Monday, January 18, 2010

Nman, Kgal and Annie - Railroad Barons of North America

What a wonderful weekend I had! The Nman (aka Help Desk) and the Kgal came up to Kelowna to spend a couple days with me. What a treat to have them here! I must admit, yesterday afternoon after they left, it was really really QUIET here. Lonely,, I hate being away from home.

Satruday night, they pulled out this game that I had never heard of....Empire Builder. Do you know about it? The players are Railroad builders.

They tried to explain how to play it....dang if I could figure it out from the explanations. But....once we started playing, I slowly got the hang of it.

The idea is to build a railroad between various cities in the US and Canada. Once you do that, you get to go to one city and pick up goods. Then you make your way to another city, to drop off your goods and get paid millions in cold hard cash. Well....Gameboard cash. Not quite as good as Real Cold Hard Cash, but close.

There's two steps in each turn. First you get to move your train, then you get to build more track (to get you closer to the cities you will need to get to). It costs you money to build your track, and by the end of the game, you MUST have built into 6 of the large cities (think New York, Los Angeles etc)

There's a lot of strategy involved, which is probably why the kids won hands down. They're both really very smart. At one point, the Nman had 3 different commodities on his train, so he was dropping off and picking up loads pretty fast.

What a fun game! After a little while, I was zooming down to Mexico to pick up coffee, then trying to get over to New York to sell it for 32 million dollars. If you're savvy enuf, you can make a pit stop in Philly to pick up some steel and drop it off along the way to New York.

We played for probably 3 hours....the game ended when the Nman won with 250 million. Kgal came in a Very close second with 249 million, and good ole' Annie came in dead last with 201 million.

Oh great...I see the link says it is for ages 12+. Now I'm depressed thinking a 12 year old could figure out this game! I was having a LOT of trouble, lol!

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Tim and Kari O'Brien said...

Sounds like a great game! All you need is a wooden railroad whistle and a conductor hat!

Kathryn said...

Hi Annie,
No, I hadn't heard of this one, but will now look into it. Last night my daughter and her boyfriend came over and we played Apples to Apples. You need at least 3 people to play, and more is better, so with 5 of us we had a lot of fun. Definitely a great game for a family or other get-together. Glad you had a great time with your boy and his girlfriend!
Kathryn : )

Aunt Krissy said...

I have not heard of that game. i played one when I was a kid where took over countries. I think it was called risk? Maybe war? Not sure but I liked the power of having all the land in the world!

Annie said...

It was a Really fun game! kathryn I will have to look for Apples to Apples, I have not heard of that one.

Krissy, yes that game is RISK. We used to play it all the time, except we implemented a NUKE rule...which of course, now I can't remember. But if you rolled a certain number on the dice, you got to take all of the opponents armies off that country.

fun times!

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