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2009
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Open Rails Origins
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Open Rails Origins - 18AL is a hybrid of several game systems, most notable 18XX, Age of Steam and Chicago Express as well as some other unique twists to create a compact yet challenging train game experience.

Play begins with players participating in an auction to buy shares in one of five railroads represented in 19th century historic Alabama. Cubes are used to lay track, represent engines you have acquired and to track your income and stock price. The price you set on your initial stock purchase determines how many cubes you have to work with. Railroads may build stations to block a rival's advances, upgrade cities. Each turn your railroad may decide to save money to buy further locomotive upgrades to force your competitors to buy more expensive trains that they can't afford - or they can pay out to their investors to ultimately drive up stock price. Play moves fast and fortunes can change in the blink of an eye.

The object is to make more money than your fellow robber barons by holding the most valuable stocks and acquiring the most cash through deliveries through the game.

The game is playable for one to three players. The one player version takes about 20 minutes to play after the initial pass through the rules. Experienced players should be able to get through the two and three player versions of the game in 60-90 minutes.

This game is a print and play release of the Open Rails train game system. Poker chips, 1 cm cubes or smaller, a pair of scissors and the means to print out four sheets of 8 x 10 paper are all that are needed to play.

Latest files - including Sampo's redraw available offsite here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7AWw2_0pF5DM3pNSHRrNlVNOHM&usp=sharing

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11 Box Cover
I decided my game box needed some cover art so I put this together this morning. I'm not great at design so if someone else would like to give it a go I'd love to see it.
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2012-10-15
10 Replacement file for Shares
Print on A4. Use a pawn to represent the President.
English
2012-08-22
23 Game Rules (version 0.6)
With the help of the designer's clarifications in the forums, I've updated the rules by clarifying language, removing errors, adding more examples of how game mechanics work, and adding a few bits about the differences in the original board and the new "updated art" board. After reading through it a few times I think I've gotten it to the point where even someone with no train game experience (such as myself) should now be able to "get" it. Now 18 pages. (Side note: this also turns out great when printed in booklet format).
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2012-01-30
14 OpenRailsOrigins DC PDF VERSION
PDF version of PNG found here: http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/5y6z2wbbb9/OpenRailsOrigins-DC.png?
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2011-10-25
16 Alternate Map - Atlantic Seaboard Map
This is an alternate map ready to play with the base rules for Open Rails Origins. Dimensions are roughly 8" x 10". All existing components with the original game are usable with this board.
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2010-02-15
13 Colored tokens for use if you don't have cubes
New token set with all the company tokens necessary plus more left over. if you still prefer to use the old set, you'll need to print it twice as it has 16 in each color, but you need 17.
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2010-01-15
29 Game Mats (Version 0.5)
This pdf file contains the game board, tracking mat, player aids and shares needed to play the game. PDFs are set for letter printing, but they are designed for 8" x 10" sheets. (The only change is the stock track where the number of starting cubes for each par value has been increased by one)
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2010-01-07
25 Game Rules (Version 0.5)
Complete rules for Open Rails Origins. 15 pages, US Letter, black and white.
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2010-01-07
18 Alternate Map
A version of the map with transparent, rather than black, background, as well as a few slight cosmetic changes. I more or less tried to stick pretty closely to the posted original. I think I've got everything correct, but feel free to alert me if I've made a mistake.
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2009-12-24
10 Game Rules (Version 0.4)
The latest rules for Open Rails Origins. Still 14 pages, formatted for letter sized paper.
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2009-12-22
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Printin' and Playin' Episode 3: Open Rails Origins, Part 1
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