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Subject: Building Track Tiles Clarification - newb rss

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Robert Manore
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I just got the game and had a question.

The rulebook states, "when building, you may only use track tiles available."

So, I assume that at game start that all tiles are in one community pool and you can pick any tile as long as you pay the cost. But as the game progresses, once a tile has been used it is no longer available.

Also, do you normally just put them all in a pile or is there a better way to keep the track tiles organized?
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You got it all right. Although, many (even Martin Wallace, IIRC) feel that exploiting tile limits should not be a part of the game. I think they put that in there just to cover the possibility that a particular tile may run out.

There are myriad ways to address tile organization, and many threads discussing it here. I think most, at the very least, separate the 'simple' (gentle curve/straight) tiles from the others. I do that, and keep the simple tiles in a paper cereal bowl, and made a shallow tray out of foamboard to make it easy to paw through the other tiles. You could simply use the box lid.
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Just to be clear, if a tile is replaced (e.g. a 1-exit town to a three-exit town) that tile is now available. I think it's more that if what you want isn't in the pile don't go digging through the already played tiles to see it on the back. Which is almost superfluous, as the tiles are paired in patterns. If it isn't available, there'd be no tile to swap into the board.

I usually end up with a pile of the straight/curve tiles, and then stacks of the others. We've been playing with an owner that uses a Plano-style box so they're already separated by 'simple' vs. 'complex'. Stacking the complex is fairly easy at that point. In the least by exit counts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), or by exact tile. Usually I have time during rules instruction or when others are thinking. cool

Speeds things up a lot. When a complex one is needed I can check the top one of each stack by exit count to find it pretty quickly.
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Thanks for the info! I was reading the rules and then proceeded to organize the bits and that's when I discovered the immense amount of track tiles.

Then I became really upset when I opened Steam Barons and discovered the stock market board doesn't fit in the core box!arrrh
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Robman wrote:
Thanks for the info! I was reading the rules and then proceeded to organize the bits and that's when I discovered the immense amount of track tiles.

Then I became really upset when I opened Steam Barons and discovered the stock market board doesn't fit in the core box!arrrh


Yep, that's old fashioned highway (er, railway) robbery.
 
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Robman wrote:
Thanks for the info! I was reading the rules and then proceeded to organize the bits and that's when I discovered the immense amount of track tiles.

Then I became really upset when I opened Steam Barons and discovered the stock market board doesn't fit in the core box!arrrh


I own an x-acto knife and a steel ruler, so mine fits in the base game box just fine. whistle
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Bilben04 wrote:
I own an x-acto knife and a steel ruler, so mine fits in the base game box just fine. whistle


I own a Bowie Knife and steel ruler... looks like I have a little project today. Bwahahahahaha devil
 
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I uploaded a file that you can print on 8.5x11 paper to replace that board. I think I made some improvements. At least, I added some info -- it's certainly not pretty!

Edit: LINK TO FILE
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