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Rating
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7.5
Sep 2014
7.463
Owned
Plays: 15
A completely immersive Civilization experience. The quintessential Civilization board game and a top negotiation game. Play trading rounds with a timer. Unfortunately this is a loooooooong game. Great fun though!
2014-09-25
Warfrog First English Edition
Year: 2003
6
Feb 2012
6.588
Owned
Plays: 5
I've only played Ireland so far with 3-players. To spice it up, sub Japan Bullet Train action for Irish Locomotive...

After a few games, I'm happy sticking with a fully defeatured locomotive for 3-players. I've also grown to hate the De-urbanization action - too ornery and nasty. I do want to try Ireland with 4-players though.
2010-07-29
English/German first edition
Year: 2003
7
Jan 2010*
6.392
Owned
Plays: 1
Germany is a great map! Subtle rules changes and tense decision-making.
2012-02-26
Warfrog first edition
Year: 2004
4.5
Feb 2012
6.400
Owned
Plays: 3
Scandinavia is pretty unbalanced with the Ferry action and Korea is too chaotic for a strategy game.
2007-12-11*
ImageID 146415
Publisher: Warfrog Games
Year: 2004
Language: English
6
Jan 2010*
6.104
Owned
Plays: 2
France is good as a beginner map and Italy is ok as a 3-player.
2007-12-11*
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2006
7.5
Feb 2012
6.040
Owned
Plays: 3
A fantastic AoS expansion. NorCal is a tough map.
1830 Penn. - coal is *CRITICAL*; a great map as well.
2010-08-11
6.5
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
1890 Berlin offers some intriguing twists to Age of Steam. The early game is a fight over real estate with Engineer being popular, while the mid-to-late game is more about controlling cube shipments with First Move and Production being popular.

The cities are always replenished to 4 cubes during goods growth (there's no shortage of cubes here) but you can only ship cubes out of a city in order, from right to left. You have to watch how cubes move - do you ship that cube for 4, leaving a 6-link delivery open for an opponent?
2010-02-18
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2007
6.5
Jan 2008*
5.859
Owned
Plays: 1
I've only played America and it was challenging; simple but distinct changes to the base AoS system.
2010-10-19
Steam Brothers Edition
Year: 2007
6
Jan 2010*
5.667
Owned
Plays: 1
I've played Austria and it is interesting. A very tight map means early mistakes are difficult to recover. Turn order mechanism makes it feel a lot like chess.
2008-06-19*
Bezier Games edition 2007
Year: 2007
6
Feb 2012
6.040
Owned
Plays: 8
Barbados - as a 1-player map, replayability may be low, but cube randomness makes it unique every time. Action selection restrictions make for some interesting strategic planning.

St. Lucia - an excellent 2-player map. A very different game with goods starting on every plains and river hex, no goods growth, and a large number of 'stubs' abandoned after moving the goods from those hexes.
2010-10-19
ImageID 355830
7
Feb 2009*
5.591
Owned
Plays: 2
Chile is a great, tight map with a neat twist - deliver yellow cubes (gold) to reduce shares issued.
2010-01-18
English first edition
Year: 2005
7.5
Oct 2008*
5.821
Owned
Plays: 1
Only played China so far. A great expansion with some innovative rules and interesting decisions. Watch your building costs.
2007-12-11*
Winsome Second English Edition
Year: 2009
6.5
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
This expansion is great for higher player counts as the map is huge. You're limited to the number of links you can build per turn and are forced to be right on top of the other players early on.
2010-11-11
English first edition
Year: 2009
7
Jan 2010*
5.677
Owned
Germany is a fantastic map with some interesting twists to base AoS.
France is a good beginner map but can get quite intense with higher player counts.
It's good to see these old maps reprinted again.
2011-03-28
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2007
6.5
Oct 2008*
5.761
Owned
Plays: 7
Puerto Rico is a fun little map with some tough choices to be made based on your difficulty level.
2008-01-10*
First Edition
Year: 2007
9
Jul 2008*
5.844
Owned
Plays: 3
An awesome 3-player map. Very tense and tight with interesting and innovative rules changes, including government-owned tracks.
2010-10-19
7.5
Feb 2012
5.607
Owned
Berlin Wall. Rating: 8
Very deceptive; at first it looks plain and maybe even boring. It didn't quite grab me. But the size of the board, the rules changes and 'the Wall' really make this map a "knife fight in a phone booth". Very tense and INtense, right down to the end. Awesome Age of Steamness!

The Moon. Rating: 7
A brutally tight Age of Steam map, especially when using the original 1-cube per city starting rules. Limited building options, expensive terrain, route-sharing and different actions are powerful especially Urbanization and Low Gravitation. I'm not fond of the wrap-around map as I have a hard time visualizing my routes.
2012-02-20
Print and Play Edition
Year: 2006
5
Feb 2012
5.764
Owned
Plays: 3
A neat little map if you 2-player AoS. I certainly don't - not worth it, no auction.
Print and play.
2012-02-26
Bezier Games Edition
Year: 2006
8.5
Nov 2008*
5.826
Owned
Plays: 2
London scales well between 3 and 4 players, with Locomotive not being available with 3. Watch your building costs and plan well...
2011-05-04
9
Jan 2010*
5.736
Owned
Plays: 3
A nail-biter of an AoS expansion if there ever was one. Zombies gravitate towards goods cubes destroying towns and cities in the process and increasing the cost of building and moving goods. An advanced Age of Steam expansion - not for the faint of heart!
2009-11-09
7.5
Mar 2009*
5.601
Owned
Plays: 3
Berlin Wall. Rating: 8
Very deceptive; at first it looks plain and maybe even boring. It didn't quite grab me. But the size of the board, the rules changes and 'the Wall' really make this map a "knife fight in a phone booth". Very tense and INtense, right down to the end. Awesome Age of Steamness!

Washington DC. Rating: 7
Similar scale; expensive builds. I don't like the element of randomness that is added with the 'traffic jams'. Overall, not as interesting as the Berlin Wall.
2010-10-19
Winsome Games Edition
Year: 2007
7
Jan 2010*
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
Pittsburgh is only for 3-players - a few minor rules tweaks and a tight map make AoS Pittsburgh a very tense 3-player game experience.

Southern US is an introductory map featuring cotton.
2010-01-18
7
Feb 2012
5.676
Owned
Plays: 1
The Moon is a brutally tight Age of Steam expansion, especially when using the original 1-cube per city starting rules. Limited building options, expensive terrain, route-sharing and different actions are powerful especially Urbanization and Low Gravitation. I'm not fond of the wrap-around map as I have a hard time visualizing my routes.
2012-02-20
Mayfair edition
Year: 2006
N/A
6.008
Owned
A nice small change to vanilla Settlers.
2007-02-06*
Queen Games International Edition
Year: 2009
9
Jul 2009*
6.082
Owned
Plays: 44
Two high-quality Chicago Express expansions in one box:

Erie Railroad - adds an additional railroad that only has one share and can be very powerful. This completely changes the game.

Narrow Gauge - a new and innovative way to block your opponents railroads by essentially burning actions. Nasty!

Play them separate or together. Better for higher player counts (I don't prefer them with 3).
2010-11-20
English third edition
Year: 2000
5
Nov 2008*
7.304
Owned
Plays: 5
I like the elements C&K introduces but it makes Catan's balance issues even worse. Way worse.
2006-12-27*
First Edition
Year: 2009
7
Feb 2012
N/A
Owned
Plays: 1
Adds 9 pink cubes which serves to lengthen game time and typically add a few interesting decisions to the endgame. While this is all good stuff, I like how quick GM&O plays and prefer it vanilla.
2010-04-22
Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 2003
7
Mar 2010
7.049
Owned
Plays: 1
Adds some cool twists to PR. I suspect if I played PR more I would only play with the expansion.
2010-01-18
Eagle Games First Edition
Year: 2008
5.5
Feb 2012
7.330
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Tighter than RRT and better gameplay. I wish they would get those colours right!
2008-06-12*
Mayfair Third Edition
Year: 1998
5.5
Nov 2008*
7.037
Owned
Minor changes to vanilla Settlers, with interesting twists and variations. A good expansion.
2006-12-27*
English First edition
Year: 1999
N/A
6.851
Owned
Special building phase messes the game up. With five players, we exclude the special building phase.
2007-02-06*
English first edition
Year: 2009
6
Jul 2011
6.361
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting way of adding a stock game to Steam base but there are some balance issues and randomness that make this flop.
2011-07-20
Limited edition tin box
Year: 2006
6
Jan 2010*
7.755
Owned
Only play TtR with this expansion.
2007-02-06*
Rio Grande English edition
Year: 2009
N/A
6.356
I have WITCH'S BREW 'Magic abilities' and 6th-player expansion for trade, in NEW condition. It's also for sale in Marketplace for $7.50 incl. shipping to Canada and USA.
2014-12-08
First Edition
Year: 2008
9
Jul 2009*
6.082
Owned
Plays: 44
This expansion makes a great game better. The Erie is very delicate though. Bid with caution!

The player to get the Erie in a 3-player game will regularly clean house. Lately, we're only playing it with 4 or more.
2009-12-30
First Edition
Year: 2009
9
Jul 2009*
6.082
Owned
Plays: 44
Adds some additional screwage to taking null actions. Very cool!
2009-07-30
9
Aug 2011
N/A
Owned
Plays: 11
The Nickel Plate expansion adds another wrench to the Wabash mix.
2011-08-11
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