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18CZ

Reviewed by Eric Brosius

18CZ (Fox in the Box, 2 to 6 players, ages 12 and up, 250 minutes; about 78€)

 

Lonny Orgler’s 18CZ is a new member of the so-called “18XX” branch of the railroad game hobby.  Lonny has eight game designs and several expansions to his credit, starting with 1837, which was published in 1994, and including the popular Russian Railroads, which he designed in partnership with Helmut Ohley.  The 18XX sub-hobby is currently enjoying a renaissance, with new and innovative designs being issued not only by boutique 18XX publishers, but also by publishers that serve broader markets.  This supports the use of components that conform more to modern boardgame standards—including mounted boards and thicker tiles—while maintaining the clarity of graphics that are needed in order to facilitate play, and 18CZ reflects this trend.  The game is available in two editions: one in English and German, and another (which I have not seen) in Czech, with different graphics.

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