The train left. That's not always good, but it is for Archona Games. The publisher has launched its crowdfunding campaign for the track building game Small Railroad Empires on Kickstarter - and has done so very successfully so far. The bring-and-bring board game about trains is another title in Archona Games' "Small Empires" series. Interested parties now have until May 15; a total of around 14.000 euros are required for the campaign to be successful.


Zug board games have always existed and will continue to do so in the future. One of the complex train game madness 18XX up to the shallow Ticket to Ride, the topic keeps finding its way into the world of board games. The setting of Small Railroad Empires from Archona Games is therefore not entirely new. It doesn't have to be, however, because the focus of the game is not on “Railroad”, but also “Small”.

Small Railroad Empires: Train tactics in your pocket

The idea behind the “Small Empires” series is not new at Archona: Samurai was last used, before that it was spaceships. However, the idea of ​​offering a board game in small format is well received. Small Railroad Empires will probably also be successfully financed by crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Almost 14.000 euros are needed for this, two-thirds have already been done. Over 300 so-called backers have already signaled their support and invested 29 US dollars. That is apparently one of the advantages of the Archona Games mini-series: the prices tend to be at the lower end.

The train board game is aimed at two to four players and is based on a mixture of bring-and-bring mechanics, route construction and set collection. The idea behind the game is well known: players set up their transport company and do what train operators do: make money.

Build tracks, let trains run: For fans of train board games in Fest - at Small Railroad Empires there is a variant with reduced complexity. Photo: Archona Games

Build tracks, let trains run: For fans of train board games in Fest - at Small Railroad Empires there is a variant with reduced complexity. Photo: Archona Games

In the game, which lasts around 30 to 90 minutes, the players gradually connect cities and factories with tracks and transport goods. There is then a fixed amount of money and influence depending on the length of the route. There are also some special achievements that can be achieved for a bonus. It seems as if Archona Games would also combine with Small Railroad Empires those playful core factors that are necessary for a successful train board game: strategic possibilities, a modular playing field for a bit of variety, a mix of three basic mechanics that match the topic.

The game takes place in a small box - that is the purpose of this “Small Empires” series. Fans can also book a scenario package directly. This will then contain parts of the game plan with a European and US theme and possibly others, depending on the “stretch goals” achieved.

The Kickstarter campaign The board game runs until May 15th. Small Railroad Empires should appear in December.


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