1830: An old friend remembered yesterday
Yesterday, Kendahl asked me if I still had my copy of 1830. Unfortunately, I stupidly E-Bayed my copy away about ten years ago when I went through a brief phase where I thought I was done with gaming (between the death of AH and the rise of Euro's... otherwise known as the Magic Era...).
Anyway, Kendahl's question caused me to think a lot about my past love of all games 18XX, but none more so than 1830. This game really was a eurogame before its time. The game had no player elmination; nothing random; an amazingly elegant simulation of stock market manipulation, auctions, and financial double dealing; and a relatively short playing time for its day. This game had it all!
So, I fired up the now freely downloadable PC version of the game and had a great time! After playing the 18XX board games almost every week for a year, I used to be able to totally destroy the computer on its ultrahard AI setting. Now, I had a very tough time just on hard... oh well... it was still great fun. Anyway, I highly recommend that if you ever see an 18XX game at a decent price... buy it!!