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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Joerg Schaefer
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A clear winner this month with otherwise mostly average new-to-me-games.

Game of the month
1848: Australia: d10-8 (2 plays)

One of the best 18xx variants I’ve played. It hits a good balance between limited increase of complexity and added depth. The unique McGuffin is the Bank of England (BoE) whose shares can be bought in the stock round as an alternative to the company shares. In the operating rounds, companies can take out loans from the BoE, increasing its share price. Instead of forced capitalization to buy trains, the BoE jumps in. Loans don’t cost interest but lower the share price of the companies, possibly driving them into receivership.

Floating a company with the aim to lead it into receivership is a valid strategy. The minor companies are issued via a dutch auction and have interesting characteristics. The game can already be lost in this auction. Further small details such as the differing track width mitigated by E-trains and the Ghan give 1848 a unique flavor.

Good games
Nippon: d10-7 (1 play)

Portuguese-Italian design school, various complexly intertwined mechanisms. A central area majority element is combined with action selection, an economic system with two currencies (money, coal) and engine building (factories, knowledge). It seems mandatory in this design school that players define their endgame scorings themselves, a feature taken from Gerdts' rondel games.

Differentiating traits of Nippon compared to the authors / publishers previous games are the focus on area majority and the comparably clear strategic options.


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Aqua Romana: d10-6 (1 play)

Aqua Romana takes the basic idea from Metro or Streetcar. On a square grid players lay tiles to advance their aqueducts until they hit a border, are cut off or voluntarily ended. Contrary to its inspirations, the tiles are not drawn randomly. They come in four different forms and only can be laid to continue an aqueduct if the dedicated aqueduct worker has a line of sight to a builder of the respective type. The builders move along the border when they are used.

The result is an interesting multiplayer abstract with the usual problem of this type of game. If players move jointly against another player, he'll stand no chance. Nonetheless, the simple rules open up rewarding decisions and more depth than the predecessors.

Namibia: d10-6 (1 play)

The most glaring weakness of Namibia is owed to its origination from a competition by the publisher to reuse game parts from overstocks. The game parts don't fit, handling accordingly is not for the clumsy and accidents are bound to happen.

The game itself works but feels like the development hasn't been finished. The bidding is odd to say the least. The turn of the fourth player differs weirdly from the turns of the other three players. Strategy is opaque. The potential to hose other players exists.

Namibia's trouble is that other games filling the same opaque niche do similar things in less time with cleaner material.

Pi mal Pflaumen: d10-6 (1 play)

Kind of a trick-taking game but no player wins the trick. Instead, the value of the cards played determine the order in which players choose one of the played cards to put to their display. From the cards on display, sets have to be formed to gain points.

The artwork is neat, the gameplay is original and entertaining. It's difficult to say after one play how much influence the decisions have and what importance the dealt hand has. Okay for the time it takes but I rather play a real trick-taker instead.


Average games
Ave Roma: d10-5 (1 play)

1 play of the prototype with advanced rules - In a nutshell, the game works and offers relevant choices. For my personal taste, it could have been more streamlined and some elements like the numbered workers and the method to reclaim them don't fully realize their potential, at least with our player count of three players. The different action elements are not completely balanced and could need further finetuning. Some more thoughts should be put into scaling the game to the number of players.

I understand that there will be further changes in the published version. For example, the handling of the area influence will be changed which I appreciate as currently it's not a very elegant although essential system.

I'm not a fan of Kickstarter games. I also played Trickerion before release and wasn't very fond of it. I traded away Euphoria which was one of two Kickstarters I supported. I didn't like Alien Frontiers. So I'm not the target audience for this or many other small press games.

Jungle Rumble: d10-5 (1 play)

Another Asian effort in miniaturizing big games. This time it's from Taiwan and Puerto Rico is the target. It was mixed with Santiago, spiced up with a hint of Agricola and covered with a quirky cat theme.

Gameplay is ok but it wasn't overly exciting or deep. The reactions in my group were ho-hum. I rather play the original or other Asian micro designs cloning and mixing the big names, e.g. The King of Frontier.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Joerg Schaefer
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No other plays logged of this really good 18xx variant. My group liked it well enough to play it twice in a row. Too bad that it's not available anywhere for a realistic price.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Jeroen Doumen
Netherlands
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1x _X.XX_ Food Chain Magnate
1x _X.XX_ 18SW
5x _4.50_ Black Sheep and White Sheep
4x _3.50_ Number Please!
3x _7.50_ Codenames
3x _7.00_ Crokinole
2x _5.25_ Dimension
2x _4.50_ Meow
1x _9.00_ 1848: Australia
1x _9.00_ 1849
1x _8.00_ Mysterium
1x _7.75_ Rolling Stock
1x _7.50_ Kansas Pacific
1x _7.25_ Trans-Siberian Railroad
1x _7.00_ Coup: Rebellion G54
1x _7.00_ Favor of the Pharaoh
1x _6.75_ Mombasa
1x _6.50_ Grand Austria Hotel
1x _6.50_ Whacky Wit
1x _6.50_ Nippon
1x _6.50_ Inhabit the Earth
1x _6.50_ Southern Rails
1x _6.00_ Space Dealer
1x _6.00_ Among the Stars: Revival
1x _6.00_ Eight Epics
1x _6.00_ Batman Fluxx
1x _6.00_ Domus Domini
1x _6.00_ The Gallerist
1x _5.75_ Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
1x _5.50_ Steampunk Rally
1x _5.50_ Masters Gallery
1x _5.50_ Thebes
1x _5.50_ BUS
1x _5.25_ Cinema Frontier
1x _5.25_ Darkest Night
1x _5.00_ Exploding Kittens
1x _5.00_ Old Town Robbery
1x _5.00_ Greenland
1x _5.00_ Adventure Time Fluxx
1x _5.00_ Forbidden Island
1x _5.00_ King Chocolate
1x _5.00_ Kemet
1x _5.00_ Adorable Pandaring


An impressive list of gaming - but we played quite a bit at BGG.Con last week, and then I also sneaked in the previous week...

Will write some more details later.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Antti Hautaniemi
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Jeroen Doumen
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Thu 9:30am
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Rebecca Carpenter
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Thurs @ 9:30 am in the 18xx zone. Will reserve a conference room if one opens up and update this post.

1. Rebecca
2. John
3.John's friend
4. John's other friend
5. Jeroen

Cheerio!
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
jim b
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5p 1848 at Endgame, Wednesday evening (March 4): Steve, Daniel, Kent, Simon, Jim

1848 midgame

1848 endgame

A game that reminded us that earnings trump stock-value in 1848.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
jim b
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5p 1848 Wednesday evening at Endgame (March 18, 2015): Simon, Jim, Daniel, Hugo, Kent

From our 1848 game two-weeks prior, we remembered that earnings would beat stock value and played accordingly.

Nonetheless, we had a long early/mid game with the 3s and 4s running longer than they deserved (one player probably played investor for too long). As a result, the Bank of England and receivership played less of a role in this game vs our last 1848 session.

Ultimately though this was a fairly wild game. We had a very dynamic SR in the late game, when the last new companies floated and 2-3 companies changed hands. There was a tight struggle throughout, across the top 3 positions.

1848 midgame

(I forgot to take an endgame photo.)

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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Mark G.
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I've played it once. I liked it. Want to try it again.
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
john guthrie
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unplayed, like new. box has a 3 inch crease/dent on bottom, game is in perfect shape

free shipping US, first $12 elsewhere
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Joshua Gottesman
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I was at Strategicon in LA this weekend, and got in a fair amount of gaming and schmoozing. I'll probably miss some things on the list, and that's life.

Because of a late start (I was waiting on a friend to get out of work) and crappy LA traffic, we didn't get there until after 7 PM Friday and I was already tired. I mostly ended out wandering around and talking to people, although I did get in a playtest of GMT's Flying Circus, which is on the P500 list.

Saturday I started off with 7 Blunders, which is 7 Wonders where you're trying to get the lowest score possible. It's tougher than you might think. Then it was on to 1848: Australia, an 18xx I'd been wanting to try for a long time. I really enjoyed it, coming in 2nd. The pacing was good, the group was good, and the game was challenging.

After that broke up, I went and played a playtest scenario of Combat Commander: Pacific where (more or less) a bunch of Japanese armed with pointed sticks try to rush past garrison troops on Attu. Craziness and I lost, and it was still a blast.

Then I taught some people Caverna: The Cave Farmers. Due to time constraints, though, we only played about 1/2 a game, as everyone seemed to have something to do at 9 PM. I played in the Tichu tournament, where my partner and I played a very good 1st round and advanced, and then had an early lead in the 2nd round until the cards turned sour and we lost.

Sunday was 18xx time again, starting out with 1849. Not only had I never played it before, I didn't even know it existed. This one is on Sicily and has some neat mechanisms for the train roster, Mount Etna blowing up, companies coming out in tranches. Another neat one where I played a very solid game, again just good enough for 2nd.

Next I went to open gaming and taught some people Russian Railroads. Much like Eric, I'm not tiring of this one. I haven't played it enough to know all the strategies, so I decided to focus on the St. Petersburg and Kiev tracks at the expense of the Trans-Siberian and factories. I played solidly, and one player just destroyed us with doublers and just pushing the T-S. He also got the engineer who gave him a free doubler each turn. He scored 425 or so, the highest I've seen, and I was second with about 300...it wasn't pretty. Everyone enjoyed the game, though.

In the evening, it was the Tichu playoff for 3rd place (3 vs. 4). This was a joke, we lost something like 1100 - 300. How bad was it? I had a 13 card straight and the dragon....and lost. Someone bombed my dragon with a 6 card straight flush. I actually had a higher 6 card straight flush, and it broke up my straight and left a hanging 2/3. Just painful.

Then I helped out with the Darkest Night (First edition) tournament, it was fun to watch the new groups play and enjoy the game and really start bonding.

Monday I was going to play another 18xx, and it just never seemed to happen. I mostly watched my friend play a couple of games of Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age before heading home.

Exhausting, fun and not too terribly painful on the wallet.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Eugene van der Pijll
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2014-04-11 (Fri)
1848
3 players: Anton, Coen, Eugene
3 hours


1. Coen 9642
2. Anton 9111
3. Eugene 8578


Coen won this by buying the private with the black company director share for the highest price. It was a really fast game.



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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Nuno Silva
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Bayesian Average - 7.1248 ( 7.1249 / -0.0001 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9000 / 0.0000 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 10 / 0 )
Last Chart Position - 98 ( 96 / -2 )
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Nuno Silva
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Bayesian Average - 7.1249 ( 7.1252 / -0.0003 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9000 / 0.0000 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 10 / 0 )
Last Chart Position - 96 ( 93 / -3 )
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Felipe
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São Paulo
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Lance Mínimo: R$ 200,00

Compre Já: R$ 300,00

Jogo Novo.
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Nuno Silva
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Bayesian Average - 7.1252 ( 7.1251 / +0.0001 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9000 / 0.0000 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 10 / 0 )
Last Chart Position - 93 ( 94 / +1 )
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Felipe
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São Paulo
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Edição: 1 edição
Idioma: Inglês
Condições da caixa e peças: Jogo novo
Possui o insert?: Sim
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Richard Pardoe
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Probably my most likely destination that is the furthest travel for me. Co-workers have gone there on business, but not I. (One even had to stop in New Caledonia to fuel up before arriving in Australia.)
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Eugene van der Pijll
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2013-04-23 (Tue)
1848
3 players: Raymond, Jasper, Eugene
4,5 hours

I won the game by starting my third company, taking a loan with two of my four companies, and using that 1,200 pounds to buy both 6 trains. After that, I owned four companies, 3 permanent trains and 2 Ghan trains, and I was able to get the final permanent train without taking another loan.

At that point, three of my companies were just 1 space away from receivership, and the fourth was way in front of the others at a share price of more than 200. In fact, the CAR paid a dividend every single OR apart from the very first. Jasper's companies had a higher payout, but I won on share value.


Early game


My four companies


Final board


Stock market a the end of the game

Final score:

Eugene £ 7170
Jasper £ 7162
Raymond £ 6168
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Eugene van der Pijll
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2013-05-07
1848
4 players: Anton, Raymond, Eugene, Coen
almost 4.5 hours

During the game, Raymond started 4 companies, and had one company (WA) dumped on him (by me). The WA was taken over by the Bank of England, to the delight of Anton, who owned 5 shares BoE. In total, 17 loans were taken, so Anton was the winner today.


Anton 5854
Eugene 5596
Coen 5532
Raymond 4543



Early board


Start of the brown phase




Final board

Anton's comments:
"Het was erg leuk en best spannend. De bekende speelstijlen waren weer herkenbaar. Coen heeft het hele spel één bedrijf gehad, gekregen door een B&O look alike private. Hij kwam langzaam op gang maar eindigde goed door solide spel.

Eugene had vette pech in het begin dat hij met zijn twee 2-treinen niet kon rijden, omdat Raymond heel veel 3-treinen kocht en ik daarna een 3- en 4-trein. Eugene kwam zoals gewoonlijk toch weer sterk terug mede door slim tegeltjes plaatsen.

Ik deed de "Eugene-truc" door de private te verkopen aan mijn bedrijf en vervolgens vier aandelen van dat bedrijf te verkopen. Raymond hapte toe en nam dit bedrijf over. Hij eindigde met vijf bedrijven, ook omdat Eugene later nog een bedrijf op m dumpte. Raymonds bedrijven deden het bij vlagen best goed, maar hij had toch net wat teveel hooi op zijn vork genomen (en gekregen).

Ik kwam er heel goed voor te staan omdat ik (toevallig) op het juiste moment Bank of England aandelen had gekocht. the BoE is de grootste nieuwigheid tov andere 18xx. Een extra bank die leningen aan bedrijven verstrekt. Hoe meer leningen des te beter voor de BoE. Ondanks dat ik mijn hoofdbedrijf wat (te) veel liet lenen, eindigde ik net eerste."
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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2013-05-17
1848
4 players: Coen, Anton, Raymond, Eugene
4.5 hours

This time, I tried to play more conservatively. My CAR didn't spend too much money on trains, running for a while with a single 3 train. I timed the startup of my second company just right to buy two 5 trains and a 6 train, which made the CAR the best company on the board by a long way.

But because I had little money to buy shares, my lead turned out to be smaller than I had hoped.

8 loans were taken, which is a lot less than last time.


Eugene £ 7714
Anton £ 7516
Coen £ 7184
Raymond £ 7109



Early game


Coen wanted to connect his two railroads (SAR and Qld)




Final board


Score sheet.
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Nuno Silva
Portugal
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Bayesian Average - 7.1251 ( 7.1258 / -0.0007 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9000 / 0.0000 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 10 / 0 )
Last Chart Position - 94 ( 88 / -6 )
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Johannes cum Grano Salis
United States
Finger Lakes
New York
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What: Bought with 1824. Another mid-length 18xx title with a few interesting macguffins from 1830.

Why is it unplayed: This is fully playable, with tokens stickered and tiles cut out. The 18xx group played it in Buffalo the week before I brought it and wanted to play something else.

When will it get played: This will definitely get played some 18xx Saturday. The guys already know how to play it, there's no Rochester-local copy other than mine (that I know of), and it was fairly well-received.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Nuno Silva
Portugal
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Bayesian Average - 7.1256 ( 7.1258 / -0.0002 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9000 / 0.0000 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 10 / 0 )
Last Chart Position - 89 ( 88 / -1 )
 
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:2400]
Nuno Silva
Portugal
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Bayesian Average - 7.1258 ( 7.1275 / -0.0017 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9000 / 0.0000 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 10 / 0 )
Last Chart Position - 88 ( 83 / -5 )
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