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Publisher
Year Published
2009
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4, 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
(19 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
American Rails
Alternate Names
American Rails: The Barons of 1850
Railroad Barons
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In American Rails, each player assumes the role of a wealthy capitalist managing a portfolio of stocks and bonds in six fictional railroad companies. Through ruthless negotiation and rigorous planning, players struggle to increase the value of their holdings and reap the profits. The player with the most money at the end of the game will become the nation's first railroad baron and win the game.

This luckless game was inspired by John Bohrer's development of Chicago Express and the Historic Railroads System from Winsome Games. Set in the United States east of the Mississippi, American Rails features player-controlled variable turn order, "city dilution", and variable set-ups, giving this cutthroat train game an unprecedented level of replayability.

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Components

  • 1 game board (in two sections)
  • 21 shares and 144 track cubes, consisting of:
    • American (white): 31 cubes, 5 shares
    • National (gray): 29 cubes, 4 shares
    • Continental (green): 26 cubes, 3 shares
    • Majestic (yellow): 22 cubes, 4 shares
    • Liberty (red): 19 cubes, 2 shares
    • Republic (blue): 17 cubes, 3 shares
  • 12 black development cubes
  • 5 player action markers (discs in five colors)
  • 5 summary cards (matching the player colors)
  • 1 black disc for the year track

NOTE I: In case of the Games on the Brain versions, no game money is supplied with this game. Players must provide their own.
NOTE II: In case of the Quined Games Master Print Edition the black development markers are replaced by black houses, the discs are replaced by small trains, the game comes in a box, the board has only one section and money is actually supplied.

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Multilingual second edition
Publisher: Quined Games
Artist: Alexandre Roche
Year: 2013
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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Publisher: Games on the Brain
Artist: Tim Harrison
Year: 2011
Size: 12.75 x 9.50 x 0.88 inches
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Release Date: Dec 16, 2011
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4 American Rails - polish rules
Polska instrukcja
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2015-07-18
4 Resumen completo de las reglas
Ideal para enseñar a jugar o para recordar las reglas cuando se lleva tiempo sin jugar.
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2014-11-07
1 American Rails Korean Rulebook
140915: Korean rulebook ver. 1.00
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2014-09-15
7 Corrected Player Aid
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2013-12-03
4 American Rails
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2013-09-06
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2013-09-06
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2013-09-06
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American Rails English Rules Summary.pdf Let me know if you have any comments. Thanks
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Board Game Rank: 885
Strategy Game Rank: 403
Num Ratings: 494
Average Rating: 7.60
Standard Deviation: 1.22
Num Views: 122458
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Fans: 31
Personal Comments: 202
Users Owning: 678
Users Wanting: 86
Users Trading: 24 [find trade matches]
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