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The Railroads in Austria-Hungary
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1824  Austria-Hungary is a railway building and share dealing game for 2-6 players. (YES! 2 Players game is new variant with new map!)

This kickstarter campaign supports the professional reprint of Leonhard Orgler's and Helmut Ohley's self-published version from 2005. 

In the game you and your fellow players can own up to 6 Mountain Railways, 4 Coal Railways, 7 forerunners of the National Railways, as well as shares in 3 National Railways and 5 Regional Railways. The Major  Companies (the National and Regional Railways) belong to their  shareholders. The player with the most shares in the company is the Director of that company and decides how the company will act.

You use the yellow, green, brown and grey tiles to create a rail  network on the map. Just as in a real railway business, the track in the  game connects railway stations to each other. The trains (train cards) make notional journeys from one station to the next and thereby earn money. The (imaginary) passengers pay for their journeys. The more numerous and the more important the stations on a train's journey are, the more money it earns for the company and its shareholders.

The player who has the greatest wealth in cash and shares at the end of the game is the winner. 

In this 18xx title you have two different types of trains: Normal passenger trains and goods trains which have to start from one of the four coal mines. Companies may always trade in a train for a train of the next type. 

There are not that many 18xx games on Kickstarter. They are specific, heavy and hardly to master games. If you are interested in this type of games you may also want to consider support of another 18xx project 18Chesapeake by Scott Petersen. 

 Shares (72 cards, 67x43mm)

Trains (56 cards, 67x43mm)

Mountain Railways (6 cards, 67x43mm)

Map Mounted Board (1,9mm, 420x590mm) 

 Double sided. Special map for 2-players scenario on the other side

2-players Map Board (draft)


Share Index & Share Mounted Board (1,9mm, 420x295mm)

(stretch goal 33.000 € reached)


Trains & Game phases sheet (210x295mm)

Company Markers (1,9mm, 50 pieces, double sided)

Wooden tokens for Staatsbahnen and Regional Railways (10x15mm)

Company Charters

  • 4      Corporation Charters for the Coal Railways
  • 7      Corporation Charters for the Pre-Staatsbahnen 

  • 3      Corporation Charters for the Staatsbahnen
  • 5      Corporation Charters for the Regional Railways

140 Track Tiles + 20 Bonus (SG) (1,9mm, double sided)

  • 69       Yellow Track Tiles
  • 48       Green Track Tiles
  • 20       Brown Track Tiles
  • 3       Grey Track Tiles

 Game Money


 Link to the draft of rules (English)

Note that the rulebook is a draft only. There have not been final grammar revisions and graphic layout made yet. 

There will be also German rules present.

 We are offering previously released games that you can add to your pledge.  To include add-ons in your pledge, please click on the Manage your pledge button. Increase your total pledged amount of the add-on values, to include any items you would like to receive. You will be able to let us know in the Pledge Manager (after the campaign ends) which items you have added to your order. 

 We will be charging the shipping cost after the Kickstarter concludes, based on the actual costs incurred to ship. We will collect this via our pledge manager after the campaign ends. This is so we can be fair to all our backers as the shipping is rarely one size fits all.

Please note: Pick-up at the game fair in Essen, Germany (October 24-27, 2019) is possible. 

You will also have the opportunity to add to the shipment Lonny´s previous games "18CZ" and "18Lilliput" as an add-on via pledge manager.  

Keep in mind these are just estimates, and costs may rise based on weight increases from unlocked stretch goals.

 Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler 

Leonhard „Lonny“ Orgler created several train games, starting back in 1994 with „1837“. Followed by other „18xx“ games, he had his great success with „Russian Railroads“, published by „Hans-im-Glueck“ and winner of the German Game Prize in 2014. Lonny lives near Vienna, Austria (the no kangaroos-country) and works as a teacher with handicapped children. With 18CZ game he started the efficient partnership with

David Hanacek

David Hanacek is an analyst in the IT industry who has managed what many only dream of: to turn their hobby into a side-business. An avid board gamer, David created his own one-man publishing house Fox in the Box for largely one reason: to bring excellent and very niche games to life. He lives in Decin in the northern parts of the Czech Republic. Since starting, he has published some Sierra Madre Games and Leder Games for Czech market, 18CZ and 18Lilliput worldwide.    

Risks and challenges

Lonny & Fox in the Box successfully published together 18CZ and 18Lilliput in time and of a very good quality. This is our third Kickstarter campaign. We do not expect delays in production, but unforeseen issues may arise during manufacturing and shipping.

By pledging on this project you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into the pledge management system. You are responsible for import or other duties that may be payable to relevant tax authorities. You also accept that you are fully liable for incorrect shipping details and will risk your pledge being undeliverable or lost in transit. We are unable to ship to PO Boxes.
When you pledge on Kickstarter you put your trust in a project long before it is completed and you contribute, with this trust, to making 1824 a reality. We value that kind of trust and we value the model of Kickstarter too.

The game has been developed in stages and over a period of several years, iterated through many play-testing sessions. The general impression from almost every play testers has been highly positive, both on the game mechanics and the quality in which the game will be produced. The gameplay and the balance of the game is well tested.

Our advantage is personal oversight of manufacture in Europe. We feel very confident that the manufacturer we’ve chosen will deliver an excellent product.

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