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Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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Devoted Follower of the Most Holy Church of the Evil Bob. Possessed and down the road to become chaotic, evil & naughty. All hail the Evil Bob and his Stargate.
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10
Mar 2010
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Michael Milford
England
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
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8.5
Mar 2013
This is an excellent optional addition to 1825 Unit 2. It adds great additional game play elements to the game.

See 1825 Unit 2 and 1825 Unit 1 for further comments.

Includes:
2 minor companies
1 tile each: #69 (yellow), #15 (green), #119 (green & russet)

You should also use the 1825 K2 additional trains kit with this (or else 'borrow' the '3T' trains from 1825 Unit 3.

(My copy is with rules rev. Jan 2004.)
2013-03-08
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Ralf Wirth
Germany
Oldenburg
Niedersachsen
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I spent 100GG and all I got was this lousy Overtext
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Brot und Spiele jeden Sonntag 18h im Litfass Oldenburg!
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8
Jan 2013
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Tim Benjamin
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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Jun 2013
(7.00) S

Just a bit more 18xx goodness.
2013-07-07
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Mar 2010
In general, I really like what the minor companies do for the game, adding a little bit of flexibility through the timing of when they start and the ability to set initial offering prices. But these two seem the least interesting of the various minors; they're too isolated and too hard to make work. I can see they'd be really cool with a U2/U3 combo game, but so far I have yet to play that.
2007-05-14*
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Mikko Saari
Finland
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http://www.lautapeliopas.fi/ - the best Finnish board game resource!
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Mar 2008*
I've tried these once. Furness ran well together with L&Y, North Staffordshire seemed completely useless.
2008-03-29*
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Gareth Madeley
United Kingdom
Wirral
Merseyside
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Jun 2011
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Ian Scrivins
United Kingdom
Brighton
Sussex
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Aug 2010
As more of the shares are issued in parallel, Unit 2 is more inherently variable than Unit 1 so there's less need for Minor Companies to add variety to each playing. I still use these when playing Unit 2 with four, but both need the co-operation of nearby Majors in order to succeed. Using black for the Furness' station tokens was a poor choice, try to borrow bits in a neutral colour.
2015-03-30
Kimmo Leivo
Finland
Siilinjarvi
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Sep 2012
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Ville Inkiläinen
Finland
Helsinki
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Jun 2011
Two new minor companies.
2014-06-01
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Bob Henry
United States
Basking Ridge
New Jersey
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May 2011
Need to play more with these...
2011-05-15
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Jeroen Doumen
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Jun 2014
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Charles BAINTER
United States
Moraine
Ohio
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7.5
Jul 2012
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Mark Watson
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Sigh.
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Yawn.
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Mar 2014
Unit 2 is claustrophobic from the get go. These can be useful, but thy are tricky.
2014-03-25
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J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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Sep 2013
The two minor companies are often thought to be mismatched, one being useful, the other mostly worthless. The problem is that which turns out to be which seems to vary by game. Like the regionals in Unit 1, these guys sweeten up the late and end game.
2005-10-20*
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Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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Mar 2011
This is definitely something to be added to combined Unit games. I also think it is worth adding at some point to the single Unit 2 games as it gives you a few more options. [03/13/2011]
2011-03-13
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Håkan König
Sweden
Linköping
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Feb 2008*
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Ludwig Seitz
Sweden
Lund
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Dec 2007*
Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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Apr 2008*
Some flavour, not necessary.
2008-04-25*
Mikael Andersson
Sweden
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Pour le Mérite
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Brückenlegegerät BLG 60M2
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7
Nov 2008*
Thomas van Nieuwkasteele
Netherlands
Rotterdam
Zuid Holland
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7
Mar 2011
Always use for 1825
2011-03-13
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Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Apr 2010
These are the least interesting additions to 1825. The Furness reserves a hexag which would otherwise be available to use. I'm glad I have this, but it is not my favorite.
2010-07-23
Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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Sep 2009*
Played twice. The NS saw a little play, but was easily blocked off by all the older companies around it. The Furness has to do a lot of work to get a good route, but in the one game where it succeeded, it was a very good company.

This kit is not essential for single-unit games, but both companies seem to become much more significant in multi-unit games (NS in 1+2, Furness in 2+3).
2009-09-20
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Rob van Wijngaarden
Netherlands
Amsterdam
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Feb 2015
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Kalle Malmioja
Finland
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6.5
Sep 2012
Mark Robbins
United States
Monroeville
Indiana
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Sep 2008*
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Chris Boote
United Kingdom
Virginia Water
Surrey
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Nov 2007*
Odd for me to give this a 6 when the basic game gets only a 3, but these minors really add a sense of variable starts to the game, and definitely prevent the sleepwalk playing of many players
2007-11-15*
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Australia
Ashfield
NSW
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Pushing a lesbian old growth union-approved agenda since '94.
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Nov 2008*
Two more companies in a format which can get you around the certificate limit. In order to use them you pretty much need to control the adjacent hexes, or lay supporting track early and hope you can get control of the minors when the time comes. Extends the game by 1 or 2 sets of ORs, which you might like or dislike. In any case, the stripy tile is awesome.

The Furness tokens duplicate the LNWR tokens in the base game, so you'll need to mark them in some way to use this kit. I stickered mine using the token stickers here on BGG.
2010-02-07
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James Hoxsey
United States
Michigan
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Aug 2009*
Minor companies. They're just something else to go after instead of the major ones. Nice to pick up 4 or 2 shares on one certificate in place of a poor-performing major company's one share taking a precious certificate slot.
2009-08-28
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Matt Campbell
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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Oct 2007*
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Eamon Bloomfield
Germany
23569 Lübeck
Schleswig Holstein
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Feb 2012
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Dec 2012
Joe Casadonte
United States
Media
Pennsylvania
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The compass always points to Terrapin.
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Lorenzo Mele
Italy
Milano
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Richard Pardoe
United States
San Ramon
California
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Netherlands
Leerdam
Zuid Holland
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Gareth Lodge
Scotland
Edinburgh
Midlothian
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James Jewell
United States
Valpo
Indiana
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Joakim Fältman
Sweden
Helsingborg
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Tim Isakson
United States
Richardson
Texas
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United States
San Carlos
California
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Athens
Marousi
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Dave Thorby
United Kingdom
London
England
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United States
Portland
Oregon
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United Kingdom
Stockton-on-tees
Teesside
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Frank da man
Thailand
Chumpohn
Chumpohn
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Tobias Matter
Germany
Hameln
Niedersachsen
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Sweden
Perstorp
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Both companies seem rather weak.
2008-03-10*
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Michael B
United States
Sarasota
Florida
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Seattle
Washington
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