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Subject: Steam Barons < X < 1830 rss

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Brian Bennett
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I own and enjoy Steam Barons and 1830.
I never have the time to play 1830. I wish I did, I just don't.

I love Steam Barons but after playing 1830, I wish there was a little more to it.

What I am looking for here is a look into ideas for variants or other games all together that will put me somewhere in between the two games. I want a slightly deeper game than Barons (more long term strategy planning and stock market importance) but I want to play in 3-4 hrs.

We played a 3 player game of Barons in about 2 hours.

These are the ideas that I am tossing around-
First, use a larger board with more cities/towns. Or, implement a good restocking phase to the game.
Second, add X number of rounds to the game, 5 is too short.

Next, make it possibly, but somewhat limited for companies to use other companies track segments. I understand this adds an element of colusion between companies with the same owner, but it will become too likely that company would get locked in completely without a chance to deliver a good as you lengthen the game. I want companies to fail but not as easily as getting locked in does.

So, if you have ideas for variants or other games that you think fit the bill for me, please let me know!
Thanks,
Brain

 
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Perhaps Baltimore & Ohio?
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Nelson Stanley
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Steam Over Holland

Experienced players can play in about the same time as Steam Barons, as it also has a set number of rounds.

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NateStraight wrote:


Nate said it straight - B&O is the way to go - 18xx without the headaches.

Alternatively, have a look at Poseidon
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Good suggestions here.

I'll throw in a shout for Bullfrog Goldfield. It's a game about one of the goldrushes, and you buy stocks in railroads and mines. Railroads tend to be jumpy and slower in their climb in increasing values, whereas mines are more of a quicker climb until they're exhausted, at which point they're worth zero (and everything associated with them drops in value).

Baltimore & Ohio and Steam over Holland are both great stockholding train game options without diving headfirst into 18xx.
 
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Thank you all for the suggestion to try Baltimore and Ohio!! It is a great game and perfectly hit what we were looking for in a game. It is deaper/bigger than Steam Barons but not quite at the level of 1830.

It seems as if the designers were thinking exactly what we were, we love the game but don't want to deal with all of the hassle. Love it!
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