Hard times….

Are you new 18xx gamer who is looking for thrills in the 18xx world? Would you like to quickly build your 18xx game collection? I have bad news for you, you have to have MUCH patience. Theoretically more than 100 games from the 18xx series have been released so far. But only a few of them you can build right away. Three are three largest publishers:

  • All-Aboard Games (USA)
  • Golden Spike Games (USA)
  • Marflow Games (Germany)

Just 2 years ago, you could buy the game from each of them and get it played soon. Currently, both US publishers are slightly “blocked”. AAG raised massive money to release 18Chesapeake and temporarily it closed its store. Currently, you can only buy games that will be released during next year from AAG.

In turn, Golden Spike Games is blocked by orders. If you order a game from them today, it will be done in about 9 months! If you live overseas, then you have to add 1-2 months for delivery. I will tell you that it is worth waiting, because the games are published at a very decent level, but it is almost a year of waiting.

Of these three publishers, only Marflow Games is still executing orders on time. Marflow has some interesting titles in its offer, but I have the impression that they are less popular or targeted to more advanced players.

Meanwhile, the 18xx games released by other publishers during last few years, are slowly running out. This is the case of 1846, which is sold out and there is not a single copy of this game in GMT warehouse.

There is nothing to do but to wait until next year, when several 18xx games will be released in greater amount (read more here: ), but will this satisfy the demand for 18xx that we have on the market? We will see ­čÖé


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Ci─Ö┼╝kie czasy dla kupuj─ůcych
Jeste┼Ťcie nowymi graczami, kt├│rzy szukaj─ů wra┼╝e┼ä w ┼Ťwiecie 18xx? Chcieliby┼Ťcie szybko zbudowa─ç swoj─ů kolekcj─Ö gier 18xx? Mam dla was kiepsk─ů informacj─Ö, musicie si─Ö uzbroi─ç w DU┼╗O cierpliwo┼Ťci. Gier z serii 18xx tych teoretycznie wydanych jest chyba ponad 100. Najwi─Ökszych wydawc├│w jest trzech:

  • All-Aboard Games (USA)
  • Golden Spike Games (USA)
  • Marflow Games (Niemcy)

Jeszcze 2 lata temu u ka┼╝dego z nich, mo┼╝na by┼éo zakupi─ç gr─Ö i otrzyma─ç j─ů w nied┼éugim czasie. Obecnie obaj wydawcy z USA s─ů lekko ‘zablokowani’. AAG zebra┼éo pot─Ö┼╝ne pieni─ůdze na wydanie 18Chesapeake i chwilowo zamkn─Ö┼éo sw├│j sklep. Obecnie mo┼╝na w nim kupi─ç tylko takie gry, kt├│re uka┼╝─ů si─Ö w wi─Ökszym nak┼éadzie w przysz┼éym roku.

Golden Spike Games z kolei jest zablokowany zam├│wieniami. Je┼Ťli zam├│wicie u nich gr─Ö dzisiaj, to dostaniecie j─ů prawdopodobnie za oko┼éo 9 miesi─Öcy! Je┼Ťli mieszkacie po drugiej stronie oceanu, to do tych 9 miesi─Öcy, musicie jeszcze doliczy─ç przynajmniej miesi─ůc na dostaw─Ö. Powiem wam, ┼╝e warto poczeka─ç, bo gry s─ů wydawane na bardzo przyzwoitym poziomie, ale 9-10 miesi─Öcy to prawie rok.

Z tych trzech wydawnictw tylko Marflow Games jeszcze realizuje zam├│wienia terminowo. W swojej ofercie Marflow ma kilka ciekawych tytu┼é├│w, ale mam wra┼╝enie, ┼╝e s─ů one mniej popularne lub skierowane do bardziej zaawansowanych graczy.
Tymczasem nak┼éady osiemnastek, wydanych w ostatnich kilku latach powoli si─Ö wyczerpuj─ů. Tak jest z 1846, kt├│re jest wyprzedane i w magazynach GMT nie ma ju┼╝ ani jednej kopii tej gry.

Pozostaje czeka─ç do przysz┼éego roku, wtedy uka┼╝e si─Ö kilka gier 18xx w wi─Ökszym nak┼éadzie, ale czy to zaspokoi ssanie, jakie mamy na rynku na 18xx? Zobaczymy ­čÖé

1 thought on “Hard times….”

  1. GMT has two titles in their P500 pipeline and Kickstarter had two games not that long ago. And if you are really desperate (and be trusted with a rotary cutter!) you can always print-and-play games.

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