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Subject: Italia rss

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We got together for a game of Age of Steam this evening. We had never played the Italy map before and I read on the geek that it is good for three, so Italy it was!

Blue and Yellow started building around Rome and Purple started in the north. This map lets you take shares during the other phases of the turn at a lower rate and due to some poor planning, Yellow had to take one such share.

Since you are only allowed to build one completed link per turn, building right next to another player at the start was an unwise move and left Blue and Yellow fighting over goods early on.

Left to her own devices in the north, Purple built a small, tight network and moved a lot of goods steadily, though for short distances. By turn 4 she was turning a profit and only issued 6 shares total while Blue and Yellow built more extensive networks and crossings requiring more shares – Yellow ended up issuing 18 shares!

Money wasn’t much of an object for Yellow or Blue in the end (thank you very much no income reduction) and they both built some very long links. This contributed much to their final scores.

Yellow was poised to win by a long shot, but corruption is a major feature of this map. Blue and Yellow started moving a lot of black cubes over Purple’s links and she ended up down to 41 income by the last turn. But with only 6 shares issued and a lot of track on the board, Purple won again (even though she didn’t make any 6-link deliveries)! The game was surprisingly close.

Final score:

Purple 145
Blue 138
Yellow 133


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