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Olivier REIX
France
Grenoble
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10
Oct 2004*
Both cards are absolutly superb and offer a brand new gameplay.
They are small though, so you might prefer to use them with 3-4 players.
Italy map can be nasty (direct attacks are possible), so see whether you like that or not.
2004-10-19*
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Stuart Faulds
United Kingdom
London
London
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10
Mar 2006*
The continued flexibility that different maps and minor rules changes give this system is astounding...a must have for all AoS fans
2006-03-16*
John Michalski
Belgium
Namur
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10
Apr 2006*
Great extensions to a great game. Italy is very chaotic and nice!
2006-04-17*
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Paul Smith
United Kingdom
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
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10
May 2006*
Rating based on just 1 play of the France map - it is said to be perfect for beginners and this is so. I think whilst I will never turn down a game on the France map, I am itching to try out all the other maps, so it is difficult to rate this expansion 9 or 10. However, just to reiterate, this is an amazing map to learn how to play Age of Steam on.

EDIT: played France with 4 players. Loved it. Submitted a session report.
2006-05-02*
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Harro Pahl
Germany
Quarnbek-Strohbrück
Schleswig-Holstein
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10
Dec 2006*
Very fine france map for three players
2006-12-21*
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Aug 2007*
One of my favorite 3-4 player expansion. Both maps in this expansion is pretty tight with 4 players but is downright brutal if you play with 6 players. Play it with 5-6 players at your own risk!
2007-08-03*
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CORWYN59 .
France
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10
Nov 2011
France is very good with Paris which received all cubes, for 3 to 4 players

Italy is very good : the black cubes gives negative points, also for 3 to 4 players
2011-11-10
Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Sep 2014
France: "Beginner", Best:4, Rec:3, OK: 5-6
Italy: "Diabolical", Best:4, Rec:3, OK: 5-6
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2014-10-06
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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9.5
Jul 2009*
France is a fun map, the bankruptcy rules give it a very different feel to most maps.

I can't see enjoying Italy without the consumption of large quantities of alcohol.
2009-07-12
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Willem Holthuis
Netherlands
Buitenpost
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9
Nov 2005*
We played a 5 Player game of Italy.
Tense map! Delivering black goods brings down another player´s income. (Black cubes can be delivered anywhere your Engine allows it...) It was used about 5/6 times in our game, and yes it did hurt...

We made one mistake, after delivering black cubes they leave the game and go back to the other goods. We left them on the board...

The Urbanization action allows you to pick up 2 black cubes from the map and draw 2 new cubes! Was used 3/4 times.

Building tracks is awesome on this map: A Player can only build one completed railroad link in the least expensive way, there is no limit on the number of track tiles to be used! This is necessary for building in South Italy.

The Engineer lets you build one track tile for free.

You can't go bancrupt, you may issue shares during the game for $3. You may pass the 15 shares limit. Both options weren't used in our 5 Player game.

Italy for 5 is a 'fighting' map. The North gets VERY crowded, it's the region with most cities 'packed' together. Very TENSE!

Love to play this again with the right use of the black cubes rule.

I did have the same nervewrecking experience as the Ireland map I played once with 4 Players.

Recommended for AoS Diehards!

France not yet played.
2005-11-09*
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Iain Cheyne
United Kingdom
Reading
Berkshire
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9
Apr 2008*
France works well with three.
2008-04-09*
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Larry Chong
United States
Kendall Park
New Jersey
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9
Apr 2007*
Both, France and Italy boards IMO are best played with three or four players. France has Paris, a multi-colored city (all but black goods can be delivered there) and it produces all cubes on half of the display chart. Italy is a long narrowish pennisula-like island, where any black goods cube delivered will be minus 1 on the income track for each link of that particular player.
2007-04-22*
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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9
Mar 2006*
France:

Advertised as an introductory game, but for the life of me I can't figure out why. France is one of the more cutthroat expansion maps because of the critical need for Paris links and mountain builds. So, my comment to new players: Don't be surprised when you can never build again because the more experienced players monopolize the engineering (mountain-building) action. A fun introduction to AoS, eh?

The rules mitigate France's general unfriendliness by stating that players can never go bankrupt. But has there ever been a more worthless consolation prize in the history of gaming? If you're at zero income, you're still not going to win, even if the rules do prevent you from being formally ejected from the game. Under these circumstances, players want to get kicked out - not be forced to stay to endure the torturous downward spiral even longer than necessary.

Italy:

If you thought it would be fun to bankrupt an opponent on the second or third turn, this is the map for you.

One of the few maps that has a true gambling mechanism. Do you connect to a black cube and hope that it disappears before your unsavory opponents put it to use? Or do you forge ahead anyway, with your track builds flying in the face of danger?

Beware of players who don't mind hurting themselves (i.e., forgoing their own deliveries) for the sake of inflicting pain upon others. In my gaming groups, these sadistic "types" are a dime a dozen. I have even been known to be one of them.
2011-12-24
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Eric Landes
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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9
Mar 2006*
Italy rocks with three players.
2006-03-18*
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Geoffrey Steenberge
United States
Corning
New York
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9
Nov 2010
Bought
2007-03-16*
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Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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9
Aug 2006*
Two very differnet maps:
- France is pitched as a beginner's map, but it is mostly "simplified" due to lack of being able to build 4 hexes. This makes play very stereotyped. Rating 8.
- Italy: Has a potentially nasty new rule--black cubes can shipped over (opponent's) lines to reduce income level. But it is almost always better to ship over your own lines with other colored cubes, if you can. A few other rules changes which seem to be added just to make the different without regard to strategic implications. Still a fun, tricky map to play. Rating: 9
2006-08-21*
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Champion Eternal
Malaysia
Unspecified
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9
Sep 2006*
Great map for 3 players!
2006-09-21*
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Marko Tamminen
Finland
Espoo
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9
Dec 2006*
More extreme goodness for this excellent game.
2006-12-01*
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Carl-Gustaf Samuelsson
Sweden
Borås
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9
Feb 2007*
A different map by using Paris as a node, which sucks up all goods but the black one and also get half of the produced goods. I really enjoyed my first play of the game, where we created a intricate railroad network, which looped for several players.
2007-02-25*
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Joakim Björklund
Finland
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9
Jul 2009*
France
7.7.2009: Surprisingly good map. Rating: 9

Italy
7.7.2009: I haven't played this map yet.
2009-10-23
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Chris Garlic-13 Aniballi
United States
Carpentersville
IL
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9
Sep 2007*
Played Italy only, four players. It's pretty nasty, but not as hard as the Scandinavia map. Another AoS winner.
2007-09-27*
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Devi "Day" Hughes
United States
Irvine
California
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9
Oct 2009*
Played France once. A good beginner map, but it seems like it goes on 1 or 2 turns too long with three players.
2007-10-29*
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Koert Debyser
Belgium
Brugge
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9
Oct 2014
The France map (3 plays) is quite challenging with Paris as a multicolor city and the need of the engineering action to build in the mountains. Plays very well with four or three players, although the board will get practically completely filled up by the last round. *** Italy map (1 play) played with three players. The engineering and urbanisation action are rather different, as is the limit of building only a single complete rail link. The black goods can be cruel. Value of locomotive is lower. Possible to keep the number of shares really low if you don't need to build in the south!
2014-10-05
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Neil Palfreyman
United Kingdom
Swindon
Wiltshire
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9
Jul 2008*
Italy is very tight and the additional rules - particularly shipping black tiles to reduce income points - makes it very cut-throat.

Only play if your group expects and can cope with mutual stitch-ups, otherwise you may find you awake with a horses head, or at least a red cube on your pillow!

France by comparison feels quite tame and forgiving. This may be since we played it as a three player map and competition for Paris was pretty light.
2008-07-12*
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Aaron N. Tubbs
United States
Norwalk
Connecticut
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9
Jun 2009*
Italy is a brutal map with a lot of fun. The corruption goods make play a bit more strategic, and controlling certain hexes can be crucial to having any viability at all. Definitely one of the more interesting maps I've played, though definitely not for the new player; they would be crushed.

France is interesting too; I don't think it's nearly as forgiving or as easy as people make it out to be. There are a lot of opportunities to cut Paris off from the rest of the map with stop urbanizations; urbanization becomes a defensive play (both for yourself, and as a way to stave 5+-link good shipments by your competitors), which is sort of fascinating.
2009-05-31
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Mark G.
United States
Holland
Michigan
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9
May 2010
Rating after 2 plays on France. I enjoy this map. I've played with 3 and 4 and it felt sufficiently tight in both cases.

Finally played Italy. 3P. Felt sufficiently tight with 3. I like the new mechanics (black cube = negative victory points, etc.). Interesting, long, skinny map. Enjoyed this map.
2010-04-30
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Michiel Hillenius
Netherlands
Hoogland (Amersfoort)
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9
May 2011
Rating for Italy 9. Interesting, tight map suitable for four, I wouldn't try it with more. Corruption action to hit the leader, but urbanization action to defensively get rid of the black cubes.
Rating for France also 9. Lots of imbalance in the map and that is the charm of it. You have to have a connection to Paris, which is flooded with cubes and accepts virtually every colour. Great map for three, four must work as well, but more than that seems too much. Engineer action is needed to be able to build in the mountains, which makes the auctions more interesting as engineer is now in high demand, certainly in the second half of the game.
2012-01-31
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Michael Logan
United States
Havertown
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2014
Need to play
2011-09-02
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Josef Sterner
Sweden
Tibro
Västra Götaland
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9
Dec 2013
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2013-12-13
Bill Skulley
United States
Westminster
Colorado
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8.5
Oct 2008*
France: One play with three. This game gets a lot of knocks for having a lot of money with 3, and it appears that this is true but it didn't reduce the tension in our game at all. In fact, the game was very close overall. Very much looking forward to more plays.

Italy: Unplayed
2006-01-30*
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Dan Rosewater
Switzerland
Zürich
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8.5
Mar 2006*
While the France map can be considered as entry level map for 3-4 players, Italy is surely only for advanced AoS players. No matter what a must have for a true AoS fan.
2006-03-27*
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Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8.5
Oct 2008*
Played France with 4. A decent map with some interesting dynamics. The map was a little too geographically restricted and Paris produced far too many cubes, but it was a good map for beginners.
2008-01-27*
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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8.5
Sep 2012
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2009-12-13
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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8.3
Oct 2005*
Possibly the best of the expansions. I really like the Italy side and its terrain and geography that require special consideration on which way to build. The France side is pretty straight-forward.
2005-10-24*
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Mikko Saari
Finland
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8
Nov 2008*
I've tried France once with three players. It sure works and it was an interesting challenge - Paris is certainly the main focus of the map.

Suggest.
2011-12-17
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Joshua Miller
United States
Holland
Michigan
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8
Oct 2008*
[Italy] Outstanding map for 3/4 expert players. With no towns and the ability to build a very long stretch of track in one turn, the game has a very unusual and challenging feel. You'll have to rethink many of your basic assumptions that apply to other maps. The tight geography and lack of towns makes board play very cutthroat, and you may find that there is nowhere left to build on the final couple of turns. The black "corruption" goods add to the nastiness, since they exist for the sole function of sabotaging the other players. Gamers who don't like to see a lot of direct hosage may not enjoy this map. Rating = 9.

[France] Slightly below average, simplistic map with stereotyped route patterns. Paris accepts four colors of goods and produces good at six times the normal rate, so everyone will want their network to start/terminate there. The map is intended for beginners, and despite my overall lack of enthusiasm, it may occupy a useful niche for three-player learning games. The basic Rust Belt map isn't very good with three, and most of the best maps for three aren't good for teaching new players (because they introduce dramatic alterations to the game). Rating = 5

When rating two-map Age of Steam expansions, I always bias the overall rating heavily toward the better map, since that's the one I'll spend more time playing.
2009-10-14
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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8
May 2007*
France: In many ways France has the opposite tension arc than your standard AoS game. Most of the time my games are struggle until you break even then relax a bit and see what you can do to carry through to a victory. Not so with France. In France there isn't actually a whole lot of tension in the beginning. It is rather laid back as there are tons of goods available and if all goes wrong you can't even go bankrupt. Soon you get how small the map is. Once the game gets going though things change dramatically. The board rapidly fills up and the ever popular first pick of Urbanization is quickly laid to the side as the Engineer privilege of building in the mountains become highly sought after. The stress of getting it Urbanization is also lowered as players can share it. This means that Loco and Engineer are really hot commodities and as everyone is in each other's junk first move and first build are really tough choices. Production still sucks even though it is a little better...
2007-05-16*
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Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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Mar 2007*
Haven't played Italy yet, it looks pretty vicious! France's reputation is as a beginner's map, and the relaxed rule on bankruptcy reinforces that, I guess. Still, it's quite enjoyable. With 4 players, the board filled up very quickly. More than any other map I've seen, I don't see how you can be competitive on the France map without building to Paris - there is such a massive concentration of cubes there that it is impossible to ignore. I like how the Urbanization action puts you at a disadvantage building-wise, otherwise it would probably be a little too powerful for how the cities are spaced. Another thing that makes this game gentler is in the building costs. You can pretty much get away without using the engineer (for building on the most extreme mountainous spots) though.
2007-03-20*
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Ray
United States
Carpentersville
Illinois
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8
Jan 2008*
Don't play Italy with 3 players...
2008-01-25*
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Charles Hasegawa
United States
Chandler
Arizona
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8
Jun 2007*
Italy is a nasty map. I managed to cut off southern Italy and use all of the straight-cross tiles on turn 3 - the rest of the game was brutal.

France is really interesting - Paris is the recipient of all the normal "black number" goods and takes everything but black. You need a connection to Paris to get a goods feed, but can't really move through it. Interesting.
2007-06-22*
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Bill Rosgen
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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Mar 2013
Italy is a knife-fight but France is somewhat more gentle (though with larger numbers of players it is not so friendly).
2013-03-11
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Nathan Beddes
United States
CARY
NC
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8
Jun 2006*
I've only played Italy.
2006-06-20*
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Medievalbanquet
United States
Wellesley
Massachusetts
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Jan 2011
I think Italy is a great map. Lots of area control issues going on...
2011-08-31
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Sergio Roscini
Italy
Perugia
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8
Sep 2006*
Only basic game played recorded, not including any expansions.
Very strange feeling with the Italian map. Played twice with 3 players.
2006-09-03*
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Ian Anderson
New Zealand
Wellington
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Aug 2006*
Only played the French board so far and it is one of my favourates.

(Session report on Italy: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/479229/a-first-game-on-t...)
2011-12-05
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Christopher Clouser
United States
Brownsburg
Indiana
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Aug 2008*
One play each (PBEM) of France and Italy.
2006-08-16*
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Mauro Di Marco
Italy
Firenze
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8
Jul 2008*
Played France twice, with 3 players.
2008-07-14*
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David Turner
United States
Dallas
Texas
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8
Aug 2008*
France is a great 4 player map. Tight!
2006-12-08*
James Cheevers
United Kingdom
Liverpool
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8
Dec 2006*
France is an excellent beginner's map.
2006-12-14*
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Chris Kelly
Malaysia
George Town
Penang
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Dec 2006*
Based off 1 play of France only... nice, docile map to start off new players... but the routes are pretty limited.
2006-12-28*
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