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Mike Herms
United States
Burke
Virginia
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Jul 2007*
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Anja Braun
Austria
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Mar 2009*
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Overland Park
Kansas
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Jan 2015
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Phillip Lerche
United States
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Ohio
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Mar 2007*


India: 1 play. Linking goods placement to track building into cities is a clever twist. Beware playing this map with the careful planner who can see several turns ahead!! 9.
2007-03-26*
Andre Leme Lopes
Brazil
Brasilia
DF
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Sep 2007*
Todd Sweet
United States
Geneva
Illinois
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Jan 2008*
Played India once. Really like this map, but we played it with 5 and people were still taking shares on the last turn.
2008-01-26*
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Seamus Doyle
United States
South Carolina
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Oct 2008*
Martin Boisselle
Canada
Boucherville
Quebec
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Jan 2015
Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8.5
Jan 2009*
Played India. Great map with 6. Didn't feel overly confined and played well. The monsoons and higher building costs (plentiful rivers/deserts) made money tight and the scoring lower than normal. Overall, it was enjoyable and I'd highly recommend it for 6 and possibly 5 players.
2008-06-29*
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Francisco Rueda García
Spain
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8.5
May 2008*
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Mike Bazynski
Poland
warsaw
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Aug 2008*
india is a very good map, with small rules changes that work very very well, and a nice map to boot.

played (people/times played/rating):
india: 4/2/8
2007-03-10*
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Pedro Burgos
Brazil
São Paulo
SP
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May 2007*
One mistake in the beginning can be crucial, so I don't recommend playing with people not experienced with the game. The rules are tight, the map has a good size for a 2 player game, looking forward to try it more.
2007-05-07*
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Pierre-Luc Thiffault
Canada
St-Laurent
Québec
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May 2009*
India is very hard on shares. I need to try it again.
It is a very challenging map.

On a good note, during the tournament on the other table, Mario's final scoring was 2 points. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who sucked on this map.

I want to try this map again soon to get a better understanding of this expansion.

I know people who has all the Age of Steam expansions.

Down graded Age of Steam a 1 point. Rarely play it in Montreal. Play it most often in Quebec City and at the WBC. Doesn't mean it's a bad game, just a lack of interest with Montreal gamers.
2010-08-10
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Manuel Siebert
Germany
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May 2007*
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Craig Rice
Canada
Medicine Hat
Alberta
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May 2007*
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Christian Frank
Germany
Freiburg
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Jun 2009*
My rating is for the Austria map. I played it only once so far but I liked it. Unfortunately, my oppenent made a huge mistake at the beginning from which he could not recover...
2007-12-11*
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Adrien Dessemond
Canada
Quebec City
Quebec
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Jun 2007*
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Simon
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
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Jul 2007*
The Austria map is fantastic! Such a clean and concise way to get an AoS fix when you only have two players. The lack of auction and shares fascinates me, and I'm curious to know how similar this is with the upcoming 3rd edition. For now, this will be my first suggestion for two player games.
2007-07-09*
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Eric Flood
United States
San Francisco
California
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Jun 2012
Austria: A good variant map for 2. 9.5

India: Monsoons are too random; the production change is appreciated. Ultimately unsatisfying for an AoS map, though. 8
2010-02-14
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Ken Boone
United States
Berea
Ohio
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Aug 2007*
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Bill Rosgen
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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Dec 2007*
After one play of India with 5: great map. The clustering of the cities makes for an interesting game, and the production based on players connecting track means that you want to connect to the same cities as the other players, which subverts the usual pattern. I'm not crazy about the monsoon die rolls, but this just tends to make you keep a little extra cash on hand. The changes aren't so drastic that it plays like a different game.
2007-12-10*
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Dave Lartigue
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Jan 2008*
I played India, which was a great map.
2008-01-30*
Arden Sansom
United States
Berkeley
California
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Jan 2009*
only played 2P Austria twice so far
2008-02-11*
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Michael Schwerdtfeger
United States
Redondo Beach
California
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Apr 2011
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Joe Geerkin
United States
Eden
New York
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Sep 2008*
India is a hard map. It changes the rules only slightly but the board is full of rivers and cities of the same color are grouped together.
2008-09-17*
Bradley Keen
United States
Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
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Jan 2009*
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Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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Jul 2009*
Austria is an excellent two-player version of Age of Steam. The essentials from the base game have been kept, with the exception of the shares and the bidding for turn order. Watch out for an early mistake or you'll be out of the game before you know it. **** Not yet played India.
2009-07-25
Dymitr Pszenicyn
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Oct 2009*
Map name/number of players/times played:
India/5/1
2009-10-08
Chajin Kim
South Korea
Jung-gu
Seoul
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Jan 2015
Marcelo Nunes
Brazil
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7.5
Sep 2007*
Jim Carvin
United States
Hamburg
Pennsylvania
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Jul 2014
Austria is an awesome 2-player map! Haven't played India yet.
2007-08-27*
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United States
Greer
South Carolina
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Jul 2009*
AUSTRIA: If you're looking for a 2-player Age of Steam map that feels most like a standard game of Age of Steam, this really isn't your best choice. Scotland probably does the best job of keeping the game as close to the base game as possible, but it's not a very different experience; Austria, however, is DIFFERENT. It's kind of amazing how a few building restrictions -- mountains and solid black lines are impassable, you can only urbanize foreign markets, and you can't build incomplete track -- make such a big difference in the game. I wouldn't recommend the map to beginners, but for experienced players with not enough people and/or time to play a multiplayer game, it's a good choice.

1 play: 2 players
Rating: 7

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INDIA: In a game like Age of Steam, chaos and randomness should be avoided. The goods growth element is fine, and allows for some unpredictability in the game that is (I admit) necessary, but the monsoon rule really turned me off from this map. There are some good things about the tweaks (the production rule makes the action slightly more valuable, but not as valuable as on Mexico, and the cluster of blue cities in the middle of the board makes those cheap builds a little less useful), enough so to keep me from never playing it again, but I seriously dislike the random monsoon. I usually like the Steam Brothers' maps, partly because their tweaks are usually economical, whereas others tweak the build or action mechanisms, but this one is not a favorite among their designs.

1 play: 4 players
Rating: 7
2009-10-31
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Malachi Brown
United States
Hermitage
TN
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Jan 2012
Austria - rating 7
Without the shares and the auction, a lot of the Age of Steam nature is removed from the game, for me. It's not a bad diversion, but it doesn't have the gut wrenching tension that a normal Age of Steam map has. Granted, I think that it plays better than Scotland for two, since the auction can kind of cause other issues with two players. It's just not the same, though.

Second play it was pretty tight, with the start player jumping way ahead and the second player having to scramble to catch up. Still misses some of the tension, but it's playable.

2 plays

India - rating 7
This map is somewhat interesting, although it might lend itself to degenerate goods distributions which throw the game off balance.

1 play, 4 players
2014-07-07
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Mattwran
United States
LONGMEADOW
Massachusetts
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Apr 2008*
Played Austria once. It was fun, but there seemed to be a big advantage to going first on the first turn. Need to play this more to see if that is really true or not. Played India once as well - seemed like a good map for 3-4 players, probably not a good choice for new players since the monsoons suck a few extra dollars out of the game each turn.
2008-04-20*
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Aaron Lawn
United Kingdom
Llangefni
Anglesey
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Jun 2007*
Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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Aug 2007*
Only played the Austria map so far. It's a pretty good 2-player game, though still not as good as a multiplayer game of Age of Steam. The lack of shares drains the game of a little of the challenge. It forces you to ship as early as possible and as much as possible, as track building is expensive and the money lead is everything on this map. The way the map is constructed is frustrating, but it was probably meant to be that way. The mountainous hexes are unpassable, and there are several hex sides that force you to build a certain way. This may lead to a sort of scripted game, though there must be better ways to build than we did in our first game. We ended up building out the whole map fairly quickly, leaving us without the capacity to build during the last three rounds unless we took urbanization, allowing us to build one hex toward a foreign market. It was also difficult to make 6-link deliveries, though that is probably due to poor planning on my part. There is a plethora of goods to be shipped, I would definitely like to explore this map further to see if I can get better at it.
2007-08-01*
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Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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Sep 2007*
--- Austria ---
Changes to Base Game:
Setup
* New Cities: 1 cube each
* $15 each player, no shares (don't need shares/income/VP display)
Issue Shares
* NONE!
Auctions
* None; turn order preset
* 8 turns, first player is: 1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1
Actions
* No Turn Order
Track Building
* Complete links ONLY
* ALL track costs $4
* Special 5-link town hex available (x 1)
* Mountains, dark hex edges impassable
Urbanize
* ONLY the Foreign markets
Move Goods
* 3 rounds
Goods Growth (2d6)
* Cities take cubes from both sides (light and dark)
End of Game
* 8 turns
* Usual VP, plus: Each $20 cash = 1 VP

Lots of changes from the base game: no auctions, preset turn order, plentiful cubes, very restricted track-building (restricted paths, complete links), no on-map urb, very high incomes (if you survive the first few turns!).

This map is TOUGH in the first few turns -- make sure you figure out a way to earn income quickly, or you'll never recover! -- but then income really skyrockets. In fact, I think it's too tough: if the initial cube distribution is poor, it seems as if the first player may have a huge leg up simply based on the random turn order! Building, requiring complete links and based on the map layout, is very restricted; I'd expect the map to look very similar from game to game. Also, there aren't really a lot of changes to the actions: they're all available (except Turn Order). Despite having all those other choices, though, on many turns it seems that most of them are pointless -- you only have a few real choices.

It's an interesting change of pace and it certainly works, but I have enjoyed the other (newer) 2-player maps more.
6.5/10

--- India ---
Changes to Base Game:
Track Building (costs for simple track shown)
* Mountains: $6
* River or Desert: $3
* Marked hexes: price shown
Goods Growth
* Occurs whenever a NEW player connects to a city: take cube from top of Goods Display
* If a linked town is urbanized, place as many goods from Goods Display (max 2) as there are players connected to the town
Production Action
* Pick a city on the board, then draw 2 random cubes: place 1 in the chosen city
Monsoon
* Occurs BEFORE Income/Expenses
* Roll d6 to determine costs for everyone
o 1: $0
o 2-5: $1
o 6: $2
o If a player cannot pay, lose the difference in income

I like the changes in the production system. This is a nice way to completely eliminate the randomness of the usual production phase, which some people really dislike. The Production role weakens that choice, however. The Monsoon reintroduces a bit of randomness, but you know it (might) be coming so you can prepare for it -- not necessarily a big change, although nicely thematic and does tighten money a bit more. The city distribution, where like-colored cities are grouped together, is another twist that makes it more difficult to develop your income early on.

A decent upgrade; need to play it more but at least a 7/10 for now.
2011-12-14
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Karen Woodmansee
United States
San Jose
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Josh Edlin
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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Ricardo Rodrigues
Germany
Ulm
Germany
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Dec 2007*
Monika
Germany
Affalterbach
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Dec 2007*
Ray
United States
Carpentersville
Illinois
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Sep 2010
Chris Garlic-13 Aniballi
United States
Carpentersville
IL
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Apr 2008*
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Jared
United States
Berthoud
Colorado
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Aug 2010
Rating for Austria.
2008-06-28*
Robert Jones
United Kingdom
Woodbridge
Suffolk
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May 2009*
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Scott Petersen
United States
St. Louis Park
Minnesota
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Nov 2009*
Rating for Austria: 7
The first two player map. Now a little bland compared to Alspach's maps.

Rating for India: N/A
2009-11-14
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Dave Kudzma
United States
Millsboro
Delaware
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Sep 2009*
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Duncan Gibson
Lesotho
Maseru
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Dec 2010
India: Quite an open map with only a few opportunities on the edge for blocking moves. That removed some of the tension in the game. Only minor changes from the original rules, which confused our group for a while. (We've grown accustomed to every game being perverted massively.) For our mostly conservative group, the monsoon just meant people ensured they had a little spare cash at the end except for taking a chance once or twice only. The tight grouping of the blue cities creates some interesting dilemmas. It makes it easy to get long runs in many colours early (with the consequenceof high bidding for the loco action), but left the blue cubes unmoved for much of the game.


Austria: Not played
2010-12-21
Bob Mueller
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Jun 2011
This is a good 2 player variant. It gets real tight with the restricted borders. I like the alternating method that replaces the auction.
2011-07-14
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Hirokazu Tsubaki
Japan
Tokyo
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Nov 2011
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