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Subject: Fun and long variant with multiple game boards rss

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OK, my wife and I played with US 1910, Europe, and Marklin editions. Basically, you're playing three games at a time and intermixing the rules between the versions. Set up by placing the three boards out on the table (hopefully they all fit). Divide the passenger tokens among all the boards, 23 each for US and Marklin, and 28 tokens for Europe (since it has a few more cities). You'll have to place these randomly, and not every city will get a token, but try to put them on the cities with the most traffic. Shuffle all of the destination tickets together, so you have a big stack of 150+ destination tickets. Deal at least ten to each player, and have them keep at least 6 or 7. Shuffle all the train cards together as well from the 3 games, so you'll have a big stack of 300+ train cards. Deal several train cards to each player, at least 5 or 6. Grab three sets of trains, 1 from each game in the same color (ie, the 3 sets of yellow trains). If you have more than 3 players, then someone will have to mix either blue or green with purple or white trains.
Now here's the fun part. When you pick destination tickets, draw the top 6 from the pile. Since they are mixed up, you'll get a random group from all of the boards. Keep at least 1. Draw train cards just like normal, but the version of the game the card comes from doesn't matter. So if you want to claim the 6 black train route from Los Angeles to El Paso on the US map, you could use 1 black card from each version, 2 +4 wilds from Marklin, and a wild from Europe if you wanted. Rules for playing cards and claiming routes must follow the rules, but you can play any number of trains/routes on each board that you want. Passengers can be played on any board, and stations can be played on any board too. So by the end of the game, you could have 50 trains, 2 stations, and used a passenger on the US board; 60 trains and used 2 passengers on Europe, and only 25 trains and 1 station on Marklin.
It's totally whacked, but it is pretty fun, especially if you have a whole lot of time. I probably recommend just 2 players, otherwise you could be there all day.
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