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Prairie Railroads: Kansas 1870 - 1880
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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Prairie Railroads
Theme:  Train
Genre:  Rail & Network
Format:  Board Games

Prairie Railroads: Kansas 1870 - 1880

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 120 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Martin Wallace

Manufacturer(s): Winsome Games

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Product Information

  • Designer(s): Martin Wallace

  • Manufacturer(s): Winsome Games

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 3 - 6

  • Time: 120 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 230 grams

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews

Minus A Half Star For Components
March 03, 2002

Normally I would down grade a game for it's cheap components, but this game is just too good.Besides I now finally have a use for my monopoly money(a game I will never play again).This financial game dealing with train stocks of six historical railroads is loads easier,faster,and therefore more enjoyable than 18xx games. The strategic choices are many and the money handling tight. Do I 'offer stock' and if so which one. Do I 'construct track' again, which one or do I 'pay dividend' to generate some much needed cash.

At present this is (by far) my favorite train/financial game beating out others such as 1830, Rail Baron, Empire Builder(all too long) and Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Aquire (all too abstact). Now if only Winsome will sell this gem to some outfit that will produce it to a better quality(like they did their 'Early Rails' system) so I could give it a perfect 6 stars.

PS; Check 'Prairie Railroads' 'Pampus Railroads' for additional reviews and coments.

An excellent railroad game
November 15, 1999

This game is a gem -- a railroad building game that bears some similarity to the various other games on the market, but has enough original twists that it's fun to play.

And, it can be completed in a very reasonable amount of time -- 2 - 2.5 hours, in my experience.

You have the opportunity to invest in six different railroads as they attempt to build their tracks across Kansas. As a majority shareholder in these railroads, you need to make decisions about which tracks to build -- whether to build tracks through well-developed cities, or to forge westward in search of the lucrative Westward Expansion tracks. Semi-random Dividend Rounds supplement your operating capital, and the money you spend on stock is then used by the various railroads to construct track...

We really enjoyed playing this one -- it was well-balanced and enjoyable, and the final outcome wasn't clear until the money was counted up. Nevertheless, there's considerably less randomness in the game than you might think.

I didn't give it five stars because, in spite of the game's great points, the system for calculating railroad income is a little cumbersome. Some of my compatriots felt the amount of (admittedly simple) arithmetic involved was a detriment.

Still, though -- a great game.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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