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India Rails


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  • For 2-6 players
  • From the Empire Builder system
  • Takes 2-4 hours to play
  • Tons of replay value
  • Bookcase game
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  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 11.6 x 9.4 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: USA
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00001ZST1
  • Item model number: MFG0489
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,614 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Bring your railroad-empire-building savvy to a new region. India Rails includes 52 cities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. As with the other games in the Empire Builder System, players build railroads by connecting the dots on the game board with the special wipe-off crayons included. Lay down tracks from city to city so you can transport goods to meet the demands of the citizens (as indicated by the "demand cards"). The first player to connect all five major cities with one continuous line of track and have a minimum of $250 million in cash is the winner. A great way to learn geography while having fun. --Alison Golder

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Now rail fans can experience the thrills of owning,building and operating railroads in the land of India!India Rails is the latest in a series of train games usingthe Empire Builder system. Using a specially coatedboard, playeres use crayons to draw their rail lines.Moving their train up and down the line collecting and delivering goods, players attempt to become the mostefficient delivery service in all of India!Cands inform each player of the current demands of the citizens, their job is to make a decision of which loads theywill pick up and deliver. With 52 different cities, players will never play the exact same game twice.Fans have enjoyed building railroad empires for years, now you can attempt to master a new region!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Riddle on December 16, 2002
The rail building series by Mayfair games has to be my favorite set of games. The first game will take a few hours and is a little confusing but, once you get the rules down, the fun really begins! Besides being very fun and entertaining, this game promotes geography education. I can now point out Bhopal on a map! We initially bought Empire Builder (the American map) but now own India Rails, British rails and Eurorails. Do not attampt to play this game with young children or the impatient. But, give it a chance and you will be hooked!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manav on December 1, 2001
THe main reason i bought this game at first was so that I could play the nuclear wars crossover by flying buffallo inc. but, after playing this game, i would definately recomend this to anyone who enjoys money games such as monopoly or cashflow. In my opinion, this is an excellent game for ages 10-11 +. Ps-I would have given fun 4 and a half, It only loses half as it takes a long time (4-5 hours) to comlete a game.And, I gave it 5 for education as it teaches you India's basic geography (THe names of cities, location of mountains and rivers etc...)
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By Kzoo on August 31, 2014
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I love all the Mayfair Rails games!

But if you are only going to buy one, chose either Empire Builder or European Rails. This one has some issues.

First off, like most of the first-run editions, it's all in black and white. The playing pieces all have little stickers that you have to apply to them - and they are missing some. They say there are 2 circuses and 5 pilgrims in the game, but there are only stickers for 1 circus and 3 pilgrims. Since the stickers are all on one sheet, and the sheet wasn't ripped or damaged, this must be a flaw in the game.

Second, the board is A LOT SMALLER. Most of the games, the puzzle playing board is six pieces, and the country is large enough to read the cities and towns. This one, although India is a large country - and the game includes the surrounding countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and two others I can't think of right now, the playing board is only four pieces. The board is thinner - substandard quality, and it warped. We have ours sitting under a set of books right now to try to flatten it out. The spots are smaller and closer together, so I know it won't wear well. We literally played the SPOTS OFF our Empire Builder game and have to replace it! But that took years of playing to do. I'm not sure that India rails will last that long. And because the spots are smaller, and the towns and cities are smaller, they are harder to read.

I do like the addition of some newer products.

I will play this game again. But I really LOVE Martian Rails! We own Empire Builder (USA), Eurorails, Lunar Rails, Martian Rails, Nepon Rails (Japan), China Rails and India. I would place India as my least favorite of them all - but that's like saying, "what's your least favorite flavor of ice cream?" I love all ice cream!
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We are great fans of the Mayfair Games railroad games (Eurorails is my least favorite of the series mostly because of the map itself). We probably play one of these games at least once a month. We added India Rails to our "family" this year and I do believe it is my favorite rendition. It can be daunting the first time to figure out the city names and such but it was sure interesting to get a better sense of that region of the world. I love the pilgrims feature (pick up a pilgrim in any minor city in India and deliver to a major city in a different region of India for 2 or 3 million - can't remember which). It's a great way for players to make easy small money and eliminates the need for borrowing from the bank. I would like to figure out a way to incorporate this into Australian Rails but haven't yet (because of how the major cities are placed). This game takes a tad longer to get started simply because the geography and city names are unfamiliar.

The way I check if someone's a good candidate for one of the rail games is to ask if they like Monopoly. Generally if someone isn't a fan of Monopoly, they won't care much for the rail games because it takes longer than they expect. And if someone doesn't have the attention span for the game, it is miserable for everyone and makes the game that much longer.

Btw, we use dry erase markers instead of crayons and prefer them. The edges of the board do retain traces of the colors but not enough to stop using them. We also start out with 70 million instead of 60, do three building rounds (I think original rules are for two building rounds before starting), and up the train speeds to 12 and 16 (instead of 9 and 12). That gets the game going that much faster and speeds up the overall time.
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An interesting twist on Empire Builder. Excellent for teaching the players the nuances of India. As in all other iterations of Empire Builder players use crayons to draw in their rail lines.
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