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While playing the 18xx games (create routes for trains and try to get the most money with your trains), it sometimes takes a lot of time to find the optimal route for the trains.

Does anybody know if there is any software available to help with this problem?

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The 1830 computer game will select (the best) routes for you, but it's a single-player game, alas. –  Paul Marshall Nov 6 '12 at 18:23
    
@Paul_Marshall: Actually it does not always select the best routes, I have seen results that could be improved upon but so far only with $20. The algorithm seems to give up after a while and not do an exhaustive search. –  Anthon Mar 11 '13 at 7:33
    
I wonder if this question is similar to the traveling salesman, NP complete section of mathematics. I think i need to look closer at the rules. –  user1873 Dec 20 '13 at 19:41
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Not to my knowledge.

One thing I've done to assist with this problem is to use a pile of D6's of a couple different colors.

Place a D6 on each city of one color to represent your smallest train and work your way up to your largest.

When you are finished, pick up the D6's generating your total run profit as you go.

Towards the end of the game, we usually help each other, as the diesel runs can become quite dramatic as I'm sure you're aware! It just speeds the game along as we don't want one person obsessing over his run for twenty minutes to gain an extra $10.

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