EMPIRE BUILDER® - Frequently Asked Questions

This is an unofficial FAQ for the Empire Builder® series of board games published by Mayfair Games. As with most board games, the printed rules for Empire Builder contain several gray areas. The rule interpretations found below are those used during the annual World Boardgaming Championships, which is host to the largest Empire Builder tournament anywhere. Note: some of these issues are rather picky and/or esoteric. This FAQ is maintained by Steve Okonski; send Steve your comments and questions at intersys@insystem.com. For EBP questions, see the software FAQ. Last update December 2009.


GENERAL INFO

What is Empire Builder?

Why is it sometimes called "crayon rails"?

CURRENT STATUS

Is Empire Builder currently being published?

Where can I get a copy of the board game?

I need only the rules.

FUTURE STATUS

Will Empire Builder continue to be published?

Does Mayfair know of the EB Pronto computer version?

AREA RATINGS

How do I get added to the list of top Empire Builder players?

BUILDING OUT OF MAJOR CITIES

After the start of the game, can I build out of a major city I do not serve?

HALF RATE

My train was in a half rate movement area. Can it move full speed when it get out?

TOURNAMENT VARIANT RULES

What special rules have been used at the World Boardgaming Championships?

TOURNAMENT RULE INTEPRETATIONS

What rules interpretations have been used at the World Boardgaming Championships?

MAP CLARIFICATIONS

What special rules and clarifications are there for the various maps?
Back to main page

Empire Builder is a registered trademark of Mayfair Games used here under license.