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Jakub Kurczyna
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I've been looking for some train games for some time now. First Train to Nurnberg caught my eye, as well as TTR Nordic Countries, so basically anything goes . My main conditions are:
- be at least decent with 2 players (solo games are at an advantage)
- medium to heavy weight
- pick up and deliver/resources welcome

I know that not all train games have trains in them, that's why it's a thread about "train" games.
 
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Railways of the World.
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I would have a look through the various 18xx train games as there are an assortment, with various tweaks and changes to have one that may be to your liking.

As an alternative I will throw in Auf Achse, the revised version, road trains instead of rail trains whistle, but with the pick up and deliver mechanism.
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Ticket to Ride is not a pick-up-and-deliver game, it is actually very differennt from those games. TrR is about set collection, and route building. It is also a totally excellent game. TtR Nordic or the base game with the Switzerland map is often recommended (the Swiss map can be found in Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland.

Steam has pick up and deliver, and has the added advantage of coming with two sets of rules, so you can choose the complexity level of the game. There are also a number of 2-player expansion maps out there. Haven´t tried those, but there are certainly many players out there that like them.
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+1 for Railways of the World. The Mexico map that it comes with is good for 2 players.
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Bolger wrote:
Ticket to Ride is not a pick-up-and-deliver game, it is actually very differennt from those games. TrR is about set collection, and route building. It is also a totally excellent game. TtR Nordic or the base game with the Switzerland map is often recommended (the Swiss map can be found in Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland.

Steam has pick up and deliver, and has the added advantage of coming with two sets of rules, so you can choose the complexity level of the game. There are also a number of 2-player expansion maps out there. Haven´t tried those, but there are certainly many players out there that like them.

Well, I brought in the TTR just to show that I'm not looking for "complex only" games.
Steam - I've had it in my sights for a while, and I'm coming close to buying it.
 
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I LOVE Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries! Such an awesome game. Though I couldn't see myself only owning it without any other TTR games. Everyone wants to play when its game time so the limit of 3 players wont cut it. Which is why i also own TTR: Europe. It plays well with 2 but 4 or even 5 is its sweet spot, IMHO.

Railways of the World looks amazing and, after a ton of research, will definitely be my next purchase. Just waiting for that next paycheck...
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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I'll suggest the "crayon rails" series from Mayfair.

My three favorites in that series:

Empire Builder
Eurorails
India Rails

These all play well with 2 players and work well solitaire as well (you try to hit the winning condition using the fewest possible turns.)
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Sounds like Railways of the World or possibly Steam. Age of Steam is very good but also very unforgiving - I would try one of the others first. First Train to Nuremberg is good but I would start with Railways of the World.

I would stay away from 18xx games also until you get experience under your belt with other train games. 18xx games can be VERY long (depending on the game) and are quite difficult for some people to grasp. Roads and Boats is also VERY long and I'm not sure if I would try that to begin with.

It is difficult to find good 2 player train games but I guess I would concur with the Railways of the World with the Mexico map. Just make sure the back of the box states that it comes with the Mexico operation cards. There was an earlier version that did not include the cards for Mexico.

Just to let you know my experience - I have played tons of train games (18xx, Railways of the World, Age of Steam, First Train to Nuremberg) and own all those listed except 18xx. I find 18xx games good, but they are more stock oriented than pickup and delivery in my opinion. That is not to say anything negative. Eventually try out an 18xx game and you may like them. There are some people that play nothing but 18xx - I am not one of them though.
 
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I think first train to Nuremberg is good. I haven't played any other recommendations.
 
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That is, if you want to spend at least $150 on one game.


Splotters are expensive but worth it.
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Railways of the World. Base game comes with an excellent 2-3 player map, & an excellent 4-6 player map. Several great expansions are also available. It's in my personal top 3 games of all time.
 
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Keep an eye on Kings of Air and Steam, which will be out in February. I played it at BGGcon, and it was awesome (2-player). It may replace both Railways and Steam for me....(we don't play enough train games to have more than 1-2 of these type of games in my collection)
 
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Paris Connection - It's a very simple, short game, but it has pretty deep, psychological strategy.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
I'll suggest the "crayon rails" series from Mayfair.

My three favorites in that series:

Empire Builder
Eurorails
India Rails

These all play well with 2 players and work well solitaire as well (you try to hit the winning condition using the fewest possible turns.)


+1 for crayon rails. Empire Builder is a great game...with 2 players the map is a little open, but that is ok as it also keeps the game from running long.
 
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OK, so for now my short list looks like that
- RotW or Steam for that "classic" train game feel
- Eurorails or Empire Builder for something lighter

I can't make up my mind about Brass. Some say that Age of Industry is just a more streamlined and refined version of Brass, others that AoI is just a trainwreck of a game, compared to Brass.
18xx could be good games for me, despite the fact that trains is only the theme. Are there any PnP 18XX's that play well with two? I've downloaded 18AL, but it's three player game, and I could have some problems getting two more people to play that heavy game.
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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18xx could be good games for me, despite the fact that trains is only the theme. Are there any PnP 18XX's that play well with two? I've downloaded 18AL, but it's three player game, and I could have some problems getting two more people to play that heavy game.

Jakub, I'm an 18xx fan, but if you're mostly going to play with 2, I don't think it's the ideal series. There are some 18xx games that work with 2, but it's a stretch.
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gaseki wrote:

I know that not all train games have trains in them, that's why it's a thread about "train" games.


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Eric Brosius wrote:
here are some 18xx games that work with 2, but it's a stretch.

Well then, that's one to scratch off from my list.
 
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While much more abstract feeling, we've been enjoying Trans Europa.

If you want something really detailed; I like Stephenson's Rocket.

I haven't played that many train games; First Train to Nuremburg is on my list though (bought, but unplayed).

Paul
 
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Keep an eye on Kings of Air and Steam, which will be out in February. I played it at BGGcon, and it was awesome (2-player). It may replace both Railways and Steam for me....(we don't play enough train games to have more than 1-2 of these type of games in my collection)


I'm also looking forward to Kings of Air and Steam, I backed it on KickStarter.
 
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Lawcomic wrote:
Railways of the World.


Easily my favorite train game (though Chicago Express might come close).
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Railways of the World, imo, is the first train game you should own if ttr is too light.

There are many good train games out there. But I consider railways of the world a mandatory game you will always come back to.
 
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