Pierre Paquet
Québec Province
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We had try the Mississippi Steamboat expansion but still had to try the other expansion of this set, Golden Spike. Reading of the rules wasn't easy at first and it's not only because our first language isn't english. Every people in our group had to read them to make sure our understanding of the rules was the same. As this is a team base expansion we split the teams with Pierre and Nathalie in team A and Martin and Mario as team B. We had many great experience when Mario and Martin were in the same team when playing the Spain/Portugal expansion and we were anxious to see how it would end up tonight.

Martin won the first bet and as expected he choose the urbanization action but his teamate Mario choose the first build action to take advantage of having the first link of their network in the east. This was the kind of move we had expected in this team ! To add some spice to the game Martin and Mario fought their way to have the following link but Mario is not the kind of player you try to intimidate. So Mario builded in front of Martin at Kearney so Martin couldn't connect this place. Martin then had to choose urbanization action on his own player at Kearny to be able to connect this part of the network. In the west part Pierre and Nathalie had a low income but were revealing more tiles than the other team and they were not reluctant to give income to their teamate. Martin and Mario continued their struggle as Mario revealed Cheyenne and began to build the next track so martin couldn't continue this link. Nathalie and Pierre were continuing to ship goods for small deliveries but they had a good lead for the most revealed tiles to be the first to connect the Golden Spike. So, on turn 5 Nathalie and Pierre only had 3 tiles to reveal and the other team 5. Nathalie and Pierre then were able to finish the game on the next turn.

We had some fun on this map because of the struggle in Martin/Mario's team but I wonder about the replayability . In any game you play, I suppose that you will never look at the income you make, the only thing that counts is to ship some goods to reveal more tiles no matter what is the income. We'll have to try it another time.

Final score:
Nathalie: 66
Pierre: 62
Martin/Mario: 0

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