RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD- a Train Game for Cool People

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RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD Pictured is Swiss artist HR Giger with what must be the coolest model train of all time. Note that Mr. Giger is not wearing engineer overalls or a hat, nor is he wearing a red hanky and going "woo woo!" a la Bubb Rubb. He also is not playing AGE OF STEAM. These are all because Mr. Giger is a cool person, a very cool person. Cool people don't do shit like that.

Mr. Giger is probably not aware of RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD, the new reissue/revamp of RAILROAD TYCOON. He probably has better things to do with his time than play it anyway, and aside from that he's practically blind now. But if he were a gamer, he would play RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD over AGE OF STEAM because he's a cool person.

All of this really has nothing to do with with my full review  of RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD and its expansions at Gameshark.com, but there it is. If you own only one train game, this is the one to get. I love it.






   Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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