18CO takes place in Colorado when there was a massive expansion of railways trying to head west through the mountains and the board reflects that. Most companies start in the east with the goal of heading to Salt Lake city in the West for a tasty $100 east-west bonus. 18CO is a very well designed game and features lots of shenanigans. Moreover, the game is also fairly imbalanced in certain aspects and requires a few plays to fully grasp the various strategies that can lead to either fiscal boom or ruin. In this article, we will go over some of the basic rules and thereafter look at some strategies and their counters. Note that while this article is intended for those that have some experience with 18xx titles under their belt, players new to the genre might also benefit from some general advice.
February 17, 2021
Upon hearing that I've spent a good decade living with roomates, a colleague recently asked me for some tips when it came to apartment / roommate hunting. I scoured through my notes and found a little checklist that I had come up with over the years...
March 22, 2020
This is a follow on to the previous articles on starting strategies and money movement in 1817, an economic engine board-game set in the eastern United States. In this article we will look at some advanced strategies that I have seen successfully employed out in the wild.
February 20, 2020
This is a follow on to the previous article about 1817, a strategic economic engine board-game set in the eastern United States featuring track building to accrue money. In this article we will look at the movement of money from a players hands into the company and from the company back to the player.
January 8, 2020