anywhere. I'd check it out though if I were you. Simple, fast, fun, and a tiny game that you can take anywhere.


I second The Great Heartland Hauling Co.. As for availability, it's currently sold out, but I believe it was just reprinted and should be available very shortly.

The Empire Builder Rail Games family (including Iron Dragon and Empire Builder) is pretty good. We found that Empire Builder took a long time to zero in on the most effective routes, but thought EuroRails had a more obvious best route.
 
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Oph1d1an wrote:
+1 to Merchant of Venus (second edition). In my top 5. Plays great with 2. It might push your time limit a little bit when you're first learning or if you have more than 2 players, but me and my buddy can knock out a game in 90 minutes now that we know what we're doing.


Another vote for Merchant of Venus (second edition). If you think it's too long, you can always decide in advance that you'll only play to a certain amount of money or number of rounds.

Also +1 for Empire Builder Rail Games!
 
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I'm in same situation as the OP. Played Kings of Air and Steam, probably buying but looking for others too. Played Himalaya, didn't like it so much. Now looking at Keyflower, has Pick up & Deliver listed, but does it have that?
 
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Steam +1

Heartland Hauling +1

Merkator - Underrated Uwe Rosenberg, plays well with two.

First Train to Nuremberg - Another Martin Wallace train game. The randomized setup really makes the game. I have played with three, but believe it would work with two.

Finca - Not listed as pick up and deliver, but I'm not sure why. Regardless, if you like such games this should be on your radar. Plays best with two, my wife's favorite game!
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. Definitely a few out of print ones to go on my watchlist to try and pick up some time (Railways of the World, Great Heartland Hauling Co etc). At the moment I'm thinking of going for either Cinque Terre or one of the crayon rails games - really interesting concept.

Merkator - had forgotten about that, played it years ago and enjoyed it at the time, may check it out again.

Really like the look of Merchant of Venus too, but looks like it could be quite a long game.
 
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nakmeister wrote:
Thanks for all the great suggestions. Definitely a few out of print ones to go on my watchlist to try and pick up some time (Railways of the World, Great Heartland Hauling Co etc). At the moment I'm thinking of going for either Cinque Terre or one of the crayon rails games - really interesting concept.

Merkator - had forgotten about that, played it years ago and enjoyed it at the time, may check it out again.

Really like the look of Merchant of Venus too, but looks like it could be quite a long game.



Railways of the World is easily available at regular price. In fact there are some new copies in the marketplace for well under MSRP.
 
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Merchants & Marauders is also a good choice if you don't mind some options for conflict
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pfctsqr wrote:

Railways of the World is easily available at regular price. In fact there are some new copies in the marketplace for well under MSRP.


Alas I'm the wrong side of the pond, here in the UK it doesn't seem to be available at the moment from my usual stores, cheapest is £90/$140 on Amazon UK marketplace. However if it is easily available elsewhere it should turn up in stock again before too long.
 
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+1 Steam.

Kings of Air and Steam is one of the few that plays up to 7 right out of the box. Modular map for good replayability, and more depth than at first appears, especially with all the unique character abilities make it one of my faves.
 
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Many days later, i just saw the thread.
I recently bought a pick up and deliver and have a blast, talking about Firefly: The Game.

The thing is that it might take you more than 2 hours, and i only play it as a 2 player game, so i don't know how it goes with more.
 
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