EB Pronto not only works with the standard USA map, but also other fun, interesting computer version game maps. Each presents a new strategy challenge. Maps cost as little as $8 when purchased as a package deal described below.
Free Classic Map|
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free when you register
|ebEB7: An Empire Builder alternate map corresponding to the most recent EB board game edition is included as your free bonus when you register EBP and/or EBPEdit (no need to list it on the order form). It is similar to the USA map above, except adds Mexico, has different contract demands plus additional load types and events. widescreen shot with contracts|
$16 individually, or
discounted in Express Package
(ebEU4+ebAU2 and map editor)
and SuperExpress Package
(five maps at right)
Requires EBP Version 1.4.x
or newer, except ebJP2 which
ebEU4: The Eurorails (4th edition) map gives the game a continental flavor as it spans Europe from Spain to Russia.
Ferries connect close and remote ports. Contracts new to this edition make parts of Scandinavia a viable play.
Note that Chunnel construction is handled slightly differently than in the board game. Get this map at a discount
as part of the Express or SuperExpress packages. widescreen shot
ebAU2: You and your mates will enjoy this new version of Australian Rails (2nd edition). After riding the ferry to Tasmania, should you build along the coast or cross-continent? This map will be familiar to those who have played the box-format board game. Also available is the original edition.
ebJP2: The narrow islands of Japan make this a good map for 2 or 3 players. Beware the Giant Reptile That Runs Amok! Get this Nippon Rails (2nd edition) map at a discount as part of the SuperExpress package. This map will be familiar to those who have played the box-format board game. Also available is the original edition.
ebNYC: depicts the New York City metro area. Track building costs are high, but the payoffs are large and there are many load types to monopolize. The quickest map, takes only about half the play time of most other maps: you can win in under 30 rounds. Get this map at a discount as part of the SuperExpress package.
ebGB3: On this updated British Rails map (3rd edition), the jumbo-sized city of London dominates the southeast, but more importantly, can you find the key loads and rail corridors? A good map for 3 or 4 players. Also available is the original edition.
The best free maps will be posted
here. Such inclusion entitles the
map's designer to free EBP
upgrades for life.
Save into directory with your EBP
ebCOL: Mountainous terrain will challenge your track building in Colorado. Watch out for those steep
snowy alpines that will tolerate only tunnels, and the valleys too deep to be spanned.
Daryl Poe has contributed his excellent Colorado map free for use in EBP. Comes with custom
"old-timey" icons and steam engine sound effects. Copyright Daryl Poe. Download COLMAP.ZIP.
ebCAN: Pour yourself a frosty mug of the #1 commodity on this free Canada map from Greg Johnson. The Great Lakes and other obstacles will have you racing to build track along the best corridors before your opponents can. Map updated to new version February 2011. Requires EBP version 1.4.x or newer. Copyright Greg Johnson. Download CANMAP.ZIP.
Other free user-created maps are at the RailGameFans group
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$16 each, or
$10 as part of the
Or just $8 as part of the
Ultra Package (all maps)
ebRUS: When Communism falls, on which side of the border will your Russian Rails train be? You'll have to pay a bribe
to get your train into the Russian Federation. Special Demand events create a new form of competition:
they are open to all, but only the first player to deliver the demanded loads collects the payoff.
Note there are some minor event differences from the board game. Requires EBP Version 1.2.x or newer.
ebIND: In India Rails, Pilgrims crowd aboard your train while you're delivering other loads, but if you drop them off at the temple in a major city, you can collect a small bonus even if you're not holding a contract that demands them. Generally considered a nicely balanced map. Note there are some minor event differences from the board game. Requires EBP Version 1.2.x or newer.
ebMOO: Prepare for a different kind of space warp: in Lunar Rails your tracks can wrap around the surface from near side to far side via teleports, but beware the meteor shower events. Figuring the shortest route is a unique, mind-bending experience. Note there are some minor map and event variations from the board game. Requires EBP Version 1.2.x or newer.
ebCHN: The diverse terrain of China Rails presents new empire building challenges. The State will require you to interrupt your well-made plans and deliver Officials to a big city. There is much trade with Taiwan, but the island employs a different track gauge, so instead you rely on Container ferries to exchange loads. Plan carefully because the Containers limit your pickups and deliveries. A fresh and exciting game map. Requires EBP Version 1.2.x or newer.
ebMAR: Inspired by science-fiction literature, in Martian Rails you criss-cross the red planet's canals with exploratory locomotives. Wrap points, like those in Lunar Rails (also by designer Bob Stribula), help connect you around the ruddy globe. Unique events will keep you on your little green toes. Plays fast (about 25% fewer rounds than most maps). Note there are some minor map and event variations from the board game. Requires EBP version 1.3.5 or newer. widescreen shot
ebAOC: Coal is the Agent of Change on this map. Before you can pick up Coal, you must build track to a mine milepost, but time it right because an opponent can steal your supply. Optional variant disallows such Coal stealing. Also known as West Virginia Rails, the limited print run of Mayfair's board game makes it a valuable collectible that's hard to find. Best with 2 to 4 players. Requires EBP version 1.4.x or newer.
ebUMA: Zoom into the Mid-Atlantic area, where railroading began in the United States. Supports the Expanded Rules of Mayfair's Empire Express board game. Best with 2 to 4 players. Requires EBP version 1.5.20 or newer. Not included in the Boardgamer Special map package.
or just $8 as part
of the Ultra Package
Requires EBP Version 1.1.x
Note: board-game-style load
icons not included with these
ebEB5: Expand on the USA and get this North American alternate map. It is similar to the USA map, except
adds Mexico and has additional load types and events. Get this map at a discount as part of the Ultra Package.
ebEUR: The original edition Europe map spans the continent from Spain to Russia. The British Isles are connected via ferries. Should you build to Spain for oranges, Italy for tobacco, or Warsaw for ham? Get this map at a discount as part of the Ultra Package.
ebAUS: Experience railroading down under. Unusual Australian topography, such as deserts and dry rivers give this map a unique feel. This original edition will be familiar to those who have played the tube-format board game. The Ghan locomotive image is courtesy Graham D Baker. Get this map at a discount as part of the Ultra Package.
ebGB1: Great Britain, where standard gauge railroading was invented, is the setting for this original edition map. Good competition for 2 to 4 players who vie for the best north-south track alignments. Get this British map at a discount as part of the Ultra Package.
ebJPN: The narrow islands of Japan make this a good map for 2 or 3 players. Watch out for volcanic eruptions! This map will be familiar to those who have played the tube-format board game. Get this Nippon Rails map at a discount as part of the Ultra Package.
All non-free maps above cost $16 each individually, or less a part of a map package. On the order form, simply list the ebXXX names of the maps you want, or:
To place an order at these discount prices, use Paypal or the printable order form.
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|ebGB3|| || || ||Y||Y||Y|
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|ebCOL|| || || || || ||Y|
|ebCAN|| || || || || ||Y|
|ebRUS|| || || || ||Y||Y|
|ebIND|| || || || ||Y||Y|
|ebMOO|| || || || ||Y||Y|
|ebCHN|| || || || ||Y||Y|
|ebMAR|| || || || ||Y||Y|
|ebAOC|| || || || ||Y||Y|
|ebEB5|| || || || || ||Y|
|ebEUR|| || || || || ||Y|
|ebGB1|| || || || || ||Y|
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As you probably realize, these maps are not physical board games but rather digital counterparts that work within EBP.
To use an alternate map you have obtained, uncompress it into the directory in which you previously installed EBP.EXE or EBPEDIT.EXE. Then, inside the EBP program, from the File menu, select Load Map. From the dialog box that appears, choose the desired map. Detailed install instructions. Please note that to play on alternate maps, you must have a registered copy of both EBP and the map.
Empire Builder and certain game names are trademarks of Mayfair Games, and are used here under license. Except as otherwise listed, the software and computer version game maps described here are copyright Intersystem Concepts, Inc. and are not products of Mayfair Games. Certain screen images were captured from prior EBP versions. EB Pronto, EB Player, EBP, EBPEdit and ebXXX map names are trademarks of Intersystem Concepts, Inc.