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Alexander Jacobson
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I've been reading the rules for my first 18XX games and I have one question. Does it cost anything to lay down a track in green terrain?
 
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There are only costs to place a tile if it is the first tile in a hex and there is a cost printed on the board in the hex where it is placed.
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Breno K.
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Yes, it's a bit strange at first, but laying track is usually for free.
 
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Drew Spencer
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BrenoK wrote:
Yes, it's a bit strange at first, but laying track is usually for free.


In 18GA I rationalized this by the track-laying being done by donated slave labor, which is mentioned in the historical notes.
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Eric Flood
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banyan wrote:
BrenoK wrote:
Yes, it's a bit strange at first, but laying track is usually for free.


In 18GA I rationalized this by the track-laying being done by donated slave labor, which is mentioned in the historical notes.


A more apt way of rationalization is that the tracks' cost were often offset by government land grants/bonds, as well as additional revenues earned by selling that same land off to people who were paying top dollar for the opportunity to live next to the railroad lines, with their promises of increased prosperity.
 
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Alexander Jacobson
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I was thinking something along the lines of that, but I thought it sounded strange. I guess it does make sense in a historical context, though.
 
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Elfen magic!
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