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The games Age of Steam, SNCF, and Steam all have rich fan-made maps to play with the base rules (or with some rule changes). However, I've not been able to find a similar ecosystem for the Trans* franchise despite the fact that it makes perfect sense for there to be one. I'd like to think that I've just missed the fan maps, so if you know of any then I'd love to try any and all.

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Trouble is, in a game where the rules are so straightforward, the exact structure of the map has an immense, almost make-or-break effect on how good the game is to play. Everyone I know who's tried both says that Trans Europa plays very differently (and most find it inferior).

So you'd have to be very careful with fan-made maps.
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clivej wrote:
Everyone I know who's tried both says that Trans Europa plays very differently (and most find it inferior).

I'd say the opposite. You nearly always have to leave the US West Coast until last, and both US ocean coasts are wont to one player bridging the mountains and another player stealing the win.

On the Europa map, the worst thing to be said (I think) is that playing your middle city is often a good automatic first move. (And with Vexation, Europa has some obvious choke points.)

As to why no fan maps, I don't think the structure is that critical. But, the Trans games are often underestimated and treated as a gateway to TtR, 20th Century Limited, or some other train game.
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A Chinese version/map is under development?

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There's an electronic version in the weblinks section that has a bunch of different maps in it.

There used to be other resources out on the web, too; it's been a long time since I looked or cared, so I can't say what's out there now...
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You'd need to make new cards. That's the main reason why there are no fan made maps.
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Jugular wrote:
You'd need to make new cards. That's the main reason why there are no fan made maps.

Doubt it: cards are easy using sleeves.
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Given its level of popularity and the additional overhead it requires todo a nice job of them it is the reason.
 
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I was hoping to find some analysis of the existing maps here to help me fan-make a map, but no dice. Maybe I'll start off with that.
 
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