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Ryan Johnson
United States
Independence
Missouri
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10
Aug 2006*
A great expansion for the Age of Steam series. Depending on initial set-up, it seems there is even more strategy to your first build, than in other expansions I have played. With Santa Cruz having a steady stream of goods, and San Jose being such a hub, competition has been fierce each time.
2006-08-04*
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Rob Leveille
Canada
St. Catharines
Ontario
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10
Mar 2007*
An excellent expansion map. With North Cal. I find the score get much closer, especially with four players.

Just played Pennsylvania - also much closer scores, and much more player interaction. A tight map.
2007-03-26*
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Richard Minson
United Kingdom
Ashford
Kent
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10
Nov 2008*
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Kristoffer Lindh
Sweden
Stockholm
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Dec 2006*
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John Squires
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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10
Mar 2007*
Harro Pahl
Germany
Quarnbek-Strohbrück
Schleswig-Holstein
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Mar 2008*
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David Thomson
United States
Pearland
Texas
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10
Jan 2010
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Double D
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Sep 2008*
Northern California is my current 'top map'
2008-08-20*
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Anja Braun
Austria
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10
Mar 2009*
Ron
Austria
Vienna
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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10
Mar 2010
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David Einstein
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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10
Sep 2012
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Toni Alspach
United States
California
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10
Jun 2011
Adam Sikorski
Poland
Blonie/Warsaw
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10
Feb 2012
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Sep 2014
1830's Pennsylvannia:" Difficult", Best: 4, Rec: 3, OK: 5-6
North California: "Fierce", Best: 4, Rec: 3, OK: 5-6
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2014-10-06
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United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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10
Jul 2015
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Daniel Staub
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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9.7
Nov 2007*
Pontus Nilsson
Sweden
Gothenburg
Bohuslän
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9.7
Dec 2009*
Compelling and engaging
2011-06-14
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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9.5
May 2007*
I bought this for the Northern California map, but ended up playing Pennsylvania first.

Pennsylvania: This is a tough economic game. The $5 mountains and the weakening of Urbanization makes for more difficult decisions bucking what you normally would expect from the AoS system. The coal is cool and it really helps those that get squeezed out early in the game. If a player with a weak start can hold off 'til the network meets up with the coal they can quickly get back into the race. Awesome.
2007-05-09*
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Richard S
United States
Rensselaer
New York
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9.5
Jan 2011
I think both sides of the map are fantastic. If you like AOS and don't have this expansion, do yourself a favor and acquire a copy.
2008-05-18*
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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9.5
Jul 2009*
No CA is great for 4, but has just waaaaaaay too much room for 3. Nice simple map which doesn't mess with things too much and so can easily be played with new players.

1830's Pennsylvania doesn't look very interesting.
2009-07-12
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J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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Mar 2008*
The handling of black cubes is akin to pouring rocket fuel on a bonfire. Monomaniacal focus meets Age of Steam Excellently done.
2008-03-05*
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Geoffrey Steenberge
United States
Corning
New York
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9
Nov 2010
Bought March 30, 2006
2007-03-16*
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Stéphane Thuilière
France
Montpellier
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9
Dec 2012
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Iain Cheyne
United Kingdom
Reading
Berkshire
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9
Aug 2006*
The Pennsylvania map plays very nicely with six.
2006-08-29*
Valerie Putman
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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9
Sep 2006*
Karen Woodmansee
United States
San Jose
California
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9
Oct 2006*
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Joseph Cardarelli
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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9
Dec 2006*
Manuel Siebert
Germany
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Jan 2007*
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Mikko Saari
Finland
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9
Feb 2007*
Looks professional. I appreciate the thin maps, as my box is already getting quite full and heavy.

Pennsylvania side is excellent: the coal is very powerful, abandon it and you're doomed. Looks like there's good potential for screwing other players, once players know what they're doing.

Enthusiastic.

Northern CA is a tough map, where Urbanization is sorely needed. There's a serious lack of cubes and the interesting mechanics of Santa Cruz, Sacramento and San Jose. Very harsh, easy to go bankrupt. In our four-player game, three players had 15 shares (and the fourth one won, no surprise).

Suggest.
2011-12-17
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Larry Chong
United States
Kendall Park
New Jersey
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9
Apr 2007*
Northern California seems like an excellent map for 3 or 4 players.
2007-04-22*
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Oliver Grimm
Germany
Elsdorf
NRW
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Apr 2007*
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Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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9
Sep 2009*
Northern CA key differences:
- there's a $10 bridge up north
- another ferry route is available for $6 once both towns are urbanized
- San Jose, in the SE, is a 3-hex red city. It resupplies on white 1-6! Non-red cubes can move freely between the 3 hexes. Red cubes can be delivered from one hex to another in the city. (Red New City is removed from game)
- The city in the SW starts with 2 cubes and doesn't refill. But there's a line of ships (cubes) offshore that act as though they're in the city; but they must be delivered in the order they appear (set up at start of game).
- To Sacramento hex (NE corner) color is determined by next cube in line (offshore) to city, above

1830s:
(note: Steam gray = Age of Steam black)
- Gray towns on left, white towns on right; cannot urbanize gray towns into gray cities
- Gray cubes (coal) start on all left towns/cities. When delivering them, may double either income or engine level!
- When urbanizing gray town, add extra gray cube to it (for first 4 urbanized in west)
- If urbanizing white town to gray city, may only build 1 track!
- Mountains are expensive to build through!

The coal rules are VERY important -- there is tremendous income potential there, so no player can afford to ignore them. Of course, they're in the west while the gray cities are only in the east; that means building through a lot of mountains! The sooner the better, but not too soon -- with the 2xlink rule, they are ripe for poaching. First Move becomes especially important, and you have to control the rate at which you get access to those cubes lest someone else steal them from you!
2011-11-21
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Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
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9
May 2007*
Rating based on 1830's Penn map. What a challenging map indeed! The rules for coal just make the game so much more intense than the more basic maps, and the distribution of the cities and towns produces very interesting infrastructure with an asymmetric evolution. This is quite possibly the best map I have played to date.
2007-05-10*
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Bruce Jones
United States
Stuart
Florida
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Nov 2011
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Lyle Wenger
United States
lebanon
pa
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Jul 2007*
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pronoblem baalberith
United States
Pleasantville
Massachusetts
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Is it just me or do my balls itch?
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9
Dec 2007*
Same for both maps.
2007-12-28*
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Patrick Saxton
United States
Santa Clara
California
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Oct 2011
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Hubert Bartos
Poland
Gdańsk
Pomorskie
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9
Jun 2008*
Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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Sep 2009*
The Pennsylvania map is really good. We played with 3 players and it has a different feel moving the coal to the east.
2009-09-13
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Seamus Doyle
United States
South Carolina
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Oct 2008*
Alejandro S.
Spain
Madrid
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Mar 2009*
Excelente expansión, para cuatro quizá demasiado sitio, para cinco seguro que brilla.
2009-03-28
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Alex
United States
Walnut Creek
California
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Nov 2009*
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John Brodin
United States
Plymouth
Massachusetts
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Jun 2009*
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Lord Kalbut
France
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Jun 2009*
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Patrick Jamet
France
Paris
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9
Aug 2010
1830's PA (4 joueurs) : 4x à 4
Cette carte peut créer des écarts de score énorme (50 PV); peu de production mais les autres rôles sont tous très utiles.

North CA (4 joueurs) : 4x
2009-08-22
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Throknor
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Aug 2009*
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Rich Lau
United States
Milwaukie
Oregon
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Jul 2010
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Dave Kudzma
United States
Millsboro
Delaware
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Sep 2009*
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Mark G.
United States
Holland
Michigan
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9
Jul 2013
Played N.Cali - brutal with 4. Love it with that count.

Still waiting to try 1830's PA.
2013-07-26
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Michiel Hillenius
Netherlands
Hoogland (Amersfoort)
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Dec 2010
1830 Pennsylvania rating 9. A very interesting variation. Coal is very strong and critical, it creates a very good challenge to deal with, I like it a lot, although perhaps 1.5 per cole-cube makes for a more balanced game.
Northern California is a tough map that I like, a good challenge. Also 9.
2011-09-04
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