Klicka för svenska       Stephensons Rocket

Distributor: Rio Grande Games
Category: Strategy game
Players: 2-4 (3-4)
Play time: 01:00-01:15
Ages: 12+
Content:     1 Board with the map of England
    7 Locomotives (1 each in 7 colours)
128 Shares (16 each in 7 companies, 16 supplementary shares)
  60 Track tiles (2 sided: straight/curved)
  28 Stations (7 each in 4 colours)
  45 Tokens (9 each of steel, textiles, brewing, leather and passengers)
100 Bank notes (26x£1000, 24x£2000, 26x£5000 and 24x£10000)
Game target: Earn most money through building railway lines and obtaining shares in the railway companies. But also through taking tokens from connected cities and building stations.
Rules: Rules in English
Strategy: A great strategy site by Brian Bankler.
A good FAQ by Chris Lawson.
Comments: Designed 1999 by Reiner Knizia.

The game is funny to play, but it has one major flaw. It's very difficult to know who is in the lead for the moment and the winner of the game is too often a surprise! The scoring is too complex, even to be a Knizia game, particularly as there is an end score as well, depending of who has most of each kind of tokens and stations. The games is totally skill based, which makes it a great game for those who like long-term strategy. But still there are tactical moments, depending of your opponents turns.

A couple of rules clarifications:

1) Assume the example:
Orange line (LSWR) is connected to Reading (city) and then merges into green line (GWR). Later on is the green line connected to Reading as well. Is green line counted as a new line to Reading (although the former orange line already was connected to this city) and be scored?
- No, the city isn't scored again, as the railway company is connected to it, although it happened indirectly. Now if in one move the merge and rail city connection happened, then the rail city would pay out first and then the merge would occur.

2) When you connect to a new railway town, will stations at merged lines be counted at the scoring (as in the above example where orange line (with 1 station) is merged into green line and then green line is connected to a town (like Oxford) later on)?
- Once a rail line is merged with another, all lines and stations are considered part of the resultant company from henceforth. The one exception to this rule is when the merge occurs at the same time a payout happens (the same tile lay), in which case the payout for the connection occurs with the partial rail company's resources and then the lines are merged into one big mess.


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