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Will Beckley
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Hey everyone,

In the process of designing the tiles for my redesign project, I discovered that the tile manifest at Chris Lawson's 18xx.net as well as the John David Galt mirror does not agree with the tile manifest included in the Deep Thought Games rulebook. The differences are noted below:

The Lawson/Galt Manifest includes 2 copies of Tile 4, the straight track with a town. The DTG Manifest does not include any of this tile.

The Deep Thought Games Manifest includes a single copy each of tiles 19 and 20. These are tiles where straight track intersects a gentle curve (tile 19) or another straight track (tile 20). The Lawson/Galt Manifest includes neither of these.

The Lawson/Galt Manifest also includes no indication of the beginner game tiles in the Deep Thought Manifest. All of these tiles are additional copies of track already in the tile set.

In all other ways, the manifests are in agreement.

The Lawson Manifest:
http://www.18xx.net/tiles/1889.htm

The Galt Mirror of the same
http://www.diogenes.sacramento.ca.us/18xx_net/tiles/1889.htm

These are pretty sizable differences, with pretty big implications on play. And I'm only accustomed to thinking of those databases as impeccably and dutifully maintained. So I'm curious:

Does anyone know where the Lawson/Galt list comes from? It feels too deliberate (particularly the absence of both 19 and 20) to be chalked up to typographical error. Was that the manifest in the Wild Heaven version, perhaps?

Thanks to anyone who can shed any light or offer any conjecture.
 
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Interesting. At first I thought it might be an issue of publication dates. The Deep Thought rules and manifest are dated 12 July 2006. However, the Lawson Manifest is dated 25 December 2007. Assuming those dates are correct/significant, I'm really not sure what the story is (but I'm curious).
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Good catch. And also, sad Christmas for Chris Lawson, manually entering tile counts into a database!
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I suspect that DTG did some development (as they often do) and that the tile-roster changes (and the additional beginner tiles set) emerged from that.
 
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