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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Tyler McLaughlin
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Larry Rice
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DO NOT BID on THIS ITEM! Included in the main game box.
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
threepio artoo
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Age of steam expansion Mongolia

Version: First edition
Language: English

Condition: very good, has always been in my box with expansions

Starting bid: €15,00
BIN 25,00

Presence at Essen: Thursday to Friday
Payment: Bank transfer before Essen or cash Essen
Auction ends: Extended to Monday 10th October random time
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Matteo B.
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Nathan Evans
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Flintstone
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Eric Engelmann
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Derwood
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Good, used.
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Doug Faust
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Malverne
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On Saturday I hosted a game day at my house, ostensibly for my birthday (which was actually a month ago, but hey, I was busy and there was too much snow).

_8_ Castles of Mad King Ludwig - This was with me, Anni, Micah, and Michael; Michael was new. We made a slight setup mistake in this game, neglecting to take out cards from the room deck, so there were six extra cards. There were also an abnormally high number of sleep rooms completed, so this ended up being a truly epic-length game. My starting orange cards were points for 350 rooms (large long skinny), and extra points for money at the end. I picked up some purple rooms that liked being next to activity rooms, and closed them off to score plenty of points. However, I didn't draw any other orange cards the entire game. I managed to maximize the ones I had though, getting 5 350-rooms and having a ton of money at the end. That was good enough for second place, behind Michael.

_8_ Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy (new!) - This was with me, Micah, Gil, and Tom; we had all played Age of Steam before, but none of us had played this expansion. We were originally going to play the Italy board, but after realizing it was high on the take-that, we decided to play France instead. The main changes on this board are that Paris gets cubes from 6 columns, and there are a bunch of hills on the board that can't be built on at all unless you have the engineer role. It looked like there was one good spot on the board leading into Paris, so I bid aggressively to go first. Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake and totally forgot about the "first build" role, so Tom ended up getting that spot. I ended up starting in the south of France, and wound up never connecting to Paris the entire game. However, since everyone else was focused on Paris from the start, I did plenty well for myself. I continued building out, and eventually I was able to get a bunch of 5-deliveries. The engineer was in hot demand and was often the first role chosen; people that didn't get the engineer often just passed on building completely. Toward the end of the game, I ended up building north out of Paris, not to connect to my network, but just to get more track down. Black cubes had been building up in Paris, and Tom managed to set it up so that he could make 6-deliveries from Paris to black, and got a ton of points from that. I had by far the most tracks on the board, but that was only good enough for second to Tom's first.

_8_ Battle Merchants (new!) - This was with me, Brian, Tom, and Andy. We were actually helping test a mini-expansion for Gil (who's the designer of the game and was moderating), but none of us had played the base game before. Right away, I determined that I'd focus on selling swords and hammers to the hobgoblins and elves, so I could ignore the other stuff. Unfortunately, Andy snagged a card that let him build weapon upgrades more quickly, so he beat me out getting the sword bonus. It was a longer way to get to the hammer bonus since I didn't start with any, and Tom ended up beating me out on that one. Meanwhile, I got a card that gave me end-game points for selling to the same race a lot. I was really having a hard time actually winning any of the battles though, so I needed a new plan. I grabbed a card that let me buy back my weapons after they were defeated, and started stocking up on cards that made my weapons cheaper. That's right, I was going to go for the Wal-Mart strategy. I don't think I won another battle the entire game, instead I was just focused on selling as many weapons as possible to stockpile money. This actually worked pretty well, and while I didn't win, I was competitive. I think Andy won, but it might have been Tom.

_8_ On the Underground - This was with me, Anni, and Micah. After the last game of this, I was determined to make sure all of my lines were actually useful. I began work on all three lines pretty close to the start of the game, but I had a rough plan for how I wanted them to go. Micah, on the other hand, spent the first part of the game building a loop route with one line; he didn't actually place his other lines until he finished with that. That scored him a nice little enclosure bonus, but Anni and I were able to make up the points with actually servicing the customer. The scoring was pretty neck-and-neck the entire game, partially due to us giving points to whoever was the furthest behind if we had a choice. I think Micah won in the end, but we were all within a few points of one another.
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Jose Pacheco
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Logan
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$12 or trade

In shrink

I'll be in San Diego from June 11 - 14. Then I'll be back in Utah and I'll cross my items off.


Sold to Salamon
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Jeffrey D Myers
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Albuquerque
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Very good.
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Michael Schwerdtfeger
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Redondo Beach
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New in shrink.

$15

Sold to Chad DeShon (BlueWaldo)



I will consider all offers for this item (including trade offers) and I am open to shipping this item to non-BGG attendees.
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Michael Meyer
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condition : new / in shrink

soft reserve 5€
bin : 10€

Essen: Friday - Sunday

Last day for bidding is 12 oktober, 23:59 BGG Time.


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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
David Thompson
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2005 Warfrog Games edition in English/German.

Brand new in shrink. Always stored in a box, so no damage whatsoever.

Opening bid: $20

Soft reserve: $30

Buy it Now: $40
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Can't ship till the week after math trade is done
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Michael Schwerdtfeger
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In excellent condition
 
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Michael Schwerdtfeger
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In excellent condition
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Ryan Bruns
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Michael Schwerdtfeger
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Michael Schwerdtfeger
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New in Shrink

$15

I will consider all offers for this item (including trade offers) and I am open to shipping this item to non-BGG attendees.
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-10- Age of Steam (+Italy New!)
|9| Boggle (x6)
|9| Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
-8- Love Letter
-8- Terra Mystica
-7.5- Ghost Stories
-7.5- Power Grid (+Quebec New!)
-7.5- No Thanks! (x2)
-7- Dominion: Intrigue (+Dark Ages)
-7- Fauna
-7- Map It! World Edition
-7- Town Center
-6- Qwixx
N/A Start Player (x3)

On Tuesday night we tried a three-player game of Power Grid's Quebec map. Lots of ecological power and very few cheap connections made for a fun game with a tense ending. Rick seemed to be in the lead and built his 17th city to end things while he had an advantage. He could only power 16 of those cities, though, so all I needed to do was build to 16, power them and have more money left over... My final connections were slightly too pricey and Rick won by 8 Electro. Earlier in the game, Phil had made a mistake using one of his power plants, spending only one garbage when it should have cost him two. He did this twice before he noticed. We made him buy the extra two garbage he would have needed, but it may have had a larger impact which we couldn't account for - he wouldn't have been able to afford to expand where he had. We said that if he won, there'd be an asterisk against his victory, but as it happened, that wasn't necessary.

My first play of the Italy map for Age of Steam and the tile limitations really came into play. By the end of the game, the board was so crowded that all possible connections had been built. There's a twist to this map where you can deliver black cubes along other people's track to lower their income by one for each link you cross in this way. That sounded mean when we read the rules out, but in practice it often seemed better to gain income yourself rather than try to hurt your opponents. Later on, when useful cubes were running out, the black cubes became more useful. Kate and I took way too many shares (15 and 16). Phil managed to become profitable at only 7 shares and used his cash advantage to price us out of some good actions. Two games of Age of Steam in six days must be some kind of record. Happily, I think Phil's win here has rekindled his interest in the game, so we should be able to get more plays in of at least the 3-player game.

Terra Mystica is finally getting some traction round here, if not picking up speed. This week's session was my first for a while with a full complement of players who had played before and were sufficiently practised to choose factions at the start with some idea of what the implications were. Still, everyone picked one they hadn't played before, to try something different. I went for Cultists and found two of my opponents reluctant to take power on my builds, so I wasn't quite as competitive on the cult tracks as I'd hoped. I managed to make the most of the round bonuses and finish with a personal best of 138. Witches, Mermaids and sleepy Engineers finished 116-112-80.

We were terribly out of practice at Ghost Stories so played the basic game at Normal level (only one incarnation of Wu-Feng) and still lost horribly. Some of our dice rolls were poor, but I think we've forgotten the best tactics in our time away. The more difficult skill levels seem like impossible challenges.

Fauna arrived on Saturday and we had a great game of that. It ended with me coming dead last but wanting more, so I must have been enjoying myself. This is the sort of game that bridges the gap between gamers and non-gamers - I could play this with my family (Dad would probably still refuse to play!) and all the gaming groups I know. Map It!, on the other hand, is a bit more problematic due to differing geography knowledge levels. We instituted a rule where the option to challenge passes around the table clockwise from the starting player, rather than going to whoever shouts first, to give everyone a chance.

Kate slaughtered me at Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries last night. She connected up all the big cities and spent the last part of the game drawing tickets she'd already completed. It's hard to combat that except by joining in the ticket draws, but my network wasn't as helpful for automatically completing what I drew. At least I ended the game unexpectedly, leaving her with one uncompleted ticket - a small consolation.
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Goo
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Yorba Linda
California
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I have become my own island state. A ravaged, war-torn land where nothing grows and the horizons are bleak.
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We played a relatively quick AoS and fun was had by all (even the miscreants we kept shipping around the board on other people's lines).
 
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Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Scott Bartel
United States
Portland
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Warfrog. New in shrink.

Soft Reserve: $10
BIN: $15 Buy It Now Link
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