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1982
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2 − 6
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Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
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10 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Empire Builder
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Epic Railroad Building in North America

Discover a modern North American classic. Celebrate one of our most vital and enduring passions: railroads. Use your initial investment to build track. Then pick up commodities where they are grown, mined, or manufactured and deliver them to a lucrative place of demand. Complete a delivery and make the money you need to buy larger, faster trains, and expand your railroad empire. Win the game by building the most effective railroad empire!

The original and flagship of Mayfair's crayon-rails line allows players, using washable crayons, to draw their train routes over a map of North America. Players start with an initial sum of money which they use to build short lengths of track during their first couple of turns. For the rest of the game, players operate their trains over the track network drawn on the board to pick up and deliver loads to various cities, and then have the opportunity to add to their track network or improve their train. The game uses demand cards which list three demands, each of a commodity to be delivered to a specified city for a given payoff. Each player has three demand cards to provide opportunities for income.

Each turn consists of an operations phase and a building phase. During the operations phase, trains are moved to cities where commodities are picked up at no cost and moved to one of the cities on that player's demand cards. When the commodity is delivered, the player receives the payoff and trades that demand card for a new one. Event cards are mixed in the deck with the demand cards. When an event card is drawn the instructions are followed. During the building phase a player may pay to build more track or upgrade his train.

A player wins by being the first to connect his track network to six of the seven major cities on the board and acquire $250,000,000 in cash on hand.

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Components (5th edition):
1 markable gameboard (puzzle-cut map)
6 wipe-off crayons
3 decks of colorful cards (136 Demand cards + 20 Event cards + 12 Locomotive cards = 168 total)
95 color printed load chips (usually colored poker chips, but recently made of cardboard)
1 pack of game money ($1 million, 5 million, 10 million, 50 million)
Full color rules
Full color Game Overview - an introduction to Empire Builder®
1 box top and box bottom
1 tray

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English revised fifth edition 2008
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Stefan Sierhej
Year: 2008
Product Code: 4500
Size: 11.62 x 9.38 x 3.12 inches
2.78 pounds
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English fourth edition 2004 with Canada and Mexico
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Drew Perkett
Year: 2004
Product Code: 450
Size: 11.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 inches
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English third edition 1999 with 'New Edition Now Contains Mexico'
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Peter Y. Bromley, Jim Clouse, Jim Malik, Louis Rexing, Mike Russo, Chris Vande Voortmore»
Year: 1999
Product Code: 450
Size: 11.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 inches
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English third edition 1996
Publisher: Mayfair Games
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Year: 1996
Product Code: 450
Size: 11.60 x 9.40 x 2.00 inches
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English edition 1988 in grey box
Publisher: Mayfair Games
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Year: 1988
Product Code: 450
Size: 11.50 x 9.50 x 2.30 inches
0.98 pounds
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7 Empire Builder location map
Empire Builder player aid for locating cities and towns more easily.
English
2012-02-03
11 Empire Builder goods locator (map)
Empire Builder player aid for locating goods quickly.
English
2012-02-03
18 Empire Builder Player Aid
Empire Builder Payer Aid: Contains the following information Building Cost, The Start, The Finish, Available Loads and Cities. Created and published with permission of Mayfair Games, Inc., Skokie, IL USA. Copyright (http://www.mayfairgames.com/)
English
2010-11-22
11 Teaching Guide for Crayon Rails from The How to Play Podcast
Black and White version of the original teaching guide.
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2010-10-10
10 South American Rails Cards
These are the demand cards and load tokens for the South American Rails game.
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2010-04-13
9 South American Rails Map
This is the map for my South American Rails game.
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2010-04-13
13 Load Tokens Replacement Print File
PDF File for printing on Avery 5167 Return address Labels (80/sheet) My Game was missing many of the load tokens, so, using this image: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/250451/empire-builder I created a file I could print on the Avery Labels. The Labels were wrapped around pennies. Not beautiful, but without this fix, I never would have discovered that this is my favorite game. I sliced and diced, manipulated, and crashed my computer several times, but eventually I managed to create a PDF with a reasonable file size, so here it is.
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2010-01-26
13 Chicago Rails
Updated my Chicago Rails file. I corrected all the spelling errors (at least all the ones my wife caught). I added two rivers (Fox and Des Plaines). I also added 20 event cards. Comments are welcome.
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2009-11-16
16 SoloPlay_EmpireBuilder_v1.pdf
File contains the rules to be able to play a SoloPlay variant for Empire Builder. The game plays quickly, in about an 60-90 minutes. It will challenge the experienced Empire Builder player. All attempts have been made to give this variant a high level of variability in the play. For more solo game variants and a discussion about this game's design click the following link: ([url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/453130]Empire Builder SoloPlay Design[/url]) More game files available here on the Geek can be accessed from the following Geeklist: [url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49479][b]SoloPlay Variants Posted on the Geek [/b][/url]
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2009-10-16
17 Empire Builder Goods Reference Page from 2008 Edition Rule Book
Corrected vertical alignment. This is the goods reference page from the 2008 edition rule book. You can print it front and back and then cut down the middle to get 2 reference sheets per page.
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2009-03-30
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