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Subject: Did Martian Rails "fire" Lunar Rails? rss

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Daniel Hensel
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I have recently acquired a copy of Lunar Rails from a friend who was giving away some games from his collection to make room for new ones. I noticed it came in the older style shallower box with black & white cards and all white resource chips, so I was curious if there was a newer edition of this game with a box and components that were more in line with the current editions of the Empire Builder games. Instead, I found Martian Rails, which appears to be very similar in both theme and mechanics and is being published with the deeper box and full-color components like the other current Empire Builder editions. So, was Lunar Rails "fired" in favor of Martian Rails, or are the two games not as similar as they appear? Does anyone here think Mayfair is planning on reprinting Lunar Rails with the newer style box and components?
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Daniel Corban
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The current games available in the modern style are:
Empire Builder
Martian Rails
Nippon Rails
Eurorails

All of the other games in the series are the older style. The last game mentioned to be modernized was Iron Dragon. However, that was four years ago, and there has been no word since.

Lunar Rails was one of the last games made in the old style. It is unlikely to be up for a remake, as there are probably thousands of copies in warehouses and on shelves. Mayfair doesn't reprint until stocks are depleted.
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Tom B
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The two games are no more similar than Eurorails and Empire Builder. Same basic game as all the games in the series, the only real difference is the landscape and load cards, with a few special rules thrown in. And the 2 hemispheres of Luna do no play at all like the 3 sections of Mars.
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Eric Brosius
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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The games feel very different to me (more than Empire Builder and Eurorails differ, for example.) The uniformly costly lunar topography makes it an outlier for me, though not one I avoid.
 
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