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Brass: Birmingham First Impressions

Owner

I just played #Brass: Birmingham for the first time tonight and I quite enjoyed it. I didnt even get a full experience. I've only played 1 era, about half way through, and just played against myself.

 

However, even reading the rules was enjoyable and got me excited to play which is always a good sign. Once I dove into the turns there was quite a lot of rule look ups immediately and for the first few turns but I started to see the rhythm and strategies emerge.

 

Im looking forward to a real playthough with my wife soon and hopefully one with  on camera 😉

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Premium User4 months ago

This is a top 5 game for me.  There are some rules gotchas that popup a fair amount at the beginning, especially with consuming resources and "your network" vs "connected" but once those are down the game just flows and really shines.

I like the game best with 4 players and a tight map with lots of interactions but I can see it being fun with 2 and a more stable style of game.

4 months ago

Sounds like the usual ramp-up to the full appreciation and admiration of the more complex game :)
Just had the exact scenario testing #Paladins of the West Kingdom.

Played the regular (no solo) game but with 2 players controlled by myself but with a different predefined tactic. It really crunches in the last 2 turns :D

Supporter4 months ago

I pulled out Paladins for the first time today and was walking through a two player game controlling both. That's pretty typical for me as a way to learn games and found Paladins to be a much more enjoyable one to do this with than most. Hope it carries over to a real play.

Supporter4 months ago

I am looking forward to see how likes this one.

Owner4 months ago

I bet he will!

Supporter4 months ago

I also expect he will.

Supporter4 months ago

This game quickly became a top 3 game for me. I knew I would love the transitioning eras and the multiple ways to use the cards but the simplicity of the other mechanics combined with a deep decision space is what really put it over the top.  I expected it to be more like what I think of in a heavy Euro with lots of scoring tracks and options that are hard to track against each other but really the simplicity of how the systems work (once you get used to them) really lets you just focus on strategy and decisions and I love it. The way that resources become shared and create interaction with benefits to both players is one of my favorite mechanisms in any game. 

4 months ago

This is the best way to learn the game. play the first era, and see the transition to the rail era. That is the most jarring aspect of the game!

What rules tripped you up? I am guessing Network rules and transporting coal/iron?

Owner4 months ago

There were a lot of small things that I stumbled over but made sense as time went on. Like when to take money vs increase the income track, canals cost money to build, what kind of cards to use to build, how to sell a specific type of thing, etc.

4 months ago

Ah yes, all very important items! The types of cards are tricky, that comes more naturally when you have a better understanding of what your network is and is not!

Premium User4 months ago

Does this game have a solo version or where you doing a Rahdo think playing as if you are both players?  How difficult was it to play as two players (assuming sans solo version)?

Owner4 months ago

I don't really have interest in playing board games solo for some reason so if I ever do it, it's Rahdo style playing as if I'm both players. I just claim I'm one and call the other a bot to be able to log the play as a win/loss. It's easy to play as two players though. However, I also don't find really any games desirable to play solo as both players either. I just do it to most effectively learn how to play for when I do teach others or at least get a feel for a game.

4 months ago

It is a great way to learn the game so you can teach it to other new players.

Premium User4 months ago

Wow! That sounds like a challenge to play a game you would like to play solo...lol.  Have you played #Paladins of the West Kingdom solo?  I ask because that is maybe the best solo experience of any game I've played.

Premium User4 months ago

I just picked up#Paladins of the West Kingdom. Haven't tried it solo yet..still trying to figure out how to get the box to close lol. What made the solo version of it so enjoyable?

Owner4 months ago

I haven't. I did buy the game about 8 months ago and it's just sat on my shelf this whole time. It sounds like it's time to bring it to the table!

Premium User4 months ago

I generally play the same way to learn a game.  I helps when teaching my family as they like hints on strategy and I can't give those until I'm played the game a couple times.

Premium User4 months ago

Would definitely watch if you play on camera!

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