More than two decades after the publication of that game, Moon and ABACUSSPIELE present Airlines Europe, the design of which Moon began in 2007. According to the publisher, "He wanted to preserve the feel of the original game and its successor, Union Pacific, while confronting the player with even more exciting choices." The result of that redesign process is Airlines Europe, featuring a reduced playing time, a new point structure, a European setting, and 112 tiny detailed airplanes.
At its heart, Airlines Europe is a stock game, with players earning points for the stock they hold in particular airline companies when one of the randomly determined scorings takes place. On a player's turn, that player either expands an airline and claims a stock, plays stock onto the board and receives dividend, invests in a special airline called Air ABACUS or gets a certain amount of money from the bank. A player scores only for stock in play, but the value of an airline is determined by the value of the route licenses that airline owns – thus, you're torn in terms of what to play when.
Some changes compared to Airlines:
map of Europe
no flight cards
special Air ABACUS airline similar to the Union Pacific
Lists all of the actions that you can take during your turn. There's eight of them, so a few spare ones. You can cut them and paste them onto thick card and they fit nicely in the box with the rest of the components.
I have translated rules from English and created this PDF.
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Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game.
If you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made (>200), a complete set is available at my boardgame blog, http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/2010/12/concise-reference-sheets.html
Here is a short outline to keep with your game and assist you when you need to teach the game. The outline includes an opening hook, a step-by-step outline on a suggested order in which to teach the meat of the rules, and some beginning strategy. To hear an example explanation using this outline or to learn the game yourself, listen to "The How to Play Podcast Episode #31: Airlines Europe" available at www.howtoplaypodcast.com (Black/White version)
As an alternative to VP chips, you can track scoring with these printable score sheets (much like Agricola or 7 Wonders). We have found this method to be much faster and easier.
Changes in v.2: Includes support for 6 players, and shading changes for easier distinction between airline colors when scoring.
Changes in v.3:
Added in scoring bonus based on player position.
Added in second "Airline" column on the right for easier scoring.