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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Nico Muchacho
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Spel: Age of Steam
Versie / taal: Nederlands
Taalafhankelijkheid: nee
Conditie: In zeer goede staat.

De foto bij dit spel hierboven is mijn eigen gemaakte foto van het spel.
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Michael Sosa
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Excellent, Includes an expansion. A good game but I prefer to play Steam.
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Bill Eldard
United States
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Virginia
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The most profitable way of delivering goods by rail is to transport them by the longest route through the most cities and towns.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Mark Huberty (General Trashy Meeples the Ambigamer)
United States
Woodbury
Minnesota
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#7 The ultimate in pick up and deliver route building. Especially enjoyable on a claustrophobic map with plenty of players.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Dangerous Partners
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Swindon
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Second Edition. Very Good condition.

Includes:
Age of Steam Expansion #2: Western US and Germany
Age of Steam Expansion #3: Scandinavia and Korea
Age of Steam Expansion: South America / South Africa

Delivery by Royal Mail if it sneaks under 2kg, else MyHermes or Collectplus.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Mark Huberty (General Trashy Meeples the Ambigamer)
United States
Woodbury
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#17 Pick-up and deliver doesn't get any better than this cruel and claustrophobic game.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Stefan Ebner
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My flex spot, we will surely play a learning game to see if this is something we like (have not played any 18xx games yet and the last railroad game fell flat - Chicago Express). Also have a 2p map in Age of Steam Expansion: Barbados / St. Lucia.

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Mattias Pettersson
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I've had this game for ages and we haven't played it ONCE. Which is bad because I think it might be quite good, seeing it's retained a high BBG rating for quite some time.
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Staffan Åberg
Sweden
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Nathan Clegg
United States
Escondido
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(What I said last year)

While I had played Steam a number of times prior, January brought me my first play of Age of Steam (2002)--and I liked it. I still bounce back and forth between the two games, as they each have their appeal, but this is a solid game I've played five times over the past year and will keep hitting.

Arkwright (2014) - This was my pick last year. This is an excellent game that I got three plays of but its length prevents it from hitting the table often. While I appreciate everything it offers, I feel like I can get similar sensations from other games which are both shorter and easier to teach (or already known). I'll happily play it again but I'm no longer requesting it.

Web of Power (2000) and Han (2014) - I was already a fan of China and it was interesting to see both its origin and its evolution. Honestly I like all three games but give the nod to Han, as I enjoy the new bits (ports and border towns). China gets the most play, though, still.

The rest of the new-to-me games range from bad to okay. I think Arkwright (2014) is the only game that has changed for me. I'd like to get Palmyra (2013) and Potato Man (2013) back to the table more often.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Christopher M
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Steve Valladolid
United States
San Diego
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I'd like to try 10 new maps.



Age of Steam Expansion: Jamaica / Puerto Rico - Played 1/21/16 - Puerto Rico map on Estudiante level. Cross indexing 10X10 AOS goal which feels like cheating.
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Mike Fogus
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Whenever I'm lucky enough to play this gem my mind is constantly screaming "don't take that cube, don't take that cube, don't take that cube..." It's really cool.
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Jimmy Okolica
United States
Washington Township
Ohio
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EGG 3ed

Free ship to US

Unless otherwise mentioned, all of my games are gamer copies of games. That means they're put on a shelf and kept safe but they are played. So, there may be whitening of corners on boxes and rulebooks that have been thumbed through. The components themselves are all in very good condition but if you are a collector, these games are probably not be for you. If you want pictures of a particular game, ask. I do not know if inserts are there or not. If you care about inserts, ask the question.
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Will Morgan
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Tennessee
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Like new, only played once

Eagle Games Third English Edition
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
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Κατάσταση: Σαν καινούριο.

Έκδοση : Eagle Games Third English Edition. Περιέχει και το expansion Age of Steam Expansion: Barbados / St. Lucia

Γλώσσα: Λίγο language dependence.

Μεταφορικά : Δωρεάν.
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Jimmy Okolica
United States
Washington Township
Ohio
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Eagle Games 3ed

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
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GeekList: 2016 Game Plays
Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Justin Nixon
United States
McLeansville
North Carolina
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1.1 - Beth, Dawn, & Peter (NC)

1.15 - Beth & Jeremy (NC)

1.23 - Beth (Scotland)

1.23 - Beth (NC)
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Reuven Fischer
United States
Bala Cynwyd
Pennsylvania
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Added 01/27/16

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Mike Fogus
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originally posted on my blog...

Three games in 2015 hit my brain like a psionic-one-inch-punch and have opened my eyes to the transcendent levels that games can reach. Without further ado, I present my three favorite discoveries of 2015.

3. Imperial



Before 2015 I had a more narrow idea of what games could be. That is, I saw games as exercises in conflict with an occasional foray into mutual puzzle-solving. However, with the discovery of Tigris and Euphrates I saw that games could be much richer than I imagined. Certainly T&E is ripe with conflict, but the revelation in the game for me was the idea that players do not "own" anything -- not really. I learned very quickly that attempts to "own" a kingdom in T&E against an experienced player was an exercise in futility. Try as I might in my first few games, I was repeatedly destroyed by adhering to a dictum of ownership. It wasn't until I realized that the only thing a player owns in T&E are the points that they receive and those points were available as one can get them that I started being competitive. Sadly, T&E as a game was a disappointment to me in ways (e.g. hidden points, random tile draws) that are not really important compared to its revelatory function in my gaming life.

It wasn't until I recently played Imperial that I had found the gaming experience that I always hoped that T&E could be. They are of course very different games except that they both fundamentally run counter to the notion of "ownership" as I had previously clung to. Certainly in Imperial players own bonds and the funds received from their dividends and indeed, players may gain control of a country's operation. However, controlling the fate of a country is only useful in so far as it allows a player to control the influx of cash into their personal coffers. This control can be transient, much like the kingdoms in T&E and players much be prepared to navigate their way forward in such an environment of transience. I'm still just learning Imperial, but it became very clear, very early, that approaching the game as a sort-of glorified Risk was a huge and disastrous mistake. Indeed, I suspect that there may be a viable path of non-ownership to find in the game and I hope to use 2016 to explore its veracity.

And that's the common theme in this list... games that have obliterated my gaming prejudices and keep me up at night scheming and pining for the next play.

2. Container



Within the first 30 minutes of my first play of Container I knew, just knew, that I had found something special. Others have known about this gem for years and have discussed it to death so I won't dive too deeply into its depths (partially because I'm still exploring them). However, as you might expect Container too turns the idea of "ownership" inside out. Certainly player produce certain goods and receive cash during the course of the game. However, the very nature of Container is such that one must understand that to win requires a delicate balance of self-interest and the fulfillment of your opponents' desires (in a way it's Klunker taken to the nth degree). Effective play of Container seems to require an understanding of the modes that a session might cycle through and the effective responses to each along the way. I'm FAR from an expert in these modes of course, but the few plays I've gotten have revealed that there is an incredible depth to explore. Container is sublimity in a box.

1. Age of Steam



Like Imperial, Age of Steam is a recent discovery for me. It's almost as if 2015 was a culmination of significant discoveries leading inexorably toward these two beauties. Like the other two games on this list AoS has been examined and re-examined over and again, so I don't feel the need (nor the experience yet) to provide an accounting of its depths. However, I will say that it seems more straight-forward than the other two games herein. That said, there is indeed "something more" lurking under the covers of this game that I want to explore in 2016. For example, it seems to me that there is something to be said about the idea of intertwining track in an attempt to "steal" and tactically give points along the way. There is also some subtlety to the way that the income penalties can be manipulated that currently escapes me. And of course, the game's scarcity models are deliciously brutal -- which is something I came to appreciate with Agricola. Add all together the absolute glut of available expansion maps and I have a game that can probably keep me busy for 2016 and beyond.

And that's it! Three games that changed my idea of what games are and what they could be.

I hope that 2016 has similar discoveries in store for me.

Bonus: Favorite thrifted game



Before I sign off for the year I'd like to take a moment to pick my favorite thrifted game of 2015. That game is Bazaar, a gem by the venerable Sid Sackson and quite possibly the only (?) game using re-write logic as a core mechanism. Aside from Blockers found the year before, Bazaar is probably the best bargain per dollar spent of any game that I own and indeed a great game in its own right.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Mike Fogus
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Age of Steam

Wow is Age of Steam a great game. I had heard a lot about the brilliancy of this game since returning to gaming but had never had the chance to play. However, I got in a couple of games with my game group and fell in love. The first game was very tough and I came in last place, but I couldn't stop thinking about it during the next week. The second game was on the crazy Ireland map and things felt more clear to me, leading to a much more favorable result. After these plays I ran out and got the game, quickly playing through the solitaire map a few times in rapid succession and so far every play has been a revelation. At the moment, Age of Steam feels like a top-20 game for me... it could crack the top ten with more plays. I can't wait.

Imperial

As a kid I played a lot of Risk and I really enjoyed it. As an adult I still enjoy the occasional play, but my love for it has definitely dissipated. However, when I first discovered Imperial I thought that I had finally found a for adults. However, after my first play it was obvious to me that this was no Risk. That didn't prevent me from trying to play it like Risk however, and as a result I was trounced soundly. On my second play I tried to diversify my bonds and pull back from the idea that certain countries "belonged" to me. Things went much better for me, but I was still rolled. I find this state of affairs fascinating as at the moment nothing seems obvious about this fascinating game, but I can't wait to try and crack it.

Trans Europa

I like the occasional game of Ticket to Ride, but had never had the chance to play Trans America/Europa, even though Europa's been in my collection for a few months. After finally playing it however, I must say that I may like it a little better than TtR. I like the simpler mechanics, the faster play, and the simpler scoring. This gem, is more like an abstract than TtR which is also why it appeals to me somewhat more. Finally, the big win for me is that my family loved it too and demanded to play numerous times over the holidays. This should get a ton of plays in my house.

Notable...



In the abstract realm I found a few great ones. A surprisingly good abstract (and probably my favorite of the month) was Eric Solomon's Corporation, an odd little game from nestorgames. It's a surprisingly deep game with sometimes murderously tough choices and impressive combinations. If you like abstracts then this is a modern classic worth checking out. Speaking of which, Zhadu: Legend of the Sharing is a highly regarded modern abstract that lives up to its reputation. I managed a few games of this stark beauty and learned some hard lessons along the way (e.g. putting your 4pt piece in the forward position is probably a mistake). Speaking of learning hard lessons, Coerceo is full of them. The rule set is very simple (save for one thing, discussed in a moment) and there are nice patterns of simultaneous attack and defense required (I think) and the shrinking board adds some nice tension. However, the rule about using captured tiles to kill a piece feels out of place. I might actually prefer to play without that rule, but I'll try it a few more times to see if I'm missing something. Speaking of missing something, my son and I tried Emergo during a long bus ride and both struggled. That's not to say that it's a bad game because that's not true at all, it's clearly a very good game. The problem was that we both had a mental block around the game's strategies that may need many more plays to uncover.



In the "Euro" category I tried a few new ones. The Great Heartland Hauling Co. was a fun card-based pickup and deliver game that was a nice way to end a night of Age of Steam. I definitely had fun (wining helps there), but I feel like I got very very lucky. I'd like to try again one day to see if there's more game there than my initial impression indicates. Speaking of "more game" I got in a game of Viticulture with some parts of the Tuscany expansion included (not sure which bits beyond the board). I've got to say that I was a little disappointed by this one. To me it felt like a Sisyphean affair of drawing some cards and wishing for good draws, getting some cash, doing stuff with grapes, spending it all to fill a contract, and then starting all over again and again and again and again... Bear in mind that I'm willing to admit that my first impression might be shaded by my poor play and general ignorance on the game and its tactics, so I'll try again one day to see if there's more there for me. My only other Euro was the interesting Snow Tails, a neat "card programming" game that I only played a couple of practice tracks, giving me a fleeting appreciation for its meanness potential. I'd like to try a full game one day.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Travis Hill
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All of my gaming plans fell through due to some poor NYE choices by some gaming friends of mine, therefore I'm playing some solo stuff.

Grabbed this used recently after having only played it once. Dove immediately into the solo Barbados map that came with it. And I love it. A neat, little logistics game with some variability. And it's tough too. I think I will get many, many plays out of AoS.

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:75]
Eric Engelmann
United States
Derwood
Maryland
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This is the first edition, with plastic money chips instead of paper currency, and wooden discs in place of plastic trains for track ownership. Good used condition.
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