1870: The Trans-Mississippi
3 Game Setup
3.1 Physical Layout
The playing map and the stock market should be laid out on a table with sufficient room for
all players, the bank, and to lay out the track tiles. The operating round marker should be placed
to indicate a stock round. Each company's shares should be placed on the initial offering display
their appropriate places with the presidential share on top along with the company's tokens and
par value marker. The trains should be placed on their boxes on the train display. The bank's
money should be placed along one side of the map omitting the $1000 bills. The five private
companies and the president's share of the Frisco are placed in cost price order in the centre of
map. Place one share of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas
Railroad private company.
3.2 Starting Order
The starting order cards are then shuffled and dealt one per person in clockwise order around
the table. The player who won the last game decides who gets the first card. If a player volunteers
to be the banker, he sits next to the bank and the other players arrange themselves in ascending
order around him. Should no one volunteer to be the banker, the player with card # 1 retains their
position and the other players arrange themselves clockwise in numerical order after him.
3.3 Player Starting Capital
Each player receives as starting capital $ 2100 divided by the number of players in the game.
|| $ 1050
|| $ 700
|| $ 525
|| $ 420
|| $ 350
3.4 Funds Disclosure
Player money is always public knowledge. Company money is always private. A president
may reveal the extent of a companies finances if he so wishes but he need not be truthful.
3.5 Game Etiquette
Some player actions can speed the play of the game.
In a game of this length, players need to plan their company moves before
their turn. You should plan what tile(s) you are going to lay or upgrade.
Where possible you should plan your train runs in advance.
The shares that you own should be laid out in an orderly manner. Remember
that the banker is only required to pay you dividends on shares that he
If a player owns all of the shares in one of his companies, it is permissible
to pile them in one pile, but remember how many certificates this represents.
The number of shares redeemed by a company and the trains owned by a company
are public knowledge. They should be clearly visible on the company charter.
Other players are allowed to know how much money you have and how many
shares you own. They may ask at any time and you should answer politely. If you are busy
operating one of your companies, it is permitted to ignore them until
you are finished operating that company.
If a player and a company own all of that companies shares between them,
it is sometimes faster to pay 100% of the dividends to that player and
then have him pay his company for any shares it has redeemed.
If in later stages of the game during an operating round, you wish to count
the bank, you are allowed to do so, but you may not do it while you are
operating a company. You may only do so when someone else is operating
a company. You are required to inform the other players of the correct
3.6 Deals Between Players
Deals (about track lays, token placement, trains sales, etc.) are made between players, not
companies. A player who has had a company dumped on him does not have to live up to any
made by the previous president.
There are no rules about enforcing deals. You are free to break any deal you make.
3.7 Purchase Order
In all purchases in this game, first you pay the money and then you get the item.
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