Many of the games are based on real geography -- Empire Builder for the US (later augmented by North American Rails), EuroRails for Europe, Nippon Rails, India Rails, etc. Two are extra-terrestrial and expeculative, Lunar Rails and Mars Rails; these add the idea of a "3D" map (disks with connection points along their edges). Iron Dragon is set in a fantasy land and adds the concept of train "foremen" who give different abilities.

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