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Alex Drazen
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Just played this today. Despite the exceeding unlikelihood of it happening, and two vastly different strategies, I tied another person in a 3p game exactly. We used chips, not rails, so no way to double check if we made any math errors.

The rules say that the winner is most net worth (cash plus market value of stock). What is the customary tiebreaker - if any? I did not see anything in the rule book.
 
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Alex P
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A possibility might be whoever is first to act on the "next" stock round.
 
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J C Lawrence
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I'm not aware of any 18xx with tie-breaker rules.
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Ben Foy
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clearclaw wrote:
I'm not aware of any 18xx with tie-breaker rules.


That's because net worth is the victory condition for every 18xx game and nothing else matters. This isn't a Euro game. You can win by going bankrupt in some 18xx games.
 
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Evelin Auger
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Have you counted how much you have in your wallet? Don't forget the change in your pocket!
 
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Ed James
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What's wrong with a tie for win?
 
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Alex Drazen
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mudhoney wrote:
What's wrong with a tie for win?


Nothing, but the rules do not cover the case. There are plenty of games that allow ties for winner (Carcassonne, Terra Mystica). But ties don't quite seem to be in the spirit of 18xx.

The only conditions we could think of were (1) total stock value, or (2) priority deal. I don't really like the latter, as it seems like a cheap win - if you're invested in totally different stock, or one person could sell more of something, it doesn't make sense, as the Priority Deal holder's net worth after the next SR (or OR's) is not necessarily higher.
 
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Eric Brosius
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Ties are so rare (rarer than in cricket!) that people feel no need to break them.
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I would be pretty happy with a tie result, just because I've never seen one
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Shawn Fox
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Our group generally considers it a tie if the final value is within $100 anyway. Missing one share payout or any number of other accounting errors can easily make that much of a difference. Or something even simpler like not counting the runs correctly (either too high or too low).
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Mark Watson
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Using Rails, another player and I tied in a game of 1830. Just as in 1856, the rules are defined by highest net worth - so multiple winners.
 
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