Two to six players represent investors in railroad companies, spending their initial capital to buy wholly owned private companies and shares in public companies. The public companies are each controlled by the largest shareholder (its president). Public companies build track and run trains in order to earn revenues. These revenues can be paid out as dividends to shareholders or retained to fund further track and rolling stock.
Railway building in China started in the 1880’s. The map board of “1888” shows the area around the capital Beijing. 1888-N is the first part in a Chinese trilogy (1888-E and 1888-S are the other two) can be combined with one or both other games for a larger map and more companies.
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