Another gaming night with 6 players so we agreed to play our AoS Russian map. We appreciated our last games on this map with 6, 7 or 8 players. We didn't have to make any modifications on this map since our first game and I'm confident other groups would appreciate it.
In first round the bets started at 4 and the other players went down. Nathalie and Martin started in the northwest, Mario and Marc-André in southeast, Laurence in the center and Pierre in the northeast region. In turn 2 Nathalie began the bets at 5 and she was the only player who had to pay since the others didn't put more money on the bets. At the end of the round Pierre already had a locomotive at 5. Marc-Andre went for a low share strategy and was the first to make money in round 3. Pierre gave 1$ to Martin to help him go at 11 income but Martin was still happy with this move since it prevent him to go back 2 spaces on the income track. For once a player thanked Pierre for helping him in having a higher income The first revolts appeared in round 4 as Martin took first move action to take the last good on Moscow. It hurted many players who were connected on this city. Pierre was still upgrading his loco and had a 7 loco at the end but couldn't ship goods at 6 or 7 yet. Mario on his side was the first to ship 2 goods for high income in the same turn and this gave him the lead. The last 2 turns were very tough for many players since there was almost no goods left on the board and we had to give many income to other players. Some players had to pay a high price to connect Ural and Central Asia to gain access to some interesting goods. During these last turns there were many new revolts and players had to be careful to keep enough money to pass through these regions. Marc was happy in the last turn when the loco action was still available with his third place and he was able to ship goods on long distance. Mario finally won with his nice network from east to west where he could ship yellow and red goods from Central Asia to Europe.
Players are learning more and more and are now activating revolts to hurt other players instead of trying to avoid them. That's something we didn,t see in our first games on this map and that's fun. I think there,s still more tricks to learn on this map and we all had fun even with 6 players. Interaction was great and that's an aspect we really like about Age of Steam.