Ian Wilson's 1761: Canal Age to Railways

  
1761 is set in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. Three to six players represent investors in canal and railway companies, spending their initial capital to buy wholly owned ​private companies and minor companies and later buying shares in (railway) ​public companies​​. The public companies are each controlled by the largest shareholder (its ​director​​). Minor companies and public companies lay tiles, and public companies run ​trains in order to earn money. Public company earnings can be paid out as dividends to shareholders or retained to fund further track and rolling stock. A feature of 1761, as with all the other games in the series, is that the interests of a public company’s director and the interests of its shareholders are not identical, so minority shareholders need to be careful in their investments. 1761 is a medium to long length game. Experienced, brisk players can expect to take about four to five hours to complete a game. Novices or more deliberate players might add a few hours to that time.

A short game variant that skips the canal building phases in favor of a faster play time is provided.

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