Projects Sample Blog Description 2019-02-21T13:33:00-03:00 Luiz Cláudio https://lcduarte.com/projects Venda https://lcduarte.com/projects/venda 2019-02-21T13:33:00-03:00 2019-02-21T13:33:00-03:00 Amigos, mais uma vez preciso colocar à venda vários jogos de minha coleção, bem como algumas outras coisas. Esta página está sendo divulgada para algumas pessoas conhecidas, antes que eu leve a venda a canais como a Ludopédia.

Quem se interessar por alguma coisa desta lista pode pegá-la diretamente comigo (em minha casa ou no Retiro Lúdico), ou posso enviá-la pelos Correios. O pagamento deve ser feito por transferência bancária.

Salvo conforme indicado, tudo se encontra em bom estado. Como são muitas coisas, não vou colocar fotos aqui na página; posso enviá-las a interessados. Os insets das caixas geralmente não estão presentes.

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18SP https://lcduarte.com/projects/18sp 2015-04-24T21:00:00-03:00 2015-04-24T21:00:00-03:00

18SP is an 18xx game based in the relationship between coffee and railroads in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It's still in the early playtest phase.

These were my musing on this game after the third playtest, in 2015.

The development of 18SP was subject to a long hiatus, due to a series of unforeseen events in my personal life. Recently, my interest in this game was rekindled, and I went back to my notes.

In these past six years, my view of the dynamics of 18xx games changed somewhat, and my knowledge of railroad history in São Paulo grew a bit. I was especially impressed with the strong correlation between railroads and coffee during the late XIX century and the early XX century, and I decided that this should be a prominent feature of 18SP.

This is the second iteration of the design of the game. The first iteration was very much a 1856 clone, which wasn't very satisfactory. Several changes were made.

I abandoned the idea of small companies, even if they are a common feature in many 18xx games. In their place, I increased the company count from 8 to 20, and now all companies start as minor companies. No company is tied to a specific geographical location. Minor companies do not have shares; their operating capital comes from the player (par value) and from the bank (also par value). All dividends are shared 50/50.

During Phase I of the game (yellow tiles), only minor companies can be opened. During Phase II (green tiles), a minor company can buy another minor company by any agreeable price --- half goes to the controlling player, half goes to the bank. The assets of the bought company are incorporated by the buying company, which becomes a major company. Major companies can also buy minor companies, with no further status change.

This allows for two desirable effects. First, it enables a player to plunder company funds, one important effect of small companies in other games. Second, it showcases the drastic change in financial regulations which occurred in Brazil at the last two years of the Empire and the first two years of the Republic.

In this period, known as Encilhamento, Brazil abandoned almost all regulations of financial activities. The result was a free-for-all environment, which ended in disaster. In 18SP, the Encilhamento corresponds to Phase II, which includes some features to represent widespread speculation.

Phases III (brown tiles) and IV (gray tiles) feature a more sedate financial market, akin to other 18xx games.

Another abandoned feature from the first iteration was the special São Carlos-Santos run. It was intended to showcase the importance of the coffee trade, but the end result hadn't been very satisfactory.

In order to tie the development of railroads to the coffee trade, now several of the hexes in the map are coffee hexes. Whenever a rail tile is built on one of these hexes, a coffee plantation marker is put on top of the tile....

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