1870: The Trans-Mississippi

16 Variants

The following variants may be used to change the nature of the game. No variant may be used without the agreement of all the players in the game. You must decide what (if any) variants you are going to use before the game starts.
Please note that none of the variants will be used in tournament play.

It is suggested that variant cards be made and displayed in a prominent location to remind players what variants are in effect. Each card would have the name of the variant on it and the rules that apply to that variant.

16.1 $400 Finish

For a possibly shorter game, end the game when a company token reaches the $400 spot on the stock market. Finish operating that company and then determine the winner. None of the remaining companies operate. If the token reaches the $400 spot at the end of the stock round, do not operate any companies.

16.2 1830© Diesels

Discard the 8s and 10s. Use the type 12 trains as 1830© style diesels with the 1830© trade in Rules. This changes phases 5 and 6. Phases 7 and 8 are deleted. Type 5 trains are permanent trains as in 1830©.

Phase Five
Phase five starts with the purchase of the first six train and runs until the purchase of the first Diesel train.
During phase five the following restrictions apply: ....

Phase Six
Phase six starts with the purchase of the first Diesel and runs until the end of the game. During phase six the following restrictions apply: .....

16.3 1830/1850/1870

The 1830/1850/1870 merged game Rules will be available in the 1830/50/1870 expansion set. Rules and maps for the big game (1830/32/50/70) may be available in 200?.
Teaser image for 1850-70. 1850-1870 Combined map

16.4 Non-Blocking Connection Tokens

This game reflects the nature of the playtesters, ie. token wars.
To reduce the token wars and improve the railways that have connection destinations on the map edges, connection tokens do not occupy a token space. They are placed on the side of the city tile.

16.5 Historical Order Start

The Companies are available to start in the order that they commenced construction. The first company available to start is the GM&O followed by the IC etc. Shares in the other companies are available for sale but, only 5 shares of a company may be sold if it is not yet eligible to start. A company is eligible to start when all companies before it have sold 6 shares from the initial offering.
The Frisco does not run until 6 shares are sold and pays $20 as a private company until it is started.
Company Year Started
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad Historical Start: 1850
Illinois Central Railroad Historical Start: 1851
Missouri Pacific Railroad Historical Start: 1851
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Historical Start: 1853
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Historical Start: 1859
Southern Pacific Railroad Historical Start: 1863
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Historical Start: 1865
St. Louis Southwestern Railway Historical Start: 1871
Texas & Pacific Railway Historical Start: 1871
Fort Worth & Denver City Railway Historical Start: 1873

16.6 Variable P5 and P6

Change which companies make up privates P5 (St. Louis San Francisco Railway) and P6 (Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad).

Randomly select a company from the ten public companies. The presidential share of this company replaces the St. Louis San Francisco Railway as private company 5 with the same rules: Costs $140, The purchaser sets the par value of the railway. The company may run with just the president's share..

From the remaining nine companies randomly select a company to replace the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad private company with the same rules: Costs $160 Revenue $20

Before playing do a quick sanity check to see the resulting choices will produce a reasonable game. If not choose again.

From the Yahoo groups 18XX list in 2010. Currently attributed to Alan Stancius

16.7 Skip Dot Cities

When tracing a route you may, at your option, skip dot cities (either yellow $10, green $10, or brown $20 versions) up to the number of tokens that company has on the board.

16.8 Restarting a Closed Company

A company that has been closed may be restarted.
It may be restarted at a value lower than the price it originally started at or $ 68 whichever is higher.
The share limit is not increased if the company is restarted. A restarted company is eligible for a new destination run.

16.9 Moving Priority

The priority moves for any share sales including those done during the operating round.
Table of Contents - Companies - Design Notes - Glossary

Last Modified: September 14, 2011. Copyright 1999-2011. W.R.Dixon.
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