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Alex Grant
New Zealand
Auckland
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9
Oct 2010
[California Gold Rush] Another excellent expansion. The changes were much more significant than I had expected. Nobody wanted actions 5-7 in the last few of turns as everyone was grabbing gold.
2010-10-29
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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Dec 2010
California Gold Rush:

Since gold only adds to your end-game income, deciding when to switch from traditional deliveries to precious metals creates a unique tension not found in other AoS maps - especially since it's prohibitively expensive to build into gold locations (mountains).

Town density is low, too, so early cube deliveries are scarce - yet players can't afford to strike gold until they're out of the red. As one player learned in our first game, chasing down gold before establishing a steady income is akin to suicide.

Still, unless you're a Master Track Planner and cubes are raining down from the sky, you will eventually need to connect to gold - but if you connect too early, without the intent to mine, it's not terribly difficult for players to time their builds and deliveries such that the gold can be stolen out from under you.

So yeah, it's just like the mid-1800s in the California gold belt: Unsanitary, crowded, and pocked with shimmering fountains of lust and desire.

Underground railroad:

Wow, escaped slaves. It's not often that America's ugly past is explicitly incorporated into a board game.

2011-11-27
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Michiel Hillenius
Netherlands
Hoogland (Amersfoort)
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Jun 2011
Underground Railroad: very good map. The winner is the one with the most black cubes transported, income is only tiebreaker. This turns the game around considerably. You want to get the black cubes as soon as possible. However, not too soon, because you need to build your income as well. Agonizing decisions and we needed all our shares. Rating 9.

California Goldrush: grabbing gold the last turns for five points to be counted in the end. A fun variation. Rating 7.75.

2014-05-10
David Dolzan
Slovenia
Komenda
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8.5
Jun 2011
The standard of the Bezier expansions is usually great, and this one is no exception. The game feels different, while still maintaining the basic core of the game.
2011-06-19
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Stephane Brochu
Canada
Outremont
Quebec
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Apr 2014
Based on the Underground Railroad map: very interesting twist on the classic Steam experience with the players scoring only for the slaves they have released. This changes the tempo of the game quite a bit. Nice, different challenge.
2014-04-21
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Duncan Gibson
Lesotho
Maseru
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Jan 2011
Underground Railroad:
Interesting spin with this version where profits are just a means to an end. There is no award for making money and as long as you dont go bankrupt, the only reason to make money is to make it easier to outbid and build. This results in quite a few different strategies: You can play a normal game, building your cash flow in the north hoping to crush your opponents in the endgame. Or sneak through with early builds in the south, surviving on debt and whipping out slaves as quickly as possible. Most players will walk a middle path, but the whole question of balancing between profits and chasing points is nice to see.

Gold Rush: Yet to play
2011-01-26
Game Junkie
Spain
Madrid
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Jul 2014
[California Gold Rush] 1x with 4 players. Brutallyb demanding. Long deliveries difficult to come by, very expensive to build. Brilliant.

[Underground Railroad] 1x with 4 players. Similar to the CCCP map. Balancing profits and free slaves was challenging. Interesting AoS map with a twist.
2014-11-06
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Claudio
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Sep 2012
Rating for Underground Railroad. I rather liked the AoS turned VP engine aspect. Essentially, the question is how to you get your money humming, how do you do it in a way that sets you up to deliver slaves from bondage (i.e. generate VPs), and when do you start doing that. Quite cool.
2013-09-04
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Mikko Saari
Finland
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Feb 2011
California Gold Rush: Gold is interesting, but money was tight enough to make it less significant (three players of four maxed on loans, one of them bankrupt by the end). Nice map, not top notch, but would play again.

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2011-12-17
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Eugene
Oregon
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Apr 2011
Rating for California Gold Rush. This one is all about the timing for conversion from shipping to gold mining. Not many cubes on the board to start, so getting that infrastructure up and running is key. I suspect that the first build of the first turn could decide everything.
2011-04-16
Anthony Escarra
United States
Coral Gables
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May 2012
My rating is only for underground
2012-05-30
Dave Simpson
England
Brighton
West Sussex
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Yes, it's very dark isn't it? Almost... black. Yes, I shall need to get the black out. Black.... BLACK!!! Like The darkness of space that leads into the chasm of clams.... My eyes!! My eyes are pies..and yours are lies...
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5.8
Jan 2012
Played a 3 player game of this (using advanced steam as the game behind the board) and there seemed to be too many cubes on the board. There was not a struggle fo cubes, so much so that it turned out that the entire game was determined on the first rounds tile lay, in that the person who picked the best route there won the game.

Would work better with more players where gold would be a better substitute for routes, otherwise cubes need to be removed from the map.
2011-02-13
Michael Longdin
England
Crawley
West Sussex
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2010-11-11
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H Harengel
Germany
Greven
Münsterland
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2010-07-26
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M Evan Brooks
United States
Gainesville
Virginia
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2010-10-08
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Joshua Miller
United States
Holland
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The Underground Railroad idea sounds interesting to me. Deliver the most "slave" cubes to freedom in order to win, and everything else is there just to help you achieve that goal without going bankrupt.
2010-09-19
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Fraser
Australia
Melbourne
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Back in the days when there were less maps we played every map back to back
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Ooh a little higher, now a bit to the left, a little more, a little more, just a bit more. Oooh yes, that's the spot!
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2010-10-24
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Nick Case
England
Epsom
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2010-10-26
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Olli Mäkiketola
Finland
Tampere
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First impression (4 players): California Gold Rush was interesting since there you can make pretty big score by getting the gold nuggets from the mountains but at the same time the map is pretty harsh so too much gold and bankruptcy might get you.
2011-02-27
Patrick Jamet
France
Paris
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California Gold Rush :
Underground Railroad : 1x à 4
2011-07-24
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Kevin Beckey
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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California Gold Rush- Worked really well with Steam rules. I was worried that the gold would take away from the 'income or points' decision making part of the game.

Underground Railroad- Worked well with Steam rules. It's easy for 1 or 2 players to come up short in black cubes.
2011-11-02
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Tom Veal
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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2011-12-03
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
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California Gold Rush: 4-5
Underground Railroad: 4-5
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2015-01-11
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