So last night I played a new game.
Well, really, an old favorite with a new map.
Railways of the World, one of my all time favorite board games. Second only to X-wing. I finally picked up the Railways of North America map, which is Canada transcontinental. With Seattle and Juneau as a bonus.
That, in itself, isn’t terribly interesting. It is a good map with interesting mechanics and a greater emphasis on industrialization and the unique ferry and mines mechanic. Which are cool! They give a distinct feel and the layout and major lines encourage either going trans Canada, running ferry lines in the Ottawa-Quebec-Maritimes corridor, or running to the Arctic and building up frontier town mining operations. Map design and mechanics evoking thematic elements? Solid A+ map design there.
But what was most interesting is we played with my brother and his wife.
Who live 2000 miles away.
We both own a copy, and it worked really well! A Google Duo call and calling out the board setup, then we just played. And it was a pretty good experience. The game works well, as there is monomial hidden information that is easlily handled at game setup, and with both couples having a board setup all we needed to do was mirror changes on our board, and occasionally do checkups to make sure we didn’t miss an update. Kind of a modern incarnation of PBEM.
I’m not sure every game would support it, something like 7 Wonders would be a hot mess, but some game types flow really well with it.