Last night, my friends and I played a great round of British Rails from Mayfair Games (and it wasn’t just great because I won - so there).
The initial round of contracts put my red line running east/west through the southern part of the board, which isn’t the strongest place to begin. The initial two runs paid nicely, then sent me toward the north up the east side of the mountains. I managed to leave Wales to the other guys. Instead, I concentrated my rail building on the central and eastern sides of the board, along with a painful dogleg around Scotland - literally.
In the end, the game came down to a difference of twenty million pounds and a single turn. (Thank goodness for the little time-saving spur I built from Lincoln south to my opponent’s rail through Cambridge!)
Once I finished erasing the board (a long-standing tradition on our crayon rail game nights - the winner wipes down everything), we broke out 7 Wonders for a teaching game followed immediately by a “let’s do that again” round of bloodletting. The more I play that game, the more I love it! Although it’s better with at least four players, it’s still very nicely balanced with three.
This is like Eurorails, so it’s cool.