The Kickstarter project 18DO-Dortmund was extremely successful. This success was associated with a lot of work, which will continue until the games ordered have been successfully shipped.
This has an impact on the rest of the Marflow Games product range, which is still handcrafted. After careful consideration, I have therefore decided to reduce the number of these games considerably. As a result I expect to gain the necessary time for the next Kickstarter project and the completion of new games in progress.
The games for the previously confirmed orders are all still being produced and shipped. New orders for the games in the reduced range are not expected to be delivered until the 2nd quarter of 2021.
I will try to find a cooperation partner or issue licenses for the games that have been deleted from the range.
After the successful Kickstarter Campaign the game can be ordered via the pledge manager GAMEFOUND until 30th November 2020.
After this deadline the the Kickstarter edition can no longer be ordered. Here is the link for the pledge manager.
The game is set in the south-west of Africa in Namibia. The game starts at the time when this area has been a German colony, hence the German names of the railway corporation of the game. 1895 Namibia has been developed especially for three players. The game starts with the auction of the obligations for the railway corporations and the two private mines will be auctioned based on player’s decisions. The obligation provides the owner the priority right to purchTher the owner will not receive any dividend for this certificate until the railway corporation has been linked to a certain destination. The two private mining companies will be converted into mining corporations. They need to buy mining equipment which is on the back of the train cards. So both railway and mining corporations compete for the same train cards. While 1895 Namibia was especially designed for 3 players, 18NR-Namibia will be suited for 4 players as well as an additinal railway corporation has been implemented. There will be also a variant for 2 players.
The game's focus is on the players’ decisions about the bid for what obligation, the setting of the starting value when floating a corporation and the timing of buying another train. There are 9 types of trains in the game of which only 3 are permanent!
18BS - Baltic Sea - Playtesting to start in 2021
This game is based on an idea for the author of 1893 Cologne, Edwin Eckert. The map shows the Baltic Sea with all adjacent countries. There is one railway corporation per country. which represents the national railway company. The preceding railway companies are represented as private companies with special functions. One of unique feature of 18BS are the railway ferries which can transport trains via the Baltic Sea. As in real history these ferries will be owned by the railway corporations.The other unique feature is the two different gauges , one for the eastern part of the map (the Russian wide gauge) and one for the western part (the European standard gauge). The gauge for each railway corporation is determined. Therefore they can only operate either on the eastern or the western part of the map. This limitation will cease at a certain phase when gauge change devices can be acquired.
Due to the experience with playtesting for 18NR and 18DO it has been decided to start the playtesting for 18BS after the kickstarter launch for these games.