After playing a lot of Wabash Cannonball, Pampas Railroads and other games, we decided to dust off Age of Steam tonight. Since there were only three of us, we went with Montreal Metro - my favorite 3-player specific AoS expansion.
JR picked blue, Paulie went with Red, Costas went with Green and we designated Black for the government links.
Green started by building the government link from Berri-UQAM to Place-des-Arts and play commenced with everyone building out from Berri-UQAM.
In the first few rounds, Red would consistently pass out of the auction typically forcing one or both other players to stay in the auction, kept his shares to a minimum, but didn’t plan his builds well, so got off to a slow start.
Blue started building an extensive network and cut his finances close, but when Red took a cube from under Blue’s nose, Blue was forced make a 2-link delivery (vs. 4) and had to lose 1 income when expenses came due.
True to form, Green made some minor miscalculations early on (such as taking engineer on the first turn and being one dollar short for that 4th track build) but grew his network at a steady pace and made progressive deliveries, often utilizing the Dedicated Government Engine Level.
In the end, though Red had only 9 shares out vs. Green’s 12 and Blue’s 13 shares, Red was stuck making short deliveries, not even upgrading his engine to six. Green and Blue both finished at 36 income but Green’s track network proved to be no match for Blue’s extensive railroad empire.
We enjoyed this game very much and were left with many difficult and frustrating decisions. Since the only way to upgrade your engine level is to forgo a goods movement, you really have to plan your deliveries well. Though this is quite challenging as the contiguous network rule leaves the players very interconnected and fighting for deliveries. Classic Age of Steam tension with some wonderful twists.
Blue – 76
Green – 71
Red – 61
Go Blue! Represent!
Sorry I couldn't make it...sounds like a nail-biter.
minor miscalculations = fatal mistakes..lol