Mar 15, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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Let's play 18xx this Saturday! 18OE, 1862, 1817, 1858, 1873 are all interesting possibilities.
WARNING for the uninitiated: please consider, you probably ought to consider yourself at least a semi-hardcore gamer in some sense to be able to enjoy playing 18xx at all. Also, please show up on time especially if you need a rules explanation, or we may not be able to get you in a game.
18xx is a series of complicated economic board games themed around the development of railway companies in the 1800s. There are basically 3 major aspects to all of the games, with some variation: 1- Share rounds, in which players start new companies, purchase and sell shares. 2- Operating rounds in which the majority shareholder of each company develops track on the board and collects revenue by running trains. 3- And probably the most important feature of any 18xx, the purchase of new trains which at crucial moments in the games, forces early trains into obsolescence. Anyhoo, these games have no hidden information and no randomness, only an onslaught of difficult calculations and flabbergasting butterfly effects. So, if that sounds like fun to you, we would love to play some 18xx with you!