10 and up (10-12 with supervision)

medium to low

economics, geography, history


Yes (but keep them small)

20-30 minutes

15 minutes

widely variable

Once one is learned, the whole series is known. Players get to draw with crayons and build rails to develop railways. They then have to move trains to carry cargos to destination cities, showing where resources are and forcing players to find cities. The most useful in the series are Empire Builder (USA), Eurorails (Europe), British Rails (Great Britain), and Nippon Rails (Japan).