In the game, players compete to accumulate money from land speculation out West where railroads are due to be built. This differs very much from the railroad building genre popular in eurogame circles where building the rail line is paramount and moving commodities is profitable. In this game your goal is to buy the land where the railroad track would be laid and profit when the track is actually completed between 2 cities. There is no product to move and no cargoes to be managed.
HQs control the game because you must expend a step to activate units within the command radius of the HQ and gain full effect for combat. If you opt for blitz, essentially allowing another attack and combat, you expend two points. These points represent logistical capabilities.
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