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18xx for All

  • 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!

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  • Ben J.

    Thanks guys. Had Fun.

    March 16, 2014

  • jengis a.

    Feeling better. 15 minutes late.

    March 15, 2014

  • Joe M.

    well I've read most of the rules for 18OE and theyre kind of a doozy. i think a short scenario might be doable. though I think we might be better off going with 1846 or something similar (simpler and shorter). I'll need to get a confirmed head count by Saturday morning so we can get things ready.

    March 13, 2014

    • Joe M.

      March 14, 2014

    • Joe M.

      if you can grok page 2-4 of that pdf thats a good start

      March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super excited about this, as I've always wanted to try playing a game of 18XX. Are there any recommended resources online I could read beforehand so I don't come in as a totally uniformed player?

    March 10, 2014

    • Joe M.

      If 18OE gets here by then (which it should) we'll likely try one of the "short" scenarios from that game. If you are feeling inspired you can check out the rulebook here:

      March 11, 2014

    • Joe M.

      March 11, 2014

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