1846 The Race For The Midwest

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Rating Summary (17 Total)


As my first play of 18xx and having to teach it too, it went well. Definitely hard to get your head around.


Incredibly well-balanced, while still providing multiple avenues for new strategies. Every time I think I have an irrefutable strategy in this game, I find new twists to take it even deeper. Tom Lehmann is a masterful designer. I do hope we one day see his long-awaited 1834 officially published.


Very different in style than most 18XX I've played. It definitely needs more plays.


As my playing of 18xx games has dwindled, so has my enthusiasm for this title. Where I once thought this was a great game, I now consider it a good game. I would still gladly play, but I might first suggest 1830 or 18Africa.


Just wow. Imagine an engine building game, but you don't just get one or two good cranks out of that engine, you get to wade hip-deep in that engine's diesel fuel while also managing investments in all other engines.


Operational in nature, and an economic snowball with no way to engage in aggressive capital destruction. The result: A euro-like engine-builder wrapped in 18xx packaging. This is, however, a shining beacon of a replayable title. It's really never the same game twice, which you can't say for dozens of other 18xx titles. I like this game, but it's overrated as a teaching tool. If you're the type that is inclined to like 18xx, then 1889 is a much, much better entry point for the series. If you're not an 18xx type, I'm not convinced 1846 will to turn you into one.


(10/17) 9. My first REAL foray into 18xx games and I was HOOKED. Love the deep, deep economic and tile placement strategy. A super brain burner that I can't wait to play again...once I get another 6 hours to spare. My #10 game of all time.