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Derek Gallacher
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THEME

The movement of trains
The development of space
Deliver the goods

GOAL

Establish your routes
Increase the value of board
Guard your debt closely

Improve all your trains
Increase their capacity
Move your goods further

Collect your income
Protect your longest trade routes
Extend your presence

Measure your success
Re-pay all the investors
Your Iron Horse Roars

IN THE BOX

Beautiful game board
A North East image appears
Hexes divide all

More hexes appear
Cities will need to be built
All track will be found

Wood cubes and wood discs
A small tree has exploded
A guide lies within

LET'S PLAY

Two shares are dealt out
Why must I begin in debt?
More shares are needed

Distribute the goods
Concentrated areas appear
Clusters of quick moves

My train is too weak
I need to increase my steam
Long routes require it

I will need shares
The costs to build are not cheap
More debt will be mine

An auction is called
Will I wager the most cash?
What ACTION will help?

First Move does look good
I will gain income per link
But my route is short

First Build might be right
I extend my influence
Long links are more points

Engineer is smart
Make my build one track longer
Longer links for sure

Locomotive is strong
Fires steam in my Iron Beast
Lets me move farther

Urbanization
More cities to take my goods
Sneaky extra route

Production - could be?
Goods will be needed later
Dice are too random

Turn Order Pass - Yes
A sneaky move that is sure
Next turn I will strike

Turn order is set
Now the pattern of turn play
Build, Move Goods, Pay Debt

Next turn the pattern
Will replay like the seasons
A surprise awaits

The board fills with track
Goods fly between the cities
More cities appear

Links will soon be drained
Can I find a longer route?
Who has blocked my path?

I need more more goods now!
The dice spite me at each roll
My cities empty

My bank account dries
I must deliver the goods
Debtors must be paid

My track is too long
Iron Horse needs an upgrade
Ahhhhh, the goods will move

Oh no, what is this?
My needed goods were removed
Stolen on my track!

The turn marker moves
Our game is nearing the end
Do I have enough?

The last moves are tense
The last builds are essential
Goods are moving fast

Finally over
My tracks plus my income thrice
Minus my debt thrice

Victory or loss?
The income track reveals all
There are few loopholes

WILL YOU LIKE AGE OF STEAM?

Fine interaction
Direct competition rocks
Screw you factor? - LARGE!

Is the board boring?
Expansions are a plenty
Next week we play Spain

My head hurts from math
Such is the price for your plans
The balance is strong

This game is meaty
Bragging rights will soon be yours
A triumph for sure!

The game calls me back
A voice I can not ignore
Iron Horse will score!
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Rob Leveille
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How much time wasted
Counting out on your fingers
All those syllables?

Let's hope that this time
You don't offend all those Geek
Fundamentalists.
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Derek Gallacher
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NEEDEDblankALLblankMYblankTOES

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Mikko Saari
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What a great review
Immense sense of wonder
Am humbled in awe
 
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Matt Lathrum
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Laughing at the posts
Comedic value priceless
Wish I thought of it
 
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Richard Hutnik
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The once was a gamer from Nantucket,
who...


Nevermind...

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Slovakia Steph
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I'm not patient enough to write a response in haiku, but loved this review... original, easy to read, and gives a good summary of the game.
 
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Mike Bazynski
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let me be the first one to complain - this is not a review. It might be a very nice bit of writing, but you need to know the game to appreciate it. my reaction to this would be a lot more positive if it wasn't in the reviews section...
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Randall Bart
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Review in Haiku
An interesting concept
But it doesn't work
 
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Chuck Parrott
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ideogram wrote:
Brilliant and poetic
Stretches meaning of review
That is a good thing

(damn it now I can't stop thinking in haiku)


My advice to you.
Play Age of Steam heavily.
You will stop thinking

of haiku at least.
Until the cubes stop shipping
and Age of Steam ends.
 
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Edwin Tait
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Only now I've found
This most excellent review
In poetic form

Do not heed critics
Who say that you must have played
The game to read this

Never have I played
Age of Steam, but reading this
I know why it's loved.
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