***NOTE: This is the new version of Railroad Tycoon.
The new edition of the base game for Eagle Games' popular railroad series.
Railways of the World is the new base game for the system and will include the engine placards, railroad tiles, train tokens, money, bonds, and other items that will be needed in almost all "Railways of _____" games. The gameboard depicting the eastern half of the United States, is included in the base game. The map of Mexico will be mounted and is still included in this base game as an introductory map for new/beginner players.
• 30" x 36" mounted map of Eastern U.S.
• 14.75"x24.5" mounted map of Mexico
• 12 Railroad Baron Cards
• 1 Start Player Card
• 42 Railroad Operation Cards
• 2 Rulebooks
• 1 Score Track
• 150 Plastic trains in 6 all new colors
• 24 empty city markers (4 types)
• 125 goods cubes (5 colors)
• Bond Certificates (54 notes in 3 denominations)
• Money (3 denominations)
• Track Tiles
• New City Tiles
• 2 Golden Spike tiles
• Drawstring Bag
I recently purchased this game because my friends and I really liked the Ticket To Ride series of train games. Railways of the World is a bit more complicated, and a lot more involved, but also a LOT more fun! It quickly became my new favourite game, and my friends and I can't wait to play again.
The game board and all of the pieces are very high quality, durable, and quite attractive. The game looks amazing when it's in play. The concept of the game is relatively simple, however one problem is that there are not enough examples in the instructions, and some things are not quite as clear as they could be. This problem was easily solved by Googling my questions and watching a few helpful online video reviews.
The game is best played with 5-6 people, but if you are playing with a smaller crowd, you can always play using the secondary Mexico map and cards, which are also included. It's also a good way to start if you're just a beginner and are not sure how to play the game yet.
Regarding game play time, it averages out to about 45 minutes of game play per player, so a 5 player game takes a little over 3 hours. It doesn't feel like that long though, because you're having so much fun!
Since purchasing this game, I have also acquired the Rails of Europe expansion, which offers a new game board featuring a map of Europe and new cards. Can't wait to play! The good thing about this game is that it never really gets old, because you can constantly switch maps or even create your own.