The Maps of the Inaugural Age of Steam Con
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Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the first ever AoSCon. The brainchild of Chad DeShon and Kevin McCurdy, AoSCon is an entire con dedicated to the game, Age of Steam.

About 20 Age of Steam fanatics converged upon Kansas City, KS to enjoy one of our favorite games at the Mecca of AoS - Kevin McCurdy's house. Kevin not only has all of the AoS maps (with all print and play maps done in Kevin's custom graphics), but also has an XL set, with giant cubes, dice, track pieces, and bits. He's currently got about 20 maps converted to XL format.

This GeekList summarizes all of the maps that were played that momentous weekend and contains comments from the attendees about each of the maps.

For general AoSCon info, check out:
www.ageofsteamcon.com

Also you can find a con report from Chris Wray here:
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2018/03/26/age-of-steam-con-wr...
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1. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: 20,000 Rails Under the Sea [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: 20,000 Rails Under the Sea
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This one seemed like there was some interesting stuff going on, but the English rules were such a mess, we couldn't figure out how some of it worked. Looking at some of the images on the Geek, we got even more wrong than we realized.
If I ever play this one again, I'm making sure we've got someone fluent in French at the table. (I'm assuming the original rules are written more clearly)
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2. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Disco Inferno / Soul Train [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Disco Inferno / Soul Train
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Soul Train map
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3. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Alabama Railways, Antebellum Louisiana & Four Corners [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Alabama Railways, Antebellum Louisiana & Four Corners
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Four Corners map
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4. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sun / London [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sun / London
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: African Diamond Mines & Taiwan Cube Factories [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: African Diamond Mines & Taiwan Cube Factories
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Taiwan Cube Factories map
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6. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Chesapeake & Ohio [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Chesapeake & Ohio
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Amazon Rainforest & Sahara Desert [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Amazon Rainforest & Sahara Desert
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Sahara Desert map
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8. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Argentina / The French Riviera [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Argentina / The French Riviera
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French Riviera map

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I found the only thing worse in AoS than zombies - SteveV! I never even made it to the beach - SteveV was all over my every move. It became a battle with bankruptcy for me - I managed to win that battle... just barely. My worst AoS outing ever, with a final score of 13. (damn Steve)
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9. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Montréal Métro [Average Rating:8.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.15 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Montréal Métro
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10. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Holland / Madagascar [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Holland / Madagascar
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Madagascar map (2x)

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Probably my favorite of the Con. Everything is bad - try to take the least bad for you when you can. The changing availability of actions was so cool too. Definitely going to be another one hitting the table in my group.
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11. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sharing [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sharing
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12. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sun / London [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sun / London
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London map
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13. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Eastern US & Canada [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Eastern US & Canada
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w/ Rust Belt map

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Wow! What a behemoth. The Eastern US/Canada overlays on the original Rust Belt map, creating a giant map. However, all players have to start on the Eastern coast and then build outward. Someone remarked at the halfway point that we weren't even using 3/4 of the board. We did finally go west, with some of us building a lot of track out there. Unfortunately a lot of the deliveries were duds, so it didn't yield much income for us out there.
Regardless, it ended up being quite a challenging map with a lot of possibilities for 4 or 5p.
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14. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Congo/Sweden [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Congo/Sweden
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Sweden Recycling XL map (2x)

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Very cool map where only the black cubes come off the board. The rest just "recycle", changing colors after delivery. Made for a really fun time where you really had to tweak how you think about Age of Steam delivery setup.
Also, my first time on Kevin's XL map - what a treat... was difficult going back to the commoners' maps.
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15. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Vermont, New Hampshire & Central New England [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Vermont, New Hampshire & Central New England
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Central New England XL map
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16. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: The Netherlands [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: The Netherlands
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Netherlands XL map
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17. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Washington DC and The Berlin Wall [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Washington DC and The Berlin Wall
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Washington DC map
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18. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:122]
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Non-published map = Kansas Tornadoes XL

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One of Kevin McCurdy's original designs. The tornadoes appear randomly, although there is an action you can take to help determine their starting position. The tornadoes leave a path behind them which end up costing players more money if they want to use the hexes in the tornadoes' paths. They also can get you some points if you deliver goods to cities the tornadoes hit.
Just a remarkable balance of hurt in the new wrinkle. The tornadoes don't crush the players that are affected, but they certainly cause some pain and cause you to potentially replan your loans or paths.
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19. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:122]
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Non-published map - KC Interurban XL (3x)

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Kevin's latest map design - it was also a handout to all attendees. (Thanks, Kevin!!) It received unanimous praise. The big gotcha here is that once you make a delivery of length x, all future deliveries must be x or greater. No going back!
We played with 5p and it was VERY challenging - definitely going to be hitting the table with my group.
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20. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Denmark [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Denmark
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21. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Las Vegas and Korea (N&S) [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Las Vegas and Korea (N&S)
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North and South Korea map
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22. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Las Vegas and Korea (N&S) [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Las Vegas and Korea (N&S)
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Las Vegas map

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Nothing spectacular here, and the graphics are pretty terrible. Not a bad map, but the bar is just too high with all the great maps out there. I would like to try it again at some point though for redemption's sake, as I think the $3 cost for building all hexes threw my shares issuance off - I cheaped out and got the Vegas beatdown!
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23. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Chile, Egypt and CCCP [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Chile, Egypt and CCCP
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CCCP map
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24. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Fukushima/Chernobyl [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Fukushima/Chernobyl
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Fukushima map
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25. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy
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Italy map
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