German Railways is the first of the Iron Horse Collection and lets you recreate how eight of the major railroad companies of that time helped to forge Germany from the numerous individual German states.
Mid-19th century Germany:
The popularity of locomotives, commonly called ”iron horses“, led to a veritable traffic boom: More than 200 railroad companies were founded between 1832 and 1872, creating a rapidly growing railroad network.
German Railways is the first game in the Iron Horse Collection and lets the players recreate how eight of the major railroad companies of that time helped to forge Germany from the numerous individual German states.
This is essentially a re-release of Harry Wu’s Preußische Ostbahn by Winsome Games.
Harry Wu’s Chicago Express is an innovative new boardgame with no luck factor. Chicago Express was originally released in a limited format by Winsome Games as Wabash Cannonball and it was the first game in Winsome’s Historic Railroads System.
In the game the B&O, C&O, Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads drive from the East Coast across the growing eastern US to Chicago. Smaller, more aggressive railroads like the Wabash spring up to further expand America’s extensive railroads. The sharpest railroad executives vie for the maximum return on their investment in this business game lasting about one hour.
~ Queen Games
1830 is one of the most famous 18xx games. One of the things some gamers like about this game is that the game has ‘no chance’ element. That is to say, if players wished to play two games with the same moves, the outcome would be the same also.
This game takes the basic mechanics from Tresham’s 1829, and adds several new elements. Players are seeking to make the most money by buying and selling stock in various share companies located on eastern United States map. The stock manipulation aspect of the game is widely-regarded as one of the best. The board itself is actually a fairly abstract hexagonal system, with track tiles placed on top of the hexes. Plus each 18xx title adds new and different elements to the game. This game features private rail companies and an extremely vicious, ‘robber baron’ oriented stock market. A game is finished when the bank runs out of money or one player is forced to declare bankruptcy, and the player with the greatest personal holdings wins.
The 2011 version of 1830 was published by Mayfair Games in partnership with Lookout Games of Germany. This publication was developed under license from Francis Tresham in co-operation with Bruce Shelly (the original 1830 developer). This version contains rules and components for Francis Tresham’s original classic design, a faster-playing basic game, and new variants from some of the world’s best railroad game developers.
~ Avalon Hill/ Mayfair Games
A three dimensional board with grooves for train tracks. The board has an inner and an outer track with spur tracks on the corners for passing other trains. A black die and a white die are rolled and the players moves his trains (marbles) on the outer track and the Black Ball Express on the inner track. When the Black Ball Express lands on a train, that train is sent back to start. The player whose four locomotives (marbles) arrive at their home station first, wins the game.
From the craggy hillsides of Edinburgh to the sunlit docks of Constantinople, from the dusty alleys of Pamplona to a windswept station in Berlin, Ticket to Ride Europe takes you on an exciting train adventure through the great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe.
Will you risk a trip through the dark tunnels of Switzerland? Venture aboard a ferry on the Black Sea? Or erect lavish train stations in the great capitals of the old empires? Your next move might just make you Europe’s greatest train magnate!
~ Days of Wonder