2019 Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge 18XX Scoresheet

The official Tournament Scores for the 18xx Grand Prix at the 2019 Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge can be found by following this link or by clicking on the “Click Here” icon below.

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With this link, you can view the Tournament Scores at anytime, and you will be able to see the standings updated in real time as the Tournament Director or Assistants add scores into the spreadsheet.

Tab Explanations:

  • Current Rankings – Overall tournament standings.
  • CRGC 2019 Game Results – Game scores are entered here.
  • Highest Score by Title – Pivot Table created to identify player’s highest scores for each unique title they’ve played.
    • In this tab the spreadsheet will also add each player’s 4 highest scores in unique titles.
    • This tab also adds in the bonus points for the 2 featured games, 1761 & 18MM.
    • The above scores and bonus points are added to determine a players tournament score.
    • This tab also shows the tie breakers of  the 5th, 6th, etc. highest score in unique titles in the unlikely event a tie breaker is needed.
  • Titles Played by Player – Pivot Table created to count show how many times each player has played a title.
  • Play Count by Title – Pivot Table to show how many times a specific title was played.

I look forward to seeing everyone this year at the Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge.

Play Well. Play Smart.

~Clayton McMahon
Tournament Director

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2018 Cotton Belt Con Announced

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After much consideration, I have decided to keep Cotton Belt Con in May. For those of you who don’t already know, Cotton Belt Con is an Open Gaming Style 18xx Tournament in Memphis, TN.

I just got back from signing the contract at the host hotel and am pleased to announce that this year the Cotton Belt Con will be held on Friday, May 18th, to Sunday, May 20th.

Quality Suites Near Wolfchase Galleria will be the host hotel. This is the same location as the previous 2 years. The address of the hotel is 8166 Varnavas Dr. Cordova, TN 38016.

They have created a room block for us of $89 per night for a suite with 2 double beds, and $79 per night for a suite with a king bed. To get these excellent rates, please call (901) 386-4600 and say you are with the Cotton Belt Con.

As for the tournament, there will be usual plaques for first and second place as well as the much sought after flavor prizes, such as highest run of the weekend, first to lay a silver tile, etc.

What is the cost for such an exciting weekend of 18xx enthusiasm? Registration will be $40 before April 30th, and $50 at the door. Payment can be sent via PayPal or Google Wallet to rigelberry@gmail.com.

Where can you register? You can fill out the Google Form by clicking HERE. You can also click on the Cotton Belt Con logo above, or the obnoxious red button below.

Click Me to Register for the 2018 Cotton Belt Con

I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Play well. Play Smart.

Clayton McMahon
Conductor of the Cotton Belt Con

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Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge 18xx Grand Prix Tournament Scores

The official Tournament Scores for the 18xx Grand Prix at the 2018 Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge can be found by following this link.

Click Here spreadsheet

With this link, you can view the Tournament Scores at anytime, and you will be able to see the standings updated in real time as the Tournament Director or Assistants add scores into the spreadsheet.

Tab Explanations:

  • Current Rankings – Overall tournament standings.
  • CRGC 2018 Game Results – Game scores are entered here.
  • Highest Score by Title – Pivot Table created to identify player’s highest scores for each unique title they’ve played.
    • In this tab the spreadsheet will also add each player’s 4 highest scores in unique titles.
    • This tab also adds in the bonus points for the 2 featured games, 18CZ and 18GB.
    • The above scores and bonus points are added to determine a players tournament score.
    • This tab also shows the tie breakers of  the 5th, 6th, etc. highest score in unique titles in the unlikely event a tie breaker is needed.
  • Titles Played by Player – Pivot Table created to count show how many times each player has played a title.
  • Play Count by Title – Pivot Table to show how many times a specific title was played.

I look forward to seeing everyone this year at the Chattanooga Rail Gaming Challenge.

Play Well. Play Smart.

~Clayton McMahon
Tournament Director

Posted in CRGC

1846 Strategy – Private Companies: Their Strengths and Weaknesses

 

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In 1846, the private companies are divided into 3 groups, which are signified by the color of the dot on the face of the private. Each group has its own theme/focus, and each private company has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. These strengths and weaknesses are what I’ll be exploring in this post.

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It’s not “Your” Company

 

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It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a heavy pounding on the door resonated throughout the victorian mansion. Sharky von Baron bolted upright in bed and called to his butler to send this unwelcome guest away and back into the wet, miserable night. The butler hurried off to do his bidding, but returned soon after with a quizzical look on his face.

“Sir, there was a package for you at the door,” said the butler solemnly.

Sharky took the small box wrapped in brown paper and hurriedly tore it open. Inside, was a little locomotive with the cutest smokestack that he had ever seen. Attached to the engine was a note that read:

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5 Ways Tokening Can Improve Your Game

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Stations. Tokens. These terms are often interchangeable in a game to mean the discs placed in a city to represent a company’s presence there in that city. Often in a game we get preoccupied with building a route, making sure we can get a permanent train, or waiting for the bank to run out of money that we forget to consider how to best use a company’s tokens.

In 18XX, tokening serves 5 basic purposes, which I will be discussing in this post.

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Why I Enjoy Playing 18XX Games

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I’ve been playing strategy board games for about 5 years now. My gateway game into the genre was Dominion. I still play it occasionally; in fact, I played Dominion tonight at my local game night. After a game or two of Dominion, which only last about 30 minutes each, I’m ready to play something else. With the 18XX genre, however, this is rarely the case. After playing a game or two of 18XX, I’m eager to play another game or two more. What is it that keeps drawing back to the game table with these games?

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How to Describe 18XX Games to Non-gamers

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When people ask me about my hobbies, I tell them that I like to play train games. For the longest time, however, I didn’t know how to describe them to people who hadn’t played them. There are so many facets to the game that I would get overwhelmed with which one to feature in any given conversation. Ultimately, they would get bored with my exciting tales of choke point tokening and dumping companies.

After some trial and error, and with some help from my gaming friend, Barbara, I’ve been able to come up with a short way to describe the game without going into the details of its mechanics. I’ll share it with you now:

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