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Olivier REIX
France
Grenoble
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10
Apr 2005*
As ugly as possible.
Both side are superb ! The best expansion so far
2005-04-19*
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Richard Voorintholt
Netherlands
Soest
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10
Nov 2005*
Great expansion. Played only Germany so far. The board has a little more room so it plays beter with 5.
2005-11-16*
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Harro Pahl
Germany
Quarnbek-Strohbrück
Schleswig-Holstein
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10
Jan 2006*
Great. Simply great!
2006-01-25*
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Todd Walker
United States
Culver City
CA
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10
May 2006*
Haven't played the base game or this.
2006-05-08*
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Dan Freedman
United States
Apex
North Carolina
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10
Apr 2007*
Based on 1 6er play of the Western US map and 1 5er play of Germany.

Western US - Good balance and seemed to fit 6 players in nicely. Everyone was still building at the end. On turn 1, the person building 6th had trouble finding a good starting spot; so bidding it up on the first turn is probably important. (9/10)

Germany - Map was large enough to support 5 players and I suspect it may be one of the few maps that can handle 6 players. I really like the rules twists of the Engineer role (reduced cost) and the "no unconnected track can exist" at the end of a player's build. (10/10)

If you like playing AoS with 5 or 6 players, I recommend picking up this expansion as it will see a lot of play.
2007-04-12*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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10
Jun 2007*
Germany is so good, that despite the fact that the Western US is far from essential, this purchase is entirely validated and recommended by how great Germany is.

Germany (10): Plays pretty close to the original rules so this isn't a big step into AoS variation, but the new rules tighten the game up dramatically. The options available seem less focused on Urbanization and Locomotive as the 1/2 price track really helps. The board feels sparce in the begining so first build and first ship seem more important than the base map. Often Urbaniztion was picked third, but more as a way to build four spaces, so it became more like the engineer just to connect and complete track. Highly recommended with 4 or 5.

Western US (5): Without comparing this map to any of the other AoS maps, it is fine. It works well, and there don't seem to be any significant problems with it. But when held up to the standard this is a little disappointing. One of the beautiful elements of AoS is the interaction. This map and added rules stifle the much of what I love in the base game. By significantly limiting how you can build your network and by terrain dividing players apart from each other, much of the game is reliant on the cubes that come up and the result of the roles earned from the auction rather than the players getting all up in each other's biznizz! Certainly you can infect other player's networks, but the fact that you must always stay connected contiguously until the golden spike, limits options and cuts out many of the more worthwhile decisions. Meh.
2007-06-11*
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pronoblem baalberith
United States
Pleasantville
Massachusetts
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10
Dec 2007*
10 for Germany
2007-12-28*
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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Sep 2014
Western US: "Normal", Rec:5-6, OK: 3-4
Germany: "Normal", Rec:4-6, OK: 3
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Phillip Lerche
United States
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Ohio
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9.5
Oct 2005*
Western US: the most thematic of the boards I have played so far, although building in the mountainous west can be harsh. 9 after 1 play
Germany: another fascinating map - the build rule really changes this game. 10 after 1 play
2005-10-27*
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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9.5
Jul 2009*
Good maps, but nothing particularly special.
2009-07-12
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CORWYN59 .
France
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9.5
Nov 2011
Germany is very good and is a remake of VOLLDAMPF another train game by Wallace before he released Age of Steam

Western US is good for 4 or 5 players with the bonus VP for linking east-west
2011-11-10
Daniel Sharp
United States
Austin
Texas
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9.5
Jul 2011
Only played the Germany side of the map and really enjoyed it.
2011-07-23
Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9.25
Jun 2008*
Played Germany with 4 players. Excellent map, lots of options, but still constricted enough to heighten the tension properly. 3 Players was a little too open, but still made for a decent game. 5 Players was very tight, but still excellent.

Played Western US with 5 players. Extremely tight and vicious. Probably not a map I'd want to play often, but a different experience.
2008-06-23*
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Geoff Brown
United Kingdom
Manchester
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9
Jul 2004*
The Western US map is interesting. There are some bonus's available. The German map is simple wonderful. Extra rules include Berlin ALWAYS gaining a block.
2004-07-26*
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Joakim Fältman
Sweden
Helsingborg
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Feb 2009*
Rating for Germany. Nice tight play with 5 people. Minor modifications to the standard AoS system. Not played Western US yet.
2009-02-22
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Larry Chong
United States
Kendall Park
New Jersey
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9
Apr 2007*
Western USA works excellent with six players
2007-04-22*
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Ray
United States
Carpentersville
Illinois
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Jul 2005*
I almost always hate expansions (I like clean less muddied games) but I must say that Germany is just an awesome expansion. The production power of Berlin, the isolation of the southern mountains area, and the mid game strength of the remote cities all make for a richer game. Make sure to read the map errata: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/62052

The US on the other hand needs a bit of caution. Having to stay with the one railroad can really take some players out if they get boxed into a dry area. The player who can get a turn 1 income increase of 4 is even harder to stop since you can't go elsewhere to block them. For experienced players only.
2005-07-06*
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Willem Holthuis
Netherlands
Buitenpost
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Aug 2005*
We played Germany once, it was a 4 player game. One newbie! We had a great time playing this map and loved the map layout.

One player mentioned a couple of times that he liked the fact that you could only build finished track.

On this map the engineer lets you build one track tile out of 3 - not 4! - for half the price and was needed several times for building threw expensive terrain.

Western US not yet played.
2005-08-06*
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Geoffrey Steenberge
United States
Corning
New York
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Nov 2010
Bought
2007-03-16*
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Chris Garlic-13 Aniballi
United States
Carpentersville
IL
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9
Aug 2006*
I've played the western US map only so far. Interesting variant, but would like to play it again to see how it holds up.

Finally played the German map, and I think it's the best of the expansion maps. The specific rules (engeneer, distant links, no partial connections) do change the game enough to make it interesting, and relieve some of the stagnation of the central u.s. map.
2006-08-13*
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Edward Bosco
United States
West Virginia
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May 2006*
Western US is great with five players.
2006-05-26*
David Turner
United States
Dallas
Texas
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9
Jul 2006*
The German map is one of my favorites
2006-07-28*
Aleksi Ahtiainen
Finland
Helsinki
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9
Apr 2009*
The Germany map was ok. Not as good as the original map, though.

The Western US map is good with 6 players.
2010-03-02
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Marko Tamminen
Finland
Espoo
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9
Sep 2006*
More extreme goodness for this excellent game.
2006-09-28*
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Darin Stephenson
United States
Holland
Michigan
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9
Nov 2008*
Rating is for Germany. I haven't played Western US.
2007-08-21*
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Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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9
Jul 2010
Excellent expansion. Played the map of Germany once (4 player). Some minor, but important rules changes (e.g. complete track building, huge costs for some connections, Berlin, external destinations). Tight game!
2010-07-19
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Devi "Day" Hughes
United States
Irvine
California
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9
Aug 2008*
Played Western US once and Germany once. US is good map which encourages general east to west or west to east expansion. All track has to be contiguous until this connection is made. The western part of the map can get hairy as it's full of mountains. Our Germany game was delivery-poor, due to the setup, and several players took 15 shares; I never got profitable but avoided bankruptcy. Painful game!
2010-04-11
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Michael Pennisi
United States
Carpentersville
Illinois
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Jun 2007*
Western US is just OK but the Germany map is pretty cool.
2007-06-06*
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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Nov 2009*
Western US:

Having driven across the US, I empathize with the track-layers of old who were pushed to criss-cross the face of America with locomotive steel.

Cities and goods can be brutally spaced, so be sure to maintain your build momentum to keep your network viable.

Germany:

The randomly seeded fringe cities are a welcome change, though they often don't enter play until late in the game. Still, it's nice to have the option of using a half-price build to connect a color-starved network to an outer city at just the right time.

And keep a sharp eye on the player trying to build a game-winning loop in Southern Germany. That's trouble, that is.

2011-11-27
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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Aug 2008*
Germany: 1 game (4 players)
2007-09-08*
Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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Jan 2008*
PBW games only, e-boardgames.com. I like the changes in both maps!

Western US
- start with $20 cash (2 shares)
- towns start with a good (lost when urbanized)
- mountains $5
- must start on either coast and build contiguous track until first transcontinental connection is built: the owners split $4 income. Afterwards, may build with basic rules (anywhere).
- $1 bonus per good delivered from coast to coast
Some tough terrain to build through, but the extra cash from transcontinental deliveries really helps -- I like that little rule change!

Germany
- No incomplete track segments builds
- Berlin ALWAYS gets a cube
- Engineer only allows you to build one track tile at half cost.
- Foreign ports' colors assigned randomly at start.
Another good map. Not hugely different from the base game, but nice changes (esp Berlin!).

Errors with the Warfrog version of the Germany map:
- Berlin (colored brown in the Warfrog map) should be a Black city.
- Lyon, Paris, Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Kopenhagen and Warschau (brown in the Warfrog map) are Foreign Terminals and should all be green.
- A white circle (for placing a Track Ownership marker) joining the Essen/Dortmund hex with the Dusseldorf/Koln hex is missing.
2008-01-31*
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Andrew Rae
New Zealand
Wellington
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Jun 2008*
German map was better than I thought it would be. There are more coloured cities on the board to work with including potentially black dumping grounds. Lots of flexibility.
2008-06-21*
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Brad Keller
United States
Bakersfield
California
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Nov 2009*
I love the German map. It's much more figiving than the original map.
2009-01-30*
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Aaron Seeber
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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Oct 2009*
Very good with 4.
2009-03-14
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Duncan Gibson
Lesotho
Maseru
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9
Jan 2011
Western US: Quite a fun board with some tight competition to avoid the expensive mountain routes when bringing connecting across the board. The timing of when to shoot for the connection is also a delicious decision as the easy cubes are depleted. The tight grouping of the city colours also drives creation of longer routes.
Germany: Interesting in that so much is dependent on the "off-board" cities in other countries. Building cross-board connections can be almost more important than good in-board connections if the cubes fall out one way. Or the off-boards can become almost irrelevant when they mostly end up as one colour.
So good replay value there. ;-)
2011-01-26
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Michiel Hillenius
Netherlands
Hoogland (Amersfoort)
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Aug 2010
Western US: playable with Steam rules. Pretty good map. Race to make the east-west connection, good variation, not too difficult. 4 player rating:8

Germany: 6 player rating 9. Very expensive map and tight as well with six, but very challenging, very good experience.
2013-07-17
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Michael Logan
United States
Havertown
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2014
Need to play
2010-06-19
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Roi espino
Spain
Vigo
Pontevedra
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9
Feb 2015
Buenos mapas. Alemania es una buena alternativa al basico del juego (rust belt) es incluso mas sencillo.

Hay gente que duda de que este compensada la posicion incial del de oeste de estados unidos. Yo tendria que probarlo algunas veces mas comprobarlo pero si que parece que empezar en california es mas dificilillo
2015-05-10
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Ian Anderson
New Zealand
Wellington
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8.5
Dec 2004*
I'll give this a 8.5 rather than an 8 because I like both this boards better than the original board and the expansion #1 boards.

(Session report on Western US board http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/30589)
2009-05-23
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J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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8.5
Nov 2006*
West US has been dissappointing compared to SouthOfEngland or Ireland, however the German map more than makes up for any shortcomings, giving some of the tightest games of AoS I've seen.
2006-11-08*
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George Shafer
United States
Dallas
Texas
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8.5
May 2005*
Played once each of Germany and Western U.S. I had lots of fun, but need to play them more.
2005-05-24*
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Charles Hasegawa
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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8.5
Dec 2007*
Played W. US first time I had ever played AoS, so I'll need to play again to know if I really like this map.

The Germany map looks tough, but isn't too bad. A bad goods distribution at the start can be tough, but that's true of most maps.
2007-12-19*
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Chester Ogborn
United States
Temple
Texas
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8.5
Jul 2006*
Western US: Played once. I like the twists that this expansion brings to the game. There is the personal fortune at the outset, which makes building on the mountains or river or swamp tenable. There is the incentive for that transcontinental connection. But I think the economics of the game dictate that most players are going to build primarily in the rich East, connecting and industrializing towns as they go. Maybe one player can get away with starting in the West. The constraint of your track being contiguous at game opening is a nice one.

Anyway, its a nice, different flavor for Age of Steam. I look forward to playing this map again.
2006-07-13*
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Nick Case
England
Epsom
Surrey
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8.5
Nov 2008*
Accessible map, fairly open in the centre with costly links to the borders. Goods tend to stockpile in these border towns and are scooped up in the final rounds.
2006-08-13*
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Bill Skulley
United States
Westminster
Colorado
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8.5
Feb 2007*
Two playings on the German map only, with 4. The other players felt it was too easy, with long links easily attainable and they felt there were too many resources (although there are only 4 extra to start and one more (max) per turn). Of course, these reasons are probably why I liked it, since I could concentrate more on the aspects I like - building and using a rail network effectively - without worrying about the brutal and perhaps unnecessary competition for scarce resources.
2007-02-17*
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Joakim Björklund
Finland
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8.5
Jul 2008*
Western US:
13.8.2008: I haven't played this map yet.

Germany:
13.8.2008: It is tougher than the base map. Good with four players. Rating: 8.5
2009-10-23
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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8.5
Sep 2012
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2009-12-13
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Bill Herbst
United States
Sayville
New York
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8.5
Jun 2013
Western US : An interesting map that plays well with six. Constraining early builds to track contiguous with one's own network is a big change and the continental linkage race adds some tension. Early money infusion is probably necessary because of the build costs in the Rockies and te building constraints.
2013-06-16
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Alex P
France
La Plaine St-Denis
Ile-de-France
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8.5
Sep 2011
Great for introducing a large group to Age of Steam! These were a group of gamers, mind you, but absolutely everyone had a good time and learned the game in about three hours for a six player game. Four were absolute newbies (a couple only play up to medium weight games) and the other two had only played twice before, a long time ago.

Germany is really forgiving and prevents the players from making game-costing mistakes (i.e. you can't build unfinished links).
2011-12-03
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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Feb 2005*
US Map is too easy at least for four players. Not played german map yet.
2005-02-18*

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