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It's Essen time again, and that means it's time for another Metagamers episode (no, that's not the only time we put out episodes...)

In this episode we discuss some quick news items, Jim gives a review of Conflict of Heroes, and we discuss some recently played games.

Our main segment (starts 1 hour into the 2 hour podcast), is where we discuss the Essen games we are looking forward to. Here is a semi-complete list of games we discuss in fair detail:

Time's Up - Title Recall
Conflict of Heroes
TtR: The Card Game
Conflict of Heroes
Glory to Rome
WoW: TCG
Agricola
Metropolys
Tinner's Trail
Dune
Prussian Rails
In the Year of the Dragon
Space Alert
Battlestar Galactica
Dominion
Great American Railroad Game
Le Havre
After the Flood
Duck Dealer
Endeavor
Ghost Stories
Ideology: War of Ideas
Steel Driver
The Name of the Rose
The Sorcerer of Salem
Wabash Cannonball
Cavum
Powerboats


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A new Metagamers episode! Always a good reason to celebrate. thumbsupthumbsupthumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
 
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Agreed!!

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Preußische Ostbahn is an oddly clever game. Yes, early cheap shares can be good, but because they were bought cheaply those companies tend to be dead ducks: they don't have the money to expand with and no players are incented to expand them. The result is that the players get some early cash but also get a severely under-performing share. It is quite unclear if such cheap shares are really worth it.

The end-game pattern you mention happens with inexperienced players. With a more experienced group the black shares would sell quickly (and quite a bit earlier in the game). Why? Because black is a potent company (See below) and the balance of share sales will not only dictate which companies get to pay the double dividends and in what order, but also how many dividends there are in the game (ie the difference between connecting to only one or two or more colours in a single build). Those double dividends will in turn drive the scoring deltas between the players. This is why mid- and late-game shares will often sell for upwards of $30 and sometimes for as much as $70.

I'm about 8 games in Preußische Ostbahn now and it is only getting better. It has become the favourite and most often requested game, playing equally well with 3 or 5 players (somehow we've yet to manage a 4 player game!).

Black's 4-cube advantage is telling in Preußische Ostbahn: it can reach out to cause dividends when no other company can reach it -- this tends to prompt early share sales, usually by its own investors looking for more capital to spend.
 
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BTW: Pronunciation for Preußische Ostbahn is roughly PROY-shish-uh OST-bahn.
 
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Thanks for the comments JC. I thought it was an interesting if fragile game after one play, but I certainly won't argue with you when it comes to a train game

I had no problems with the chit pull mechanism.
 
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