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Hi,

don't find anything in the rules about that, so will ask you folks: Is the money of every player open? Or can everbody hide his money?
 
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I'm sure I'll be corrected quickly enough If I am wrong, but I think that it is very safe to assume that money is open in almost all of the Winsome train games.

So, to answer your question, yes, it is open.

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Hi Bradley,

punkzter wrote:

So, to answer your question, yes, it is open.


you must be right! Many thanks for the quick answer!
 
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Well, we can both wait and see if I eventually get a thumb from John. That will make it official
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I have not played Kansas Pacific (unfortunately), but i raised the same question in regard to Chicago Express (thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3309754), which is another Winsome game. Chicago Express (aka Wabash Cannonball) is supposed to be played with open money, yet the rules do not say this.

i find it very odd that there is a rule that everyone is supposed to know but is not stated. also, i have played Chicago Express many times with hidden money and with open money.

i don't think hidden money breaks the game by any means. it does make the game friendlier to newbies, so that's a plus. the open money game is just sharper in every way, and that's also a plus. at my table it has always been a group choice, to play it one way or the other.

 
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photocurio wrote:
I have not played Kansas Pacific (unfortunately), but i raised the same question in regard to Chicago Express (thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3309754), which is another Winsome game. Chicago Express (aka Wabash Cannonball) is supposed to be played with open money, yet the rules do not say this.


Rules by their nature are permissive. They state what may be done. Everything else can't be done. As the rules don't say money can be hidden, it can't be hidden. The obvious retort is that the rules also don't say that money can be made open, but that logic fails as the money starts open (as it is perfectly trackabla), and thus it is already open. An explicit rule would be required to make it hidden.

The counter-counter retort, uttered by a friend last week, is, Don't be stupid, of course it is open! Its a real game, isn't it?

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i don't think hidden money breaks the game by any means. it does make the game friendlier to newbies, so that's a plus. the open money game is just sharper in every way, and that's also a plus. at my table it has always been a group choice, to play it one way or the other.


I disagree that it makes the game friendlier or the closed-money game works as well as the open-money game.
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