There are several 18xx games easily available, maybe 8 or so that have mass produced and a few dozen kits that can be purchased or downloaded.
I love 18xx games, but I've found that not everyone I teach shares my enthusiasm. I understand that some games will never appeal to certain folks but I think that part of the problem is the relative complexity of 18xx games. As a group, they have several different mechanics that have to be learned for a new player to play a credible game.
With this question I'm looking for recommendations for the best 18xx game to teach a new player. The game should have the best chance of hooking new players and getting them to want to explore the genre deeper. I think that the best game would have:
- a shorter playing time
- The importance of Private companies should be minimized. I've found that asking people to bid right at the start of the game on things they don't understand is very intimidating.
- tolerance for mistakes (I'm thinking of the ease of sliding into bankruptcy for even experienced players in 1830 here)