The Warren is a roleplaying game about intelligent rabbits trying to make the best of a world filled with hazards, predators and, worst of all, other rabbits.
Marshall is a Boston-based researcher and game designer.
I am looking to get into some of the crayon rail games. I have Empire Builder in the mail. Can anyone tell me what size the board is so that I can get a sheet of plexiglass? What other crayon rail games have the same size/shape board? Is there a good size that I can use for this and other games (optimal size shape)?
The Empire Builder board (and most of the others in the series) are about 22" x 27". Iron Dragon is a bit wider at about 22" x 36". The game boards are hard mounted and have a good surface, so I haven't felt the need to break out the plexi with them.
If you are near (or want to drive to) Baltimore, I can give you a quick start on the Empire Builder system at our monthly game session (1st Saturday of the month).
I use plexiglas (I also use it for wargame paper maps). I use 18"x24 mainly for the ease of carrying (it fits well on top of my game tubs) to conventions, gamesdays, etc. Generally you need 2 sheets of that size: Russian (barely--it just covers all of the cities--and leaves a few buildable places that no one ever builds to) & Indian Rails can get by with one.
Use Vis-a-Vis overhead projector (wet erase) markers. The plexiglass cleans well with a wet paper towel. Don't use dry erase--it wipes off too easily. And your actual boards NEVER get dirty. (One hint is to mark the large cities with the red pen as a witness mark, if the plexi gets bumped it can be easily reset.)