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Michelle Zentis
United States
Prague
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Feb 2009*
I didn't really expect to like it, but it ended up being a lot of fun. It was particularly nice having a lot of cubes coming into the environment.
2009-02-22
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Jeff Curtis
United States
Plainfield
Indiana
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Dec 2007*
I've played this twice now, both times with three players. This game gives me AP worse than any game I can think of. I always seems to see what I should have done one turn too late. I enjoy playing it though, even if I'm not particularly good at it. It's very difficult to do long term planning in this game as the board is constantly changing.
2007-12-22*
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Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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7
Jan 2010
Definitely a different twist to AOS - I wouldn't want to think about playing this map with more than 3 as map play would be horrendous. Space fills up very quickly despite the interesting twist to track building in which the next track piece played does cost the same as the one built before plus the $1-2 for the space dependent on shallow or deep water. Winning the auction is powerful as you also get to place a piece of terrain as the map is built throughout the game. Urbanization allows this as well, but you must pay $3 to use that action. As well, the goods are delivered to cities but each city only wants one good of each type and won't accept another good of the same color until it has received one good of each color. Playing complex track on this board is difficult as you have to take the special action (production) and hope there is space to actually make use of complex track - no guarentee of this!
2010-01-30
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Michael Webb
United States
Western Mitten
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Oct 2010
This is just about the most conditional upon scale rating there is, but this map is about the most rigidly low scale requiring map that I've ever played. While the rules might indicate that this scales anywhere betwixt 3 and 6, let me tell you, this is a 3 player only map. With that many people at the table, there is just enough space to build track that is useful to you, and to take control of your own destiny through careful use of urbanization, production (adding town markers) or first build. In our 3 player game we urbanized all rounds but 1, the end result was still a tightly clogged up ball of track with few useful options left at the end of the game. Each round, we had to carefully create useful moves through good action selection, but we were still able to. With even 1 more person at the table, there would have been no room to lay more track though, and the game would have suffered badly for it.

Now, with that out of the way, I like the ideas that this map has a lot, and it seems to play slightly faster than normal Age of Steam. The modular map gives players a lot of options for adding onto their network, but being able to build track first is often extremely important here, and options generally abound. The early goods growth that fills up the future sea beds is an interesting mechanism, and it seemed to inject a healthy enough amount of goods into the game to keep some possibilities open.

The 3 player auction, while normally problematic, especially on a map like this, which has many good options, was still hotly contested because winning the auction also gives players a free urbanize option at the start of the next round, and that was quite a valuable bonus.

The only thing I really don't like about this map is the weirdly mathy track building, which takes some getting used to. Beyond that, I like this map with 3, and would not hesitate to pull it out with that number. Be warned, any more than that, and you will NOT have a good experience here.
2007-02-22*
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United States
Greer
South Carolina
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Jul 2009*
This is a neat idea, but it seems to add a lot of chaos to a system that rewards careful planning and manipulation of the board. Not knowing where or when the next tile would be placed, or when a city would no longer be able to accept a particular good, made things a little more difficult, but not necessarily in a good way. It removes some of the good tension of being squeezed by the game, and replaces it with the worry of what chaos would happen when the map creation is out of your control. Plus, the idea that this map can be played with more than 3 is frightening.

1 play: 3 players
2007-11-27*
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J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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5
Jul 2007*
Needs more development -- it is too easy to build the board such that other player's activities are dictated
2007-07-20*
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Malachi Brown
United States
Hermitage
TN
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5
Feb 2008*
I'm not thrilled with the amount of chaos this map adds to the game. This is probably my least favorite AoS map to date, which is a shame given some of the clever aspects like map building. Then again, it saves me from spending $100 on one map.

1 play, 3 players
2008-02-01*
David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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4
Sep 2008*
After several plays, I find the map is just too congested, no matter what. I hope they come up with a 2.0 revision of the rules, because i really like the concept, but the implementation is lacking.
2006-12-13*
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Bruce Miller
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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Feb 2010
Major confusion not enough fun.
2012-04-23
United States
Plainwell
Michigan
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Nov 2012
Don't play this with six players! Or maybe EVAR!
2013-06-14
Michael Longdin
England
Crawley
West Sussex
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2007-10-22*
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Michael Shaver
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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2006-10-25*
Nigel Buckle
United Kingdom
Thornton Heath
Croydon
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Unplayed - AoS has fallen out of favour ...
2009-09-25
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Geoff Brown
United Kingdom
Manchester
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Got one at Essen. Not played it yet
2006-10-31*
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Sterling Babcock
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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Best with 3.
2007-03-16*
Frank da man
Thailand
Chumpohn
Chumpohn
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2007-08-02*
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Jade Yoo
South Korea
Seoul
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AOS의 맵중 가장 독특하고 독창적인 개념 아닐런지.
2009-01-03*
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Will Cooper
United States
Fruitland Park
Florida
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I love the idea behind this expansion. If I could find the rules this one wouldn't be too hard to put together.
2011-10-12
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Todd Keinick
Canada
Medicine Hat
Alberta
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Essen 2006 edition. #157 / 180. $100 (2010)
2010-06-09
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Gregory Wyman
United States
Lawrenceville
Georgia
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Limited Edition #50 of 180 from Essen 2006.
2010-07-06
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France
Pontoise
Ile de France
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31/180
2013-02-27
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Nick Case
England
Epsom
Surrey
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Yet to play
2012-04-16
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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20,000 Rails Under the Sea: 3 only
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2015-01-11
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