Players are investors who risk their businesses and money
on this new technology, as they build railway links
through the mountains and over the rivers of historic
New England Railways puts players in the roles of those
who built the railroads that linked the booming industries
of 1800s New England ‐‐ from the shipbuilders of
Connecticut to the forests of Maine; from the fisheries of
Massachusetts through the mountains of New Hampshire
and on to the foundries of Albany.
Railroads are expensive propositions. Indeed, players
must borrow money from banks to amass the necessary
capital to build these railways. Can they make a profit
while paying the interest on these loans, and indeed,
even while paying them off?
This is also a game of walking a financial tightrope,
maintaining a careful cash flow from the railroad's profits,
thus enriching the players, while constantly and vigilantly
servicing those bank loans. The risks are huge and some
overly brash investors will rapidly find themselves in a
quicksand of debt; while other, more careful players will
reap handsome profits.