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2011
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Playing Time
240 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Rolling Stock
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Rolling Stock is a card game about stock and company trading. Players are investors buying private companies in auctions, which they may later use for an IPO (to turn them into corporations) or sell to already existing corporations (to turn them into subsidiaries of that corporation). The majority share holder of a corporation controls its actions: issuing new shares, paying dividends, and buying more subsidiaries from other corporations, players, or an ominous foreign investor.

The companies are transportation themed, starting with the early Prussian railroad. As more companies are bought, the scope of the game expands to Germany, later Europe, and ultimately even space. With expanding scope, older companies become less and less profitable until they have to be written off eventually, severely hitting the book value of their owner.

As a pure card game, Rolling Stock has no game board to simulate actual transportation. Instead, networking effects are modeled by synergies between geographically adjacent companies that are subsidiaries of the same corporation. This simplistic model merely sets the stage for the trading of stocks and companies, which is the heart and soul of the game.

Rolling Stock is vaguely inspired by the 18xx series of games but it is clearly not a part of it. Obviously, track building is missing entirely, but even the stock market with all its superficial similarities turns out to be fundamentally different.

Compared to the 18xx series, Rolling Stock has extremely simple rules. Strategically, however, it is comparably deep and complex.

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During playtesting, the game was known by its (rather misleading) working title 18card. You will find older contributions on BGG still using that title.

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4 Forming new corporation - Calculation helper
For each company the possible starting share prices are listed, for each share price: the number of shares that the player will have (the same amount will go to the bank), how much the player has to pay and the initial treasury of the new corporation.
English
2015-01-03
9 Rolling Stock Company Reference Sheet
A reference sheet with all the companies in rolling stock and a color coded matrix with all their synergies. Version 1.0.
English
2014-11-05
5 Condensed Turn summary
Version 1.0 This is a condensed version of the turn summary with minor changes : I named certain phases. Phases 1 and 2 (respectively issue shares and form new corporations) have been put at the end of each turn (after verifying the end game condition). None of theses modification change the gameplay.
English
2013-10-15
2 Turn summary in french
Version 1.0 This is a condensed version of the turn summary with minor changes : I named certain phases. Phases 1 and 2 (respectively issue shares and form new corporations) have been put at the end of each turn (after verifying the end game condition). None of theses modification change the gameplay.
French
2013-10-15
7 Companies (Low Ink version)
Companies pdf, low ink version. Let me know if you see any mistakes/problems.
English
2012-01-12
19 Player's guide
Spilling the beans on 27 pages... Version 1.0.
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2011-12-16
29 Learning the game (a longer version of the rules that is easier to understand)
"Learning" version of the rules. Read this first if you want to learn the game. Version 1.0.
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2011-12-06
20 The (condensed) rules
Complete but very condensed rules written in an extremely formal way. Version 0.5. Use these as reference. For your first contact with the rules, read "Learning the game", which are written in a more conventional and easier-to-understand way.
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2011-12-06
8 Turn summary
Player aid from the game. As the rules are very simple and straight-forward, the turn summary contains already ~30% of them.
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2011-06-01
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Board Game Rank: 3240
Strategy Game Rank: 1047
Num Ratings: 78
Average Rating: 7.61
Standard Deviation: 1.55
Num Views: 29423
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Personal Comments: 47
Users Owning: 113
Users Wanting: 34
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