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Subject: Age of Steam India session report rss

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As the South America map, India is a favorite in our group with his simple rules but very challenging map. There are many choke points and each turn is usually critical, especially when playing with 4-5-6 players. The game is usually very tight and the moonsoon factor can be decisive when doing your income expense phase.

Mario started the game strong when he betted high for the loco action as there was many good locations he was almost guarantee to ship for high income. Mario choose to begin in the east where there was many purple goods to ship, Nathalie in the southern part of the map, Pierre in the middle of the map and Martin in his favorite spot in the southwest. As I stated earlier, games on this map are usually pretty tight where every turn is important and on turn 2 everyone betted and Nathalie took the first build action because she was afraid being locked in the south. During this time Martin continued his nice network in the southwest with many small loops that would surely pay high in the future. On this turn Mario had a big break when he was able to choose the loco action even if he didn't win the bet and shipped 2 goods for 4 income each. Pierre made a nice comeback when he urbanized the red new city in the northwest and then took the loco actin to ship 2 goods at 5 income. Martin was urbanized by Nathalie but his network was still very profitable and he began to ship high as Mario who finished his big loop in the east. As the goods were becoming scarcier some battles for first build started between Martin ands Pierre in the northwest area and then between Martin and Mario in the southeast. Martin had a break when Mario left the last exit available at Vishakhaputnam (even if he had the first build action)and Martin was able to ship many goods from this area. The bets were even higher in the end and Martin won the loco action one more time to deny other players winning it.

Martin won the game as it was very close between the first 3 players. This was a classical game for our group as we had to fight very hard to ship or build where we wanted.

Final scores:
Martin: 99
Mario: 98
Pierre: 93
Nathalie:45
 
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