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Recently got to crack open Brass and play the game. I found it to be very enjoyable and I do plan on playing it again soon. However I feel like the game may wear out for a couple reasons:

- There is only 1 map. It would be better if there was some sort of randomized setup beyond the card draw which would really help the replay value

- The "tech" aspect of the game could be so much more. I'm thinking a true tech tree with tech abilities and xor development choices would be good.

- I liked the way the 2 commodities in the market worked. I'm thinking it would be good to maybe throw in another one into the market on the second stage of the game.

- It was fun trying to get into the foreign market and tank the prices before other players could get in there.

So anyway I'm wondering if there is a natural step up from this game? Should I be looking at something like arkwright or an 18xx game?
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Brass is pretty "high up" on the depth chart. 18xx would seem to be an obvious next step. But most of those are a lot longer, and quite a step up.
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If you play online at Order of the Hammer, there's a French map, which adds some variety. I don't know that the game needs it though; Brass is a top 3 strategy game for me. The map doesn't really make a difference. It's totally dynamic: winning strategies depend entirely on what the other players are doing and the card hand adds just enough randomness that it ups the tension.
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GMT's printing the new design/version of 1846. Recommended. Also, to jump into the 18XX waters, maybe try Poseidon.
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Mombasa or Food Chain Magnate might be interesting to look into. Very much "cult of the new", but strong economic games with some tech tree involved.
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I was going to recommend Eclipse for the tech.

Not much else comes to mind except 18xx games.

 
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Arkwright? Just got a reprint.
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The designer of Brass is working on a Birmingham based similar game and maybe a US map based game.
Arkwright looks like it scratches a similar itch with a few more things going on. I have only finished one turn of the spinning jenny, but I am happy so far.
Brass does not wear out easily. After several years, I just find I am looking at it differently over time and it remains to have the same level of interest and tension.
Not sure 18xx is that similar, though I like what little I have played of those.
Mombasa and Nippon are intricate webs of interaction that I enjoy.
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