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Title: Game: Railways Of The World (2-6 Players)
Post by: Matt Robertson on August 25, 2010, 01:06:45 PM
The game of Railways Of The World
This is the thread to discuss the game of Railways Of The World, any variants, likes, dislikes, etc.

Description
The new edition of the base game for Eagle Games' popular railroad series.

Railways of the World is the new base game for the system and will include the engine placards, railroad tiles, train tokens, money, bonds, and other items that will be needed in almost all "Railways of _____" games. The gameboard depicting the eastern half of the United States, is included in the base game. The map of Mexico will be mounted and is still included in this base game as an introductory map for new/beginner players.

Components
* 30" x 36" mounted map of Eastern U.S.
* 14.75"x24.5" mounted map of Mexico
* 12 Railroad Baron Cards
* 1 Start Player Card
* 42 Railroad Operation Cards
* 2 Rulebooks
* 1 Score Track
* 150 Plastic trains in 6 all new colors
* 24 empty city markers (4 types)
* 125 good cubes (5 colors)
* Bond Certificates (54 notes in 3 denominations)
* Money (3 denominations)
* Track Tiles
* New City Tiles
* 2 Golden Spike tiles
* Drawstring Bag

Board Game Geek Entry
Click Here (http://www.geekdo.com/boardgame/38479/railways-of-the-world)

Expansions
Railways of Europe (http://www.geekdo.com/boardgameexpansion/30450/railways-of-europe)
Railways of England & Wales (http://www.geekdo.com/boardgameexpansion/42964/railways-of-england-and-wales)
Railways of Western U.S. (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/72267/railways-of-the-western-u-s-)

Resources
N/A

Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftXTJHUWMpg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftXTJHUWMpg#)

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Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Guy Ouellette on August 26, 2010, 10:14:48 AM
This is one of my highest rated game, I also own the Railways of England and Wales and Rails of Europe.

fantastic I say!
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Dana_Tillusz on October 27, 2010, 10:28:59 AM
This is one I would really like to try out.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Matt Robertson on October 27, 2010, 01:10:00 PM
This is one I would really like to try out.

I can set up a Monday Night game night for this Dana. Probably Nov 8th. How is that for you?
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jolo on October 28, 2010, 03:17:09 PM
This is one I would really like to try out.

Come on over on the 3rd of November and play it...
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Dana_Tillusz on October 31, 2010, 11:58:43 AM
This is one I would really like to try out.

I can set up a Monday Night game night for this Dana. Probably Nov 8th. How is that for you?

Put me down for tentative. I will try. Monday is usually the worst day for me.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jolo on November 05, 2010, 11:14:18 AM
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I like train games and this one makes me happy to play it ;)
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Matt Robertson on November 08, 2010, 01:30:09 PM
Popular Variants and Amendments: (This is copied and altered from BoardGameGeek).
:scrab-a Turn Order Auction. (We always play with this)
On your turn you bid higher than the previous bid or you pass. First passer will go last, next passer will go 2nd to last, etc. Only the winner of the auction pays their bid. Next round bidding begins with the last player and goes up the turn order (as opposed to starting with 1st and going down).
This takes the seating arrangement and sitting to the left of the high bidder out of the equation.

:scrab-b Reveal Major Lines. (We always play with this)
Like in Rails of Europe, make all Major Lines available from the beginning of the game. Just take them out of the deck and line them up beside the board. First person to complete each gets the points. This removes some of the luck of the draw that can occur when one player randomly has a Major Line appear in the area he's building - especially early in the game, while another player builds in the vicinity of another Major Line which never happens to appear.

:scrab-c Display Next Cubes. (Considering this rule)
There are several actions which require 2 random cubes to be taken from the bag and placed on the board. This variant takes 2 random cubes from the bag and puts them on display, and the next time 'random' cubes are needed, the displayed cubes are used. Then 2 more cubes are displayed for the next time cubes are needed. This changes some of the conditional planning into precise planning.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jolo on November 08, 2010, 02:26:23 PM
Popular Variants and Amendments: (This is copied and altered from BoardGameGeek).
:scrab-a Turn Order Auction. (We always play with this)

This is pretty much a variant of Age of Steam rules, the only difference is that the first out is free, everyone else pays half their bid except the winner.


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:scrab-b Reveal Major Lines. (We always play with this)
I thought this was in the rules, at least it is how I play it

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:scrab-c Display Next Cubes. (Considering this rule)
I don't know if I care for this one, on the one hand it would make "New City" or "City Growth" more valuable in the auctions, on the other, it takes away an unknown.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Guy Ouellette on November 08, 2010, 04:58:26 PM
Popular Variants and Amendments: (This is copied and altered from BoardGameGeek).
:scrab-a Turn Order Auction. (We always play with this)

This is pretty much a variant of Age of Steam rules, the only difference is that the first out is free, everyone else pays half their bid except the winner.


Interesting idea Jolo, I kind of like that, as a matter of fact I will implement this when I host,  this should stop the out of control betting just for the sake of betting to inflate the price! I assume that for the odd bets say $7,000 the half payment for paying would be rounded up like $4,000  to avoid the constant odd number betting ?

Thanks

Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jolo on November 09, 2010, 08:31:50 AM
Guy, that is how Age of Steam handles it.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Matt Robertson on November 09, 2010, 08:54:51 AM
Popular Variants and Amendments: (This is copied and altered from BoardGameGeek).
:scrab-a Turn Order Auction. (We always play with this)

This is pretty much a variant of Age of Steam rules, the only difference is that the first out is free, everyone else pays half their bid except the winner.

Interesting idea Jolo, I kind of like that, as a matter of fact I will implement this when I host,  this should stop the out of control betting just for the sake of betting to inflate the price! I assume that for the odd bets say $7,000 the half payment for paying would be rounded up like $4,000  to avoid the constant odd number betting ?

Thanks

You know Guy; I think this would be a good one to try. I did not like it when I first read it, but I am curious about the dynamic. Let's give this a go our next game.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Matt Robertson on November 09, 2010, 08:56:29 AM
:scrab-b Reveal Major Lines. (We always play with this)
I thought this was in the rules, at least it is how I play it

You are correct. This was NOT in Railroad Tycoon and they added it for Railways of the World. Thanks for the catch.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jason Schmidt on December 16, 2010, 09:11:14 AM
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I enjoyed this game. I felt the length of the game was appropriate. The quality of the counters was good, in my opinion. Only thing I didn't really like was that it was hard to judge how much longer the game would take. The mechanic that caused this was the resupply of depleted cities, which I thought was a good mechanic, but I just didn't like how it affected the game length. The main reason this was an issue was because my wife kept calling asking when I'd be done  ::)
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jon on March 30, 2011, 11:37:37 AM
This is likely my favourite all time game. If I play with others who can also get into it, I find myself soon standing, not only because of the huge board size (I am talking about Railroad Tycoons which is the same game but an earlier printing) but because the game is just so dang exciting that I can't stay sitting. The only problem for me is that since it is close to 2 hours I find it harder to find players, hence, I don't get it onto the table as often as I would like.

My highest ever game rating goes to this game, a  :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :5:
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jolo on March 30, 2011, 02:31:05 PM
This is likely my favourite all time game. If I play with others who can also get into it, I find myself soon standing, not only because of the huge board size (I am talking about Railroad Tycoons which is the same game but an earlier printing) but because the game is just so dang exciting that I can't stay sitting. The only problem for me is that since it is close to 2 hours I find it harder to find players, hence, I don't get it onto the table as often as I would like.

Next time we are in Morse we should get together, I believe we have mutual friends there named G'Kar and Londo...
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Matt Robertson on March 30, 2011, 02:41:05 PM
This is likely my favourite all time game. If I play with others who can also get into it, I find myself soon standing, not only because of the huge board size (I am talking about Railroad Tycoons which is the same game but an earlier printing) but because the game is just so dang exciting that I can't stay sitting. The only problem for me is that since it is close to 2 hours I find it harder to find players, hence, I don't get it onto the table as often as I would like.

Next time we are in Morse we should get together, I believe we have mutual friends there named G'Kar and Londo...

Jolo! Your star is rising... :D
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jon on March 30, 2011, 02:43:19 PM
Hmmm, no. Maybe you are thinking of my friend Aaron who is from Morse. I game with him as often as possible. That being said I am always up to meeting and gaming with new people so it still might be able to work.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jolo on March 30, 2011, 02:44:49 PM
Hmmm, no. Maybe you are thinking of my friend Aaron who is from Morse. I game with him as often as possible. That being said I am always up to meeting and gaming with new people so it still might be able to work.

Rob & Leah's dogs...
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jon on March 30, 2011, 02:58:34 PM
Ahhhhh, no I haven't met their dogs, definitely HAVE gamed with them, though.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World
Post by: Jon on April 10, 2011, 08:49:07 AM
Well, I met G'Kar and Londo this weekend. I was gaming at Rob and Leah's.
Title: Re: Game: Railways Of The World (2-6 Players)
Post by: Matt Robertson on February 24, 2014, 03:32:05 PM
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Variant Rules - Combined Maps
Eastern USA & Western USA


Additional Components
Instead of 25 Black Cubes, we use 45.
Instead of 25 Blue Cubes, we use 45.
Instead of 25 Red Cubes, we use 45.
Instead of 25 Yellow Cubes, we use 45.
Instead of 25 Pink Cubes, we use 45.

We have added White Cubes to be used as Settlers. (50 Cubes)
We have added Brown cubes to be used as Raw Materials. (15 Cubes)

Setup
Set up the goods in the Eastern USA as per normal game. (We have doubled the number of cubes to go in the bag, so there is no shortage of cubes.

Give all players two Eastern USA Rail Baron cards, they choose one to keep.
Give all players one Western USA Rail Baron card from abbreviated list of cards, they keep it. (Some cards removed as they were duplicates of Eastern USA deck).
Give all players one Transcontinental Rail Baron card from abbreviated list of cards, they keep it. (Some cards removed as they were duplicates of Eastern USA deck or they referred to coast to coast lines).

Leave all the Western Cities empty at the moment, the Western board will open up later in the game.

Settlers From the East
Whenever a city in Eastern USA is emptied, place settler(s) on the space. These are white cubes. The number of settlers is as follows:
...Grey City: 1 White Cube
...Blue/Yellow/Purple/Black City: 2 White Cubes
...Red City: 3 White Cubes

White Cubes can only be delivered from the Eastern Map to the Western Map.

When the last settler cube is removed from an Eastern USA city, place an empty city marker on the city.

Settling the West
Cities in the west will ONLY accept white cubes until the West is properly settled. Each Western city will only accept white cubes as follows:
...Grey City: 1 White Cube
...Blue/Yellow/Purple/Black City: 2 White Cubes
...Red City: 3 White Cubes

Leave the cube on the city to show how many settlers it has received.
 
Whenever a white cube is delivered to a city in the west, that city is populated as normal with goods cubes. That city is now fully in play and can accept or provide goods.

Raw Materials From the West
When the fifth white cube is delivered to the West, the Western board formally opens up for standard play.
...Place 15 Brown cubes in the cube page. These represent raw materials.
...Place goods on all city markers that have not previously received goods through settling.
...Brown Cubes can only be delivered to Red/Blue cities on the Eastern Map
...Brown Cubes count for 1 extra point when they are delivered.
...When a Brown Cube is delivered, it is out of the game. (Do not put the cube in the cube bag).

Game End
The game ends in the standard way, with a certain number of empty city markers. At least half of them must be on the Western USA map.

Major Lines
EASTERN USA
•…08…Atlanta to Richmond                     
•…06…Baltimore to Toledo
•…10…New Orleans to Minneapolis
•…10…New York to Chicago
•…05…Boston to Washington
•…15…New York to Kansas City

WESTERN USA
•…08…Promontory  to Omaha
•…07...Tacoma to Los Angeles
•…07…Cheyenne to Tucson
•…06…Grand Junction to Oklahoma City
•…06…San Francisco to Promontory
•…05…Portland to Ogden

COMBINED MAPS
•…04…Billings to Chicago
•…04…Denver to St. Louis
•…05…Albuquerque to Memphis
•…04…Fort Worth to New Orleans   
•…20/15/10/05…East Coast to West Coast

OTHER POINTS
•…01…First Player to Deliver a Goods Cube
•…04…First Player to Deliver 4 Different Colors
•…03…First Player to Make a Three Link Delivery
•…04…First Player to Upgrade to Level 4 Train
•…02…First Player to Deliver a Settler (White Cube)
•…02…First Player to Deliver Raw Material (Brown Cube)