“A man who has never gone to school can steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” Theodore Roosevelt
When it comes to games, players have strong opinions on just how much luck they like in their play. Even from the earliest board games there have been games with a heavy luck component (Backgammon) and games that are pure strategy (chess).
Players who prefer pure strategy games want to win or lose based on their decisions, without any intervention from lady luck working for or against them. If a knight enters a space with a pawn, knight takes pawn, every time. The random element in the game comes not from the whimsy of dice rolls but from your human opponent, working against you with all her cunning and skill. This is the allure of pure strategy games.
1830 Northeast USTM, designed by Francis Tresham and published by Mayfair Games, is just such a game. The game takes place in the Northeast United States and Southeastern Canada during the early days the railroad. Players assume the roles of railroad robber barons and backstabbing businessmen, each attempting to amass the most wealth by the end of the game by any means possible.
Players buy stock in train companies and, if they own the majority of the stock, they direct the actions of that train company. Through their actions, but managing companies they control but also by buying and selling stock, the value of the player’s companies rises and falls. Stock that is performing well delivers cash dividends and players also want to sell stock at its highest point to collect the most money from it.
So the next time you’re looking for a challenging game of pure strategy, give 1830 Northeast USTM a try.
1830 Northeast USTM is designed for 3-6 players, ages 12 and up. Games take between 3 and 4 hours on average.