Age of Steam board game
Age of Steam board game

Age of Steam

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Overall Rank: #446 | Trending Rank: #467
Steam-belching iron horses roar across the wild plains! Age of Steam relives the era when pioneering U.S. railroads built the tracks that transformed America's economy. The cut-throat action is centered on the industrial powerhouses of the growing nation: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and beyond.

Challenges that await you:

*Can you finance both the most extensive track network and the most powerful locomotives?
*Which routes will give the best returns on their costs?
*Can you beat the opposition to the most lucrative shipments?
*Will you make enough money to pay your aggressive creditors?
Competition is brutal, with the game usually going to the player who plans most carefully.

Each self-contained phase in the game keeps players constantly involved in making vital decisions and interacting with other players. Age of Steam also allows towns to be developed into cities, ensuring that no two games are exactly the same.

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  • Rating based on a few games only. The game is fun, exciting, has plenty of player interaction, an elegant design, and it *feels* like you're running railroads. On the bad side, it has quite a bit of downtime while players ponder their moves, and it feels like players can get screwed sometimes, through no fault of their own.Also, the physical quality of the game leaves a bit to be desired. The game could use a bit of "German" shining up; nicer board, a bit of graphics on the charts, etc., just to give the game that bit more "chrome". Doing the "Attila" thing and using the same colors for players and goods was also a bad choice.All in all, a nice game. I think I prefer it with fewer (3-4) players, rather than with 5-6.
  • In the continuing evolution of the Lancashire rails system, Age of Steam is now the best of Wallace's train games offering more depth than Volldampf.
  • --27Aug2004-- Nearly a year on the shelf without a play. Hopefully will see it in action at BAP tomorrow.--Mar2007-- Ok; managed a real play against competent opponents. I didn't do so well, but the game is really nice. And that reads "much better than I originally thought", too; the potentials of bankruptcy are not quite as omnipresent as I had originally presumed. I'd love to play again soon - but I'm gonna need to relegate myself to the second (or third) division for a while!
  • A great game. Unforgiving of mistakes but that's part of the charm. Kingmaking at the end can be a problem
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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





Yeah! Pretty sure he does other EGG games too like #Age of Steam. And a few Capstone Games..I wanna say #Irish Gauge and #Pipeline

I got #Catacombs 3rd Edition for my giveaway win and have not regretted it. I've only played it 2P so far because my group hasn't been meeting due to COVID reasons but even at two it was great and I can only imagine it getting more hilarious with more players. That said, I would say just from your descriptions, #Age of Steam is a game you have been following and become pretty familiar with and you still really want it so that's where my vote goes.

Some games that I don't necessarily own, but I know and love that fit in this category include.

#Puerto Rico. This game is older, it comes to us from 2002. It was number one on bgg for a while. And, it is still at number 26. This is a superb euro game. I love it, and I love the interactivity you can have with it.

#Power Grid I think this might be Friedeman Friese's heaviest game, not sure about that. But I do know that it is a very fun midweight-euro economic game. Like #Age of Steam you can find a map to fit your player count. It is currently number 36 on the list of the bgg top 100 games of all time.

Coming to us from 1964, we have the game we should all have grown up with in place of Monopoly. This is the classic game #Acquire. This is a dead simple, but fun, mass market(ish) style game. Even considering it's age, it is all the way up at number 257 on BGG.

#Lisboa #Vinhos Deluxe  #Age of Steam - are on the too heavy side

#Pipeline #Orléans are on the odd theme side of things that might not work well!

Yes, it is a long video, but it is worth watching it. 

The whole definition of train game is pretty opaque to me. For instance, I'm not sure that #Ticket To Ride counts as a train game. But, I'm not sure if I have played any real train games. I used to play games in the crayon rails system. My favorite of those is #Empire Builder. So, if the crayon rails games count as train games, then I would say that #Empire Builder is my favorite so far. 

I have yet to play games like #Age of Steam, #Railways of the World, any cube rails games, and, #1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties will be my first 18xx.


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