Eagle Games Railways of the World
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- Railways of the World is suitable for 2 to 6 players
- age 10 and up
- playing time 120 minutes. Ranked #26 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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Don't make the mistake of thinking (as I first did after seeing photos of a massive board and incredible components) that this is just for middle-aged men who drive trains for a living and play with miniature railroads as a hobby, or that this is just for hardcore gamers who like complicated and heavy games, and that this game is not for you. Despite the glamorous and epic appearances, this is just another medium-weight game - only way better than most. The typical strategy gamer will find much to love about Railways of the World, not least that it is more thematic than many eurogames, and comes with gorgeous over-produced components, and offers substance beyond typical gateway games without taking on the complexity of heavy gamer's games.
So what's the appeal? First of all, Railways of the World has an impressive pedigree, being the offspring of a Martin Wallace system that has proved most successful in Age of Steam, an ever-popular gamer's game from 2002. It was simplified for a wider audience as Railroad Tycoon in 2005, and as a result of some minor improvements was further refined as Railways of the World in 2009, receiving the benefit of further improvements in a 2010 reprint. Railroad Tycoon proved to be a big and popular hit, and still enjoys a very respectable reputation as one of the best in modern games, so it's good to see it improved and updated in the newer Railways of the World.Read more ›
The game is not a dive-right-in type of game, and should definitely be played with someone who has played it before as some of the rules can be a little tricky. The game comes with the standard 4-6 player (you CAN play with 2-3 players) Easter US map board and the smaller 2-4 player Mexico map board.
The goal of the game is to be a pioneering entrepreneurial railway tycoon/Barron. No dice, and lots of strategy, but after a game or two (be careful, they can last up to 2 hours for more players) you should have the hang of it and be ready to take on your friends.
My only other suggestion is to start on the Mexico map board, as it is less overwhelming than the triple-folding US board.
Potential downsides are that the game can take 2-3 hours or even more to play if you have 4, 5 or 6 (beginner) players. The time flies quickly because you're having fun, and there isn't much downtime, but you have to make sure people are committed to finish the game. You can play much faster with a group of folks who have played before. The other potential downside is that the game is a little more complex than, say, Monopoly, or even Settlers of Catan. So you have to invest a bit of time to learn the rules, but nothing ridiculous. But it's well worth the effort!
If you like medium weight strategy games, this is a must buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm really happy with the rule changes and the maps. A great game, despite the new name.Published 10 days ago by Internet Debater
Bought this for my daughter she loved it. A great game to play.Published 1 month ago by christine Becerra
Combines the fun and ideas of "Steam", but with MUCH simpler rules. My elementary kids play it with me and love it, while it is very challenging for... Read more