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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
jim b
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Berkeley
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
jim b
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Berkeley
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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 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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Eugene van der Pijll
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Den Haag
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Eugene van der Pijll
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Nuno Silva
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Johannes cum Grano Salis
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Nuno Silva
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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:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Nuno Silva
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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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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Mark G.
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Best new-to-me game in Dec =
1848: Australia

Finally got to play this one as part of a 5P game at the FLGS on Dec 29. I really enjoyed it. The gauge changes, loans, and Bank of England were interesting features.

I gave it an initial rating of 9. Another fine 18xx offering from Double-O Games!


Other New-to-Me Games in Dec:


Terra Mystica This was my favorite of the Essen crop thus far. Played this a couple times 5P and couple times 2P. I am eager to try it with 3 and 4. I think it might be best with 3 or 4. Lots of variety with 14 factions. Much to explore here. Initial rating = 8.

Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients Played the expansion for the first time together with my son. We enjoyed the addition of the rare techs, new races, and new galactic defense options. Initial rating = 8.


CO₂. Played this one 5P. I was somewhat concerned with the lack of control of turn order, but I enjoyed playing this one. The theme was interesting. I'll need to play it more to know if this is a great game or just a good game for me. Initial rating = 7.5

Samurai Battles. My son and I logged quite a few plays of the Commands & Colors series games. We had purchased this one from the FLGS when it was first available, but did not get it to the table until Dec (mostly due to the amount of assembly required). The miniatures are nice looking, but are a pain to assemble and fiddly to use in the game. I'd rather have blocks like C&C:Ancients. The game play is fun and I liked the addition of the honor. I docked this one a point on initial rating because of the minis. Initial rating = 7.



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Christopher Rao
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Seattle
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I had originally planned to play some new XX games, but ended up mostly teaching the two XX games I brought, 1830 and 1848.

1848 is an underrated title, set in Australia, and is perhaps the only XX with tighter money than 1830 that I know of. The cool twist in 1848 is that players can never pay for a train out of pocket. Instead, trainless companies are forced to take $100 loans from the Bank of England, moving back 2-3 spaces on the stock chart for each loan, until the company either has the next available train or implodes into receivership. If that happens, the company dies, the president loses all his shares and must pay other shareholders the par price of the share, and, even more harshly, has a permanent share limit of 2 fewer than the other players. This makes catching up in the end game very difficult.

I highly recommend 1848 to anyone interested in 18xx.
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
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Bayesian Average - 7.1275 ( 7.4706 / -0.3431 )
Average Classification - 7.9000 ( 7.9091 / -0.0091 )
Number of voters - 10 ( 11 / -1 )
Last Chart Position - 83 ( 45 / -38 )
 
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Bayesian Average - 7.4706 ( #N/A / #N/A )
Average Classification - 7.9091 ( #N/A / #N/A )
Number of voters - 11 ( #N/A / #N/A )
Last Chart Position - 45 ( #N/A / #N/A )

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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Oliver Heck
Germany
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Board Game: 1848: Australia [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2165]
Christopher Rao
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Q:When I say "lawyer" what pops into your head? A:Someone who designs games about penguins." - Dormammu
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My second favorite 18xx title, after 1830. I'm planning to bring it.
 
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