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The rating on this is 240 minutes. With, say, 4 players... does it really take that long?!
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An hour per player is a rough guideline for all the Empire Builder games. It's actually faster than that, especially with experienced players, but I'd say a 4-player games are unlikely to last less than 3 hours.
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bippi wrote:
The rating on this is 240 minutes. With, say, 4 players... does it really take that long?!

I haven't played Martian Rails yet, but our rule of thumb for other games of the empire builder series are:
30 minutes per experienced player who is very familar with the map
45 minutes per experienced players on an unfamilar map
60 minutes per new player (more if there are only new players in the game)
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denismm wrote:
An hour per player is a rough guideline for all the Empire Builder games. It's actually faster than that, especially with experienced players, but I'd say a 4-player games are unlikely to last less than 3 hours.


Now, a follow-up... how long does the average person's turn take if...

a.) They know what they're doing (familiar as can be)
b.) New to the empire builder stuff.

This game just looks so weirdly intuitive, I can't stop staring at how cool the box art is, and... I just want it.

...but 3 hours is a straight killer.
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The product you were trying to pronounce, Quadrotriticale (quad-ro-trit-te-kale-lee), is from the classic Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles"

Tritecale is a real grain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triticale

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I enjoyed the review, thanks Tom! Suffice to say I'm awaiting my copy of Martian Rails as I type cool Have I done the right thing by getting MR as my first crayon rail game? Who knows, but I'm pretty stoked as you guys in the USA would say, about playing this. (Must convince my wife to be as enthusiastic!)whistle

Perhaps someone can explain why Tom dislikes the paper money - even Tom himself if he's monitoring this thread? What would be a better option than paper money in MR, or any game or that matter? Enquiring minds would like to know!

Thanks,
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Poker chips.
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I usually disagree with JC, but in this instance, he's right - poker chips are far superior to money. The new tokens Treefrog put out also look promising, and even cards as money work okay.
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I am laser engraving numbers on my poker chips as we speak

EDIT: and thank you tom, based on your reviews I bought empire builder and have played it almost exclusively for the past gaming sesions I have had.
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Ah! Thanks guyscool

(Looking for cheap-tat poker sets before Christmas )
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