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Lookout Games  |  SKU: LK0043

1830: Railways & Robber Barons (Lookout Games Edition)

$78.95 CAD
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Designer Francis Tresham
Publisher Lookout Games
Players 2-7
Playtime 180-360 mins
Suggested Age 14 and up

Note: This game is in English

1830 is one of the most famous 18xx games. One of the things some gamers like about this game is that the game has no 'chance' element. That is to say, if players wished to play two games with the same moves, the outcome would be the same also.

This game takes the basic mechanics from Tresham's 1829, and adds several new elements. Players are seeking to make the most money by buying and selling stock in various share companies located on eastern United States map. The stock manipulation aspect of the game is widely-regarded as one of the best. The board itself is actually a fairly abstract hexagonal system, with track tiles placed on top of the hexes. Plus each 18xx title adds new and different elements to the game. This game features private rail companies and an extremely vicious, 'robber baron' oriented stock market. A game is finished when the bank runs out of money or one player is forced to declare bankruptcy, and the player with the greatest personal holdings wins.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Phil Campeau
A classic for a reason

This one is a beast. The grand daddy of 18xx. Sure, it was actually the second 18xx released, but let's be honest: if 1829 was the only 18xx that Tresham had released, it would likely have remained the only 18xx title.

1830 is an ingenious design, given that it had very little in the way of predecessors to build from. The stock market is cruel and unforgiving, the map has pitfalls that you must work around, and the game itself does absolutely nothing to hold your hand.

It's a very good game, and a monumental achievement in game design. If other 18xx titles are better (and some undoubtedly are), it is only because they stood on the shoulders of this giant.