It's end of August - Where's Age of Steam? The Excuses ...
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Excuses why Age of Steam, the corrected reprint, has yet to arrive in North America. Feel free to add your own excuses that you have heard.
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1. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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I played a friend's version, went out and bought all the expansions, and have patiently waited months for the corrected version of AoS to reach North America, by ship from Europe. If I didn't own the expansions, then I would most definitely have given up on this game and moved on to Railroad Tycoon. However here are some excuses I've heard why this game has yet to arrive, feel free to add your own excuses.
 
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2. Board Game: Slow Freight [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:12930]
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The ship only has an engine level of 1, thus will take 5 turns to upgrade the engine levels, then 1 turn to deliver the good. Each turn lasts 6 months.
 
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3. Board Game: Sunken Treasure [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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The ship ran into some bad weather and actually threw some crates over the side to make it, 1 of the crates contained the AoS games.
 
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4. Board Game: Pirate's Plunder [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:14622]
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The ship was boarded by pirates who have hidden it in "one piece" (saturday morning cartoon reference)
 
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5. Board Game: Lost in Space [Average Rating:3.60 Unranked]
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The ship was boarded by aliens who then took the games with them.
 
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6. Board Game: Land of the Lost Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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The ship crashed on a mysterious island where other promised reprints are now currently being enjoyed by the cast of Survivor 25, "outplay, outthink, outroll". (tv reality show reference)
 
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7. Board Game: Baggage Claim [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:13049]
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The ship made it to North America but the captain does not recall where he placed the giant crate, he's the same guy that captained the fishing boat that Patrick Kim McDermott was last seen. (recent news, olivia newton john, reference)
 
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8. Board Game: Trade Wars [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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The ship's captain refuses to take the game onboard unless we also give him two sheep and a clay. (SoC reference)
 
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9. Board Game: Easy Money [Average Rating:4.95 Overall Rank:14979]
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The game company has many 1st editions of AoS that have mistakes on the board and in the rulebook and want to get the max money on ebay before releasing the corrected edition.
 
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10. Board Game: Tax Evasion [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The game company has made too much money, and is planning to release AoS next year so that the profits don't put them in a higher tax bracket for 2005.
 
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11. Board Game: Good Guys 'n Bad Guys [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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The game company is playing the poor good guy that has no control over production or shipping. The bad guys are really the print run guys and the guys shipping and at customs.
 
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12. Board Game: Lie, Cheat & Steal [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:14584]
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Someone is doing one of the above.
 
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13. Board Game: Tough Luck [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Nothing you can do about it but wait, so tough luck.
 
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14. Board Game: Market [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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I've been on this site for 15 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I prefer a better balance of favorites to new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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You could always buy it from me in the BGG market ...
 
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15. Board Game: Bermuda Triangle [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12454]
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Lost forever
 
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You could buy one from Boards and Bits--who are periodically getting copies in at a reasonable price.
 
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17. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1460]
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Don't be impatient, things take the time they take (as the mailmen say in Denmark).
 
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18. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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This is THE real reason why it has been delayed.

Why should Warfrog/Winsome bother with AoS when Railroad Tycoon sales will beat it hands down. Sure, it's AoS lite, but if the mass market is going to lap it up, why bother with AoS and its ugly boards and tough 'gamer' gameplay?

Maybe it's some license deal thingee between Eagle and Warfrog/Winsome?

If you really want AoS, get it from Boards n Bits or straight from Europe.
 
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Once thought sunk, the Bismarck was actually lost in a time warp (a la The Final Countdown), it has emerged a couple of weeks ago to reek havic on the now unescorted shipping lanes of the Atlantic.
 
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Once thought sunk, the Bismarck was actually lost in a time warp (a la The Final Countdown), it has emerged a couple of weeks ago to reek havic on the now unescorted shipping lanes of the Atlantic.
 
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21. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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Yar - I seen it with my one good eye...sea serpent - big as the Great White Whale hisself - drugged that fair AoS-carryin' gal down to Davy Jones' Locker.

Yar.
 
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22. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4457]
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The other ship with copies of this game decided to do practice raids on the ship with AoS and has continually sunk the replacements. This is why we always hear about the ships that left port with the copies, but they never seem to arrive.
 
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