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Year Published
2013
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 − 120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
(19 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Russian Railroads
Alternate Names
Rosyjskie Koleje
Русские железные дороги
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In Russian Railroads, players compete in an exciting race to build the largest and most advanced railway network. In order to do so, the players appoint their workers to various important tasks.

The development of simple tracks will quickly bring the players to important places, while the modernization of their railway network will improve the efficiency of their machinery. Newer locomotives cover greater distances and factories churn out improved technology. Engineers, when used effectively, can be the extra boost that an empire needs to race past the competition.

There are many paths to victory: Who will ride into the future full steam ahead and who will be run off the rails? Whose empire will overcome the challenges ahead and emerge victorious?


Game Summary
Each player has their own board, with space for factories, and 4 rail tracks (to 4 different cities). On each track, use a track token to mark the progression of your rails (different colored marker for each type or rail). Some interesting twists:
- The different track types must be built in a specific order (black, gray, brown, white). Later tracks may never be advanced further on the track than the earlier tracks.
- On each track, as the track head advances, you cross several thresholds that provide awards: the ability to start a new color of track, victory points, bonus tiles, etc.
- Each track line can have one (two for the first rail) engine associated with it; the size of the loco(s) determines how far down the track you actually score VP

The central board has (almost) all the locations for placing workers. Each location requires 1-3 workers (of one player; played all together). Players, who start the game with 4 workers, will take turns using a location. These provide a variety of abilities, for example:
- advance 1 or 2 track heads by 1-3 spaces
- acquire an engine or factory; engines are allocated to rail lines, while factories (the reverse side of the tile) are placed on your factory line.
- earn 2 coins
- take 2 temporary workers
- jump ahead in turn order
- acquire an engineer, which has a unique power and becomes a worker-placement location only for you
- get an end-game bonus VP card

Each round ends when all players have passed on placing/using workers. Then, score VP for each track line. On each line, only spaces as far down the track as the loco level will score. Each track type scores VP for every space from its track head back to where the next color of track starts. Track types built earlier (e.g. black) score less/space than later tracks (e.g., white).

After 7 rounds, the game ends; most VP wins!

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Components:

  • 1 game board (1 side 3-4 players and the other for 2 players)
  • 35 workers (8 in each of 4 player colors, 2 turquoise, and 1 black)
  • 8 pawns (2 in each of 4 player colors)
  • 48 tracks (12 black, 12 gray, 12 brown, 8 natural, and 4 white)
  • 8 industry markers
  • 4 player boards
  • 37 locomotives (4 each of the #1-8 locomotives, and 5 of the #9 locomotive)
  • 15 engineers
  • 20 doubler tokens
  • 18 roubles (coins)
  • 28 ? tokens (4 of 7 different tokens)
  • 4 revaluation markers
  • 4 kiev medals
  • 1 last round marker
  • 4 100/200-point tokens
  • 4 300/400-point tokens
  • 23 cards
    • 10 end bonus cards
    • 5 ? cards
    • 4 turn order cards
    • 4 starting bonus cards
  • 1 detailed rulebook
  • 4 scoring overview cards

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Rosyjskie Koleje
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Polish first edition
Publisher: Bard Centrum Gier
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Year: 2014
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Release Date: May/Jun 2014
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Publisher: Hobby World
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Year: 2014
Product Code: 1196
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Czech/Polish First edition
Publisher: Bard Centrum Gier, MINDOK
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Year: 2014
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
3.79 pounds
Czech, Polish
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014
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Russian Railroads
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German first edition
Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
Artist: Martin Hoffmann, Claus Stephan
Year: 2013
Product Code: 51300562
Size: 12.48 x 8.90 x 2.83 inches
3.51 pounds
German
Release Date: Oct 21, 2013
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Claus Stephan
Year: 2013
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Release Date: Nov 9, 2013
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6 Russian Railroads Reminders
Once, when teaching Lancaster after not having played it in ages, I made a critical error that I didn’t discover until after the game. I said never again and since then I make a “Reminders” sheet for all of my games. The intent was not to cover all the rules but to make note of those little things that can be forgotten. Most of the Reminders start with the set-up and ends with the end of game conditions and scoring. I print them on cardstock and trim away the excess, making an easy to use sheet. They are also a good framework to use when teaching the games. If you click on my user name, then click on Contributions, then go down to Files you can check out my Reminders for all of my games. Enjoy.
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2015-01-09
4 Russian Railroads Aid - Engineers and Factories
This is the details for the engineers and factories from the end of the rulebook, shrunk and centered. Print page one, then print page 2 on the back of that, then cut it in half and trim them down and you have 2 nice little reference cards. I use cardstock. I have also added a feature not in the rulebook. I show the # of each factory so you don't have to peer at the little icons on the locomotive tiles. I have also fixed a mistake on the action cloning engineer and the action cloning factory that is shown in the Z-Man FAQs as an errata.
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2015-01-07
4 Russian Railroads Aid - Tokens and Cards
This is the Token and Card descriptions from the end of the rulebook, shrunk and centered. Print page 1, then print page 2 on the back. Then trim down for a nice table use reference. (I use cardstock.) This v.3 clarifies the taking of End Bonus cards that is clear in the original German rules. You can look first, then decide if you want to take one or 10 points.
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2015-01-06
5 Mini expansión Russian Railroads 2014, en castellano
Buenas a todos, Desde la Alcazaba de Juegos, el compañero yluras ha preparado la traducción de estas losetas que añadirán variedad a vuestras partidas de Russian Railroads. Todo listo para saciar vuestro apetito lúdico. ¡Esperamos que las disfrutéis!
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2014-11-26
2 Mini Expansion Rules v2
A considerably compressed version of Scott Hacker's mini expansion rules translation file.
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2014-10-24
8 Mini Expansion English Rules
Here is a translation of the Essen Mini Expansion rules. the original translation was done by MagusDuNord and ericamick. Cleanup and layout was completed by myself.
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2014-10-23
10 Russian Railroads_Short Guide_Game Summary
Russian Railroads_Short Guide_v1 - Game summary for game explainers. This is basically an index sized cheat sheet to aid in teaching the game and refreshing your memory on subtle hard-to-remember rules. It also includes a components list for quick setup/cleanup. [b]*Go here for [geeklist=56867]more Short_Guides[/geeklist] of other games*[/b]
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2014-08-20
30 Reglas español Russian Railroads
reglas en castellano en calidad baja del russian railroads. se admiten sugerencias de correción.
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2014-05-22
19 Teaching Russian Railroads
A teaching script with some playing hints. This covers the player boards, scoring points, playing the game / going through all the actions, the end of a round, and the end of the game.
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2014-05-07
17 Russian Railroads_SP_FAQ_v1
Spanish FAQ v1.0 based on Kalinda Patton's FAQ FAQ v1 de Russian Railroads basadas en las FAQ de Kalinda Patton.
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