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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Philip Newman
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Texas
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Match 96: Through the Ages: A (New) Story of Civilization vs. Age of Steam

Round 3: Age of Steam (22), Power Grid (20)
Round 2: Ra (27), Age of Steam (16)
Round 1: Age of Steam (19), Antiquity (17), Lewis & Clark (15)
Nominated by: TheRocketSurgeon, woodnoggin
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Christopher Hill
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Wilmington
North Carolina
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Back in 2012 Age of Steam was a hot game in our group. Wayne got caught up in the craze as well. During one of our regular group gatherings at our local gaming store Cape Fear Games, we sat down for a five player on the German map. Wayne made a poor play early in the game and ended up bankrupt and out of the game. He sat and watched the rest of us play it out then asked if we could play again. Wayne made a much better showing in the second game with a second place finish.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Mark von Minden
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One of my favorite games, and I almost never play it. Clearly HeavyCon can help with this.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
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Wydanie holenderskie z plastikowymi lokomotywami.

Stan bardzo dobry.

Pokrywam koszt wysyłki na terenie Polski, pocztą lub paczkomatem. Chociaż wolę paczkomatem. Zdecydowanie. Odbiór osobisty w okolicach Grodziska Mazowieckiego

Nick na forum gry-planszowe: Kajmak
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
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Game: Age of Steam
Edition: QWG, dutch Edition, language independent
Condition: like new
Shipping: Free shipping in BeNeLux
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Dave Lartigue
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vs Steam (among others).

The original is known as a brutal economic game in which the slightest mis-step can be disastrous. Even then, you often won't get kicked out of the game, just mercilessly dragged behind it by the foot. There's some randomness, but steps are in place to mitigate it, or at least give players some ability to plan. There is an auction which is so vital, it's been said that everything else is just chrome added to the auction. An early 10 for me.

Steam softens the blow. The auction is gone, replaced with an action-selection system that make more valuable actions fall back in turn order. Money is far less tight, but you still need to keep an eye on it. People say it's more random than the original but I don't see it.

After playing Steam, I couldn't rate it 11 over AoS, so I downgraded AoS to a 9. Getting rid of the auction, while killing the game for many, makes it far more enjoyable to me. Too often the auction felt like it was simply letting the winners win even more. (Steam includes rules for playing with the auction and tighter money, should you desire.)

I'm no longer at the point where I have fun by getting kicked in the teeth by a game, and Steam is a much more fun experience to me.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Philip Newman
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Match 70: Power Grid vs. Age of Steam

Round 2: Ra (27), Age of Steam (16)
Round 1: Age of Steam (19), Antiquity (17), Lewis & Clark (15)
Nominated by: TheRocketSurgeon, woodnoggin
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Michael Hrabak
United States
Burke
Virginia
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I thought someone owned it, but I am definitely in the process of getting it soon along with expansions, and if we like 18xx, we will enjoy this game.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
JonMichael Rasmus
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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#7 for 13 Weeks
First Peaked: Apr. 6, 2004
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Scott Daniel
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== NEW GAMES ==



Age of Steam - 1 play -  8 

Excellent economic game with very tight money. It's long and very interactive as the economics force you into financial conflict. Rating might go up with future plays as the bidding and planning really stretched my brain.

Railroad Revolution - 1 play -  7 

Good worker placement game. The feature I found most interesting was the different colors of meeples triggering different bonus actions. The fact that you have to give up workers to trigger contracts was a neat tradeoff. Lots of potential options to score points.


Capo Dei Capi - 2 plays -  6 

Solid 2p push your luck game with a area majority element. Nice filler, but nothing I'd pick up for myself.


Bubblee Pop - 3 plays -  4 

Played this on BGA. Presents itself as a light family game, but is really more of an abstract. After 3 plays, I have little interest in playing it again.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Marcel Sagel
Netherlands
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A lot of undusting last month...

Age of Steam - 1 play
First Published 2002
12 years, 7 months, 3 days
Current Rating -  8 
It's hard to find opponents for this game, but another member of my gaming group has been pushing for this title for a while now, and I was more than happy to oblige. We managed to get two more players, so off we went. Excellent game, but man it's hard to get out of the death spiral -
as the newbies at the table discovered. We should really give it another try soon, hopefully we'll have four more-or-less competitive players then. If that happens, I might be able to decide if I actually like Steam better. At the moment, I'm leaning yes.


Five Tribes - 1 play
First Published 2014
2 years, 5 months, 18 days
Current Rating -  7 
Don't own the game, but am happy to play from time to time.


Murano - 1 play
First Published 2014
2 years, 4 months, 9 days
Current Rating -  6 
Liked it better than the previous attempts, but still not very exciting.


Paris Connection - 1 play
First Published 2010
2 years, 3 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  8 
Very few rules, quite a bit of depth, I should play this more often but many in my game group aren't so keen on it.


Tajemnicze Domostwo - 1 play
First Published 2013
2 years, 1 month, 26 days
Current Rating -  7 
Recently acquired a second-hand copy of this, I expect to play this more than once a year now.


Witch's Brew - 2 plays
First Published 2008
2 years, 0 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  7 
A bit long for a filler, but a fun game. I traded for a copy last year and finally got round to playing it. Hopefully will not collect too much dust in the future.


Rummikub - 1 play
First Published 1977
1 year, 10 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  5 
Played with non-gaming family.


Colosseum - 1 play
First Published 2007
1 year, 8 months, 28 days
Current Rating -  9 
Excellent game, can't believe it had been collecting dust for so long! Always happy to play this.


Telestrations - 1 play
First Published 2009
1 year, 1 month, 20 days
Current Rating -  7 
Previous play was during 2016's weekend getaway with my game group. Is hardly played outside that setting, but it was hilarious again.


Tumblin-Dice - 1 play
First Published 2004
1 year, 1 month, 20 days
Current Rating -  6 
Another classic from the weekend getaway. Slightly less hilarious, not helped by the fact I totally suck at this.


Res Publica - 3 plays
First Published 1991
1 year, 1 month, 19 days
Current Rating -  9 
A classic in my family, but we are playing it less and less, so much so that it had a year of dust on it.


Goa - 1 play
First Published 2004
1 year, 0 months, 28 days
Current Rating -  9 
Like Colosseum above, another of my favourite heavy euros that keeps coming back around once a year. (I have too many favourite heavy euros.)


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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Curtis Thompson
Canada
Cochrane
Alberta
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Philip Newman
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Match 57: Ra vs. Age of Steam

Round 1: Age of Steam (19), Antiquity (17), Lewis & Clark (15)
Nominated by: TheRocketSurgeon, woodnoggin
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
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A Great List of Games - The 1%ers

The obvious thing to look back on are which games managed to float to the top of this massive pile of games. Truth be told, I could probably only play these top 1% of games of all-time and be perfectly happy with that.

1) Age of Steam (10 rating, 60 plays)
2) Terraforming Mars (10 rating, 20 plays)
3) Nations (10 rating, 12 plays)
4) Greed (10 rating, 23 plays)
5) Bruges (10 rating, 21 plays)
6) Powerboats (10 rating, 26 plays)
7) Crokinole (10 rating, 129 plays)
8) Agricola (9 rating, 25 plays)
9) Antiquity (9 rating, 13 plays)
10) Ginkgopolis (9 rating, 13 plays)
11) Small World (9 rating, 17 plays)
12) Factory Funner (9 rating, 6 plays; 32 if you combine with Factory Fun)
13) Galaxy Trucker (9 rating, 12 plays)
14) Prospectus (9 rating, 19 plays)
15) Jambo (9 rating, 29 plays)

One characteristic of games that I really enjoy is engine building, where you build up a series of abilities that eventually turn into a point scoring machine. Terraforming Mars, Nations, Greed, Bruges, Agricola, Antiquity, Ginkgopolis, and Jambo all feature this sort of thing.

Age of Steam is largely helped by having a game group that has a lot of enthusiasm for the game. I love the cutthroat nature of the game, how punishing it is (a characteristic I also like in a game), and the billion available expansion maps mean you're always playing a different "flavor" of the game with a slightly different puzzle to solve.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Jim Leesch
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Buffalo Grove
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A favorite that never hits the table enough. I have many many boards that need more playing.
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Philip Newman
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Match 28: Age of Steam vs. Antiquity vs. Lewis & Clark

Nominated by: TheRocketSurgeon, woodnoggin
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Marlon Kruis
Netherlands
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Scott Daniel
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Games played in all kinds of ways this week.

Games with my Wife



We played our first effort at September and lost due to outbreaks.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
We completed the find the paranoid soldier objective and now know the truth. This will also make the game more difficult for us going forward as we've been taking advantage of the military base on every continent win condition for a while now.


Games with Gamers



Friday night session with Steve, Stephen, Lyndon and Travis. I arrived early so Steve taught me a 2p game.

Capo Dei Capi x2

Hadn't played this one before and wow, did I get spanked twice. As a push your luck game, you can certainly pay the price for pushing too hard, but I was also rolling very poorly. It's an area majority game where you build up influence on various figures and locations. Low rolls enable you to put influence onto the cards and I was rolling a lot of combos with at least 1 die @ 4+.

Railroad Revolution

Travis and Stephen arrived and we played Railroad Revolution. Also a first game for me, but I did quite a bit better with a strong third place. I was able to complete 4 milestones and did pretty well on the Western Union track. The two players just ahead of me focused on getting their rail networks all the way to the west coast. It's a pretty friendly game as the only real interaction is the first player bonuses on station building. For such a non-interactive game, it was solid. I'd happily play again, but wouldn't request it.

Age of Steam with Age of Steam Expansion: Argentina / The French Riviera

This was the highlight game of the evening. Several local games have told me I'd really like this game and they were correct. Lyndon arrived and Steve taught. I had watched a how-to-play video, but he cleared up a few things I had not grasped correctly in the teaching session. My sole objective was to not go bankrupt. Managing your money and enabling the correct bidding and action selection is quite challenging. Add that to the reading of the board and the opportunities to be found within the layout and you have a brain-burner. I came in a tie for second, which I consider to be pretty good for my first time at a complex game. I look forward to more plays and would happily play this anytime and would request it.

Solo Games



The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game

Continued my efforts to beat all the novel scenarios on apprentice level with characters who were actually in the book in question. I'm up to Small Favor (book #10). I tried some new characters in this attempt and came up just short. I'm beginning to see a victory path on this one, but it's always going to be quite difficult.

Online Gaming

Can't Stop - Lost on a great last round by my opponent. I was probably a little too conservative with my big lead.
Hex - Continue my losing streak in my series with an opponent who I've come to realize is just plain better than me as this game.
Machiavelli - Continued my strong performance in this game. The puzzling out of your play options seems to be something I see well. Of course, I could have been just lucky so far.
Bubblee Pop x2 - This is almost more of an abstract. Presents itself as a family game, but I think there is more planning here that is immediately evident as I am losing badly.




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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
George Kizilis
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Ashford
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Condition: Very Good, played once
Language: English
Shipping: free to UK

Sweeteners:
Age of Steam Expansion: Barbados / St. Lucia (no box)unplayed
Age of Steam Expansion: Time Traveler (no box)unplayed
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Jeff W
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Parker
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Paul 41.5
Jay 30
Chris 29.3
Dan 27
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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
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I think my head just exploded. Time to lie down and get some rest...

A couple of days earlier

I've been curious about this game for a long time. It hardly ever appears on SGOYT, only the very occasional mention. But still. Something about building the tracks on the map, managing the company, it really did sound very interesting.

So I've put it on my 'want in trade' list. Then I saw that Estolan offered it for trade. So, I asked her and we came to an arrangement. When the game arrived, I was quite happy. Another person using duct tape to seal the boxes. I tore into it and got the game out, setting up a three player game yesterday to learn the rules. Didn't get to actually play it and wanted to start today when I got back from work.



Fast forward to a couple of hours earlier
So, the game was setup. I like to learn the normal rules before looking for solitaire rules, so I thought I'd be okay playing all sides to the best of my abilities.

Okay, the rules really aren't that bad. But the gameplay? Seriously, one of my companys went bankrupt after the second turn. One of them did better but overall it really was a disaster.
The only good thing? I didn't do many rules mistakes. Still, my brain felt the strain.
I didn't do the auction phase, I just alternated player turns and let them chose action spaces in turn order. That was still pretty interesting since that meant that I could affect turn order a bit, got to chose who was first to deliver goods, etc.
Then the track building itself? The first route was easy. The second one, too. After that, things were getting slightly... complicated.

At some point, my brain just gave up. Still trying to coax it out from that corner it keeps hiding in.


Now...
Putting away the base game and looking at the Barbados map which was developed for solo play.



So far, I really love the game. There's just something about building stuff, getting to place something and seeing things progress I guess.

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Joe Sallen
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There's a reason that Age of Steam has over a hundred expansion maps. The system of bidding for turn order, drafting impactful abilities, and building a rail network by itself immediately hook players that want a game heavy on strategy but relatively light on rules. Even if you only had the base game, Age of Steam offers great decisions and an unparalleled feeling of accomplishment. The economy is skin tight and leaves little room for error. Every round you'll need to predict the total money you'll need when you issue shares. Next, the auction for turn order is where you spend way more than you ever anticipated to get the action you need. The route building is important, but not nearly as open as 18xx as here you own all your own track. I especially love how the potential deliveries are laid out at the beginning of the game so you have some real long-term goals to set. It just works.

Age of Steam outdoes its successor, Steam, by forcing players to make tough decisions and find the best way to send your opponents down the path of bankruptcy. Steam allows players to make mistakes and recover, but Age of Steam can stick players into a death spiral. The first turn your company becomes solvent is a victory in and of itself, regardless of whether you best your opponents.

How has Age of Steam held up so well over the years? Well, the base game has that old-school classic feeling that will never lose its relevance even though it may lose its audience. The constant release of map packs has given it a constant source of updating and patches over the years. Not that the core system was flawed, but rather to reflect some more modern innovations Age of Steam could have explored. In that way it has a bit of a timeless quality. Rarely has a game been around so long and had so much content been consistently released. It's the way I wish 18xx games had been planned and released instead of each one being prohibitively expensive, rewriting an entire rulebook that only changes slightly. For me it is what I play with my 18xx friends. It can be done on a game night and involves some of the route building with some tense and challenging mechanisms that supplant the stock market shenanigans.

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Rot Teiro
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Wydanie holenderskie z plastikowymi lokomotywami.

Stan bardzo dobry.

Pokrywam koszt wysyłki na terenie Polski, pocztą lub paczkomatem. Chociaż wolę paczkomatem. Zdecydowanie. Odbiór osobisty w okolicach Grodziska Mazowieckiego

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Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:93]
Andy Mesa
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I have 14 maps.
 
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