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Hi, my name is Paul Grogan and welcome to the third 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. The game will be released at Spiel 2016.

In this preview, I’m going to be covering the actions of selling company assets and building Telegraph Offices, because who doesn’t love building offices! If you haven’t read the earlier Previews yet, I recommend doing that first by clicking here, then having some ice cream, and then clicking here.


Selling things

You’ve probably noticed from Preview 2 that you are going to need a lot of money in this game, both to expand your rail network and to build stations. Luckily for you, the Trade action will help you gain lots of money, by selling off one of your company assets.


You sell one piece from the leftmost occupied section of your player board, so if you choose this action at the start of the game, you can choose to sell either a house or a rail.


The money you get for selling something is shown above that section, and goes from $400 to $1000.
Remember when I said that you always take pieces from the leftmost slot when building rails and stations? The increasing money you get represents the fact that each time you build something, the perceived market value of your company is growing, meaning that your assets can be sold at an higher price.
Also, when you sell, you may flip over one of your Train tiles; which I said earlier on were cool, and they are, and I’ll explain them more a bit later, honestly.



The effect of the specialised workers on this action is as follows:

Using a Purple Worker allows you to advance on the Performance Tracks (explained in the next preview).
Using a Grey Worker allows you to make use of one of the deals on the current Deal tile, and then discarding the tile.
Using an Orange Worker gives you money for each train you have.
And using a Blue Worker allows you to flip a train. Just like you did for the main action, so yeah, you could flip a train, and then flip it back again.



Trains

You start the game with 1 Train tile, and you can get more during the game. Each Train tile is two-sided. One side shows 8VP and a bonus ability.


At the end of the game, if the tile is face-up, you will get the 8VP, but to use the ability, you need to flip it face down. Decisions decisions... However, once it has been flipped, you may choose to flip it back the next time you are able to 'flip a train', or you might want to flip a different train. Lots of choices.


Your starting Train allows you to promote 1 or 2 workers. Promoting workers is something you will need to do in order to complete your Company Milestones. More on this in a later preview.




Developing Telegraph Lines

This part of the game takes place on the bottom part of the game board and represents the development of the first transcontinental telegraph.
Each player can contribute to this and is rewarded with shares and other benefits.



When you do this action, take your leftmost building from your Player board and place it in any one of the Telegraph sections on the bottom of the Game board: This is now a Telegraph Office. You can build an Office in any section that you don’t already have one, but there is an extra bonus to being the first there. Also, there are extra points for at the end of the game if you connect as many sections as possible.



And, most of the telegraph sections contain a Telegraph tile, randomly distributed at the start of the game. Using this bonus requires you to discard one of your workers (who goes to work for the telegraph company), but the bonus is usually pretty good.

If you use a Purple worker on this action, you get to exchange any one of your Workers for a different one.
A Grey Worker gives you the bonus for building the First Office in the section, even if you were not the first. And if you were the first, you get that bonus twice.
An Orange Worker gives you money for each share you just gained.
And a Blue Worker allow you to pay to use the bonus on the Telegraph tile. This may be done in addition to, or instead of taking the bonus by discarding a Worker.



That’s everything for Preview 3. Next time, I will cover Company Milestones, Performance Tracks, and end of game scoring.

Thanks for reading!
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Thanks Paul.
Do you mean $400 to $1000 when selling?
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edited. There is a recession on, and prices suddenly got inflated since this article was first written!
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PaulGrogan wrote:
edited. There is a recession on, and prices suddenly got inflated since this article was first written!
Brexit?
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Paul, I'm getting into these WYG titles now,started off with oddville, such a good game for a small box. I went for Signorie the other week despite reading mixed reviews, I really enjoy it, I'm ordering Nippon as that also looks like a game I'll enjoy, just hoping that's not too complex. How does this game compare to those 2? Being a Feld fan I do like the multiple ways to receive points, has this got that? cheers
 
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Stevieram wrote:
Paul, I'm getting into these WYG titles now,started off with oddville, such a good game for a small box. I went for Signorie the other week despite reading mixed reviews, I really enjoy it, I'm ordering Nippon as that also looks like a game I'll enjoy, just hoping that's not too complex. How does this game compare to those 2? Being a Feld fan I do like the multiple ways to receive points, has this got that? cheers

I try not to give my personal opinion on the games too much, since I'm involved in the development of them and WYG are one of my clients. But from what you said, you should like it. Nippon is great for the way you can determine your own endgame scoring and this one has the 3 tracks, so you can advance on the one suited to what you choose to do during the game.
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Hi Paul,

I didn't get the game there at Essen due to the price change. Somewhere it was advertised that the retail price will be 49€ preorders 45€ and Essen 40€

But somehow it was changed last minute to a handwritten 45€, strikingthrough the previous price.

Still on my radar but I have to get a clear picture of the gameplay and player interaction.

My limited budget makes me overthink every title I buy.

Cheers for your good work and was a pleasure meeting you there at CGE booth.
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Almilcar wrote:
Hi Paul,

I didn't get the game there at Essen due to the price change. Somewhere it was advertised that the retail price will be 49€ preorders 45€ and Essen 40€

But somehow it was changed last minute to a handwritten 45€, strikingthrough the previous price.


Hi Jaime,

I'm afraid there was some misunderstanding in the news you got.

It was 49€ retail price, 45€ preorders shipped, €40 preorders picked up, €45 at Essen, and this never changed.

What happened is that we ran out of copies on Thursday, so we offered €45 shipped to the people that preordered it at Essen (that's the handwritten sheet you saw).

Hope this helps to clarify the situation.

Best,
Veronica

 
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Veronica, thanks for the info.

 
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