Hollandazed: Thoughts, Ideas, and Miscellany — The Soo Line

THE SOO LINE (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Tags game design, The Soo Line, train games

THE SOO LINE (by Tom Russell)

The Soo Line is my sixth train game design. In some ways, it's similar to the others - for example, it's the fourth in a row to use some variation of the "track leasing" mechanism I introduced in Trans-Siberian. But it's also the most aggressively weird of my choo-choo games, which is the primary reason why I didn't offer it  to Winsome and we decided to go the Hollandspiele route instead.  The core bit of weirdness is that there are only three railroads to invest in, and the majority shareholder makes all decisions for the railroad. The game seats three...