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Alex DeGuy
Belarus
Gomel
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10
Apr 2012
free expansion! yay! ♥ ♥ ♥
and solo play, also!
2010-10-23
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Brian Knowles
United States
Feeding Hills
Massachusetts
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Apr 2012
Closet 1, Level 1, Row C, Game 5
2013-07-28
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Sep 2014
St. Lucia: "Normal", 2 only
Barbados: 1 only
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2014-10-06
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Antti Hoo.
Finland
Helsinki
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9
Apr 2008*
Now this is an expansion with a twist! The two-player St. Lucia map is probably the most anxiety-inducing AoS expansion I've ever played. The lack of production and the deviously distributed goods make planning routes even more important than before: not only are you connecting cities, you are also gathering goods for future delivery. I've yet to try the Barbados map, but if it's even half as good as the flip side, this'll be a solid nine for me.
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2008-04-09*
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Wystan Benbow
United States
Stoneham
Massachusetts
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9
Feb 2010
St. Lucia is a brilliant 2-player variant for AoS;
2010-02-06
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Michael Logan
United States
Havertown
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2014
Need to play
2010-06-19
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Jean-Michel Petit
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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9
Feb 2014
Great 1 player map. The challenge offered by the island is surely not as fun as a 2 player game but sufficient to keep my appetite for Age of Steam at bay while I can anticipate my next face to face match.
2009-04-11
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Bill Herbst
United States
Sayville
New York
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May 2011
St.Lucia is an interesting little map that makes for a tight two player game. Rules could use a little more explanation, I needed a trip to BGG in order to decipher exactly how the mechanic of delivering the cubes worked.

Barbados is an interesting experience -- my first solo game of AoS. The game loses much of the tension of real AoS when I am not paranoid about others stealing "my" big deliveries out from under me. That said it is a cute little optimization puzzle. My score for my single play was $53.
2011-05-24
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Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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Oct 2010
Solo/2-player, Ted Alspach-AoS/Steam maps. I enjoy taking my time with the puzzle-like effects of Barbados, a worthy solo game. The 2-player St Lucia offers an interesting cube distribution on plain/river hexes and 0 cities to start, making Urbanization crucial on every turn.
2010-01-20
Adam Badura
Poland
Wrocław
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Jun 2010
2010-06-05 (rating 9):

Barbados (rating 8.5):

Current high score (2010-05-23): 103.

I like the map. However after few games it becomes a bit too random. A lot depends on how initial cubes are set up and how goods production goes.

I am considering to play a variant. Production rules could be used from Age of Steam Expansion: Sun / London map which would reduce randomness a lot (except for the initial setup).

St. Lucia (rating 9.5):

A very inserting an intensive map. However after three plays I am starting to thinking that the map is very unforgiving. Any error in the first rounds leads to loosing, often awfully.

Right urbanization is crucial on this map. And this leads to turn order being far more important than it might seem at first.
2011-06-03
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Mike Taylor
United States
Riverton
Utah
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Nov 2012
Outstanding 2-player map
2012-11-10
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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8.6
Jul 2009*
If you have to play solo, you could do worse than Barbados. Without competition, most of the tension is gone, but the game is interesting. Will work well as a way of teaching yourself the rules before introducing the game to others.

Barbados actually works very well with Steam. The deterministic production makes the game more like a small puzzle.

I don't expect I'll play much 2p AoS, so I can't comment on St. Lucia.
2009-07-12
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United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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8.5
Sep 2009*
Rating based on St. Lucia, since I don't really enjoy solo gaming very much. But Barbados seems to be a pretty good solo map, anyways.

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BARBADOS (1 AoS, 2 Steam plays) - solo map
Only 4 actions available (Loco, Urb, Engin, Prod/Goods Growth): may choose each once, then unavailable until all 4 have been chosen. 10 turns in game. Map is a small island with all-yellow cities on the edges, interspersed with towns; hills in the middle. Final Score:
in Steam = VP + income
in AoS = Cash - $5/share.

Score will vary greatly depending on the cube draw since yellow cubes cannot easily be shipped for more than 2 or 3. Too many yellow cubes --> low score. The scoring rules strongly encourage you to ramp up loco as quickly as possible, to generate long deliveries early and accumulate cash (AoS) or VP (Steam). You also have to make somewhat long range plans about where to urbanize the colored cities, based on where those color cubes are present on the board and Goods Growth chart (AoS); Steam's goods growth system makes such planning easier, since you can place cubes exactly where you need them.

A good map, esp to help you practice some long-range planning. I'm just not a big fan of solo games.

ST. LUCIA (1 play) - 2er map
Some really interesting changes from the base game:
The map is an island with towns on the outer area, hills (and 1 town) in the center, and no cities!

STANDARD Steam, not for Basic Steam

Setup
- Place 1 cube on each plain green and each river hex.
- No cubes on the goods supply spaces.
- Random initial turn order.

Phase 1. Determine Order of Play
- Happens BEFORE buying capital (use money saved from previous turn).
- Bid order on the first turn is in turn order. Thereafter, whoever went
second on the previous turn bids first.
- The only legal bids are $0 and $5, and the first bidder may NOT pass.

Phase 2. Buy Capital

Phase 3. Select Action Tiles
- No City Growth action
- Turn Order Pass: changed to Bid First next turn.

Phase 4. Build Track
- If a cube is present on the hex, place it onto the just-built tile.
- If urbanizing, do not place any cubes onto the city.

Phase 5. Move Goods
- Incomplete links count as complete links for purposes of moving goods.
- That is, you need the appropriate loco level, and earn income, for the
delivery over the partial link.

Phase 6. Income & Expenses

Phase 7. Advance Turn Marker

Game End - Play 8 full turns.

Urbanization is vital, especially in the early game since you need to start building somewhere! You also need to make sure you have access to the colored New Cities, 'cause the cubes start to dry up later in the game. As more and more black cities are placed, those cubes become harder to deliver over long runs -- so plan accordingly!

The Turn Order auction rules seem interesting, but in my first play (with a relative newbie) it didn't come into play very much: we were always happy to go second (i.e., enough action choices, and low enough on cash, that turn order didn't seem to matter much). Probably more of an issue, though, with experienced players.

2009-09-25
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Michiel Hillenius
Netherlands
Hoogland (Amersfoort)
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8.5
Mar 2012
Barbados:
Nice puzzle, I like it. Depending on the cube distribution you have to plan the optimal network with each play, and that varies, so yes, for a solitary map some replayabilty too. Rating 8.
Santa Lucia:
Very interesting puzzle. One play so far, but high replayability I believe. Urbanization is the key. Rating 9
2012-03-09
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Jeff Curtis
United States
Plainfield
Indiana
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8.5
Apr 2009*
Rating based only on a play of St. Lucia. Very interesting and strategic. Much better than I expected 2-player AoS could be. Well done!
2009-04-30
John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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8.5
Sep 2012
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2009-12-13
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Robert Aube
Canada
Ste-Julie
Quebec
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8.5
Sep 2010
St-Lucia est une carte surprenante: elle laisse l'impression que ce sera totalement différent et pourtant, l'essence demeure celle d'AoS. Très bonne carte à 2.

Barbados offre un bon petit challenge solo.
2010-11-20
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Josh Jennings
United States
San Diego
CA
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8.5
Oct 2010
I haven't played the base game yet, but I did play a 2-player game on the St. Lucia board. This game feels very brutal in the beginning in the way that it forces you into debt with seemingly small returns every turn. By late game, however, you will find that the network of tracks that you've created can more than keep up with your interest payments and it will take you that first play-through to realize that network planning is very important from the beginning.
2010-10-20
Edyta Warmińska
Poland
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8.5
Feb 2015
Barbados: 8
St. Lucia: 9.5
2015-03-31
Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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8
Aug 2008*
So far I've only played Barbados, which was a lot better than I expected. The other solo map I played seemed a little too puzzle-ish for my tastes, but this one (I have no idea why) was quite fun, and felt like an actual Age of Steam game. I like the color distribution of the cities, you have to be really careful with how you situate the urbanized cities. Being a solo map, I actually sat there and analyzed the map for much longer than I usually do in AoS to formulate a plan. With the random cube distribution, there seems to be a moderate level of replayability for the map, but I'm still not sure how many times I will play before tiring of it.
2007-12-21*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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8
Sep 2008*
St. Lucia: I'm pleased that we get a larger selection of two player maps. While, Reunion Island was a bit of a dud, I've only been getting my fix through the Print and Plays. This is a great two player map.

As per usual, modern AoS map designers are trying figure out new ways to make the game work without the wonky production (which, in my mind is the weakest part of perhaps my favorite game). Here it is done through expansion. The more you build into the farmlands, the more access to farms (and thereby cubes) that you have. Urbanization is especially important as there are no cities that begin on the map. The big dilemma in this game is trying to build up the loops in your network while still expanding to get more cubes.

It is lovely.
2007-12-17*
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Patrick Korner
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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8
May 2009*
Played the St. Lucia map twice. I like it very much. Takes the AoS experience and distills it down to a 2 player experience without sacrificing too much, which is quite an accomplishment. Thanks to the way the cities are laid out, blocking can be particularly brutal.
2009-05-07
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Tim Fiscus
United States
Maricopa
Arizona
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8
Dec 2007*
Have played the solo Barbados scenario six times, scores = 44, 49, 57, 67, 44(oops), 72 points. I'm getting better at this! I am particularly proud of my 72 points, as that came without ever drawing or placing a yellow cube. The early game (rounds 1-4) are really tough to stay alive without any yellow cubes.
2007-12-16*
Scott Petersen
United States
St. Louis Park
Minnesota
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Sep 2008*
Rating for Barbados: 8
Despite the luck, I prefer this map for a solo "Age of Steam" experience to Puerto Rico.
Scores for Barbados
Age of Steam Rules:
Dec 17, 2007: 33, 74
Steam Rules:
Feb 24, 2009: 69, 70, 70

Rating for St Lucia: N/A
2009-11-14
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David Dolzan
Slovenia
Komenda
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8
Oct 2010
St. Lucia is a good 2-player variant of (Age of) Steam. Barbados is an OK solo experience, but as far as solo plays go, I prefer Puerto Rico.
2010-07-31
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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8
Mar 2009*
Average rating of Barbados (7) and St. Lucia (9).
2009-03-12
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Sami Nurmela
Finland
Turku
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8
May 2008*
May 1, 2008:
1. score -26 (9 money, 7 shares, 16 income, 4 links, 14 track) - very tight on money
2. score 57 (67 money, 2 shares, 18 income, 4 links, 12 track) - never had to issue shares
May 4, 2008:
3. score 36 (56 money, 4 shares, 27 income, 6 links, 22 track) - better game overall than #2, but worse score
4. score 44 (59 money, 3 shares, 24 income, 5 links, 20 track) - only one cube left on map (yellow)


2008-05-04*
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Ed James
England
Portsmouth
Hampshire
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8
Nov 2010
The St Lucia map is one of my favourite two player games. The goods are in the plains, with no established towns or cities, everything is up for grabs. Excellent decision making angst on every turn.

2009-03-18
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Randy Miczek
United States
Saratoga Springs
New York
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8
Jul 2010
This plays a bit more like an exercise or puzzle but I actually enjoyed it...ironically maybe a bit more than the full game. Reminds me of a simpler Roads and Boats solo game. However this may not have a lot of replay value since the board is generally fixed each game. The solo board is brutal if you don't draw any yellow cubes at the beginning of the game. In that way, luck can really how you back or punch you forward in the solo game.
2011-03-10
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Andrew Rae
New Zealand
Wellington
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8
Nov 2008*
Barbados took about 3 plays to really grasp and I played about 10 times all up before the novelty wore off. It teaches you good principles, but like anything if the cubes don't go your way ....
2008-11-13*
Matt Musselman
Canada
Burnaby
BC
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Jan 2009*
Barbados is a very enjoyable solitaire map for AoS. Haven't tried St. Lucia yet.
2009-01-16*
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Karl Kreder
United States
Nuevo
California
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8
Mar 2009*
Fun rail game solid mechanics similar to Railroad Tycoon (or whatever they are calling it now).

(If I haven't played the game I always rate it a 5 to remind me to change this once I have played the game).
2013-03-29
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Ben Stephenson
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Mar 2009*
Benchmark Solo score for Barbados
1 - $18
2 - $23
3 - $63
4 - $68
5 - $46
6 - $58
7 - $101
2009-03-30
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Pen sa tor
Spain
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8
Jun 2009*
Played both maps. Good maps. My scores in Barbados:

1: 47 (72 - 5 shares)
2: 67 (97 - 6 shares)
2009-06-24
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Rafal Szczepkowski
Poland
Gdansk
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8
Apr 2009*
Barbados Solo: 53, 62 pts.
2009-04-21
Jonas
United States
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8
Sep 2010
Nice small maps for single or two player.
2010-09-13
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Brian Sinclair
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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8
Jul 2009*
Primarily purchased for the 2 player board.

Barbados - 1st play with Steam rules I scored 41. Good solitaire to learn the Steam rules and practice for the bigger games.
2009-07-30
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Mateusz Pitulski
Poland
Toruń
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Aug 2009*
14.08.09 - Barbados score: 36 pkt.,54pkt.
2009-08-14
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Jonathan Phénix
Canada
Laval
Québec
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8
Aug 2009*
St. Lucia is great for 2 players, didn't think it was possible to modify the base game to make it work well for 2 players, this map did change my mind.
2009-08-30
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Eduardo Cruz
Portugal
Arcozelo - Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto
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8
Oct 2009*
Nice maps.
Barbados is a very good solo map.
St. Lucia it's a little hard to read the map with all the cubes on, but quite nice experience also.
2009-09-25
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CassSoren
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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8
Jul 2013
Came with Age of Steam base game, Eagle 3d edition. This was the final straw in whether to choose Age of Steam or Steam: with this board included, AoS encompassed a 2 player game out of the box.

Rated to match base game.
2013-07-03
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Chuck
United States
Carbondale
Illinois
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8
Sep 2011
The solo map offers a great little challenge.
2011-09-26
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Bradley Hays
United States
Kansas City
Missouri
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8
Dec 2011
Barbados: 8

First game, easy, with Steam rules, score of 60. I enjoyed it. I'll be looking forward to trying more plays at regular difficulty, and seeing how the Age of Steam rules would change the play. Seems like it's a pretty different game between the two. But I love being able to play a little Steam when I can't get anyone else to join me.

Second game, regular, scored 65.

St. Lucia: 8

Really enjoyed my one play. I like how the cubes are scattered randomly across the map and you have to pick them up, deciding which way to lay tracks to pick up the cubes you need. My opponent (Scott) was a newbie and he didn't follow my advice early on which put him in a pinch and made it not very enjoyable for him, but my impression is of a really good 2 player map, in spite of the lack of competition.



2014-08-27
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Phil Sauer
United States
Willow Street
Pennsylvania
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8
Jul 2013
Every two-player game on the St. Lucia board is tight, tense, and has an almost impossible time opening up. Still, it's very enjoyable.

The Barbados board (solo) is also fun from time-to-time, but I would prefer a real game with three or more over solo. The two-player board is a good alternative though.
2013-07-03
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David Pereira
Portugal
Porto
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8
Mar 2014
Clever mechanics in the 2player board. Quick game if players don't AP too much
2014-03-24
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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May 2015
When my Eagle Games 3rd edition copy arrived. I was very pleasantly quite surprised to find this inside it!

Barbados  8  Since it had been 6½ years since my first and only play of Age of Steam, I was delighted to use Barbados to "refresh my memory". I flunked out, forgetting the fatal brutality of the early-game AoS economy. The next day, I played the "baby" version with twice as many cubes starting in the cities, figuring I needed to get back up to speed with the game. No problem, I won. So I played again, but switched back to the normal game. 49! Now I was starting to get addicted. …and that's the point: This is an addictive solitaire map that you can play in 20 minutes once you know what you are doing. Great stuff.

St. Lucia  8  Instead of goods production, you just scarf up stuff that's on the board; however, with the bonus income boost for the owner of the track from which the cube is moved, it's more about head-to-head strategic planning, with some opportunity for turn order pseudo-bidding to be worthwhile.
2015-06-24
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James Fehr
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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7.5
Jun 2008*
Barbados: I came into it not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised at the amount of tension, and just how fun it was to play alone. It's a great map to play if you're a little rusty on the normal way to play Age of Steam, as it retains most of the rules and the flavor. The only difference imposed on the player from game to game is the cube distribution, so this won't be as replayable as I would like.
2008-06-13*
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Jacek Malinowski
Poland
Warszawa
Poland (Polska)
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7.5
Feb 2013
Owned as a part of Age of Steam 3rd edition.

Barbados - 7; St. Lucia - 8

Barbados
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This is quite nice. Random cube distribution ensures replayability, but also introduces a great deal of randomness, which can greatly impact your score.
I have doubts about this mountainous region in central part of the island - it seems you should avoid it every time.. This does not increase the variety of your options...

St. Lucia
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Surprisingly good.. I really like it although optimal start/no mistakes at the beginning is crucial/even more important than in the base game. If you play the opening right, you might be impossible to catch until the end of the game.
2009-06-07
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Nikita Frisé
Spain
Barcelona
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7.5
Jun 2009*
1 partida a Sta Lucía
2009-06-24
Rob White
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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7.5
Feb 2010
July, '09: Just go it in the mail. I've played a couple of games with the Barbados map (solo). It seems pretty cool. Looking forward to trying the St. Lucia map (2-player).
2009-07-03
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