Bought a few days ago (for a few pence more than this deal price!), and just finished a 3 player game.
It gets a thumbs up from both myself, and the 2 people I played with.
At its heart, this game is like Chess; a deterministic game of strategy where the only variables are the actions of your opponents.
- Invest your money in shares of Railroad companies via public auctions
- As investor in the company(s), choose how to spend its money to increase the company's share value.
- At the end of each phase, companies pay out dividends to their shareholders
- Person with the most money at the end is the winner.
It sounds incredibly dry & mathematical, but it really doesn't play that way at all.
It's easy to grasp the fundamentals, plays very quickly (~60-90mins depending upon experience), and due to its strategic nature, has a lot of player interaction.
Component quality is good, and the rule book is pretty good too.
Well regarded on BGG; 7.2/10 average. (also lots of worthwhile reviews there too)
Amazon's price is pretty damn good too; more than £10 less than the next nearest.
Can also be had from Hula Gaming (hulagaming.com) for £10.99 + £7.05 delivery; though I've never used them so YMMV.
Harry Wu's Chicago Express is an innovative new boardgame with no luck factor.
Tycoons like Cornelius Vanderbilt and Charles Morgan are representatives of a time of changes at the end of the 19th century in America. The development and the settlement of North America progresses fast with the help of the bigger railway companies.
As investors the players take part in the development and the expansion of the 5 largest railway companies of the country. It is their aim to make high profits through the expansion of the rail network towards Chicago, the development of the town and mountain hexes or the purchase of company shares.
Only the player who makes clever investments and developes the right companies will win the game with the largest amount of money