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Board Game: 1829
Main branches of the 18xx system

Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons

18xx is the collective term used to describe a set of railroad-themed stock market and tile laying games. The 18xx set has two main branches: the 1829 branch (1829, 1825, 1853, and 1829 Mainline) and the 1830 branch (1830, 1856, 1870, etc). There are also a number of crossover games which sit somewhere between the two branches (e.g. 1860). While general railroad operations such as track laying are critical to both branches, the two branches are fundamentally quite different in character and player focus. The 1829 branch games emphasize stock-picking and portfolio management while the 1830 branch concentrates more on financial prediction and stock market manipulation. So in 1829 et al. players are rewarded for holding the right stocks at the right time and for running their companies well, while in 1830 et al. they are rewarded more for manipulating the stock market to their advantage and investing in the companies that thereby profit.

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  • The original 18xx game from which all others trace their design lineage is Francis Tresham's 1829.
  • The games involve railroads/railways. (This is somewhat controversial, as games like 1830 UR and 2038 are based on the 18xx system, but do not involve railroads/railways).
  • Highest net worth (normally cash plus stock assets) determine the winner.
  • Players can buy stock in companies.
  • The player (or corporate entity, e.g. in 1841) with the most stock runs the subject company as president or director.
  • Turns alternate between stock buying/selling rounds and operating rounds.
  • In operating rounds, the president/director determines what track tiles to lay and where, what stations/bases to create, calculates the earnings of trains, decides whether to pay out the revenue as dividends to the shareholders or to retain it in the company, and may buy a new train. These don't necessarily have to happen in this order (e.g. train buying may occur before revenue calculations in some games).
  • The purchase of new types of trains may trigger other actions (increased revenues, border changes, private company closures, new track tiles, etc.).
  • The board has a hexagonal grid and track tiles are hexagonal in shape (though 18Lilliput uses a square grid and square tiles).
  • Stock values rise or fall depending on whether revenues are paid out as dividends or retained by the company and the selling of stocks during the stock round.


Designed By
18 Grand Junction Colorado, USA Anthony Fryer
18 Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA USA Anthony Fryer
1761: From Canal to Rail England Ian D. Wilson
1800: Colorado Colorado, USA Antonio Leal
1812: The Cradle of Steam Railways North-Eastern UK Ian D. Wilson
1817 Eastern USA Craig Bartell and Tim Flowers
1822: The Railways of Great Britain
Great Britain Simon Cutforth
1822CA Canada Simon Cutforth and Robert Lecuyer
1824: Austria-Hungary
1824: Austrian-Hungarian Railway (Second Edition)
Austria-Hungary Helmut Ohley and Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
Britain Francis Tresham
1826: Railroading in France and Belgium from 1826 France and Belgium David G. D. Hecht
1828 Eastern USA J. C. Lawrence
Britain Francis Tresham
1829 Mainline Britain Francis Tresham
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Eastern USA Francis Tresham
1830 Lummerland Fantasy Island Kay-Viktor Stegemann
1831 Eastern USA Carl M. Burger
1832: The South Southern USA Bill Dixon
1833NE Northern USA Thomas Lehmann
1834 Belgium & Luxembourg John Bohrer
Germany Francis Tresham and Michael Meier-Bachl
  • Wolfram Janich
  • 1836Jr Netherlands and Belgium David G. D. Hecht
    1837: Rail Building in the Austro-Hungarian Empire Austria-Hungary Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1838: Rheinland Germany Wolfram Janich
    1840: Vienna Tramways Vienna Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1841: Railways in Northern Italy Northern Italy Federico Vellani and Manlio Manzini
    1883 Express d'Orient Budapest and Bucharest Anthony Fryer
    1842: Schleswig Holstein Germany Province Wolfram Janich
    1843 France J. C. Lawrence
    1844: Schweiz Switzerland Helmut Ohley and Peter Minder
    1846: The Race for the Midwest Midwestern USA Thomas Lehmann
    1847: Pfalz German Sub-Region Wolfram Janich
    1848: Australia Australia Helmut Ohley and Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1849: The Game of Sicilian Railways Island of Sicily Chris Lawson and Federico Vellani
    1850: The MidWest Midwestern United States Bill Dixon
    1850jr Island of Sicily Fabio Pellegrino and Gabriele Callari
    1851: Kentucky & Tennessee Kentucky and Tennessee, USA Chris Lawson and Mark Derrick
    1853 India Francis Tresham
    1854 Austria Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856 Upper Canada Bill Dixon
    1857 Argentina John Bohrer
    1857 by Roberto Ullfig Argentina Roberto Ullfig
    1858: The Railways of Iberia Spain and Portugal Ian D. Wilson
    1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight British Island Mike Hutton
    1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire Russia Ian D. Wilson
    1862 USA and Canada Helmut Ohley
    1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties East Anglia, England Mike Hutton
    1865: Sardinia Sardinia and Corsica Alessandro Lala
    1867: Railways of Canada and 1867: The Railways of Canada
    (The BGG admins refused to merge these entries)
    Canada Ian D. Wilson
    1868 Uruguay John Bohrer
    1869: USA West Western USA Alan R. Moon
    1869: The Golden Spike Western USA Colin Barnhorst and Kristopher Marquardt
    1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 Central USA Bill Dixon
    Harzbahn 1873 Northen Germany Klaus Kiermeier
    1876: Trinidad Trinidad Peter Jacobi
    1879: US Pacific Northwest Pacific Northwest, USA John Bohrer
    1880: China China Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler and Helmut Ohley
    1881: Das Berliner Strassenbahnspiel Berlin Michael Mette
    1882: Assiniboia Assiniboia, Canada Marc Voyer
    1883: Building Railroads in Northern Italy Northern Italy Manlio Manzini
    1886 Nagoya, Japan Rhuitsu NAKAHAMA
    1888 Fictional USA states Anthony Fryer
    1889: History of Shikoku Railways Shikoku, Japan Yasutaka Ikeda
    1890 Osaka, Japan Shin-ichi Takasaki
    1891 Hiroshima, Japan Toryo Hojo
    1893: Cologne Cologne Edwin Eckert
    1895 Namibia Namibia Helmut Ohley and Adam Romoth
    Northern Kanto, Japan Tatsuya Kamioka
    1898 France Michael Brünker
    1899 China Dirk Clemens and Ingo Mayer
    1899KP Korean Peninsula Nobuhiro Izumi
    18AL Alabama, USA Mark Derrick
    18Animals Forest Glade Galatolol
    18Ardennes Northwestern Europe David G. D. Hecht
    18BA Bahia (Brazil) Rafael
    18C2C: Manifest Destiny USA Mark Frazier
    18C2C: Continental Empires USA Mark Frazier and Michael Calhoon and Mike Monical
    18CH: Chilean Railways Chile Gary Mroczka
    18Chesapeake Chesapeake, USA Scott Petersen
    18Chesapeake: Off the Rails Chesapeake, USA Scott Petersen
    18CLE Cleveland, Ohio, USA Richard McGuire
    18CO: Rock & Stock Colorado, USA R. Ryan Driskel
    18CZ Czech Republic Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    18EC: USA East Coast Southeastern USA Auke Stegink and Han Heidema
    18EU Europe James Hlavaty and David G. D. Hecht
    18EZ Non-historical Clay Murry and Drew Dane
    18FL Florida, USA David G. D. Hecht
    18FR France Michael Liebetanz, Helmut Ohley and J. C. Lawrence
    18GA Georgia Mark Derrick
    18GB: The Railways of Great Britain Great Britain Dave Berry
    18GL Great Lakes Area, USA Gary Mroczka
    18GM: The 18XX GameMaster Non-historical Colin Barnhorst and Kristopher Marquardt
    18IB Iberian Peninsula Akke Monasso
    18IN: Railways Across Indiana Indiana, USA Gary Mroczka
    18Iran Iran Matthew J Simpson
    18Ireland Ireland Ian Scrivins
    18JP-T Tokyo Toryo Hojo
    18Kaas Holland Erno Eekelschot
    18Lilliput Island of Lilliput Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    18Mag: Hungarian Railway History Hungary Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler
    18MEX Mexico Mark Derrick
    18NA North America Bill Dixon and Dustin Hatchett
    18NAC North America Matthew Campbell and Fred Campbell
    18NC North Carolina, USA Matthew Campbell
    18NEB Nebraska, USA Matthew Campbell
    18NK Nagaokakyo (the Japanese designer who calls himself "CTDA")
    18NL Netherlands Helmut Ohley
    18NW: Railroading in the "Great Northwest" Washington, USA and British Columbia, Canada Gary Mroczka
    18NY New York State, USA Pierre LeBoeuf
    18NYC: The Great American Subway New York City, NY, USA Gary Mroczka
    18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express Europe (Orient Express) Edward Sindelar
    18OH Ohio, USA Thomas Hudson
    18Oki Okinawa Phil Sbszine
    18OL Oldenburg Thomas Naumann
    18OR Oregon, USA leiavoia
    18PA Pennsylvania, USA David G. D. Hecht
    18Rhl: Rhineland Germany Wolfram Janich
    18Ruhr Ruhr Wolfram Janich
    18SA South America Peter Mette
    18Scan Scandinavia David G. D. Hecht
    18SJ: Let there be rail United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway Örjan Wennman
    18SS Non-historical (unknown Japanese designer)
    18SX Saxony Wolfram Janich
    18SY Hoshu Island Toryo Hojo
    18TE: Eisenbahnen im Tecklenburger Land Tecklenburger Land Herbert Harengel
    18TK Tokyo, Japan Julian Okuda (ジュリアン奥田)
    18TN Tennessee and Kentucky Mark Derrick
    18TraXX 2020: Great Plains Railroading Great Plains, USA Anthony Fryer
    18ULC Upper and Lower Canada Robert Lecuyer
    18US USA David G. D. Hecht
    18VA Virginia, USA David G. D. Hecht
    18West Western USA David G. D. Hecht
    18ZOO A zoo with animals Paolo Russo
    18?? Alternate map & privates for 1870 Allen Sliwinski
    1947 India Sergio Spaggiari
    2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt Asteroid belt James Hlavaty and Thomas Lehmann
    21Moon Earth's Moon Jonas Jones
    3018: Age of the Interplanetals Inner Solar System Christopher Clouser
    Poseidon Aegean Sea Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler and Helmut Ohley
    Railroad Barons Eleven Different Metro Areas Helmut Ohley
    Powerrails Non-historical Tom Schoeps
    Steam over Holland Holland Bart Van Dijk
    Ur: 1830 BC Ur Jeroen Doumen and Joris Wiersinga


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