About this project
Railways of Nippon (occasionally abbreviated as RON) is a 2 to 4 player version of Railways of the World (ROTW) and includes a new map of Japan designed by the superstar Japanese game designer Hisashi Hayashi. We have put this "base-game-equivalent for up to 4 players" edition together to invite new players to dive into the Railways of the World (ROTW) series at a great price. Improvements include:
- A lower MSRP due to the reduction in size to 2-4 players
- A much smaller and much sturdier box, sized for easier storage
- New player colors that do not overlap the supply and demand colors of the cubes and the cities
- A new ECM -- the "timer" of the ROTW series of games
- Water drops on the maps to indicate water hexes and avoid confusion
- Four scoring track disks (in player colors)
- Optional Components (for sale separately) such as different-colored engines; hotels, mines, fuel depots; and switch tracks.
Please take a look at these new features in the pictures below.
Since its publication as Railroad Tycoon in 2005, Railways of the World (re-named for title licensing reasons in 2009) has been constantly ranked in the Top 60 of the all-time best games on BoardGameGeek.com. Eleven years and 9200+ ratings since then, it has been ranked as high as #22 and it is currently #54 (in Strategy Games)--even after all these years. Revisit the early days of the Age of Steam as you begin with no money, a locomotive (the venerable John Bull, the first locomotive to run in North America) and a vision (your Baron's "mission" card). From there, build your budding railroad network into a vast empire. If you are playing the Eastern US map, you can connect New York to Chicago, earn the most money, develop bigger and faster locomotives and maybe even combine expansions and span North America to build the Transcontinental Railway! Multiple expansions featuring different maps are available.
Railways of the World is the base game for the system and includes all the components necessary to play with up to 6 players, including: the engine placards, track tiles, train tokens, money, bonds, and other items that are needed to play almost all the Railways of the World series. A game board depicting the Eastern half of the United States is included in the base game, as well as the expansion map, Railways of Mexico (for 2-3 players).
In two words -- The EXPANSIONS!
NEW MAPS have been redrawn so that all colors of the "demand" cities are clearly coordinated to match the colors of the "supply" cubes. These newly-drawn maps include: Railways of the Eastern US; Railways of Mexico; Railways of Europe; Railways of Great Britain; and Railways of North America.
BUT wait! There's more....
We have spent a lot of time reorganizing, compiling and then re-writing the NEW Rule Book Compendium for ROTW. It now contains the complete Basic Rules which pertain to all the ROTW games and expansions; as well as pages on each of the expansions, related games and accessories too! In this Compendium, we have attempted to address accumulated errata on the cards and rules printings in the past editions, prior FAQs and pictures in the ROTW universe. When completed, this Compendium will be available for free download on our website (EagleGames.net) and likely on BoardGameGeek.com as well.
Redrawing the maps has included using better fonts and better colors; labeling major routes; eliminating redundancy; and in an overall way making the expansion maps consistent with each other.
Water drops are drawn onto water spaces to eliminate any questions or confusion about which spaces are more expensive to build on because they contain water.
Accessories (the prior mini-expansions) are now available (for sale separately) in the new player colors as well as the old ones.
Scoring Disks (in player colors) replace using engines on the score track. These disks stack up to avoid congestion on the same spaces on the score track.
Within 30 days of when Railways of Nippon is released in September, all of the re-drawn prior expansions, and the new accessories, should be in stock at EagleGames.net and elsewhere in retail stores.
- A Score Track/Income Board of approx. 8" by 12" with linen matte finish
- A 24-page Rule Book Compendium containing rules for the base game; and rules pertinent to each of the expansions in the ROTW series (see details in the Rules Section below)
- 168 Track Tiles and 12 New City Tiles
- 16 Train Engine Placards (2.5" by 3.5") -- approx. 1.5mm thick
- 44 Playing cards (30 Operations Cards; 10 Baron Cards and 4 Player Reference cards) Size = 2.5” x 3.5”; 310gsm; linen finish
- A Custom-fitted Vacuum Form Tray plus a clear plastic cover
- A Stack of paper Money and a Stack of Bond Certificates
- Four wooden scoring track marker disks (in player colors)
- 125 eight mm wooden supply cubes in 5 colors -- black, red, yellow, blue and purple
- One cloth bag – approx 6" by 7" for the supply cubes
- 100 Plastic Train Engines in 4 NEW player colors – green, gold, white, and orange
- 15 Brown Plastic Empty City Markers (ECMs)
As mentioned above, we have undertaken the task of re-writing and consolidating the rules to the basic game of Railways of the World, and adding a page about each of the expansions to ROTW, as well as other historical information. This was quite a task and it is not quite done as of the January 17, 2017 date of our Kickstarter Launch. We will continue to work on this (largely done) draft during the early days of this KS project. It will be finished well before the close of this Kickstarter on February 14, 2017. We want you to see what and how we are doing, so we have linked you below to this work-in-progress. Please do keep in mind that it is not quite final yet, but will be soon.
In one of the very best BGG reviews ever written by Ender's Game, the Dean of Game Reviewers on BGG, Ender calls ROTW the "quintessential train game for the typical modern board gamer". Find more here.
Radho Runs Through It (as only Radho can!) --his Final Thoughts on Railways of the World are here.
An excellent how-to-play video from Off The Shelf Game reviews, which appears on BGG, is linked here.
Tom Vasel, of Dice Tower video review fame, raved about the Railways of the World game on BGG in this video review.
In order to increase the likelihood of achieving Stretch Goals, you may pledge for these Add-Ons now. You may also wait until the Pledge Manager Survey comes to you just after this KS projects ends, and pledge for these add-ons at that time! Actual shipping expense will be added to your pledge for these add-ons after the KS project has ended. If you have questions about Shipping, please send us a Message and NOT a Comment please. Messages are logged in by Backer and they are permanently kept, whereas Comments are much more difficult to find and keep track of.
Add-Ons have been the source of a lot of confusion and some "issues" in the past. It is very difficult and expensive for us to coordinate and pay for shipping and stocking goods in four or more locations around the world. As a result, we are offering these Add-Ons only to US and Canadian Backers for certain.
There will be an additional cost for shipping Add-Ons (matching our costs for shipping, we do not make a profit on shipping!) and you will be advised of those extra shipping costs after you have filled out and returned the survey and worksheet. If the shipping costs prove unacceptable to you, you may cancel your order and you will not be charged anything for Add-ons. If the shipping charges are acceptable, you will pay for the Add-ons via PayPal or wire payment.
For backers in the EU, Australia, Asia and South America, we will provide these Add-Ons on a first come, first served basis. If we do not have the stock needed, we will offer you a FULL refund.
We are pleased to announce that HappyShops will be our partner for the Railways of Nippon game in Germany/Austria/Switzerland. Backers from each of these countries should place their orders with HappyShops and save on shipping expenses. You will need to contact them for payment arrangements and to calculate shipping. You will need to order your games from them during the same period of time that we are running this Kickstarter (January 17 through February 13) in order to be treated just as if you were backing this project via KS. If you do, you will receive (through these partners) the same Stretch Goals you would have gotten through us if you had backed this KS.
We really appreciate the services provided by our fulfillment partners that send out your KS-ordered games to you in the following countries. Note that you should NOT place KS orders with them (except for HappyShops for Germany, Austria and Switzerland only please), but instead order your games through this Kickstarter and we will ship your order to them and they will get it shipped to you. Thanks for your cooperation on this.
US: Orders ship from our Eagle-Gryphon Games Kentucky warehouse.
Germany: Orders ship from Happyshops in Merseburg, Germany
France: Orders ship from Boutique Philibert in Strasbourg, France
UK: Orders ship from BoardGameGuru in London, England
Italy: Orders ship from Giochix in Rome, Italy
Spain: Orders ship from EGD Games in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
Poland: Orders ship from Hobbity Games in Nowy Sacz, Poland
EU: Orders also ship from Boosterbox in Enschede, The Netherlands
Canada: Orders ship from Board Games Bliss in Ontario, Canada
Australia & New Zealand: Orders ship from Aetherworks in Sydney, Australia
Asia: Orders ship from our warehouse in Shenzhen, China (mainland); and from Games4Good in Singapore.
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Eagle-Gryphon Games goes beyond industry standards in regards to using quality materials; for example, we have adequately thick playing cards that will stand the test of time, while looking and feeling superb with a linen finish. Our game box inserts fit all of the game components perfectly, and they are intuitively organized so that you can focus on game-play! Our dice, plastic, and wood components are tailored with great care towards their specific roles during game-play, making your game night that much more enjoyable.
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