Andy's 18xx Page

The 18xx family of railroad games is very popular, at least on the net. One of the big drawing points (for me, at least) is that there is no luck (except for the initial seating order), only the uncertainty of what the other players will do. No dice, no cards, no spinners. There is also a lot of choices to make, from which companies to invest in, to chosing short term profits or long-term viability for the companies you do run.

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18xx Resources on the Net

I will keep some information on my pages, but several other people already have extensive collections which I see no need to duplicate. The listed sites are mostly information about the 18xx system(rule clarifications, strategies, variations, trivia) as opposed to histories of particular games. Those get their own section.

Web games

Listed below are all the 18xx play-by-play histories I know of available on the web, sorted by maintainer. Currently, they are all of play-by-email games. If you know of any I've missed, please let me know.

As a public service, I will provide web space for your game if you can provide summaries of each stock and operating round. I will not add the fancy HTML formatting that some of the other games have, but if I ever get a (semi-)automatic tool to generate nice summaries than may change. If you want to show off a game (whether pbem or ftf) email to make arrangements.

Maintained by Andy Lange

These sometimes get up to a week or so out-of-date, but rarely more than a few days.
1835 Kappa
A 5-player standard-rules 1835 game moderated by Bill Stoll. Started Winter 1995-96.
1837 (No Name)
A 6-player, no-moderator game of 1837 (Austria-Hungary). Started March 1996
1853 Haathi
A 5-player modified-bid game with moderation by consensus. Started March 1996.
1856 Alpha
Moderated by Paul Work. Started Winter 1995-96
1856 Beta
This is another game moderated by Paul Work. It only gets updated when I get sent summaries, as I am not playing.
1870 Josh
A 5-player no-moderator game started early in 1996

Maintained by Rob Stimets

PBeM 1856 Game
Rob is recording this game for posterity (well, maybe not that long), and in fact was the inspiration for me to start putting some of my games on the web.
1856 B (Stimets)
Rob is showing dedication to the cause by moderating and maintaining the web page for yet another game.

Maintained by Peter McCarthy

One Page, Three Games
  • 1835 Kappa (same game as mine, above, but sometimes more current, and a different spin on the presentation)
  • 1856 B (Rob's second game, above)
  • 1870 Alpha (moderated by Peter, started March 1995)

Maintained by David Reed

1835 Sigma
Another game moderated by Bill Stoll. This one is being played with the alternate rule 'BY always floats after the first stock round'.

Other games

Anything listed in this section is a game I've heard of but don't have a URL or other information on. If you can help out at all, please let me know.

Play by E-Mail (PBEM) 18xx

The lack of random chance in 18xx means the system lends itself well to playing by email, assuming the players are willing to spend months to see a game to completion. I am currently playing in several games, and I am not alone. As a service to the PBEM 18xx community (as well as personal interest) I'm keeping a list of people interested in PBEM 18xx. It includes names, email addresses, games being played, and which games (if any) people would like to play. It is a simple HTML table - sorry, no text-only version.