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So...still learning the game, and teaching my group how to play.

Last night I floated the Eerie at the start of the game. Then watched its shares plummet due to inability to run any trains (until the green tiles come out). Dumped the stock, took a bath.

Later on, I floated the NYC. And, yep, there was no tile I could place available.

My shareholders ran me out of town. But, obviously, not on a rail.
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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You were simply operating in an earth-friendly manner, controlling CO2 emissions. No route means no trains, and no trains means no pollution.
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The next step is to learn when floating and running such a company that doesn't build track and doesn't have a route is a blessed life saver.
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I floated the Erie in my first game. Looked like it was central and had decent position to connect in to other rails.

The person who was "teaching" the game failed to point out the flaw in my logic. He opened the B&O, stole the PRR from another player and sat on his revenue producing trains and laughed his way to victory.

This led the person who had the PRR stolen to declare the game broken and vow never to play again. It led me to vow to crack this nut and figure out how to win.
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clearclaw wrote:
The next step is to learn when floating and running such a company that doesn't build track and doesn't have a route is a blessed life saver.


QFT. There were other options that you had once you were in that situation that you and my former self lacked the experience to notice. Maybe not a winning position, but satisfyingly con/de-structive.
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CrankyPants wrote:
I floated the Erie in my first game. Looked like it was central and had decent position to connect in to other rails.

The person who was "teaching" the game failed to point out the flaw in my logic. He opened the B&O, stole the PRR from another player and sat on his revenue producing trains and laughed his way to victory.

This led the person who had the PRR stolen to declare the game broken and vow never to play again. It led me to vow to crack this nut and figure out how to win.


Hopefully your "teacher" has been boycotted since then?
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Morganza wrote:
Hopefully your "teacher" has been boycotted since then?


It would seem more interesting to figure out how to beat him.
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Yeah, but not warning a newbie not to float Erie on the first turn definitely qualifies someone as a shitty 18xx teacher. Or someone depressingly desperate for victory, any victory. He would do better by seeking 7 year olds for 18xx opponents.

One can learn much more in a first match of 18xx if one actually gets to do something.
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BrenoK wrote:
Yeah, but not warning a newbie not to float Erie on the first turn definitely qualifies someone as a shitty 18xx teacher.


So the teacher was bad. Wah. Now go forth and conquer that just like you're conquering everything else.
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I would never fail to warn you about something as blatant as that unless you had asked firmly not to be helped.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
I would never fail to warn you about something as blatant as that unless you had asked firmly not to be helped.


Well of course! To be fair, the only experienced player was a rather cocky 19yo and, to his credit, he had a fair bit of experience (albeit, rather limited and naive experience as I've come to learn from his decision making*) and he was playing with a bunch of old men. I remember when I may have lacked the social resources to know when it was proper to tutor instead of dominate. I also wonder if I would have acquired quite the same obsession and taste for blood over 18xx if my first experience hadn't been so devastating.

On a similar note, after a few fumbling games of Dominant Species, I'm feeling the same ire at not playing as competently as I know I could - and I'm hungry for more.


*He was certainly a "constructionist" style player who was mired in his home game's groupthink - I have no doubt that I could beat him soundly now.
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It seems to me that for such a young and talented lad, you might want to set up an invitation game with some more experience players and invite him to share his techniques.

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