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John Bohrer's Chicago Express is an innovative new boardgame that doesn't depend on luck. Chicago Express was originally sold in a limited format by Winsome Games as Wabash Cannonball and it was the first game in Winsome's Historic Railroads System.
In the game the B&O, C&O, Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads expand from the East Coast across the growing eastern US to Chicago. Smaller, but more aggressive railroads like the Wabash spring up to further expand America's extensive railroads. The sharpest railroad executives will vie for the maximum return on their investment in this business game lasting about one hour.
A session of Chicago Express is played over a maximum of 8 rounds. In each round, the players take turns picking one of three available actions:
- auctioning one share of one of the railroad companies
- expanding the rail network of one of the railroad companies
- developing one of the board's hexes
Of each of those actions only a limited number are available.
As soon as all t he available actions of two options are taken, a dividend phase is executed, where all players gain income from the railroad companies they have shares of.
After this dividend phase, the number of actions is reset and a new round starts.
The game is over after 8 rounds or if one of the following conditions is met:
- 3 or more companies have no more train engines
- 3 or more companies have no shares left
- The general supply contains 3 houses or less
The player with the most money wins the game.