Stations. Tokens. These terms are often interchangeable in a game to mean the discs placed in a city to represent a company’s presence there in that city. Often in a game we get preoccupied with building a route, making sure we can get a permanent train, or waiting for the bank to run out of money that we forget to consider how to best use a company’s tokens.
In 18XX, tokening serves 5 basic purposes, which I will be discussing in this post.
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Endgame Board of 1846
I’ve been playing strategy board games for about 5 years now. My gateway game into the genre was Dominion. I still play it occasionally; in fact, I played Dominion tonight at my local game night. After a game or two of Dominion, which only last about 30 minutes each, I’m ready to play something else. With the 18XX genre, however, this is rarely the case. After playing a game or two of 18XX, I’m eager to play another game or two more. What is it that keeps drawing back to the game table with these games? Read more ›
When people ask me about my hobbies, I tell them that I like to play train games. For the longest time, however, I didn’t know how to describe them to people who hadn’t played them. There are so many facets to the game that I would get overwhelmed with which one to feature in any given conversation. Ultimately, they would get bored with my exciting tales of choke point tokening and dumping companies.
After some trial and error, and with some help from my gaming friend, Barbara, I’ve been able to come up with a short way to describe the game without going into the details of its mechanics. I’ll share it with you now:
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