New Acquisitions December 2015 + Silverton - Railroad Life in the Rockies

Before we, the gaming community, got all ‘Eurogamey’, a sign of a good game was one that took hours and hours to play. You can blame Francis Tresham for that. His 1829 games and his Civilization game were both brilliant and l-oo-nnn-gggg !!! Other designers wanted to join this party and one of those games was Silverton. A train game (the 18XX influence perhaps) was designed by Phil Smith, a tragic figure in the gaming world because he died aged 32 and we will never know his full potential.

Silverton is the game of railroad building and mining in Colorado, specifically in the Rockies. Players can open up railroad lines and use their trains to haul commodities to cities like Denver and El Paso. Prices fluctuate a lot so you must time your ‘runs’ to make the best profit. But, if you hang on too long, the market could crash just as you were intending to sell. Such is life in the Rockies.

Mining is a very interesting facet in the game. You choose where to invest but there is a chance that even the best mine may ‘play out’ (i.e. go ‘belly-up’) and ruin your investment. Yes, it is down to chance but you will know the odds of that actually happening. A little luck and a good dice roll is all that you will need. Your mines can produce lumber, copper, coal, silver and gold, all of which must be delivered. And you can make useful profits by carrying passengers as well. As in other long train-games, you can survey the land and thus build the best routes through the mountains, but in Silverton you also have prospectors who claim mines for you. And, naturally, you can improve your trains so that they can carry more thus maximising your profits.

You can see that a lot happens and if maths is not your ‘thing’ then you should steer clear. But if you like maths… then Silverton is ‘Calculation-crazy’ and you will be hard-pressed to find a better game than this to test your ‘number’ skills. The big draw-back, from my point of view is the time. With 4 experienced players you are still looking at 5 hours and that is rather old-fashioned these days.

Now – let’s see what Vater Weihnachts has brought down the chimney in Chez Von der Osten this month …

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