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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  • For all that hype I can only say that I'd rather play concordia
  • 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.
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The most recent game I taught was #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale! I actually found it an easier teach than #Welcome to... even though it offers a slightly deeper gameplay. Another reason why it's my favorite "roll & write" now.

I actually can't think of a game that was especially tough to teach so far. I think it's because I typically avoid games that are way too complex to explain lol. Now, I do have several games I'll need to teach my wife soon, and they are #Pax Pamir (Second Edition), #Brass: Birmingham, and #Star Wars: Rebellion. Of those...

  • Brass -  Shouldn't be too bad and it'll be one of those teach as you play kind of games
  • Pax Pamir 2E - Will be hard. The rules themselves aren't too tough to learn but as a beginner to the genre, my wife will probably have a difficult time grasping the meaning of her actions
  • Star Wars: Rebellion - I've done zero homework on it so far so I have no idea how tough it will be. Complexity rating is slightly below Brass but games with significant variable player powers/asymmetry tend to take more effort to teach

The easiest teach? #Just One or #Skull

Personal approach? I just study the heck out of the rulebook, watch a video or search google for clarifications if needed, and teach when I feel confident enough to make it the easiest experience for my wife. It sure is hard though. I've done a lot of volunteering at church and at schools as a teacher, and I'm pretty comfortable with being able to convey the heart of a message. But when it comes to gaming rules, it's so easy to get caught up in the details :(

I prefer being taught so that I can avoid getting past the laziness. But I gotta say, as someone who's thorough in going through the rules, it's hard when the teacher is someone who's known to miss significant rules very often. Makes me feel like I need to double check!

I usually go by category/mechanism, as well. For example, I don't have any bidding or betting games and I'd quite like to have the option.

I'd like to vote for Rokugan in the battle of the area control games :)

Games that hit the sweet spot for you and your partner are so satisfying. I get so much joy from Sarah liking games. For example, she loves #Brass: Birmingham which was a complete surprise. In fact, we love it so much, we went on a city break to Birmingham just to play it in a local pub lol.

Oooo , cool, #Obsession is a game I have a high degree of interest in.

Some rare(ish) games to consider:

#Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

#Lisboa Or you could put about any other lacerda in here. 

This is really expensive... But, it's not out of print... You have to buy it from a Canadian distributor, or maybe from If you want more details check out  BGG. #Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy.

#Black Sonata

#Brass: Birmingham

#Ortus Regni

Maybe, #Mechs vs. Minions, I don't know if it is still available on the Riot Games website or not. 

#Age of Steam





I sure hope so! I mean, she forgets sometimes but she's already gone through several game sessions that she really enjoyed that went past 3 hours: #Catan and #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated (the first play of Clank! Legacy was pretty bumpy since it was our first legacy game). But yeah, I have so many games I'd love to introduce to her: #Star Wars: Rebellion, #Brass: Birmingham, #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, and #Too Many Bones. I honestly can't see her not liking any of these!

I hope your weekend is relaxing at least. Hope you get in some gaming time! :)

This is so tough... some of these I could swap between 2-3 different games at any point!!

This is so tough... some of these I could swap between 2-3 different games at any point!!

Lists are fun!  Some of these categories are a bit tricky but here's what I came up with:

The best overall design.

#Brass: Birmingham

Your best memories

#Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game

Best cover art


The best euro