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- For 3-4 players
- Takes 2-3 hours to play
- Great historical strategy game
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Officially released as a game for 3-4 players, but perfectly playable with a popular 2 player variant, Brass offers an incredible gaming experience that few other games can match. You and your fellow players will head to 19th century Lancashire during the Industrial Revolution, and with the help of the cards you draw, make important choices in your quest for prosperity and points. The striking industrial revolution theme is very present, and is closely integrated with the game-play, making for a strong relationship between theme and mechanics as is often the case with Martin Wallace games. Are you ready for the tough economic challenge of building cotton mills, coal mines, iron works, canals, railways, ports, and shipyards, in what many people consider to be Wallace's magnus opus?
It has to be admitted that the somewhat clunky rules can be a beast to learn for new players, but they are well worth the effort. It's worth mentioning that Brass can be readily played online at orderofthehammer, and many consider this a great way to learn the game. Brass is altogether a tough and heavy economic game, and the game-play offers a tremendous range of strategies, choices, and options. In view of this it has very high replayability, and its many strengths lead many to consider it Martin Wallace's best game. In fact, many consider Brass to be unsurpassed, and the best game ever. It has been the subject of many accolades for its numerous outstanding features that recommend it to serious gamers. As an extra bonus, a fan-suggested two player variant has proven highly satisfactory, so you're not required to have a minimum of three players to enjoy Brass.Read more ›
(The meat of my review is below, but if you're impatient like me and want to have a one sentence summary, I'd describe Brass as: "Excellent, but not for beginners.")
Brass first exceeds expectations through its interesting "flipping" mechanic. In brief, flipping means that you can gain income and victory points through your own actions or those of your opponents. The game thus rewards players who can figure out their opponents strategies, requiring a level of opponent awareness that games like Race for the Galaxy and Ticket to Ride don't. Requiring awareness of your opponents' strategies isn't a unique feature, but it's designed very well in Brass. (It certainly feels less haphazard and random than the "opponent awareness" that Puerto Rico requires [think Captain phase].)
Second, it succeeds in introducing several "supply and demand" mechanics: iron demand, coal demand, and cotton demand. Your best play on every turn (and your opponent's best play after yours) depends highly on the changing nature of these game aspects. The game keeps your interest as a result.
Third, it incorporates an upgrading mechanic, allowing you to develop your industries to give you more income and victory points.
Rulebook: Unlike many euros, this game was originally published in English, but you wouldn't know it from the rulebook. The game is complicated and the rulebook adds to the confusion. There also isn't a third-party rewrite of the rules on the internet yet.
Coin Tokens: The game comes with plastic silver and copper coins.Read more ›
It is still my favourite board game by a decent margin. The variance in strategy, the synergy between mechanics, and even the quirky rules exceptions all endear themselves to me, as does the difficulty inherent in the game. It's extremely elegant, and progression through the game feels organic and natural.
This is not a game for those who have a hard time focusing, nor is it a game for those who do not like to think. It is, however, a substantial amount of fun for those willing to play it a few times. (Also: there are online implementations, and a robust selection of strategies at the boardgamegeek website). And it's nowhere near as complicated as people make it out to be... it just takes a bit of time.
I've only played 3 games but I'm definitely looking forward to playing again. This is the only Martin Wallace game I've actually enjoyed so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very heavy Euro. No dice. It's card driven. The cards give you options. The gane is really good. It's plays in 2 ages. The canal age and the rail age.Published 4 months ago by Jerret K Watts
If I could only have one board game, this would be it. This game provides different outcomes every time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Larry Doherty
Brain burner is how I would describe this. It requires quite a bit of thinking and it's a long game.
I love games where the luck factor is almost nil. Read more
Fun and engaging economic simulation game covering the industrial revolution in England.
The rules aren't for the feint of heart: this is a heavy European-style game... Read more
Highly recommend this game. Lots of fun if you like strategy games. Worth the money. Purchased this game or a friend and we play most weekends. He says he loves it too!Published on April 26, 2013 by peas75
Love this game but the coins suck trying to pick up. Buy some casino chips and no complaints after that.Published on February 7, 2011 by james