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Second edition
Year: 2013
N/A
6.029
Owned
Want To Play
English second edition
Year: 2011
8
Sep 2014
7.336
Owned
Plays: 20
1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons (aka 1830: Railways & Robber Barons) (1986)
English first edition
Year: 1986
8
Feb 2012
7.336
Owned
Plays: 20
Classic 18XX. Innovative and relevant after so many years and so many other options. Play this game now!
2014-01-14
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2010
Language: English
N/A
N/A
Owned
Hans im Glück German Edition
Year: 1990
N/A
6.132
Owned
Want To Play
Second edition
Year: 2009
N/A
5.874
Owned
Want To Play
First Edition
Year: 1995
6.5
Feb 2012
6.653
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
A great 18xx game, set in my back yard. The government loans/CGR formation add some very interesting strategic and even thematic elements to the game.
2009-12-30
English first edition
Year: 2015
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
Prime/JKLM/Z-Man second edition
Year: 2010
N/A
6.360
Owned
Want To Play
Second Edition
Year: 2012
N/A
6.224
Owned
Want To Play
English first edition
Year: 2013
N/A
5.973
Owned
Want To Play
Mayfair English edition
Year: 1992
N/A
6.463
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2014
8
Sep 2014
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Streamlined 18XX in many ways (no privates) but with sharper edges (you will run out of many tiles). Should settle to 3 hrs or less. Looking forward to exploring this more.
2014-09-20
1889 (2005)
9
Jul 2011
6.158
Owned
Plays: 9
Tight, quick-playing 18XX similar to 1830. Excellent for lower player counts.
2011-04-27
First Game Kit Edition
Year: 2012
N/A
N/A
Owned
Mark Derrick Self-Published Edition
Year: 2000
6.5
Feb 2012
6.241
Owned
Plays: 3
A good 18xx introduction. Nice and quick.
2011-07-14
First Edition
Year: 1998
6
Sep 2015
5.831
Owned
Plays: 5
I good intro to 1830-branch of 18xx games; more diversity than I originally thought. Recommended with the cotton-port variant: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/603446/18ga
2011-07-14
English first edition
Year: 1995
N/A
5.951
Owned
Want To Play
7.5
Sep 2014
7.425
Owned
Plays: 15
A completely immersive Civilization experience. The quintessential Civilization board game and a top negotiation game. Play trading rounds with a timer. Unfortunately this is a loooooooong game. Great fun though!
2014-09-25
First Edition
Year: 2008
7
Feb 2012
5.552
Owned
Plays: 4
Predecessor to Samarkand: Routes to Riches and sibling of Preußische Ostbahn / German Railways. No luck, no auctions.

Challenges: Setting Family prices appropriately, timing and pace of expansions.
2011-10-21
Warfrog Second English Edition
Year: 2004
9.5
Feb 2012
7.478
Owned
Plays: 27
My favorite game. Simple rules, but highly strategic and tactical, brutal. The game is won and lost in the auction.

Clearclaw describes it best:
"Let's get the basics down: First, this game doesn't like you. It doesn't like anybody else either, but it particularly doesn't like you. If you ever have a question on the rules or how the rules apply to a particular situation then pick the answer that hurts the most. You'll almost certainly be right."
2010-03-30
Warfrog First English Edition
Year: 2003
6
Feb 2012
6.529
Owned
Plays: 5
I've only played Ireland so far with 3-players. To spice it up, sub Japan Bullet Train action for Irish Locomotive...

After a few games, I'm happy sticking with a fully defeatured locomotive for 3-players. I've also grown to hate the De-urbanization action - too ornery and nasty. I do want to try Ireland with 4-players though.
2010-07-29
English/German first edition
Year: 2003
7
Jan 2010*
6.349
Owned
Plays: 1
Germany is a great map! Subtle rules changes and tense decision-making.
2012-02-26
Warfrog first edition
Year: 2004
4.5
Feb 2012
6.352
Owned
Plays: 3
Scandinavia is pretty unbalanced with the Ferry action and Korea is too chaotic for a strategy game.
2007-12-11*
ImageID 146415
Publisher: Warfrog Games
Year: 2004
Language: English
6
Jan 2010*
6.070
Owned
Plays: 2
France is good as a beginner map and Italy is ok as a 3-player.
2007-12-11*
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2006
7.5
Feb 2012
5.993
Owned
Plays: 3
A fantastic AoS expansion. NorCal is a tough map.
1830 Penn. - coal is *CRITICAL*; a great map as well.
2010-08-11
6.5
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
1890 Berlin offers some intriguing twists to Age of Steam. The early game is a fight over real estate with Engineer being popular, while the mid-to-late game is more about controlling cube shipments with First Move and Production being popular.

The cities are always replenished to 4 cubes during goods growth (there's no shortage of cubes here) but you can only ship cubes out of a city in order, from right to left. You have to watch how cubes move - do you ship that cube for 4, leaving a 6-link delivery open for an opponent?
2010-02-18
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2007
6.5
Jan 2008*
5.829
Owned
Plays: 1
I've only played America and it was challenging; simple but distinct changes to the base AoS system.
2010-10-19
Steam Brothers Edition
Year: 2007
6
Jan 2010*
5.653
Owned
Plays: 1
I've played Austria and it is interesting. A very tight map means early mistakes are difficult to recover. Turn order mechanism makes it feel a lot like chess.
2008-06-19*
Bezier Games edition 2007
Year: 2007
6
Feb 2012
6.003
Owned
Plays: 8
Barbados - as a 1-player map, replayability may be low, but cube randomness makes it unique every time. Action selection restrictions make for some interesting strategic planning.

St. Lucia - an excellent 2-player map. A very different game with goods starting on every plains and river hex, no goods growth, and a large number of 'stubs' abandoned after moving the goods from those hexes.
2010-10-19
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
ImageID 355830
7
Feb 2009*
5.586
Owned
Plays: 2
Chile is a great, tight map with a neat twist - deliver yellow cubes (gold) to reduce shares issued.
2010-01-18
English first edition
Year: 2005
7.5
Oct 2008*
5.794
Owned
Plays: 1
Only played China so far. A great expansion with some innovative rules and interesting decisions. Watch your building costs.
2007-12-11*
Spielbox edition
Year: 2007
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
5.724
Owned
Winsome Second English Edition
Year: 2009
6.5
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
This expansion is great for higher player counts as the map is huge. You're limited to the number of links you can build per turn and are forced to be right on top of the other players early on.
2010-11-11
ImageID 497724
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2009
Language: English
N/A
5.568
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2009
7
Jan 2010*
5.669
Owned
Germany is a fantastic map with some interesting twists to base AoS.
France is a good beginner map but can get quite intense with higher player counts.
It's good to see these old maps reprinted again.
2011-03-28
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
ImageID 512055
Publisher: AoS Team
Year: 2009
Language: English
N/A
5.693
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2007
6.5
Oct 2008*
5.744
Owned
Plays: 7
Puerto Rico is a fun little map with some tough choices to be made based on your difficulty level.
2008-01-10*
Print and Play Edition
Year: 2006
N/A
N/A
Owned
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2007
N/A
5.719
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2007
9
Jul 2008*
5.810
Owned
Plays: 3
An awesome 3-player map. Very tense and tight with interesting and innovative rules changes, including government-owned tracks.
2010-10-19
7.5
Feb 2012
5.609
Owned
Berlin Wall. Rating: 8
Very deceptive; at first it looks plain and maybe even boring. It didn't quite grab me. But the size of the board, the rules changes and 'the Wall' really make this map a "knife fight in a phone booth". Very tense and INtense, right down to the end. Awesome Age of Steamness!

The Moon. Rating: 7
A brutally tight Age of Steam map, especially when using the original 1-cube per city starting rules. Limited building options, expensive terrain, route-sharing and different actions are powerful especially Urbanization and Low Gravitation. I'm not fond of the wrap-around map as I have a hard time visualizing my routes.
2012-02-20
English first edition
Year: 2015
N/A
N/A
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2010
N/A
N/A
Owned
First edition: Essen 2010
Year: 2010
N/A
N/A
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2010
N/A
N/A
Owned
Print and Play Edition
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2012
5.742
Owned
Plays: 3
A neat little map if you 2-player AoS. I certainly don't - not worth it, no auction.
Print and play.
2012-02-26
Bezier Games edition
Year: 2008
N/A
5.550
Owned
Beizer Games 2008 Spiel Limited Edition
Year: 2008
N/A
N/A
Owned
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2006
8.5
Nov 2008*
5.792
Owned
Plays: 2
London scales well between 3 and 4 players, with Locomotive not being available with 3. Watch your building costs and plan well...
2011-05-04
Winsome Games Edition
Year: 2008
N/A
5.588
Owned
9
Jan 2010*
5.715
Owned
Plays: 3
A nail-biter of an AoS expansion if there ever was one. Zombies gravitate towards goods cubes destroying towns and cities in the process and increasing the cost of building and moving goods. An advanced Age of Steam expansion - not for the faint of heart!
2009-11-09
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2008
N/A
5.710
Owned
ImageID 229469
Publisher: AoS Team
Year: 2007
Language: English
N/A
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
7.5
Mar 2009*
5.586
Owned
Plays: 3
Berlin Wall. Rating: 8
Very deceptive; at first it looks plain and maybe even boring. It didn't quite grab me. But the size of the board, the rules changes and 'the Wall' really make this map a "knife fight in a phone booth". Very tense and INtense, right down to the end. Awesome Age of Steamness!

Washington DC. Rating: 7
Similar scale; expensive builds. I don't like the element of randomness that is added with the 'traffic jams'. Overall, not as interesting as the Berlin Wall.
2010-10-19
Winsome Games Edition
Year: 2007
7
Jan 2010*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
Pittsburgh is only for 3-players - a few minor rules tweaks and a tight map make AoS Pittsburgh a very tense 3-player game experience.

Southern US is an introductory map featuring cotton.
2010-01-18
7
Feb 2012
5.669
Owned
Plays: 1
The Moon is a brutally tight Age of Steam expansion, especially when using the original 1-cube per city starting rules. Limited building options, expensive terrain, route-sharing and different actions are powerful especially Urbanization and Low Gravitation. I'm not fond of the wrap-around map as I have a hard time visualizing my routes.
2012-02-20
Z-Man Games first edition 2008
Year: 2008
7
Jan 2010
8.015
Owned
Plays: 17
A pleasant game. Handles action selection very well. But a little too dry and mechanical also. A good family game and it scales well between player counts as well as player experience.

The more I play this, the more I'm bored with it. I'm not interested trying more cards in an attempt to break the monotony.
2010-10-19
English first edition
Year: 2012
6
Jan 2013
7.354
Owned
Plays: 1
Agricola:ACBaS is a stripped down version of Agricola for two. Streamlined, simplified, no luck, and no food or feeding, just optimizing of farmland and animals. With such a quick playtime, this a pretty good filler. I could see it getting pretty stale but my wife enjoys it.
2013-01-28
English first edition
Year: 2012
N/A
6.932
Owned
English first edition (first printing)
Year: 2009
N/A
6.384
Owned
Want To Play
#15/60
2010-11-08
Second Edition
Year: 2006
8
Sep 2014
7.229
Owned
Plays: 65
Antiquity has a lot of well-balanced mechanisms: civ planning, engine-building, resource management and area control without the direct conflict or war. Extremely fiddly but deep and strategic.

Almost perfect information (unexplored resources are mostly unknown) with random setup. Get that Cathedral built and use the bonuses but don't be afraid to raze and rebuild either. This is an excellent game.
2014-09-25
English/German first edition
Year: 2014
N/A
6.254
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Z-Man English edition
Year: 2010
6
Dec 2011
7.168
Owned
Plays: 3
Manage resources, convert to cash, convert to VPs; engine optimization, little player interaction, luck of the draw to boot. I want to like this game but it is too tedious.
2011-12-14
ImageID 156604
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2009
Language: English
Other: Early Railways Collection - October 2009
N/A
5.603
Owned
Want To Play
Baltimore & Ohio: Maine Lumber Expansion Essen 2010 Edition
Year: 2010
N/A
5.543
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2009
9
Jan 2010*
6.218
Owned
Plays: 4
Some people call this game '18xx meets Wabash Cannonball'. The network building is simple and straight forward, a la Wabash; no cornfield junctions here, just drop a cube in a hex and your company has built there. This is probably the single closest aspect related to Wabash Cannonball.

The majority shareholder is the president and determines how the company expands in the 'Business Rounds', whether train technologies are purchased and whether dividends get paid out to shareholders. The 'level' of trains that have been purchased determines game phases and is a major impact on the game in more ways than one.

There are a lot of differences to 18xx though. Comparable elements are more streamlined (2D stock market, no 60% restrictions, simple track building) but there are definitely many elements unique to Baltimore and Ohio. In B&O, the companies have a different number of cubes available for laying track; companies have different options for where and how far they can expand.

The dance surrounding the train technologies mechanism is brilliant. The current Tech Level (whatever the latest purchased train's level is) and trains have ever-increasing maintenance costs. Why keep that old 2-train when it costs you more in maintenance than the money it's making servicing different cities? The descending cost of newer, same-level trains pushes the players to purchase newer trains, driving the game forward and causing you to question your turn order position.

In order to increase a company's value, it has to be more profitable than the previous round. This is a very interesting dynamic - you don't want to push your runs too fast because you may not be able to keep up in the future. Sometimes it's beneficial to run a less-than-optimal run one round in order to ensure your company will be more profitable in the next round.

Playtime is in the 3-4 hour range but the game is engaging and riveting. Baltimore and Ohio is a work of art!
2010-11-17
English third edition
Year: 2007
7
Feb 2012
7.280
Owned
Plays: 41
Great 2-player set-collecting card game. Fast, fun and very tense.
2010-10-07
English first edition
Year: 2008
5
Feb 2012
7.681
Owned
Plays: 1
Don't be fooled by the horrific rule book and long playtime; this game is all about the metagame. And it's fun!
2010-11-01
Print and Play Edition
Year: 2008
7
May 2009*
5.550
Owned
Plays: 1
Good fun; lots of choices. Surprisingly variable for a solitaire game.

Print and play. Cards from ArtsCow:
https://www.artscow.com/Member/FileManager.aspx?folder=70718...
2009-05-02
Blokus (2000)
7
Nov 2008*
6.874
Owned
A very fun, abstract, tactical game.
2009-08-06
English First edition (2-7p)
Year: 2000
7
May 2011
7.004
Owned
Plays: 2
Bohnanza is a lively hand-management and trading game. Great for all types of audiences.
2011-04-22
Warfrog first edition
Year: 2007
6.5
May 2015
7.856
Owned
Plays: 82
I want to love Brass, but the cards and the luck-of-the-draw are its downfall.

My initial impressions of Brass were quite negative. But user photocurio made a comment that inspired me to look into this again:
"Brass is fiddly of course, but it offers something rare in Eurogames: an organically developing marketplace driven by supply and demand."

As a result, I tried playing this game online (PBWeb) here: http://brass.orderofthehammer.com/
Dozens of games later, I appreciate Brass' subtleties. I still find it fiddly but Brass has really grown on me.
2012-01-23
Warfrog Edition
Year: 2005
N/A
6.306
Owned
Want To Play
Mayfair English edition
Year: 2005
5
Feb 2012
5.908
Owned
Plays: 1
Good, light, quick, role-playing game. Especially good with 2-players.
2008-01-18*
Carcassonne (2000)
5.5
Feb 2012
7.340
Owned
Plays: 4
A great game for all ages; especially good for 2-players.
2011-02-21
German first edition
Year: 2004
N/A
6.058
Owned
English edition 2005
Year: 2005
N/A
7.457
Owned
English edition
Year: 2003
N/A
6.355
Owned
First edition
Year: 2006
N/A
6.498
Owned
English edition 2005
Year: 2005
N/A
6.506
Owned
English edition
Year: 2005
N/A
6.832
Owned
Rio Grande English edition 2003
Year: 2003
N/A
7.419
Owned
Rio Grande English edition 2008
Year: 2008
5.5
Feb 2012
6.567
Owned
Plays: 3
Cartagena is a good game, especially for children. While the theme is tacked on, it interests my young son while giving him some good choices to make. Light and quick, but a lot of fun.
2010-02-16
English revised edition 2005
Year: 2005
4.5
Feb 2012
6.662
Owned
Plays: 1
Runaway leader problem, but fun nonetheless. If one player gets 5+ points in the lead, call it; no need to prolong the agony. The other guy can't catch up.
2010-03-30
Revised edition
Year: 2006
N/A
6.618
Owned
Mayfair edition
Year: 2006
N/A
5.987
Owned
A nice small change to vanilla Settlers.
2007-02-06*
Second Edition
Year: 2008
6.5
Dec 2013
6.258
Owned
Plays: 2
Can you balance turn-order, action selection and manage map position? Tactical planning and mitigating chaos.
2013-12-01
English first edition with Library Expansion
Year: 2007
8
Feb 2012
6.772
Owned
Plays: 3
Caylus Magna Carta is an excellent economic, worker-placement game, with high player interaction.
2012-02-10
Multilingual edition including Dutch
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2012
5.881
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Quick playing but bland area majority game.
2010-09-03
Queen Games International Edition
Year: 2009
9
Jul 2009*
6.049
Owned
Plays: 44
Two high-quality Chicago Express expansions in one box:

Erie Railroad - adds an additional railroad that only has one share and can be very powerful. This completely changes the game.

Narrow Gauge - a new and innovative way to block your opponents railroads by essentially burning actions. Nasty!

Play them separate or together. Better for higher player counts (I don't prefer them with 3).
2010-11-20
English third edition
Year: 2000
5
Nov 2008*
7.291
Owned
Plays: 5
I like the elements C&K introduces but it makes Catan's balance issues even worse. Way worse.
2006-12-27*
Mayfair First edition
Year: 2000
N/A
6.726
Owned
Rio Grande edition 2007
Year: 2007
7
Nov 2012
6.884
Owned
Plays: 1
A classic city-building eurogame. Really rather simple concepts but interesting decisions. Don't neglect the voice of the people!
2012-11-09
JKLM English First Edition
Year: 2004
N/A
5.738
Owned
Want To Play
Avalon Hill Second Edition 1982
Year: 1982
8
May 2011
7.261
Owned
Plays: 2
The game that started it all. Some of the rules are a little too gamey - I would play Advanced Civilization whenever possible.
2009-12-29
German first edition
Year: 2002
N/A
6.088
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
5.552
Owned
Want To Play
First Edition: #41/100
2011-03-30
English first edition
Year: 2011
7
Feb 2012
5.578
Owned
Plays: 3
Timing timing timing! Colorado Midland is a clever game that packs a punch in a quick playtime. Mine claim cards are randomly distributed to all players at the start of the game and players expand railroads into various mines. How does one properly time when to play certain cards to score high and keep scoring? When is the right time to close a mine claim (remove card) to adjust which claims get shut down this round? How do you balance this with expanding railroads and will other players contribute to your goals or are you helping others out more than yourself?
2011-09-12
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
First Edition
Year: 2009
N/A
6.147
Owned
Want To Play
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2007
8.5
Nov 2010
6.802
Owned
Plays: 4
Organic supply and demand system. Fantastic game. Best with 5; much more delicate with fewer players, some would say fragile.
2010-11-20
First edition
Year: 2008
N/A
5.951
Owned
Winsome edition
Year: 2013
8
Sep 2013
5.616
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Initial value? No. of shares to issue? Timing? Turn order? Relatively simple concept and rules but very opaque.
2013-09-20
Cosmic Eidex (1998)
N/A
5.997
Owned
Want To Play
Rio Grande Games edition
Year: 2004
N/A
5.827
Owned
First edition
Year: 2008
7
Jan 2013
5.644
Owned
Plays: 1
The Curling Table Game is an excellent dexterity game that mimics the rules and gameplay of curling.
2013-01-23
Winsome Boxed Edition
Year: 1995
N/A
5.472
Owned
ImageID 11422
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2010
Language: English
7.5
Feb 2012
5.619
Owned
Plays: 2
3+ player game - Rating: 8
To quote Clearclaw: "Minimalist, austere, spartan." Sums it up nicely. It's a quick and simple auction and shareholding game.

2-player only - Rating: 7 due to uncontrollable randomness on the final turn.
Spice up the 2-player game with simultaneous blind-bidding on shares, breaking ties with an additional blind bid; much more interesting.
2010-06-02
English first edition
Year: 2012
6
Feb 2014
5.679
Owned
Plays: 2
A pleasant distraction. Nicely streamlined version of Empire Builder. Fun with the kids.
2014-02-28
Erie Railroad (2013)
N/A
5.521
Owned
Want To Play
3M English First Edition
Year: 1971
N/A
5.652
Owned
Want To Play
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2004
N/A
5.784
Owned
For Trade
Want To Play
Z-Man English / German Edition
Year: 2010
6.5
Jan 2012
6.366
Owned
Plays: 1
A clever euro with route building, auctions and pickup/deliver. Workout the scoring, avoid getting ahead of yourself and don't be afraid to dump your lines into the major companies.
2012-01-20
Spielbox edition
Year: 2005
N/A
6.346
Owned
Ravensburger German/French/Italian edition
Year: 2010
5
Mar 2011
5.582
Owned
Plays: 1
First edition
Year: 2015
N/A
6.998
Owned
Want To Play
Gryphon Games edition 2008
Year: 2008
N/A
7.108
Owned
Want To Play
Rio Grande English edition
Year: 1999
7
Apr 2013
6.385
Owned
Plays: 3
A somewhat circular climbing game - very clever. Plenty of fun with kids and non-gamers.
2013-04-05
English Second Edition with Spiele Hit Mark
Year: 2008
N/A
7.402
Owned
Want To Play
Geschenkt (2004)
AMIGO German First edition
Year: 2004
7
May 2011
6.940
Owned
Plays: 4
Geschenkt (No Thanks!) is a quick-playing, lightweight, push-your-luck, set collection card game with an interesting auction element; a fun filler.
2011-05-30
Cambridge Games Factory Black Box Edition
Year: 2012
N/A
7.364
Owned
Want To Play
English second edition
Year: 2012
8
Nov 2012
7.509
Owned
Plays: 1
A classic engine-optimization euro. So many choices and a once-around auction. Goa is a very good game.
2012-11-23
First edition
Year: 2009
N/A
6.268
Owned
Want To Play
First Edition
Year: 2008
8
Feb 2012
5.721
Owned
Plays: 8
GM&O is a quick playing, highly tactical game with the winner having the most VPs instead of money in hand. Every option you have seems to setup an opponent with better options. This game is tense and a lot of fun, an excellent 3-player game.
2012-02-26
First Edition
Year: 2009
7
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
Adds 9 pink cubes which serves to lengthen game time and typically add a few interesting decisions to the endgame. While this is all good stuff, I like how quick GM&O plays and prefer it vanilla.
2010-04-22
Moaideas English first edition
Year: 2015
N/A
5.758
Owned
Want To Play
Haggis (2010)
N/A
6.762
Owned
Plays: 1
English / German first edition
Year: 2009
N/A
7.441
Owned
Want To Play
Lookout Games Australian edition
Year: 2008
7.5
Feb 2012
7.858
Owned
Plays: 7
Big, long, fiddly, heavy, engine building, resource management, economic eurogame! Don't waste actions and don't be afraid to take loans for food. Excellent 2-player game; the higher the player count, the longer and more chaotic the game.
2011-01-22
Australian edition
Year: 2009
N/A
6.716
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2012
7
Dec 2012
6.620
Owned
Plays: 1
Le Havre The Inland Port is a more simple and very streamlined version of Le Havre for 2-players only. It's quick and a no-luck, perfect information game.

I'm impressed at how streamlined this is while retaining the feeling of Le Havre. I may like it more than its fiddly predecessor.
2012-12-20
Mayfair English edition 2005
Year: 2005
6
Feb 2012
6.727
Owned
Plays: 2
A quick and fun puzzle game where you can block and trap other players. This is a great family game and my 7-yr old enjoys it.
2011-01-21
Rio Grande First Edition
Year: 2006
8.5
May 2011
7.417
Owned
Plays: 6
Imperial is an excellent, brain-melty game where the majority share-holders take micro-actions for each company (country) around the rondel. This is foremost an economic game but with elements of a war/area control game.

Imperial has everything I want in a game.
2010-04-13
Multilingual edition
Year: 2010
8
Jan 2011
6.520
Owned
Plays: 2
Network connection/expansion game. I like how improvements can be shared by others who connect to them - do I waste actions trying to block others from access to "my" cities? The event mechanism is brilliant: each card you play (can have positive or negative effects) will always impact two players.
2011-01-04
Incan Gold (2006)
6.5
Jun 2013
6.688
Owned
Plays: 8
First edition
Year: 2005
9
Feb 2014
7.187
Owned
Plays: 48
Simple rules but Indonesia is a complex economic game. Multiple auctions, area influence, portfolio management, pickup and deliver; but this game is about the mergers. Perfect information and brain-burning decisions.
2014-02-07
English first edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2012
7.123
Owned
Plays: 4
Innovation is a clever card game where the cards played in front of you represent technological advances that give you advantages in some respects. You can invoke the power of a technology (dogma) and the player with the most of the representative symbol takes advantage of said power benefiting himself or directly impacting other players.

You really need to know all the cards well and which pair well together. I find it difficult to plan a long term strategy and often the more tactical player, not stuck on any one path will be successful. I'm always building a big infrastructure with grandiose plans while others are scoring and pushing the game to end quickly. Also, the higher player count, the more chaotic the game is. Quite good for 2-players though.
2010-09-03
English first edition
Year: 2014
7.5
Jul 2014
5.599
Owned
Plays: 2
A relatively simple take on cube rails and stock holding reminiscent of the Historic Railroads system but with a very clever dividend trigger that has some luck of the draw to it, and a 'special-interest' action that can impact value at payout vs. the number of dividend payouts.
2014-09-02
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2004
7
Jan 2010*
6.927
Owned
Plays: 30
An excellent, well-balanced 2-player supply and demand game. There's plenty of luck-of-the-draw but still a lot of fun for a relatively short game.
2010-01-26
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.388
Owned
Rio Grande Games Edition
Year: 2009
N/A
6.274
Owned
English first edition, first printing
Year: 2009
6.5
Feb 2012
5.679
Owned
Plays: 7
An interesting continuation down the Wabash branch of games. The majority shareholder drives each RR west for more income. See my preview here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/426082

This may be the best game to introduce new comers and non-gamers to the system. The rules and concepts are very simple and straightforward. But try to end the game when it benefits you most; that is what it's all about.
2009-11-23
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2011
7.5
Apr 2013
6.929
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.981
Owned
N/A
5.807
Owned
ImageID 167745
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2009
Language: English
Other: Early Railways Collection - October 2009
N/A
5.675
Owned
Want To Play
First Edition
Year: 2002
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
First Edition
Year: 2002
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
English/German second edition
Year: 2012
7.5
Jul 2013
5.955
Owned
Plays: 5
Lokomotive Werks (aka Locomotive Werks) (2002)
English/German first edition
Year: 2002
7.5
Feb 2012
5.955
Owned
Plays: 5
In LW, dice represent market demands and work well as a mechanism though it makes the game (really the market) very volatile. The game is in using your player order strategically against other players in reaction to market demand, as well as manipulating when technology becomes obsolete. Get rid of the money and track with pen/paper.
2013-01-01
N/A
5.589
Owned
Want To Play
Rio Grande Second Edition
Year: 2006
8
Mar 2010
6.901
Owned
Plays: 4
A fast-playing pure auction game. Simple and elegant.
2010-12-29
First edition
Year: 2006
6.5
Apr 2010
6.183
Owned
Plays: 10
A frustrating 2-player brain-burner of a game. Few games anger me more than this one...
2010-07-29
Mine! (1993)
N/A
5.504
Owned
Mayfair English edition 2004
Year: 2004
N/A
7.174
Owned
Want To Play
German first edition
Year: 2010
7
Dec 2011
5.594
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Namibia features area control and a novel commodity chart with supply/demand/price being factors all manipulated by the players. It also includes an auction for turn order which is easy to get sucked into though not without its risks as you convert money into victory points at specific stages in the game at differing conversion rates.

A note about components: the game board needs to be bigger if not only slightly as the board quickly fills up and it gets quite annoying and difficult to see what is where.
2010-11-07
First edition
Year: 2010
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
First edition
Year: 2007
8
Nov 2010
6.121
Owned
Plays: 4
Eggertspiele english edition
Year: 2008
N/A
6.145
Owned
Want To Play
ImageID 80785
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2009
Language: English
Other: Early Railways Collection - October 2009
7
Sep 2010
5.690
Owned
Plays: 1
This game is part of a system that eventually spawned the masterpiece that is Age of Steam. In a way, it is simpler and focuses more on positioning yourself in such a way that others make use of your links. More links isn't always better and it's easy to get sucked into a debt spiral. There is a bit of luck in the cards and the dice used for market changes (income reduction). I'm also not very fond of the play continues in clockwise order from player with highest income.
2010-11-01
7.5
Sep 2013
5.595
Owned
Plays: 4
Route building vs. share incentives reduced to the lowest common denominator. Quick and fierce.
2013-10-18
7
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
I love the available cubes vs. trains mechanism!
2010-09-03
English first edition
Year: 2011
6.5
Sep 2012
7.555
Owned
Plays: 2
Worker placing, resource managing, engine building in all its tedious glory.
2012-09-28
Adlung-Spiele Multilingual first edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.373
Owned
Want To Play
Winsome Games edition 2008
Year: 2008
9.5
Feb 2012
5.824
Owned
Plays: 2
Pampas Railroads is the very interesting older brother of Wabash Cannonball / Chicago Express. There's less emphasis on alliances and the economics are a little different with all 5 shares accounted for on dividends, whether sold or not.
2010-04-14
Winsome Games Fourth reprint with wooden cubes
Year: 2011
N/A
5.824
Owned
Plays: 2
PanzerZug (1998)
N/A
5.527
Owned
Want To Play
Pente Games Black tube with red/white stones edition
Year: 1982
7
Jan 2010*
6.291
Owned
Plays: 5
A great abstract strategy game in the GO family but rather simple, quick, yet elegant nonetheless.
2011-05-04
Warfrog First Edition
Year: 2006
N/A
6.528
Owned
First edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.270
Owned
Want To Play
Print & Play basic edition
Year: 2005
6
Feb 2012
5.943
Owned
A tough, solitaire, civ game. Frustrating, but a lot of fun too.
2009-08-06
Lookout games edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2012
6.388
Owned
Plays: 4
18xx with no teeth.
2010-12-24
Rio Grande English edition 2004
Year: 2004
7
Feb 2012
7.908
Owned
Plays: 5
A good economic strategy game. A train game without the trains. The board is distracting.

The market demand system is interesting but mechanical. Unfortunately, I always find PG anti-climactic.
2009-03-27
English first edition
Year: 2005
N/A
7.439
Owned
Prairie Railroads 2011 Edition
Year: 2011
N/A
5.573
Owned
Want To Play
Preußische Ostbahn (aka German Railways) (2008)
English first edition
Year: 2008
8
Nov 2010
6.176
Owned
Plays: 11
Can you set yourself up to win with the most money yet not take many actions throughout the game?

Preußische Ostbahn / German Railways is a very fun, cube rails game with no share dilution but a very novel turn order mechanism: draw players' cubes from a cup equal to number of players; the lower your income, the more chances you have of getting to take actions that round. Dividends only pay out when 2 railroads meet for the first time (a la Age of Scheme: Routes to Riches).
2010-11-20
First Edition
Year: 2009
N/A
N/A
Owned
Essen 2010 Edition
Year: 2010
N/A
N/A
Owned
Rio Grande English edition
Year: 2000
8
Apr 2013
7.482
Owned
Plays: 1
The Princes of Florence is one of the big, classic euros, though it requires strategy or long term planning. The Auction sequence is integral where reading your opponents state and strategy is crucial while you bluff your way putting items up for auction and upping the bids. When and for how much do you convert cash to VPs?
2013-04-05
English second edition 2003
Year: 2003
7
Jan 2010
8.032
Owned
Plays: 6
I appreciate the strategy, planning and fun in resource management, but PR also bores me; it's always anti-climactic.
2010-01-26
Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 2003
7
Mar 2010
7.030
Owned
Plays: 1
Adds some cool twists to PR. I suspect if I played PR more I would only play with the expansion.
2010-01-18
English first edition
Year: 1999
N/A
6.171
Owned
Want To Play
English first edition
Year: 2007
7
Mar 2011
7.712
Owned
Plays: 2
Rail USA (2014)
8
Jul 2014
5.575
Owned
Plays: 1
Reminds me of SNCF where you draw cubes that double as tracks that connect cities, however, once connected, goods cubes can be delivered to and from cities with payouts to stock holders and a bonus to player moving the goods. Opaque. Pleasantly surprised by this one.
2014-07-18
German / English First edition
Year: 2010
6
Feb 2012
5.720
Owned
Plays: 2
First edition
Year: 2005
N/A
5.688
Owned
Wassertal Spieleverlag German English Edition 2004
Year: 2004
N/A
5.586
Owned
Games Workshop Game of the Year (1984) Edition
Year: 1985
N/A
5.870
Owned
N/A
6.935
Owned
Want To Play
English first edition
Year: 2011
N/A
5.552
Owned
Want To Play
Fourth edition
Year: 2013
8
Jan 2015
7.187
Owned
Plays: 6
Engine building / optimization nightmare and very fiddly. Brain-burning goodness.
2015-01-03
Robber Barons (2005)
ImageID 97146
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2010
Language: English
6.5
Feb 2012
5.531
Owned
Plays: 2
Players either place cubes on cities claiming VPs, or take a card and if you have a cube on any cities on the card, score multiple VPs. As cube networks grow and join, score more VPs.

Do I take the card now and score a few, or do I place cubes first in the hopes that I'll score more when I take the card? What if another player takes that card? Do I try to block off that opponents network or can my cube be put to better use at this time?

Robber Barons is a clever but somewhat bland, light-to-medium-weight game.
2011-01-11
Print-and-play edition
Year: 2011
N/A
5.719
Owned
Want To Play
English first edition
Year: 2013
7
Jul 2015
7.592
Owned
Plays: 12
Many paths to victory, or so they say; I'm not convinced. Possibly a lot of non-decisions but still a well implemented worker placement / action selection game.
2015-07-11
English edition
Year: 2010
7
Mar 2010
6.412
Owned
Plays: 16
A light and quick economic game. Control the timing of when you "marry" into a family, expansion, and ultimately, when the game will end. The cards add an interesting decision point - do I sell that good now for the much needed capital, or do I save it for the VPs in the end? How do I maximize the VPs on any given card? Is it worth the effort?

The rules are simple and the game is accessible to many different people of all ages. Also quite good for 2 players, though luck of the draw is exacerbated.

While I prefer less luck and more strategy, my concerns are mitigated by the quick playtime. We can easily play a 2-player game in 30 minutes. Plenty of fun here!
2010-03-31
English first edition
Year: 2004
7
Mar 2011
7.211
Owned
Plays: 14
Good card game that plays fast with different paths to victory. Great for 2 players.
2010-04-22
Mayfair Third Edition
Year: 1998
5.5
Nov 2008*
7.022
Owned
Minor changes to vanilla Settlers, with interesting twists and variations. A good expansion.
2006-12-27*
Mayfair First edition
Year: 1999
N/A
6.613
Owned
English third edition 1997
Year: 1997
5
Jan 2010*
7.184
Owned
Plays: 6
The mighty Settlers. Rekindled my love for gaming. A little boring anymore and I hate leaving my fate to the roll of the dice...
2008-01-09*
English First edition
Year: 1999
N/A
6.837
Owned
Special building phase messes the game up. With five players, we exclude the special building phase.
2007-02-06*
Mayfair Games edition
Year: 2006
N/A
5.740
Owned
First Edition
Year: 2005
N/A
5.632
Owned
German first edition
Year: 2000
N/A
6.307
Owned
For Trade
Mayfair Edition
Year: 1999
N/A
6.337
Owned
Want To Play
SNCF (2010)
English first edition
Year: 2010
7.5
Feb 2012
6.311
Owned
Plays: 10
SCNF (aka Paris Connection) is a clever game about optimizing your stock portfolio. Interestingly, the cubes (trains) are used as shares as well as markers used to expand the companies. Trading in a share of X for the more lucrative Y gives X-company another cube (train) to build with and potentially increase its income. Conversely, the more shares you take, the fewer that company will have to expand and increase its income. Fun!

For a seemingly simple game, the strategy is subtle, the game is quite clever and with such a quick playtime (10 - 30 minutes), is a favorite around here with casual gamers and heavy gamers alike.
2011-08-05
English first edition
Year: 2011
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
9
May 2011
5.684
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
"The game is a 40 minute economic bloodbath" - yes, please!
2011-04-29
English first edition
Year: 2015
N/A
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
English first edition
Year: 2012
6
Dec 2012
7.709
Owned
Plays: 7
OK not a lot of strategy here, but not a bad tactical wargame. The streamlined implementation is good and makes for quick games. A lot of fun with my 9-yr old.
2012-12-22
English/Italian edition 2008
Year: 2008
N/A
5.966
Owned
English edition
Year: 1999
N/A
6.512
Owned
Want To Play
Multilingual second edition
Year: 2011
7
Feb 2012
6.123
Owned
Plays: 6
String Railway is a clever connection game played with string. There's plenty of luck of the draw but it's quick, a lot of fun and very innovative.
2011-03-28
Multilingual first edition
Year: 2004
7
Jan 2012
7.139
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Struggle of Empires is a big game of diplomacy and control. Auction for alliances is a major part of the game and an excellent mechanism; you typically want to be allied with your bigger opponents. Play with 5 or 7 and be very familiar with all the cards.
2012-01-23
Winsome Games 2010 Essen Edition
Year: 2010
8
Sep 2015
5.671
Owned
Plays: 13
Texas & Pacific is the closest relative to Wabash Cannonball / Chicago Express. It features the 'Go West' mechanism and the Development action has been replaced by Ranch. Instead of using Development to manipulate turn order and benefit a company, Ranch shifts the incentive to the player (cash in pocket). Mechanically, the games are very similar but in reality, T&P plays out quite differently.

I expect T&P to get a lot of playtime around here and the rating to go up.
2010-10-19
The Traders of Genoa (aka Genoa) (2001)
Rio Grande English Edition 2001
Year: 2001
8.5
May 2011
6.961
Owned
Plays: 3
Traders of Genoa is a remarkable negotiation game with very high player interaction; years ahead of its time! Negotiate everything. Get those 1:1 cards and make other players move the merchant to where you want it to go.
2011-05-20
English/German first edition
Year: 2012
7
Apr 2013
5.507
Owned
Plays: 1
Thousand Islands is a peculiar game of card drafting available builds and managing Income vs. VPs. The Inspectors are a clever mechanism where you potentially could position them to negatively impact opponents whether by preventing big payouts or positioning yourself to get payouts on your opponents' runs. VP/Income reduction ledges are also interesting. I'd like to try this with more but worried about downtime and long playtime.
2013-04-30
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Year: 2007
Language: English
Other: First Eagle Games printing w/ third Eagle Games printing cards and player boards
6.5
Nov 2014
8.038
Owned
Plays: 691
It's clear to me that there are many false choices in the game; there appear to be many options when, in fact, there are few. Get your science up and focus on military. It's that simple. It's fun to explore the different paths, but after a few hundred plays, it comes down to 'get your military up and plan for war with the leader.' As a result, luck of the draw is worse than it initially may appear.

It scales well though the 2-player (2 - 2.5 hrs) is very different than 4-player (4+ hrs).

2014-11-07
Rio Grande edition 2007 with two sets of special cards
Year: 2007
7.5
Feb 2012
7.453
Owned
Plays: 7
Tichu has almost completely replaced Euchre as casual, after-dinner, 4-player card game.
2010-11-20
English second edition 2004 with SdJ
Year: 2004
5.5
Feb 2012
7.411
Owned
Plays: 4
Reserved for real non-gamers (in-laws, etc.) and 2-player with my wife.
2008-01-09*
English Promotional Edition
Year: 2004
N/A
6.103
Owned
Limited edition tin box
Year: 2006
6
Jan 2010*
7.749
Owned
Only play TtR with this expansion.
2007-02-06*
F.X. Schmid German Second edition with SdJ mark
Year: 2000
N/A
6.997
Owned
Want To Play
English/French first edition
Year: 2012
7
Nov 2012
5.782
Owned
Plays: 1
A quick-playing, optimal scoring puzzle.
2012-11-13
English second edition
Year: 2013
7
Feb 2014
7.073
Owned
Plays: 5
Clever deck-building with simple route-connection aspect. Can you time the game-end accurately?
2014-02-21
English first edition
Year: 2014
N/A
6.603
Owned
Trambahn (2015)
N/A
6.148
Owned
English first edition
Year: 2015
N/A
N/A
Owned
TransAmerica (2001)
ImageID 158561
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Year: 2009
Language: English
Other: Includes Vexation
5
Feb 2012
6.514
Owned
Plays: 3
A very light but fun game, great for families with young children. Vexation is a must!
2010-09-30
English first edition, Third Printing
Year: 2007
6.5
Jan 2010*
8.210
Owned
Plays: 4
My first attempt at the pseudo-war game genre. Very thematic and plenty fun. Lots of tense nail-biting but need to be in the right mood.
2009-07-03
Winsome Micro Dice Version
Year: 2009
8
Apr 2010
5.605
Owned
Plays: 9
I am impressed at how rich this game is; it feels like a civ game - you're expanding your 'empire', producing and managing resources, dealing with events and trying to stay ahead of your opponent. There is plenty of luck of the draw, but don't hesitate to dump your cards in favor of new ones. Lots of fun!
2009-07-03
International edition
Year: 2006
N/A
6.048
Owned
For Trade
Second Edition
Year: 2010
N/A
5.572
Owned
English/German first edition
Year: 2007
9.5
Feb 2012
7.026
Owned
Plays: 118
Wabash Cannonball / Chicago Express is a quick-playing, auction game of railroad expansion and shareholding.

There is no luck and the game is about acting/reacting to what others are doing. Through clever manipulation of available actions and auctioning of shares, you can influence other players into working together to a common end, if only temporarily. While a major feature of the game is the auction, there are also many other things you can do to mess with other players' plans (try taking the B&O or even the PRR southwest to block the C&O - when done properly, it's a thing of beauty!).

The game comes down to influencing when the game will end (if I can end it next turn, I will win, but one turn too early or too late and I don't have a chance). Sometimes the game will end after 4 dividends, sometimes more, and rarely the full 8. Sometimes railroads will make it to Chicago and Detroit; often no one does. If you believe the game always plays out the same and get stale, you don't understand the game and haven't played it enough.

The rules are simple and the depth is subtle at first. Give it a few plays - this is an amazing game!
2013-04-20
First Edition
Year: 2008
9
Jul 2009*
6.049
Owned
Plays: 44
This expansion makes a great game better. The Erie is very delicate though. Bid with caution!

The player to get the Erie in a 3-player game will regularly clean house. Lately, we're only playing it with 4 or more.
2009-12-30
First Edition
Year: 2009
9
Jul 2009*
6.049
Owned
Plays: 44
Adds some additional screwage to taking null actions. Very cool!
2009-07-30
9
Aug 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 11
The Nickel Plate expansion adds another wrench to the Wabash mix.
2011-08-11
First edition
Year: 2008
7
Jan 2010*
6.455
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
This is a great, no-luck, market supply/demand game. Still digesting but there is a great game here. We played with v2 rules on commodity packages and trading - namely, the ability to buy/sell 1, 2 or 3 cubes in one action during the trading phase. The drawback is the slow trading phase but it's not that bad; it will speed up with experience.
2011-01-21
First edition
Year: 2010
N/A
5.735
Owned
Werewolf (1986)
ImageID 421048
Publisher: Looney Labs
N/A
6.464
Owned
West Riding (2000)
ImageID 493342
Publisher: Winsome Games
Year: 2008
Language: English
7
Feb 2012
5.526
Owned
Plays: 1
Others have called this and other games in the Riding Series 'brain-burners'. That's an understatement.

The strategy here is subtle, but there is a lot of math and AP; a lot. There has to be a better way to streamline calculations esp. in the end-game. My kind of game though...

2009-08-04
First edition: Essen 2010
Year: 2010
N/A
5.561
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
N/A
Owned
Want To Play
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