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Matthew Ellis
United Kingdom
Manchester
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10
Nov 2003*
I'm biased. I play tested it but the new boards are rather good. Be a masochist - go Irish
2003-11-21*
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Denis q.
Italy
Biella
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Jul 2007*
great !
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2007-07-02*
Ludovic GIMET
France
SAINT JUST D'AVRAY
France
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10
Oct 2004*
Beautiful game with these 2 excellent maps !
2004-10-27*
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Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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10
May 2005*
An excellent expansion that features 2 very different maps:
- England is similar to the standard map, with a minor change of pace (London the only red and distances are somewhat further.)
- Ireland converts AoS to a great 3 player game. With no Urbanization and Locomotive the game takes careful analysis of wwhether or when to upgrade trains. Very tight, but highly appropriate for this game.

Highly recommended.
2005-05-07*
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Phillip Lerche
United States
Unspecified
Ohio
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10
Oct 2005*
England: Interesting changes from the base game - only 1 real rule change, so easy to get into playing on the map. Rating up to 10 after 2 plays - excellent with 5-6.
Ireland: wow, this is pure evil in its best sense! Fantastic map made all the more brutal by the deurbanization option. 10.
2005-10-27*
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Mark Salamon
United States
Escondido
California
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10
Sep 2014
One 3p game on the Ireland map. Very tight.

One 5p game on the England map. It was pretty loose. I played very poorly, so didn't build as much as normal. I barely avoided bankruptcy and felt triumphant making it to the end of the game. Scored -24.
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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10
May 2007*
England: There is nothing overwhelmingly special about England other than it plays six really well - which makes it undeniably special. I'm not sure that I love the map as much as some of the others, but it serves such a specialized purpose that I'm very appreciative of the design. Indispensable as an AoS fanatic.

Ireland: Holy Crap, if you think that the standard rust belt map is vicious, this one is brutal. There is such an amazing sense of joy that you get when you actually get into the black in this one. I jumped up and down when I earned my first 4 dollars!
2007-05-16*
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Philippe Beaudoin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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10
Apr 2006*
As good as the original. On the edge of my seat for the whole game. The fact that london is the only red town creates possibilities for new strategies, like controlling London and having opponents pay for use of our links.
2006-04-16*
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John Michalski
Belgium
Namur
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10
Apr 2006*
IMO, Ireland is the best map for AoS. The one I own is a copy.
2006-04-17*
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Chris Kelly
Malaysia
George Town
Penang
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10
Sep 2006*
Ireland map is awesome for 3, which is our usual player number...
2006-09-18*
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Adam Ruprecht
United States
Seattle
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10
Dec 2006*
The best of the official Age of Steam expansions - good maps for the whole range of players. This is almost mandatory if you expect to play with three regularly.
2006-12-15*
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Patrik Lervik
Finland
Åbo
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10
Jan 2010
Plays:
England x9.
Ireland x4.
Ireland is a very small and crowded map. And much more nasty when goods can be removed. The auctions are totally different since the roles are weaker (locomotive and de-urbanisation).
England was surprisingly difficult. A lot of empty space around London, which totally killed my 1st game. Have to be more aggresive on this map. Urbanization is a must, or play closer to the other players and take advantage of their urbanisation. I was alone in my corner and did not Urbanize. Last game on England map we had 2 persons go bankrupt!...
2011-05-28
C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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10
Nov 2009*
England:

An early expansion effort, and one with a design flaw that is repeated in later fan-generated maps: Cities are spaced too far apart, and so engineering is a particularly important special action. Still, a new map is a new map. All is well, though not perfect.

Ireland:

The better of the two expansion maps, and the one that makes this set worth owning. The new urbanization (removing cubes from a city) is just plain mean. And fun.

Though it does seem marginally unfair that the same player can build both Wales connections on the same turn, if so inclined.
2011-12-24
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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10
Aug 2007*
I love Age of Steam and this expansion has two of the best maps in print.
2007-08-03*
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Ed James
England
Portsmouth
Hampshire
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10
Nov 2012
England is a wonderful 6 player map.
Ireland plays well with 3.
2012-02-12
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michael dorazio
United States
tyngsboro
Massachusetts
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10
Jun 2008*
Played the England map. Standard rules, just a new setting. Tight with five players.
2008-06-28*
Wystan Benbow
United States
Stoneham
Massachusetts
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10
Aug 2009*
Ireland is a hard map. It's a struggle just to survive. Anytime the game is that strong of an opponent, the expansion is worthwhile.
2010-09-05
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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10
Jul 2009*
Ireland map is superb with 3. Very tense and tight.
2009-07-12
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CORWYN59 .
France
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10
Nov 2011
England is cool with only one red city

Ireland is one of the best with 3 players
2011-11-10
Pontus Nilsson
Sweden
Gothenburg
Bohuslän
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9.6
Jul 2009*
Ireland: the perfect 3 player map!
England: good beginner map for 5-6 players.
2009-08-18
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Anye Freer
United States
Arlington
TX
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9.5
Nov 2003*
I've only played So. England so far but will try Ireland soon. I love the tight interaction on the So. England board that you get with six players. The 1st timers in the game had trouble staying afloat though, even more so than when we played the original, this is probably due to the tighter config.
2003-11-21*
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Kirk Lim
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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9.5
Jun 2005*
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2012-06-10
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Sean Green
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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9.5
Sep 2006*
Ireland: THE Age of Steam map for 3. Excellent!
2006-09-05*
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Stig Mandal
Norway
Oslo
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9.5
May 2013
Based on some sessions with Ireland and 3-players.
A superbly tight and brutal map!
England seems to be nice for 5-6-players.
2007-07-25*
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Joakim Björklund
Finland
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9.5
Dec 2009*
England
13.8.2008: I like this map, it's good. A bit tougher than the base map, but doesn't add many new rules. That's nice. Works well with five players. Rating: 10

Ireland
2.9.2008: Rating: 9
2009-10-23
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Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9.375
Feb 2009*
Played England. This was another great Age of Steam map. It felt sufficiently tense and balanced with 4 (I'd like to try it with 5).

Played Ireland with 3. Excellent map, but 4 may be a little tighter.
2008-03-05*
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Michael Greene
United States
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Unspecified
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9.2
Jan 2004*
Played a 3-player Ireland map game. Loved it. Seems to be a bit easier getting started on, and tracks snake across the landscape more so than the original map (all players trying to get a leg into each city). Had great fun, and a close game--player 1- 90 pts, player 2- 82 pts, player 3 (lagging behind due to high share buys)- 68 pts. If you love the game, get this expansion.
2004-01-15*
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Wolf von der Osten-Sacken
Germany
Luebeck
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9
Oct 2003*
for both maps
2003-10-03*
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Geoff Brown
United Kingdom
Manchester
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9
Oct 2003*
OK Now the cats out of the bag.

Ireland:

I like this a LOT. Tighter than a ducks wotsit. Play it only with 4 people...you NEED to ship across water...

England:

Pretty standard map. Only London has a red destination, so guess what, you need to ship to London to move red cubes. Wales is NOT funny..!

ok..I KNOW some of you don;t like Froggies rating games.....tough I'm gonna do it anyway. Anyone who takes the ratings as gospel should be more careful.
2003-10-14*
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W. Eric Martin
United States
Apex
North Carolina
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Jan 2004*
Freaking brilliant. Rather than simply recreate the mechanics and strategies of the main game, the expansion pushes you in another direction, forcing you to rethink much of what you learned in Age of Steam. All this raving after only one play in Ireland -- can't wait to play again on either side of the board.
2004-01-24*
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Duncan Gibson
Lesotho
Maseru
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9
Jan 2011
I'm normally an "expansion-phobe", but I like this one.
a) Its good to vary the map to keep the game a bit fresh.
b) If there are too few players on the big map, congestion and conflict wont occur until late in the game (ie it becomes a bit like "multiplayer solitaire").
2004-04-07*
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Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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9
Sep 2004*
As good as the original
2004-09-08*
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Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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9
Oct 2004*
The Ireland map is great! Haven't tried the other.
2004-10-07*
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shumyum
United States
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9
Oct 2004*
I've only played the Ireland map. It is excellent for three players. It makes a tight game even tighter.
2004-10-15*
Stefan Engblom
Finland
Espoo
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9
Nov 2004*
I like the Ireland map more than the basic game. It's quicker and the competition starts immediately on the first turn.
2004-11-19*
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Christian Frank
Germany
Freiburg
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9
Feb 2009*
Played only Ireland with 3 players. Great game!
2004-12-23*
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João 'Finding a new way to make you WTF today' Marum
Portugal
Loulé
Algarve
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9
Oct 2007*
Good expansion map with some tweaks to the rules.
2007-10-09*
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Mikko Saari
Finland
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9
Mar 2008*
Ireland: one of my favourite map so far. Delightfully tough and challenging. Plays pretty fast, too, with three or four players. I think it's best with four, three can be a bit too peaceful (if the routes are divided south, middle & north).

Enthusiastic.
2011-12-17
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Jeff Barrett
United States
Irvine
California
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9
Feb 2005*
Ireland is great for three players (even two with an adjustment to the bidding system). This expansion is worth the cost for any fan of the original game.
2005-02-14*
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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9
Feb 2005*
England is pretty basic, but good change for original map and works well with 6. Ireland is good for lower number of players and more different. Deurbanization is normally evil move.
2005-02-18*
Piet Skjæveland
Norway
Tananger
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9
Mar 2005*
Makes Age of Steam even better! Now you can play with more variations and never get tired of the game. The most useful of the expansion maps.
2005-03-20*
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Steve Zamborsky
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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"Ah, Denny, I've hardly seen you this episode."
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9
Feb 2009*
Awesome expansion for an already awesome game. Rating for Ireland (played 3 player). Tense, brutal; perfect for 3-4 players. Deurbanization is deliciously cruel. Love it.
2005-04-16*
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George Shafer
United States
Dallas
Texas
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9
May 2005*
I love the England map for 4 players. Ireland is really tough. I need to play it more.
2005-05-24*
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Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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9
Oct 2009*
I love Age of Steam. Its a 10 for me. I like each of the expansions, but the de-urbanization in Ireland is really unique. I will gladly play this expansion/variant any time. Its nice to spice up the basic game. However, if given the choice...I'll probably pick the original version first.

The nice thing about Expansion #1 is that the 2 maps are designed for either lower or higher numbers of players. I really like that there is a good 3 players design added to the mix.
2005-06-23*
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Willem Holthuis
Netherlands
Buitenpost
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9
Aug 2005*
Played Ireland with 4. We all had 15 shares out...1 Player went bankrupt on the last turn. For a 4 Player game you´ll need experienced Players...but you will get a nervewrecking experience!

England played with 5. For us it had the same level of 'difficulty', as the standard gameboard.

All in all a great expansion! Recommended if you can your hands on this one...
2005-08-07*
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Mikko Karvonen
Finland
Tampere
Tampere
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9
Aug 2005*
Two new maps for Age of Steam is hard to turn down. Especially since these maps aren't just your average expansion, but they both have their own twists that make the game quite different from the basic map. More cutthroat feel than in the original map.
2005-08-15*
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Ben Vincent
United States
Ridgefield
Washington
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9
Aug 2005*
Interesting map variants
2005-08-17*
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James Cheevers
United Kingdom
Liverpool
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9
Oct 2009*
England is OK but Ireland is probably my favourite map so far. De-Urbanization is great if you don't need your friends anymore
2005-09-23*
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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9
Oct 2005*
I think, of all the maps, I like Ireland the best.
2005-10-31*
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Jason Weber
United States
Glendale
California
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Dec 2005*
England is tougher than original; haven't played Ireland.
2005-12-06*
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