- Assertion: In 6-player 1830 only the $160 Camden & Amboy private company is worth more than face-value & even that is questionable. #18xx #
- @jdludlow There are no wooden bits for Pampas Railroads as published… in reply to jdludlow #
- @cshirky We paid for timely delivery & early access rights. That’s what newspapers sell: timeliness & early access. The woodpulp is a bonus. in reply to cshirky #
- @cshirky If communication is free and replication is free, then what’s left to be sold is timeliness, access, voice-identity & packaging. #
- @jdludlow Did you perhaps use cubes for the replacement income/actions track I did? in reply to jdludlow #
- @jdludlow Is the version on BGG still borked? I posted a corrected one a long time back. in reply to jdludlow #
- @jdludlow Phew! in reply to jdludlow #
- @scottredracecar Preußische Ostbahn is how long for y’all? It has been running about 90-120 here. We’re ~12 games in. in reply to scottredracecar #
- @scottredracecar How many players? I like 5P best but find it teaches/learns best with 3P. The game does not suffer weak players well. in reply to scottredracecar #
- @scottredracecar Aye, we had players that latched onto it and carried us (& me) over the hump. There’s a great game on the other side. in reply to scottredracecar #
- @scottredracecar That said, locals like dkeisen do not like how it can (seem to) force players into inescapable corners and boring endgames. in reply to scottredracecar #
- @scottredracecar DuckDealer: Figure which 50pt consumer won’t be built, then drive FAST for 2 that are left. Ignore everything else. in reply to scottredracecar #
- @scottredracecar The article was too late after the initial Essen copies and too long before GA. Expect a clear winner in ~4 actions. in reply to scottredracecar #
- Photos from Pyongyang (North Korea) by Dutch photographer. Surreally terrible. True? (via @GreatDismal, @somebadideas) http://bit.ly/SZubG #
- RT @nprnews: Health Care ‘Death Panels’ Aren’t New. They Exist Now http://su.pr/34IBbc #
- RT @GreatDismal:The Coin Flip: A Fundamentally Unfair Proposition? http://bit.ly/xFLLB #
- Please please please! RT @alleyinsider:Obama Wants To Privatize Space Travel by @nichcarlson http://bit.ly/5DHot #
- RT @hnshah:Case Study of Iterating on a Tweet: Twitter Postings: Iterative Design http://klck.me/Jb #
- The Internet started with pictures of attractive welcoming women, and guess what, it still does. http://bit.ly/oxUuG (via @greatdismal) #
- Played my cleanest & sharpest #18xx ever tonight: 3P 1889. Won $7K:$6K:$5K. Classic 3P: float low, rape, dump, float 2x @ high par, win.. #
- @msaari 1889: best 4P, 3P still good. Not great, good, excellent for teaching; a solid shorter-style game. ~3 hours or less with exp. #18xx #
- @msaari BtB DTG recommendations for novice players: 1889, 18Mex, 18EU. For experienced players: 1826, 1841, 1854, maybe 1832 or 1846 #18xx in reply to msaari #
- How delightful. RT @alleyinsider:CHART OF THE DAY: P2P File Stealers Spend A Ton On Media by @nichcarlson http://bit.ly/16J390 #
- @msaari Cool. First impressions of 1826 very good. I’ll know more by Tues. 1844 (not a DTG game) is also exceptional albeit long. #18xx in reply to msaari #
- @msaari 1844 length the problem? Probably 6hrs with experience. Gods above what a game! Easily in top 5 #18xx. Charters and shares suck tho. in reply to msaari #
- I have no words, none at all, & I’m kinda of glad about that. http://tr.im/x8m5 (via @greatdismal) #
- Core problem with competitive-business view of #healthcare debate is that point-of-purchase is widely separated from point-of-use/valuation. #
- Nicely done #healthcare debate summary for the powerpoint generation (4 napkins): http://tr.im/xc79 (via @nprnews, @pourmecoffee) #
- How much where and compared to what? A relative measure of the billions (and trillions) so often discussed in the news. http://tr.im/xh1L #
- Corrected URL: New blog post: Variants for 1830: http://tr.im/xp2u #18xx #
Note: David Reed’s Geocities page, frequently linked and quoted below, will be disappearing as Yahoo! shuts down Geocities. Thus, those links will break, and also in part, my rush in getting this page and the related files assembled.
Reading Railroad by Alan Moon
David Reed writes:
Take a Ride on the Reading by Alan Moon, published originally in The General volume 23, number 6 (and due to be republished in the Train Gamer’s Gazette volume 2, number 4), added the Reading Railroad to the game and suggested several other changes to the rules of play.
Coalfields by Alan Moon
David Reed writes:
The Coalfields by Alan Moon, published orginally in Games International number 6 (and recently republished in the Train Gamer’s Gazette volume 2, number 2), added the Norfolk and Western Railroad; an extra portion of the board; two “7″ trains; off-board connections that can be the center of a run, instead of the end; and suggested several other changes to the rules of play. including rules for combining The Coalfields with Take a Ride on the Reading.
I’ve found two supporting archives, fortunately non-contradictory: one and two. The former has the advantage of providing both the new rules and colour images for the new map sections, tiles and shares.
Update: Please note that the colour PDF I’ve assembled above for the Coalfields expansion prints the map extensions slightly too small. It doesn’t accurately match the 1830 map. The resulting map sections, while undersized are certainly playable albeit also ungainly and clumsy. Oddly the track tiles that go onto the board are however just fine. The track tiles placed by players appear to be small by a similar fraction to the map extensions.
I have not yet determined why this is true, or what the correct scaling factor is. I estimate by rough eye that it is not far under 10%.
Perre Marquette Railroad by Federico Vellani
David Reed writes:
The Pere Marquette by Federico Vellani, published in the Train Gamer’s Gazette volume 3, number 1, adds a new western railroad.
I’ve stashed a PDF of a photocopy of the original magazine article documenting the new company and related rules changes.
Bonds/Corporate Debt by John Puddifoot
David Reed writes:
The 1830 Debt Variant by John Puddifoot, published originally in the Train Gamer’s Gazette volume 1, number 3, added the ability for companies to go into debt (similar to, but not exactly like the debt rules in 1856).
I’ve assembled a PDF of the rules for the Bonds/Corporate Debt Variant.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge by Carl Burger
David Reed writes:
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge by Carl Burger has not been published anywhere yet, to my knowledge. It adds on to the Coalfields variant. A bridge between hexes J14 and I17 is the only added terrain. K15 (The N&W base) is now has room for two tokens, and its value changes based on phase from $30 to $50 to $60. Two tiles are also added: one each of tile 145 (from 1870) and 220 (from 1835).
I’ve been unable to find any further details.
“Simple” by John David Galt
David Reed writes:
The “Simple” 1830 variant by John David Galt adds the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, & Pacific (CMSt.P&P – The “Milwaukee Road”) starting with 3 tokens in hex D2 (Flint MI) and the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) starting with 3 tokens in hex H4 (Dayton OH). Both companies have standard 1830 share set-ups (President: 20% and 8 x 10%). The third “6″ train should be used, but no other trains should be added. These should only be used with 5 or 6 players. The variant also adds a couple of gray tiles, which will be available when the first six train is sold. The first is a tile identical to the Toronto tile in 1856 for New York City; the second is a “B” tile (two hole city with five exits, worth 70). Only one of each of these tiles is added.
In an email exchange with John David Galt about this variant, he commented:
What’s up on that long-dead site is all there is. The variant was nothing more than a one-liner response to someone on the 18xx mailing list who wanted an 1830 variant with more companies.
I’ve been unable to find any further details except for Keieth Thomasson’s mention listed below under the Nickel Plate variant.
Nickel Plate by Wolfram Janich
Mentioned in several places, including in Kieth Thomasson’s issue 138 of For Whom The Die Rolls, December 2006. Quoting from that magazine:
The 1830 Variant Box No.1 is just enough information to intrigue but not enough to give any idea what this actually contains. This is published by Wolfram Janich and contains the Wabash Cannonball Variant by Harry Wu, the ‘Simple’ Variant by John David Galt. The rules to these are in German and English. There are also two alternative maps by Wolfram.
– The Wabash Cannonball variant
This introduces a new company, the Wabash Railroad, which starts in hex H2. The map is extended to the west, moving Chicago a couple of hexes west in the process. There is an overlay for hex D20, which makes the hex north east of the NYC base a value 20 station in a grey hex. There is one additional train of type ’2′, ’3′, ’4′ and ’5′, and eight ’7′ trains, which cost $830 and replace the Diesels. You cannot trade in a train for a ’7′ as you could for a Diesel. There are also a few extra tiles – one extra 57, one extra 15, and two brown tiles that are the same as a 15 tile and valued at 40. These brown tiles are not numbered, but the design has been used in a number of games and is identical to tiles 448 (1854/1889) and 776 (1860).
– The ‘Simple’ variant
This variant introduces two new companies. The CMStP&P starts in D2, while the L&N starts in H4. The optional third ’6′ train should be used, but no other trains added. There are two new tiles – both grey – which come out when the first ’6′ is bought. One is an upgrade to New York, as used in 1856, and one upgrade for the Baltimore/Boston tiles. This variant is recommended for 5 or 6 players only. I presume it is called the ‘Simple’ variant because the changes are simple, not because it makes the game simpler :-)
– Alternative Maps
These maps are based on random maps produced by the 1830 computer program. The maps produced by the program can be very unbalanced, so Wolfram used those as a starting point and then reworked them to get a better balance. I have a number on order from Wolfram, but don’t know quite when to expect them. Half of those are already reserved. If you’re interested I’ll be selling them for £20 plus post and packing, which is about the same price if you buy directly from Wolfram. It’s quite light, so post and packing should be£4 at the most for the UK. Let me know if you want a copy.
I’ve been unable to locate any further details on Wolfram Janich’s Nickel Plate variant.
Wabash by Harry Wu
Described briefly above by Kieth Thomasson, and pictured below by Knurt on BoardgameGeek:
I’ve been unable to find any further details, especially regarding the rules.
Westpark by Warter Sorger
I’ve assembled a PDF of the rules for the Westpark Variant.
- Played 1844. Wow. My gray matter is pleading for a cease fire; something about the Geneva Convention & my abusing prisoners of war. #18xx #
- 6P 1830 5.hours Diesels ran 8 times! Daniel $7548 Aliza $7780 Ron $4661 Jeff $6093 Tim $7613 Me $6842 #18xx http://twitpic.com/ec1ca #
- RT @timoreilly: Everyone who is trashing Obama’s healthcare plan should…answer the following multiple choice question: http://bit.ly/KUpwm #
- The problem with arguing with your kids, is what you lose by winning. #
- Translation: Expect regression when delegating across an interface you don’t own or control (via @alleyinsider) http://bit.ly/440qtE #
- Oh I say! http://tr.im/wa2P ()via @hnshah) #
- @jdludlow Nope, not tried our B&O changes yet. B&O shares the same audience as #18xx, making the get-to-table competition tough. in reply to jdludlow #
- @ingredientx I like #TwitFire as an iPhone #twitter posting client. Good location, twitpic etc integration. in reply to ingredientx #
- How do I translate a massive lead to a -$300 2nd place in 18Mex? By failing to pay attention to the damnable details. “Gahh!” I say. #18xx #
- @ChristopherA Use your feed’s RSS & keep the reader’s DB. Or post your weekly tweets to your blog (wordpress plugin), and backup your blog. in reply to ChristopherA #
- Adoption lifecycles. No surprise individually. There’s value in viewing the market as an amalgamation of such wave-states http://tr.im/wdQg #
- Lokomotive Werks: An exercise in meticulously rational headily enthusiastic excess. Too much an economic snowball to like, yet so charming! #
- Looking into Bohnanza’s design again. Brilliant, delightful work! All the numbers & patterns work perfectly. The master at his very best. #
- @snicholson Que? A 45 minute snowball is a Bad Thing? Too long? Too short? Not enough investment time? (Lokomotive Werks) in reply to snicholson #
- @punkzter 75mins to start, but 45mins after a game or two is not hard here. There aren’t that many decisions in the game. (Lokomotive Werks) in reply to punkzter #
- Ahh, the Peter Principle. It applies to gamers and the games they play just as well. #
- @ingredientx I wouldn’t have written it if it didn’t describe me to a T. in reply to ingredientx #
- @jdludlow That’s not the half of it. The illusion that e-commerce is either secure or strict is about as true as the darksucker theorem. in reply to jdludlow #
- @frandallfarmer Verified with Adam (Chinese), Alon (Israili), Mark (French) & Bjorn (German) a while back: rednecks are a cultural constant. in reply to frandallfarmer #
- @punkzter There are what, 10-15 decisions per player per game in Lokomotive Werks, and likely less. That’s the key to getting the time down. in reply to punkzter #
- @punkzter Not yet. I’ve not played them yet. Heck, I’ve not played either game for quite a while now. Thanks. in reply to punkzter #
- @punkzter FWVLIW I don’t think Lokomotive Werks is good with merely 3 players. The dice tend to dominate. 4 or 5 players are better. in reply to punkzter #
- @jdludlow @scottredracecar (B&O stock trashing) It seems the obvious thing to do here too. in reply to jdludlow #
- @jdludlow Once the race for the best shares is over, what else is there to do but trash everything you don’t own & won’t be holding? in reply to jdludlow #
- Excellent gamesday: 4P 18Mex (won by ~$1K), 3P Kansas Pacific (2nd by ~$15/3% — good game), learned 1826, 3P 18TN (won by ~$1K). #18xx #
- @jdludlow I find B&O porous; too much time/work for not quite enough game. in reply to jdludlow #
- @jdludlow Our intended B&O changes: sell 2+ shares at 1 lower price to reduce stock, must run for max, multi-jump if dividend > stock value. in reply to jdludlow #
- @scottredracecar @jdludlow Yep, at heart a 120-150min game as I note in my review. I’m less convinced the SRs are so decision-less. in reply to scottredracecar #
- @jdludlow @scottredracecar #18xx comparison unfair. B&O has many clever optimisations (multi-buys, track, etc)…that deliver mixed results. in reply to jdludlow #
- @jdludlow @scottredracecar Glad you like the B&O proposals. We’ll be playing them soon here. in reply to jdludlow #
- @scottredracecar @jdludlow Yep, thus ompanies to run for max revenue in B&O. It reduces turn-order mgmt while allowing a little finesse. in reply to scottredracecar #
- Basic distribution models applied to human aging. Fascinating if unsurpising results, but insightful questions. http://tinyurl.com/muozv4 #
- What %age of #twitpic etc are actually demonstrations of iPhones/twitter/etc to elder generations? Several of mine have been. #showoldfolks #
- @neilhimself My favourite honey is ironbark. Try it! Amazing stuff, like old school water fountains but sweet. #honey in reply to neilhimself #
- @icheyne It is worth remembering that fecundity and longevity are inversely related, otherwise the old constantly re-normalise the genepool. in reply to icheyne #
- @neilhimself Good days you’re the angel that feeds cat. Bad days you’re the devil incarnate & storm bringer. Not much difference really. in reply to neilhimself #
- Bad metrics design & abusive use of language: Health care in America: http://tr.im/veKL You get what you measure, not what you asked for. #
- And they say Americans eat too much meat. RT @frandallfarmer:http://twitpic.com/cmzxv – “medium” latte at the Mayfield Bakery & Cafe #
- RT @jodrellbank: The Perseid meteor shower peaks around 11th/12th August. Take part in the great Twitter #Meteorwatch http://bit.ly/f49MG #
- Deconstruction of health care service. Sadly missing profit-chain comparison of same vender/service between EU and USA. http://tr.im/vFwX #
- Do USA healthcare operations disproportionately fund the smaller profit centers but larger volumes in the rest of the world? #healthcare #
- @jdhuntington More amusing is how hard we worked on it. #paypal in reply to jdhuntington #
- RT @timoreilly:The connections between Obesity, Land Use, Transportation and Healthcare Reform http://bit.ly/d0ANd #healthcare #
- RT @AsteroidWatch:A triple! Radar reveals a 700-meter asteroid w/ two 50-meter moons. All at a safe distance. Pics/more: http://bit.ly/ctmYa #
- @ingredientx When Mum visits, my fridge and pantry become a TARDIS. I eat for months before I ever see the back wall. It is WW2 food magic. in reply to ingredientx #
- Played Kingdoms & Gemblo with kids. They handled winning and losing poorly. Should they stick with Empire Build/Crayon Rails games longer? #
- This has long been my view: RT @nytimes:Dot Earth: Puberty on the Scale of a Planet http://bit.ly/2oFPR9 #
- Sand drawing from Russia’s Got Talent. http://tr.im/vY8Z (via RT @raphkoster, @CoryOndrejka) #
- @timoreilly @anildash Google Wave cam work if vended as a SAAS: an integration interface, a larger cloud-computing service. Still hard tho. in reply to timoreilly #
First you lose a lot,
Then you win a game…and don’t know why,
Then you lose a lot more and think you should have won,
This happens for Oh, a dozen or so games,
Then you win one and think another player threw you the game unintentionally,
Then you lose and think you threw the game to another player!
Then you do that some more, say another dozen-odd games,
Then you win a game but clearly see it was because of another player’s error,
Then you lose a game because of your error,
Then you lose again because of an error you could have exploited but didn’t,
And that goes on for a dozen or so games,
Then you win, know why you won and feel great,
And you lose, know why you lost and feel great,
And that goes on for a while,
Until you lose and don’t understand why,
And win and don’t understand why,
And you suspect that you threw the game to another player,
Or another player threw the game to you or someone else,
But you’re not sure,
And this goes on for a while, perhaps a dozen games or so,
And then you realise you’re exactly back where you started,
With exactly the same uncertainties and confusions you had in those very early games,
Not really knowing what you’re doing,
Still feeling your way in the dark,
You just know a lot more about the questions now,
But you still have the same uncertainties and questions,
And you keep on struggling with them,
And you win some,
And lose some,
And hope to learn from both.
- 4P 1830, 3.5hrs, bankrupt on the first diesel, ~$1800 (Daniel), ~$1400 (me), ~$1300 (Aliza/bankrupt), ~$900 (Mark) #18xx #
- Daniel & the birds: http://twitpic.com/bonk0 #
- @scottredracecar 18Pacific? BTW: Large format plotter and foamcore for 18C2C is the way to go. #18xx #
- @scottredracecar Ahh, thanks. in reply to scottredracecar #