From the entry for Rail Baron:

BOXCARS is the predecessor of Rail Baron.

In the late 1960s or early 1970s, previously unknown designers R.S. Erickson and T.F. Erickson, Jr. began
boardgame development. In an era when both the railroad and board gaming industry was in flux, the Ericksons managed to combine elements from the two to create a game that has withstood the test of time. In fact, it provided solid footing for the whole "train gaming" genre.

The Ericksons decided to publish the game on their own, and released it as "BOXCARS" in 1974. It was billed as "The Informative NEW travel game of OLD-time railroading." For a first-time effort, the components of the resulting boardgame were surprisingly refined and professional.

The single-piece board unfolded to reveal a map of the United States on which routes of 28 historic railroads were traced. The rules of BOXCARS vary from those of Rail Baron in several ways. For example, BOXCARS has no restriction in the re-use of routes: this allows players to circle along the same track as long as desired. BOXCARS also allows a player to trade, sell or auction a RR at any time during the game. Furthermore, BOXCARS lacks the Express and Superchief locomotive upgrades that Rail Baron contains.

Before long, the Ericksons' game caught the attention of The Avalon Hill Game Company (AH). The original designers apparently sold the BOXCARS rights to AH and were obligated to quickly disperse the remaining copies of their game. It is estimated that there were only 1000 copies of BOXCARS ever printed.

AH scaled down the game's physical size to match the "bookshelf" style of many of its other titles, modified the rules, and released it as Rail Baron in 1977.

(Description adapted with permission from "An Illustrated History of Rail Baron")

遊戲設計師R. S. Erickson,
Thomas F. Erickson, Jr.
美術師Martin Hoffmann,
Claus Stephan,
Mirko Suzuki
Rio Grande Games
玩家數量2 - 6
玩家票選的遊玩人數 最佳遊玩人數: 3 人
建議遊玩人數: 2, 4 人
(4 名玩家投票得出以上結果)
(2 名玩家投票選出)
(2 名玩家投票選出)
遊戲機制Roll / Spin and Move
BGG重度2.5556 / 5.0
BGG評分6.4522 / 10.0
評分: 6.34 / 10.00
整體排名: 12943
出版年份: 2010
BGG會員收藏數目: 8
Empire Builder
Connect the north, east, south, and west in this pick-up-and-deliver train classic.
評分: 6.95 / 10.00
整體排名: 1431
出版年份: 1982
BGG會員收藏數目: 121
Air Baron
Make money dominating the skies and attack when you can!
評分: 6.4 / 10.00
整體排名: 4503
出版年份: 1996
BGG會員收藏數目: 27
Claim to Fame
評分: 5.34 / 10.00
整體排名: 19337
出版年份: 1990
BGG會員收藏數目: 2
Dealer's Choice
Wheel and deal used cars but your junk could be someone else's dream car.
評分: 5.88 / 10.00
整體排名: 12274
出版年份: 1972
BGG會員收藏數目: 12
Pick up and deliver goods through Europe on your crayon rail train line.
評分: 7.09 / 10.00
整體排名: 1688
出版年份: 1990
BGG會員收藏數目: 75
Rail Baron
Build an American transcontinental rail network.
評分: 6.59 / 10.00
整體排名: 2879
出版年份: 1977
BGG會員收藏數目: 80

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