The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of Empire Builder (New Edition):
Featuring two American loves - railroads and cold cash - Empire Builder is as easy as connecting the dots. Players draw tracks with crayons on an erasable board and operate a rail empire in an effort to accumulate the most money.
The new revision of Empire Builder's map now has all of Mexico included and more of Canada, with corresponding loads and events.
Empire Builder is continually captivating and challenging. Every game is different, with players creating a new strategy and delivering a variety of goods across the continent. Players learn the locations of cities, states, mountains and rivers of the United States and southern Canada.
Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of Empire Builder (New Edition):
The seminal game of a great series, the Empire Builder board game takes you back in time to the start of the great age of railroads in North America. Using the brilliant crayon system, players develop a railroad network to connect cities across southern Canada, America, and northern Mexico.
Players who are interested in the crayon-based train games should start with Empire Builder. Reflecting the actual geography and industries in North America, players will have an instinctive understanding of the board. That means faster play and less searching for cities with unfamiliar names.
As with many train-based board games, Empire Builder takes a commitment of time. Most games will run around 4 hours unless you use the "fast train" variants of the rules. At Rainy Day Games, we usually use the quicker versions of the rules now, and they don't detract from the strategy or gameplay at all.
The real focus of Empire Builder is the careful management of your money while building a network of rail that provides as many income opportunities as possible. The train theme is a lot of fun, but we really appreciate the Empire Builder series for the economic challenge. Build too fast or too recklessly and you'll go bankrupt. Build too conservatively and you'll be run into the ground by the other players. Anyone looking for a great challenge in a railroad should definitely get this game. If you've already got Empire Builder and enjoyed it, try some of the other great games in this series like Eurorails, or Iron Dragon.
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Darryl's Board Game Review of Empire Builder (New Edition):
"Educational." SNORE. Wow, could I ever not care less about that. Lots of people mention that the Empire Builder board game is a great way to learn about American geography. Being a childless bachelor, maybe I'm not the best guy to comment on this, but I have never bought a game for it's educational value.
Still, what others call "educational", I call "realistic". And the Empire Builder board game has that in spades. Its a great representation of the United States and lets you explore the problems of rail building across this massive continent.
In the end, the game play is what makes Empire builder a great board game, and massively popular, and the source of an entire line of board games. The mechanic of drawing on the game board is cool and fun, and the economic game play is easy to understand and interesting. With the huge number of cards and routes available, reply value is very high.
Train game fans will definitely enjoy Empire Builder, and it will make you a train game fan if you aren't one already.
Jeremy's Board Game Review of Empire Builder (New Edition):
Empire Builder is a Good game. The only thing stopping it from being a great game is how long it takes. If you have lots of time on your hands this is a great game. The best part about this game is the decision making that needs to happen. When playing this game you have to decide which city on each of your three cards are most worth the trip to go to. If you choose the wrong one, you could be wasting your time and money. Some trips might just be a waste of time, and others are just a waste of money. If you make the right decisions, you are still not guaranteed to win. There is still enough luck involoved to make it interesting, but not enough luck for it to be a waste of your time
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