With a bright Peep from the whistle, a full Chuff from the pistons and a powerful Clank from the drivers, America's first steam locomotive moves down the steel rails of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Baltimore in 1830. This strategic railroad game extends from the first of America's railroads through the golden age of steam, where pioneering rail barons knit together the fledgling United States with iron roads, realizing the full power of the nation's mighty heartland. Each player takes the roles of railroad presidents and their wealthy investors, betting that their capital gambles will pay off handsomely. Baltimore and Ohio is not a game of luck or chance, but a competitive struggle of wits, savvy and guile. With the resources at hand, should you focus on further expansion, technological breakthroughs or emerging markets? This modern classic has all the challenges faced by the empire building capitalists that created a superpower.
Eddie Robbins' Baltimore & Ohio is a no luck, no auctions, 3+ hour, grand strategic economic slugfest of a train game, for 3-6 players. It was part of the Winsome Games' 2009 Essen Set, has been licensed to Eagle Games and will be released by Eagle in 2010.
The railroads in the game are:
Baltimore & Ohio
Boston & Maine
Chesapeake & Ohio
New York Central
New York, Chicago & Saint Louis (aka Nickel Plate)
New York, New Haven & Hartford
A very rudimentary table for quickly calculating payouts for dividends. Faster than a calculator. No frills. Useful for 18XX as well, with the 6-share ownership column highlighted for ease of reference. Goes from income of 10 to 620. Print double-sided and laminate. Alternatively, you can print both sides on a half-sheet, then fold over. I believe the box is smaller than 8.5 x 11, so the latter option might allow it to fit in the box better.
This is my summary that I use every time I play. I also use my own Google spreadsheet, which is a publicly visible Google Doc that you should be able to find in the web links ([weblink=157778][/weblink]).
This version of the spreadsheet has macros to update the data. You must enable macros when you open the file.
The first macro updates the info in the Market Round Purchases section of the Player Info sheet. Press the Update Market Purchases button to update the players' current cash, the number of shares each player owns in the RR, and adds the cash to the RR company funds. You can update the market round purchases at the end of the Market Round or any time between purchases.
The update market purchases macro includes an option to purchase Orphaned Shares. To do this you first must update the market purchases, then set the Orphaned Share Purchase to "y", select the number of shares and press the update market purchases button. For this option the shares don't get subtracted out of...
This spreadsheet is based on the previous excel spreadsheet uploaded by punkzter with a few modifications. Thank you for the work on that punkzter, that was very helpful!
These are the changes-
I modified the spreadsheet so that it will automatically calculate your earnings based on the cities you are connected to and the number of cities you can service (rather than having to pick the cities you are servicing from the cities you are connected).
The cities you are servicing will highligh in yellow. The cities that tie for your lowest income will highlight in light green.
I also changed the information provided below your list oflocomotives to include the income you could gain by servicing cities you are already connected to but aren't servicing.
The Pennslyvania railroad...
While not as useful as the C# program, this was designed to be used on the iPad and therefore a bit more convenient and portable.
It doesn't provide all the dividend options, but it is pretty easy to figure out by sorting by City value.
Let me know if you spot any cell or value errors.
A program to assist with the bookkeeping involved in playing Baltimore & Ohio. Includes C# source code. If you just want to run the program, run the BOAssistant.EXE file. You'll need .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.
Instructions are in the comments below.
This spreadsheet can track income for the different railroads, total player value, tech level, and more. My goal was to make it easier to keep track of income and dividends based on serviced cities and tech level.