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I'm just curious if you guys had to answer this question, what you would say.

What commodity would you say the red cubes represent?
etc

Looking at the color codes of the stations, etc.


Red=Wheat/Food?
what=Wood
what=Coal

etc ?


I want to see your interpretations based on the colors of the various stations and cubes
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
It's pretty hard to say since the cubes end up distributed randomly, yeah?

For comedy reasons, my fiance told me:

Purple--grapes
red--meat
blue--water
yellow--lemons
black--caviar
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
lol

BUT, BUT...the cubes are needed by color, at certain locations and that part is not random. So what would NY need the most? Chicago? etc
Whatever color they need the most, that would be the best clue on telling you what each cube represets. haha!
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
True, I hadn't thought of the needs of the cities being static...

But Boston needs lemons, right?
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
Even though goods(cubes) are transported TO cities.... it could be just a mechanic. The colour of a city could easily represent instead what a city produces.

Just imagine that whenever you take a cube and you move it from Providence to Boston it could just as easily be representing a cube moving the other way.

Why would the designer do that? Imagine if the game had been designed with the cubes moving in the intuitive common sense direction (from the place they are produced to where they are consumed). For example Savannah produces Cotton(lets say purple cubes): in that case you would put 3 purple cubes on Savannah then you would have to transport them to some random cities decided by die rolls or something. One of the brilliant ideas of RRT and AoS is this reversal of direction of goods movement. Generally goods of a type are produced in large quantities in a few cities and sold all over the place. In RRT and AoS its instead goods are produced in all sorts of random cities (where the cubes appear) and are then concentrated in a few cities that consume them. Brilliant game mechanic.

Even if you assume a reversal of direction of goods movement, I still don't see any correspondence between cube colours and actual historically transported goods. I think the colour are distributed sort of evenly around the map.
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
Duglis wrote:
BUT, BUT...the cubes are needed by color, at certain locations and that part is not random. So what would NY need the most? Chicago?


The red cities are major ports. The red cubes are some sort of export good. Probably not beef, which was not a major export in the pre-refrigeration days being simunlated.
 
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PURPLE: Parrots
RED: Robins
BLUE: Bluetits
YELLOW: Chaffinches
BLACK: Blackbirds


Railroad Tycoon is actually about the illegal trafficking of birds throughout the USA to violent and evil bird owners.
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
rubberchicken wrote:

Even if you assume a reversal of direction of goods movement, I still don't see any correspondence between cube colours and actual historically transported goods. I think the colour are distributed sort of evenly around the map.


Good way to think about it. Note that in the economic model of all the games of the "Early Railroads" family, moving a cube should not be considered making an actual delivery (if it was you should get an immediate payout in money, not a permanent increase in your income). A cube movment should rather be considered as setting up a contract to delivery that good over that route for the rest for the rest of the game. Income Reduction in Age of Steam or the reduction of income seen on the Railraod Tycoon scoring track represents (along with taxes and loss of effecency due to company size) the expiration of those contracts, abstracted out in such a way as to not require remembering what they are or when they were made.

Your reversal idea fits this model very well. Thus the color of the city represents the goods produced there and a cube in a city represents a demand for that good. Removing the cube represents making a delivery contract to satisfy the demand. Even the Western Links work with this; think of it as manufactured goods flowing west and not as raw materials flowing east.
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purple -> cloth (Caylus)
red -> uranium (PG)
blue -> favor (AoM)
yellow -> gold (Caylus)
-> garbage (PG)
black -> oil (PG)
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
This is what we decided-

PURPLE: Wood
RED: Foodstuffs
BLUE: Coal
YELLOW: Cloths
BLACK: Metals
 
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Yesterday we played a game and almost the whole south was covered with blue cubes. So we decided it must be jeans.
cotton>cloth>blue jeans. Yeah.
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
_Kael_ wrote:
Yesterday we played a game and almost the whole south was covered with blue cubes. So we dicided it must be jeans.
cotton>cloth>blue jeans. Yeah.


lol
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
They're medical organs and tissues. Duh.

Purple=Livers
Red=Blood
Yellow=Urine samples
Blue=Eyes?
Black=Smoker's lungs
 
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PURPLE: Wood
RED: Foodstuffs
BLUE: Coal
YELLOW: Cloths
BLACK: Metals


When I explained the game earlier today, I used those examples, because my players would never buy that they were only shipping "colors"! However I swapped blue and black because they would have surely never bought "blue coal" while there was clearly a black ressource! I still got some pretty weird looks for the purple wood (did I just write that?)
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
I think red cubes are people like workers, passengers in general. They migrates to the big cityes.meeplemeeplemeeplemeeple
 
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Re: What commodity would you say the colored cubes represent
Are all of the cubes of the same commonality, or are there fewer black cubes (as in AoS)?

FWIW, the games in the Early Railways Series actually did list thematic items to represent the colours, based on the individual maps.

Hence, for instance, in New England Railways, the green goods were cotton, the yellow were coal, red foodstuffs, and blue manufactured goods, with blue and green being more common than the other two.
 
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I have this figured out, finally. The cubes don't represent the goods at all, they represent the demand for goods. That's why there's more in the larger cities. Production is represented by the colors on the cities. Gray cities are non-exporting. That's why New Industry adds a color while city growth just adds cubes. If the cubes were goods and the colors demand those cards would have the opposite effects. When you "deliver a cube", you're actually delivering goods in the opposite direction from what it appears you're doing.
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pilight wrote:
I have this figured out, finally. The cubes don't represent the goods at all, they represent the demand for goods. That's why there's more in the larger cities. Production is represented by the colors on the cities. Gray cities are non-exporting. That's why New Industry adds a color while city growth just adds cubes. If the cubes were goods and the colors demand those cards would have the opposite effects. When you "deliver a cube", you're actually delivering goods in the opposite direction from what it appears you're doing.
Oi ya make me 'ead 'urt!
 
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Just loving this game! But count me among those who enjoy shipping actual goods rather than just colors. To make the goods less abstract, we assign them as follows:

blue = mail/passengers
black = coal
yellow = grain
purple = iron
red = cattle

In this way the cube colors more or less match the color of what they represent. Based on my light research, it seems that these were all goods that were transported by rail in the era that the game represents. Lumber is the other option that would be true to the time. Petroleum/oil would not really be appropriate, because it represents a later era, with wooden tank cars used for the first time only in 1865.

For other ideas, also see these previous threads:
What do the various colored cubes represent?
Do the blue cubes represent cotton candy?
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