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What do you do when IFT / Trinacria / the blue triangle company appears early in the opening order?

This company is solid once the first 6H train gets purchased. Then you can upgrade Catania to a green and someone will buy the SCE private, both of which allow building to Messina. Until then it's faced with a very expensive build on standard gauge track through the middle of the board. Which is a very hard proposition with the early game capital available.

How do you handle IFT early in the company roster?
Is our group overly pessimistic about the costs and its early game prospects?
Do you just grin and bear it and issue a lot of shares? If so do you use this money afford the early build toward the middle of the board or to fund an aggressive push through the 4H trains so a 6H train gets purchased?
Do you forgo opening this company until the first 6H train gets purchased? If so do you invest in and capitalise the companies opened by other players?
If a different player owns the SCE private and the IFT company, should the owner of the SCE private wait to sell their SCE private into a company to hurt IFT?
Anything else?
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Same thing you do with all the early companies: Loot everything you can out of it, issue all the shares and sell your own too down to the presidency, fill it full of trains and try and get it to fall into the closed box right as the trains rust.
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Great point JC. We're only a couple of games into 1849 and the concept of letting a company close without liability is still foreign to us. We haven't closed a single company yet.
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It isn't actually the only thing you do with early companies, but it does seem that you're not issuing shares hot and fast despite the fact that there's more stock appreciation at the bottom of the market than in the middle. See:



/me remembers a game in which three companies all closed at once. WOOSH!
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clearclaw wrote:
Same thing you do with all the early companies: Loot everything you can out of it, issue all the shares and sell your own too down to the presidency, fill it full of trains and try and get it to fall into the closed box right as the trains rust.


played yesterday night, and it went exactly as you described, I looted Trinacria, while helping my other company, and closed it with few OR.
 
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I've been thinking about this some more. As a follow on, is it possible (and good play) for one player to open 2 companies very early in the game? Say in the first or second game round?

Other games like 1830 seem to have a lull between everyone opening their first company and then players starting up second companies.
 
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TumbleSteak wrote:
I've been thinking about this some more. As a follow on, is it possible (and good play) for one player to open 2 companies very early in the game? Say in the first or second game round?


And they get the capital for that from?

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Other games like 1830 seem to have a lull between everyone opening their first company and then players starting up second companies.


With aggressive players the usual pattern is that all 8 companies are floated by the end of the first SR after green is broken.
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clearclaw wrote:
And they get the capital for that from?


The minimum price to float a company is 2 x 68 = 136. So even in a 5 player game with 300 each a player could float two companies. Holding on to ownership of them on the other hand...
 
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