On 15th May 1865 a Smith-Knight engine departed from Cagliari marking the official starting date of railway operations on the Sardinia Island. In the same years, Welsh engineer Benjamin Piercy arrived on the island with the task of planning and building the entire railway network of the newly born Royal Sardinian Railway Company, as well as of the construction of a harbour on the Golfo degli Aranci. Piercy acquired large estates in Sardinia, where his descendants still reside, and placed much effort on improving agriculture on the island by running drainage and forestation projects and by introducing new methods for breeding cattle, horses and sheep. He was a close friend of Garibaldi, whose son, Ricciotti, became his pupil. His services to Sardinia were recognized by the appointment of the title of Commendatore of the Crown of Italy.
This game is the last addition to the glorious 18XX series that started in 1974 with the 1829 game by Francis Tresham.
1865 Sardinia presents many features that make it very different from its predecessors. You will discover a full set of new rules covering: mines, railway construction, maritime companies and the Dragons, external investors that fund the development of railway companies. The game also features the new “traffic based system” that allows for considerable time saving when calculating a company’s revenue.