Age of Steam: Getting those Maps Played!
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Age of Steam Maps Yet To Play
My Age of Steam Map Collection
Age of Steam has been my favorite game for several years now. For a long time, it was my only real "10" on the BGG scale (years ago, Magic was also up there; but I don't have time to build decks any more, or interest in adding to a Magic collection of cards that just take up space on the shelf). Twilight Struggle finally made it up there as well, and I do have several almost-10s (including Steam with "Base" rules -- what a stupid name!). But Age of Steam stands out: it's a game, but really it's a game system with a core set of rules and nearly endless tweaks -- some little, some pretty huge, plenty in between. Sadly for me, I'm bitten by completionist bug. Back in the early '90s I spent thousands of dollars on Magic cards, until WotC's production schedule ramped up while my free time cranked down. Other than sporadic purchases, we stopped buying Magic cards by the case some time around ... Visions?
Age of Steam, however, has a much slower pace: expansions come out every year, but only a handful at a time; they are MUCH easier to collect! There are even print-and-play maps, many of which (apparently) work very well. Sadly, the game seems to be getting a lot less play these days. I don't have a regular weekly gaming session and we've hardly hosted any game days ourselves in quite a while. I tried to organize an Age of Steam specific group a few years ago, but stuff came up and we had not continued meeting after a few initial games. I eventually ended up playing online (PBW Steam and Age of Steam, but those groups have been largely quiet for a few years now. So all the expansions I had continued to purchase largely sat on the shelf unplayed. I even had one set of maps from last year that I thought I'd never received: I emailed Alban, one year later, to figure out what happened. Of course, later that day I found them on a shelf, still in their original mailing envelope!
So maps have continued to pile up. Enough!! We have a local convention coming up and I've decided that, rather than playing all the latest and greatest, I'm going to try getting through some of these maps! I started by resurrecting that Age of Steam group: we met twice in the weeks before TBGT -- 4 maps down, countless more to go! New maps bring up rules questions and calls for help on the forums here; a reply on one of these suggested a Geeklist ... so here is my attempt to respond -- we'll see how long I can keep this updated!
T-56 (and that's just counting the unplayed maps I actually own!)
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