13 July 2021
Never going off the rails
Railroad Ink: Lush Green Edition does to Railroad Ink what I love about a certain style of expansions – it just adds in more of the good stuff. Railroad Ink is a popular roll and write based on creating journeys across your board, that is great to play in a group or alone. The Lush Green Edition – and, I’m led to believe, the Shining Yellow Edition, but I’ve not played – adds in not just a different coloured board and theme, but new in game goals that you race to achieve, and some new dice faces. Now you’ve got to worry about dead ends, forestry, as well as where your route will wind to.
It’s probably no surprise that it’s easy to get drawn into the game. Despite the additional cards to race your opponents to, it’s still a game you can play in your own little world, completing your puzzle from the dice faces, and entering a satisfying score at the end. Of course, this is an oft quoted drawback to Roll & Writes, but some of the fun is just continuing to play. The best description of this feeling is that it’s satisfying. As for the differences, there are two new modes (easy and hard) which use forestry and trails dice to assist or complicate your journey, adding in another way to score, as well as a much appreciated solo mode.
It means if you enjoyed Railroad Ink, this gives you a way to play it fresh once again, whilst also being able to coordinate your favourite colour onto your shelf. It doesn’t do anything too revolutionary, but that’s reassuring in itself. And if you haven’t picked up a copy of Railroad Ink yet, there’s no harm in diving right in at the green end.
Designer: Hjalmar Hach, Lorenzo Silva
Publisher: Horrible Guild
Time: 15-30 minutes
This article originally appeared in issue 57 of Tabletop Gaming. Pick up the latest issue of the UK's fastest-growing gaming magazine in print or digital here or subscribe to make sure you never miss another issue.
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