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Richard Hutnik
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This, to me, would be as close to the ultimate rail game out there. I am wondering if anyone would be interest in seeing Age of Steam get an 18XX twist to it.

Myself, this would be VERY much of interest to me.
 
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I'm currently working on something similar, but more in the Prairie Rails vein than the 18XX one...
 
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I would be interested.
 
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docreason wrote:
This, to me, would be as close to the ultimate rail game out there. I am wondering if anyone would be interest in seeing Age of Steam get an 18XX twist to it.


You betcha. I've been noodling several ideas in this vein, ranging a partnership game which uses percentile share ownership, to something using an 1829-style linear stock market (handling share sales is...interesting).

One thing I'd note though is that adding a shares market to Age of Steam results in something that really isn't Age of Steam any more. They're something else, something far closer to an introductory 18XX (1829 or 1830 branch) and should probably be considered as such.
 
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docreason wrote:
This, to me, would be as close to the ultimate rail game out there. I am wondering if anyone would be interest in seeing Age of Steam get an 18XX twist to it.


We are releasing something along that vein next Essen, along with two new railroad games.

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Jeez. Sell us crack cocaine instead, why dontcha? surprise
 
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A limited run for Essen attendees or for the market at large?

John Bohrer wrote:
docreason wrote:
This, to me, would be as close to the ultimate rail game out there. I am wondering if anyone would be interest in seeing Age of Steam get an 18XX twist to it.


We are releasing something along that vein next Essen, along with two new railroad games.

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This is something that I wanted, but now it looks like the market is over-saturated before any are released. May the best designs win!
 
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clearclaw wrote:
One thing I'd note though is that adding a shares market to Age of Steam results in something that really isn't Age of Steam any more. They're something else, something far closer to an introductory 18XX (1829 or 1830 branch) and should probably be considered as such.


The more I think about this, the less enamoured I am by the idea of grafting in an 18XX-style shares system. I would much rather play an 18XX game (that's my personal taste); especially if JC is right about this (and I would wager he is).

However if this was successfully done so that AoS still used the same basic system and played in roughly the same time - with the added tension of a shares market - I'd go for it. I hate sounding negative (I don't mean to be); I don't think it's an impossible task, I just think this is along the lines of the fabled "Civ-Lite". We may never see a variant that works well enough, or at least not to my expectations.

Having said all that, I'll be trying myself - right after I've grafted in another variant to my upcoming GB map!
 
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