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Escape from the Planet of the Trains (December 18xx)

  • Level A Community Room

    334 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA, Boston, MA (map)

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  • 18xx games are about railroads: building track and running trains for profit. 18xx games are also about a stock market, and the skullduggery between various robber barons as they try to build, thwart, take over, or bankrupt companies. But, they can take quite a while to play. We play with poker chips and emphasize a "ready to play" culture (meaning you're ready to act when your company is up). Games have generally taken from 2 hours (via bankruptcy) to 6 hours (to the end) with the average around 5 hours, even with new players. The more you plan in advance, the faster the game (of course, many times the other robber barons thwart your plans!)

    You will need to be ready to start right at the starting time, or very close to it, because the game is so long. We also are splitting into two games quite frequently now so being early is better so we can decide which 18xx games to play and then have to set them up, unless we ALL can come to a pre-arrangement in the comments.

    New players are welcome although we strongly suggest familiarizing yourself with the basic rules and concepts first. A brand new player will need 20 to 40 minutes of rules explanation before they play. The game really isn't overly complex, rules-wise, it's just long with lots of decisions. It is a little fiddly sometimes, though.

    Due to some late arrivals in prior months, we will emphasize: If you're over 15 minutes late and have not made arrangements with one of the tables, you are probably only going to be a mere spectator, unless there is a game doing a rules explanation, you know that 18xx variant well, and can make it before it starts. If you're much later you probably won't be able to join a game at all. It usually takes us all afternoon and well into the evening to play one game of 18xx. Even our more "experienced" tables usually drop four or five hours into a single game (or more; last month we didn't finish either 1835 or 1830 until 9:30 PM or later). It is rare that there is a second game.

    Also since we usually know the people in the week or so prior it will be good at that point if we can sort out what games we want to play in advance. While it's no guarantee we can break down that way, knowing to set up something in advance is SUPER helpful and time saving. Setting up and teaching a new 18xx variant can take an hour or more and the games are quite long as it is, so every little bit helps. What you need to know about 334 Mass Ave:

    -Press 999 on the intercom and security will let you into the building
    -You must sign in at the security desk with a picture ID
    -Take the elevator down to level "A." Exit the elevator to your left and the community room will be ahead on your right, next to the laundry room.

    Session would start at 2 PM. Please note your availability in the comments.

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  • Steve

    Have fun at this one, all, but we will be at the Bruins game since it's my birthday. I will see what I can arrange for a Billerica game. I know Dan C. expressed some interest because he lives nearby.

    1 · November 22

  • tamm

    We only have two possible choices this month: 12/11 or 12/18. I'm free either one.

    September 28

    • tamm

      I'm no longer free on 12/11, so it looks like 12/18 is it, unless someone else hosts at a different location.

      November 8

  • Antonio

    I think I can do 12/18.

    October 24

  • Shirley Márquez D.

    So far I am also free on December 11 and 18. I will update this as the dates get closer.

    I'm also up for another gathering somewhere in the December 27-30 range. If Steve schedules something I will go if it's feasible for me to get there from here.

    September 28

    • Steve

      I am near the Lowell commuter rail line (about a 7 minute walk, according to Renay, who takes the train to Boston for work), but well out into the suburbs. Or it may involve some carpooling, depending on who signs up. I'll also have to figure out what to do with the cat. He's a big furry jerk who hates 18xx. :)

      September 28

    • Steve

      I guess technically you can get there by the 351 bus connecting to the Burlington Mall, then the LRTA 15 bus to LRTA 13 bus, but that would be rather crazy :)

      September 28

  • Steve

    December 11 is the only viable day for me (assuming we're locked in to Sundays only; I should have the whole week off after Christmas, and may schedule an 18xx at my house sometime if there's enough interest).

    September 28

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  • Steve

    I'm the oddball who (usually) prefers two-player games.

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