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Subject: Prize your position rss

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Andrew Rae
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Board position is everything in age of steam, and so it follows that the piece of the board that you carve off for yourself will ultimately determine your success. So it was in our latest session.

The first player placed in the bottom left of the corner and was effectively cut off by the second players placement. The area was attractive because of all the easy potential two link deliveries and would position players in the middle of the board. The third player then had the choice of the majority of the board and took an east south position with access to the middle of the board and then to the big eastern cities. With the the link between the two big cities available I felt sure that would go to the fourth player but instead the player went for the centre of the board.

The result was very good for player three when he was able to cut-off the whole northern and eastern portion of the board and force the rest of the players to fight for cubes in the middle of the board. At one point the question of player threes likelihood of taking a single 1 link delivery was raised, however when a player has more three and four link deliveries that he can use as his disposal … well why sweat the samll stuff.

This was a very good learning game for us all as it highlighted the importance of position. At one end of the spectrum we had a player nearly going bankrupt (in his first game with a nasty competitive placement beside him) and never going past a single locomotive because of position. At the other end was the player with a 4 link locomotive and multiple cubes to choose from for delivery each turn.

Choose wisely where you place because your first build is the first and most critical decision you will make in the game.
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