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Subject: Propensity towards "paths" of rail rss

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Eddie Mittelstedt
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Based on these pictures:



I see a pattern where there is definitely a "path" that players seem to be following when building track.

I realize the driving factor is the cost of the terrain. So what would cause anyone during a game to deviate into the more expensive hexes?
 
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Scott Petersen
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Yep, there are less expensive ways of establishing routes around the board. The problem is who gets them. If you're late to the party, you're paying double for the connection. The interesting part of the building is jockeying for the cheaper connections and hopefully getting a partner to chip in. ...And then there's the mountains--better be sure you have planned for a way to get through--the second through a given pass is going to pay through the nose.

The endgame photos all look about the same because of the important Coast to Coast bonus that most RRs should be striving for. However, the early and midgame can play out very differently depending on many factors (share spread/starting cities/cooperation).
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Sheamus Parkes
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You could always pull out the transamerica variant I mentioned here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/413115

It would definitely force some companies to take inefficient routes. This of course would make the companies setup for efficient routes all the more lucrative. But it's an auction

I still need to get my copy to the table.
 
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