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Colonel Kestrel
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So I loved Empire Builder - there's just something about optimizing and beating other players to laying track and then racing to deliver goods along it. I was wondering if people had recommendations along the lines of "if you liked Empire Builder, you might also like..." outside of the Mayfair crayon train games. My only critiques are that the play time is long (without changing starting/ending money movement like a lot of folks have) and that there isn't a ton of player interaction/randomness introduced to the game so my friends aren't always excited to play it. Anybody have any suggestions?
 
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Mark Brown
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For a much quicker game with building track and delivering goods, you may take a look at Spike. I enjoy it.

Also for building track (no delivery), you might try 20th Century Limited. It is well received in my family, and played quite a bit.
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I really like Railway Rivals, a.k.a. Dampfross/Dampfross 2. These have somewhat more player interaction than Empire Builder, in that you can form partnerships for the runs.

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I strongly recommend you take a look at Amazonas.

A more popular game and likely more available is Elfenland.

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Bill Eldard
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Take a look at Steam.
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Empire Express pretty much replaced EB and its siblings for me. I enjoy knocking out a 4p game in an hour.

Another game that features some of the pickup-and-deliver logistics, but not route-building, is the oft-overlooked Africana.

Both are lighter than EB, not heavier. And neither adds a lot of interaction, although Africana does offer shared goals that you race for.
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Aaron
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Railways of the World or Steam. Steam if your group is full of gamers and Railways of the World if it's mixed with casual players.
 
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If you still want to have the early game tightness of money, Age of Steam would be the way to go.

If you want to actually have a vehicle that you are moving around the board, perhaps give a look to Kings of Air and Steam.

Both of these games are played over a fixed number of turns a will lose some of the Race aspects of final scoring.


If you are interested in the pick up and deliver part and less the route building, there are a number of games that could be added to a list of recommendations.

And if you don't care much about pick up and deliver but want route building games, there are a number of them, many have been mentioned in this thread already.


The Oracle of Delphi has the racing and the pick up and deliver.




Between Route Building, Pick Up and Deliver and Racing, are there 2 mechanics you care about more than the others?
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My family and I really like Streetcar. I don't know how easy it is to find these days, but it's about to get harder with Mayfair closing.
 
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Bob Blanchett
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shit mayfair is closing????
 
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