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Virtually every review has mentioned this as a sort of 18xx card game without the board which of course immediately brings to mind Rolling Stock.

Curious to hear from folks who have actually played both and can share how they compare and contrast.
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Alan How
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I've played both a few times.

Rolling Stock is a heavier game with more issues to consider across a longer timeframe. North American Railways is easier to understand, easier to play and (probably) more fun. The simplicity of the rules and the game systems are deceptive though: the game has real decisions, timing of decisions matter and plenty of thinking about how and who you support when buying shares. And it takes a fraction of the time compared to Rolling Stock, which is more closely aligned to 18XX than just a card game. Rolling Stock takes hours whereas North American Railways is less than an hour. So they may appear superficially similar but do not satisfy the same development itch in your gaming CV.

North American Railways has some production issues which is disappointing but do not prevent play in any way. Spielworxx produces games that are interesting but sometimes the production outcome feels more Winsome level than Hans im Gluck.
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North American Railways doesn't really have anything to do with 18xx, except that it has shares and trains.

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msaari wrote:
North American Railways doesn't really have anything to do with 18xx, except that it has shares and trains.



Neither has Rolling Stock actually (except that is has shares and railway companies, not trains).
 
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NuMystic wrote:
Virtually every review has mentioned this as a sort of 18xx card game without the board which of course immediately brings to mind Rolling Stock.

Curious to hear from folks who have actually played both and can share how they compare and contrast.


They're both totally different games that happen to share a common theme. And I don't find North American Railways comparable to any 18xx I've played. It feels a bit like a Winsome Games game, but not like 18xx.
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Ludwig Seitz wrote:
msaari wrote:
North American Railways doesn't really have anything to do with 18xx, except that it has shares and trains.



Neither has Rolling Stock actually (except that is has shares and railway companies, not trains).

To me, Rolling Stock feels quite a bit like an 18xx game, though there are certainly many differences from your standard 18xx game.
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To me, the characteristic of Rolling Stock that feels most unique with respect to the 18xx is not the lack of a board, it's the following:

In most 18xx players control both the inherent value of a company, and the price of its stock, fairly independently of each other.

In Rolling Stock players have as much or more control over value, and then the stock price is automatically pulled towards that value, rather quickly. So it's hard to keep a crappy company overvalued, or a great company cheap to buy in to.

I haven't played North American Railways yet, although I've preordered it on the strength of The King Is Dead and a rules read.
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