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Games Collection: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons

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Note: This is a long video! The 1830 game is quite complex with long gameplay. This video is broken into sections, so choose the section that is right for you.

  • Intro: 0:00
  • Start of Game: 22:10
  • End Game Discussion: 3:08:05

"Welcome to 1830, the game of railroads and robber barons. 1830 is a railroad game set in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. You and your fellow players take on the roles of railroad investors and corporate presidents, with the objective of making money. You can do that by protecting assets under your control or by plundering them, depending on your personal inclinations. In 1830, you accumulate wealth by buying, owning, and selling shares of stock in a number of railroad corporations. Your stock shares provide ready cash via dividend payments and longer-term gains through possible increases in stock prices. If you are the single largest stockholder in a corporation, you become its president and control the operations of that railroad—ideally, but not necessarily, for the benefit of all stockholders. At the end of the day, you win only if you accumulate the most wealth in cash and stock. So, sharpen your daggers as well as your wits! If you don’t stab your opponents in the back and grind them under your boot heels, they may be more than happy to do it to you."

Difficulty Level

Fast Facts

Players 2 - 7
Ages 12+
Time 3 to 6 hours


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