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I want to find a train game where you can do the following:

- build tracks
- invest in a stock market (where you can invest in other players companies)
- Playing time less than three hours
- Not necessary, but it woould be good if it scaled well with two players.

Is there such a game out there? Please help out!

Thanks in advance,
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toreengeland wrote:
I want to find a train game where you can do the following:

- build tracks
- invest in a stock market (where you can invest in other players companies)
- Playing time less than three hours
- Not necessary, but it woould be good if it scaled well with two players.

Is there such a game out there? Please help out!

1825 Unit 2 or 3? (if you add poker chips)

In general, it's hard to make a game with investment and a stock market that works that well with only two players. And most of the 18xx games run well over 3 hours.

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Railways of England and Wales. Only played this once, but I think it might fit your bill. You'll need a copy of Railroad Tycoon for the base game, though, because this is an expansion.
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It's not clear if RoEW (the advanced share game) is in a playable state right now. You might want to check the threads in that forum before purchase (or hope some fixes come along later)

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Chicago Express ?


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Steam Barons perhaps
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If you can find it the OOP Union Pacific might work.
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Put in another vote for Chicago Express.

It has everything you want, simple, plays quick.

You invest in train companies to be able to develop them & be the richest player at the end of the game.

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Everything except a stock market, that is.

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18FL and 18VA both fit the bill. The first time you play, it may go more than 3 hours, but after that, you should be under 3, easily.
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As someone who likes Chicago Express, I don't think it's a) a good two player gamer b) a typical game with stock (in that you can't sell stock, among other things).

"Two player stock games" don't work, by definition. Since two player games are inherently zero-sum games, where as stock games are focused on maximizing profit. The mechanisms just don't work well together.

Probably your best bet is one of the smaller 18xx games.There was Trinidad (1876? I forget which #) but its more of a toy than a game. If you are stuck with the 'mainline' 18xx games, 1856 would probably be my pick, since it's relatively small and the government financing option ("Cash for Clunkers on Rails") can be considered a third party to defuse some of the kabuki-like nature of 2 player. Doable in three hours, but probably not for your first play or two. I haven't played the games David mentioned, but I think he's right in that they are the most likely candidates.
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