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Hi, my name is Paul Grogan and welcome to the first in a series of sneak preview articles for the game Railroad Revolution, the new 2016 game from designers Marco Canetta and Stefania Niccolini and published by What’s Your Game. In this preview, I’m going to be covering the theme of the game and the core mechanics. The game will be available at Spiel 2016 in Essen.

The Setting
America, in the 19th Century. Large companies seize the opportunity to expand their rail networks across the country, laying track, constructing stations, and helping the Telegraph company develop their infrastructure. Each company ruthlessly competes to be the most powerful railroad tycoon across all America: the Railroad Revolution has begun!

Each player takes on the role of one of the big companies and will carry out a series of actions in the game to improve their position.

There are a number of different strategies to pursue in the game and a number of ways to score Victory Points (VP), which are only counted at the end of the game.

Gameplay
It’s actually very simple: Players take it in turns to perform one action at a time, and this process repeats until the end of the game has been triggered. Then everyone gets one more turn, and the points are totalled.
On your turn, you perform one of the 4 actions depicted on your Player board, and then play passes to the next player.

Actions
There are 4 main actions in the game, and performing each action requires one of your workers (don’t worry, you will start the game with some workers). You place the worker from your supply onto the action you want to perform. There are no restrictions on which action you choose; you can repeat the same action on consecutive turns if you want to, but the action is likely to be slightly different because it depends on which type of worker you use (more on this later).

Each player always has access to 4 actions, shown on each of the player boards.


The four actions (from left to right) are:

Station: Establish a station in a city you are connected to.
Rail: Build railway track to expand your rail network and connect to more cities.
Telegraph: Build a Telegraph Office to improve the infrastructure of the Telegraph company.
Trade: Gain money by selling off some of your company assets.

Workers
Each player will start with a slightly different company structure at the beginning of the game. However, all players will start with 4 non-specialized workers (white meeples) and 1 specialized worker (each player will start with a different one).
On your turn, you take one of the workers from your supply and place it on one of the actions. The colour of the worker you use determines the cost and outcome of the action. Using a non-specialised worker (white) lets you do the main action, but using one of the specialised workers generally makes the action more powerful.

However, there is still an advantage to using a non-specialised worker, because if you do, then after the action is completed, you may promote one of your workers into a manager. I’ll explain promotions more in a later preview, but essentially, in order to complete company objectives (worth VP), you need to promote workers into managers.

Now, it is really important to know that you can always use a specialised worker as if it was non-specialised. Therefore, when you place an Orange meeple for example, you can either carry out the improved version of the action, or instead, you could use it as if it were a non-specialised worker, carry out the basic action, and then perform a promotion. Don’t worry, the worker won’t complain about being given menial tasks to do. Well, not much anyway.

Your Workforce

As mentioned above, you are going to be using these guys to perform actions. At the start of your turn, if you have no more workers in your supply, remove all of the workers from your Player board, put them back into your supply, and then place one as normal. So, your pool of workers must be carefully managed, as you only get them back when all have been placed.

During the game, you will have many opportunities to gain new specialised workers, and you are going to need them, because when you promote someone to become a manager, they are removed from your available workers.
As we all know, once you become a manager, you stop doing any real work .

A very important rule is that you must always have at least 4 workers in your pool, split between your supply and your Player board. So, if you are down to only 4 workers, you cannot perform any promotions (or any other action which requires you to lose a worker) until you gain more workers.

Managing your worker pool is an important part of the game and will present you with interesting and challenging decisions: You must carefully assign each of your workers to perform the right action at the right time in order to exploit their specializations in the best way. You also then need to decide when to promote them, because once you do, you can no longer use them to take actions.

That’s all for this preview. I know I have only really talked about the workers, but they are a very big part of the game, especially Nick (one of the Orange workers).

Next time I’m going to be talking about building railroads and stations.

Thanks for reading!

Paul Grogan
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Can we expect one of your brilliant videos explaining the rules for this game?
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Sounds very interesting. But the graphics looks a bit boring to me.
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ar147 wrote:
Sounds very interesting. But the graphics looks a bit boring to me.
It is the same artist as Nippon
 
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Luk Van Baelen wrote:
Can we expect one of your brilliant videos explaining the rules for this game?
Awww, thanks. It's on the schedule for post-Essen. Hopefully November ish
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Luk Van Baelen wrote:
ar147 wrote:
Sounds very interesting. But the graphics looks a bit boring to me.
It is the same artist as Nippon


I have no problem with Nippon graphics. IMO its less distracted than usual and in the end you are desperate looking for VPs and not for fancy colors.
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On it like... something that gets on stuff.
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Great Paul, you should do this for more (every?) game! In terms of gameplay weight, where does it compare to Madeira or Nippon?
 
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Much lighter than Maderia. Also lighter than Nippon. Probably a medium euro, rather than medium-heavy
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Luk Van Baelen wrote:
ar147 wrote:
Sounds very interesting. But the graphics looks a bit boring to me.
It is the same artist as Nippon


I have no problem with Nippon graphics. IMO its less distracted than usual and in the end you are desperate looking for VPs and not for fancy colors.


I find Nippon artwork pretty functional and thematic. So I have no problem at all either, maybe a bit lineal and plain, but nothing preventing me to looking forward to playing it over and over again.
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Much lighter than Maderia. Also lighter than Nippon. Probably a medium euro, rather than medium-heavy


Thanks Paul for the insights. On my wish list. Radar on!
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This one sounds right up my railway sidings...

WYG do it again.
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Thanks for the preview, if it's a WYG? game I'm basically buying it sight unseen anyway, but I still would like to know what it's all about, and even just this preview makes it look like a game at home among my other WYG? titles.

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ar147 wrote:
Sounds very interesting. But the graphics looks a bit boring to me.
It is the same artist as Nippon


And all of their recent games. His name is Mario Iannelli by the way. I quite like his style. It's maybe not the most flashy art I've seen, but I think it looks really good, and it keeps everything clear and clean and functional. And honestly too much flash is probably a bad thing for board game art.
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Can't wait to see more of the game, thank you for the preview Paul!

Will it be available in Essen and will there be a preorder possibility?
Are you gonna publish the rules, too?
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Can't wait to see more of the game, thank you for the preview Paul!

Will it be available in Essen and will there be a preorder possibility?
Are you gonna publish the rules, too?


Working on the rules as we speak

It will be available in Essen and preorders will start as soon as the rules will be ready
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On the strength of my love for ZhanGuo alone I am compelled to acquire a copy of the same designer pairing's latest effort.

I used to hate trains because I never saw a point to using what I perceived to being such a yawnworthy theme to support a game, which ought to appeal through being interesting and be fun. The game which completely changed my outlook on this matter was 1829. My opinion is now completely different so sign me up for station building.

Signorie did not appeal to me. I don't imagine myself playing it again. I've struggled to get Nippon back to the table despite my finding some of its mechanisms enjoyable. Agreeably it isn't offering much to look at on the table and I am remain confused regarding what happened to this piece of promotional artwork which drew my interest to it in the first place!?



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I am remain confused regarding what happened to this piece of promotional artwork which drew my interest to it in the first place!?

That was "placeholder" art, as I understand it, and was never intended to be the real deal. It's the same thing they've done with the Brasil art on BGG right now. Lots of publishers use a stand-in piece of art until they finalize the box image.
 
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I am remain confused regarding what happened to this piece of promotional artwork which drew my interest to it in the first place!?

That was "placeholder" art, as I understand it, and was never intended to be the real deal. It's the same thing they've done with the Brasil art on BGG right now. Lots of publishers use a stand-in piece of art until they finalize the box image.


That makes me a bit sad. I really like the placeholder for Brasil. Maybe WYG should use worse placeholders
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Even when he was but a wee orange meeple I could tell Nick would go a long way.

Thanks for the preview, Paul!
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Preview 2 is online here: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1645425/official-sneak-...
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Kronos80 wrote:
Can't wait to see more of the game, thank you for the preview Paul!

Will it be available in Essen and will there be a preorder possibility?
Are you gonna publish the rules, too?


Working on the rules as we speak

It will be available in Essen and preorders will start as soon as the rules will be ready


Booth number?
 
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WYG are 3-M100, I believe.
 
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malibu_babe_28 wrote:
WYG are 3-M100, I believe.


Correct!
 
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Paul

Can we expect one of your brilliant videos explaining the rules for this game?


That is more than correct!
 
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Hovering over the pre-order button. This does look like a game we'll enjoy. Need to decide, this or signorie.
 
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