Brass: Birmingham board game
Brass: Birmingham board game

Brass: Birmingham

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Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game sequel to Martin Wallace' 2007 masterpiece, Brass. Birmingham tells the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham during the industrial revolution, between the years of 1770-1870. As in its predecessor, you must develop, build, and establish your industries and network, in an effort to exploit low or high market demands.

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  • What a wonderful experience. It’s such a well crafted game and everything feels like it just falls into place when playing!
  • One of my favourite Wallace games, and he's one of my favourite designers.
  • A modern version of Brass with more randomized setup. With its multiple new commodities I don't think Birmingham is as tight as Lancashire, but it's still plenty taut and I'll gladly play either game.
  • Simply the most involved, addictive, flavourful, and continuously interesting puzzles that I've played. Would say it's my favourite ever game!I don't want to log plays for the sake of it like I've done with some other games here because it seems silly, but we've played well over a hundred times since I bought the game, at all player counts. The love I have in my heart for this game resounds throughout all of my friends too. It's just perfect!
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I don't think my brain works that way.  I fall asleep when I'm pondering how to defeat a game or design a game tends to put me to sleep rather than keep me away.  I played about 8 games of solo #Viticulture: Essential Edition over the past three to four games and sadly was only able to get within 3 points on my best game.  It didn't keep me up at night but I have not yet unraveled the puzzle of winning within 7 seasons. 

I do love to read heavy rule books and drift into unconscienceness pondering the minutia of turn by turn play.   If I one day find myself in possession of #Brass: Birmingham or #The Gallerist I will likely spend hours perusing the rules working out various turn caveates in my head.

This coming Monday I have a PTO day in which I will spend the whole day playing boardgames with a recovering friend and will walk through a few rule books on games I am rusty on that we plan to play that day #Root, #Tapestry, #Anachrony, #Heaven & Ale, and if #Viscounts of the West Kingdom or #PARKS: Nightfall Expansion come in I'll be updating myself on those.

I'm hoping to get a game of #Brass: Birmingham in with my wife. We'll see if it comes through!

Wow #Brass: Birmingham deluxe would make my year. Keeping my eyes peeled for that one.

I'd probably shoot for #Brass: Birmingham or #Nemo's War (Second Edition).  Possibly #Cooper Island.  Would like to shoot for something on the heavier side.

How many players do you typically play with for the two games? I was curious how #Brass: Birmingham would play at different player counts. It seems to scale quite well with how it shortens up the eras and also opens up the board.

That's a great review and I am encouraged by the comparison to #Clans of Caledonia (one of my favorite games). #The Gallerist is still at the top of my list but #Brass: Birmingham is right there with it.  It gets so much praise and I did enjoy the heavy playthough I watched.

What makes the gameplay that much longer (bigger board, longer goals?) than #Clans of Caledonia?  Are there different starting resources for each player like Clans?  This is a rule book I look forward to reading one day...mostly because I'm such a nerd :P

The playthrough video session is when I first learn the game too, so I'm going into it fresh haha. It was like that for #Pendulum too and I froze right after the game started. #Brass: Birmingham triggered AP like no other in a number of turns.

As for Brass' playthrough video, we decided not to upload it because it just didn't seem like a fun video. We had fun, but to get it to an entertaining state, it was going to require too much editing time! I'll be sharing my first impressions soon though and Trent will also be doing a review video.

Great choices :)

Just got a copy of #Brass: Birmingham and I've heard nothing but great things.