We had a new player tonight, Anas and we decided to choose a map which had almost the same rules as the basic map. We were 6 players and little nervous since we didn't remember the last time we played as many players on the Germany map.
Adrien started the bet high at 4 on turn 1 and even overbet at 7 to get first build, it seemed a bit expensive for a first build. Adrien began in the Essen area with Martin, Mario and Nathalie started in the south and Pierre and Anas builded near Dresden. Many players took 3 shares on turn 2 and the bets went high and even 2 players bet twice. Nathalie choose urbanization in the south. Martin already had a nice network and he shipped goods at 4 income. Again many players took 3 or 4 shares and the bets went high and the turn order Pierre choose in the precedent round gave him only the 4th place ! Adrien won the bet at 10$ againt Anas and he urbanized in the center of the map. Martin shipped 2 goods at 4 income and made 7$ in the income/expense phase. Once again Nathalie urbanize in her region and the players in the north were anxious because she took the yellow new city. Later the bets went high when Adrien won with 8$ for locomotive action. Anas was finally able to connect Konigsberg. At this time most players had a hard time except Martin. Players were so short in money that Martin won a bet at 2$ as only 2 players still had money in the end.
The same story happened on this map as it looks as an easy but it finally turned a nightmare for most players. Martin builded a small but efficient network and won an easy victory. Anas was able to survive amidst chaos. Next game will surely be easier for him.