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  • for 3-6 players
  • Tons of replay value
  • Popular train theme
  • Takes about 90 minutes to play
  • For 3-6 players and takes around 90 minutes to play
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 11.6 x 9.4 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Denmark
  • ASIN: B002B54VAM
  • Item model number: MFG4551
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 16 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,494 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Discover a modern European classic. Celebrate one of the world's most vital and enduring passions: railroads. Use your initial investment to build track. Then pick up commodities where they are grown, mined, or manufactured and deliver them to a lucrative place of demand. Complete a delivery and make the money you need to buy larger, faster trains, and expand your railroad empire. Win the game by building the most effective railroad empire. With over a million variations, Eurorails never grows old. You decide where to lay your tracks. Your only obstacles are rival tracks and Europe's great mountains, channels, and rivers. So, ignore the borders. Capture the industrial spirit of Europe and learn to build an empire. Whether you share Eurorails as an evening with friends or as a rainy day activity with your family, you'll always find it captivating. After enjoying this great game, you can explore one of the many other award-winning Empire Builder games, including titles as diverse as China Rails, Australian Rails, and Martian Rails. Eurorails is geographically accurate. The game depicts Europe's rivers, plains, and mountains, as well as its natural resources. It's a great way to learn about the geography, business, shipping, and transportation of Europe while having loads of fun with friends or family. Eurorails contains: 1 markable gameboard (puzzle-cut map), 2 decks of colorful cards (180 total), 94 color load chips, 1 pack of money, 1 pack of crayons, 6 train pawns, and full-color rules.

From the Manufacturer

In Steam, you build railroads and deliver goods along an ever-changing network of tracks and stations. You build the tracks, upgrade towns, improve your train, and grab the right goods to make the longest, most profitable deliveries. Score your deliveries and add to your income or victory points, balancing your need to invest against your quest to win the game. Steam contains a beautiful, double-sided game board. The map on each side depicts terrain, towns, and cities at the start of the railway age. The map of the northeastern USA and neighboring Canada is ideal for 3 or 4 players. Use the map of Europe's lower Rhine and Ruhr region when playing a 4- or 5-player game. And, because you can play Steam on any number of current and future variant and expansion maps, we include pieces for 6 players. Steam is the culmination of Martin Wallace's classic railroad game series. It contains a brilliantly balanced base game, and a very rich, elegant standard game. Both offer you unparalleled flavor and fun. Steam is designed by Martin Wallace, and plays 3-6 players. Game time is around 90 minutes, for players 10 years old and up. Steam contains: A full-color, double-sided game board, 136 double-sided track tiles, 8 New City tiles, 7 double-sided Action tiles, 144 wooden player tokens (in 6 colors), 96 wooden goods cubes (in 5 colors), 9 City Growth markers, 67 gold, silver and copper money tokens, 1 wooden train turn marker, 1 cloth goods bag, A simple, full color rules booklet for both the Base and Standard games

Customer Reviews

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The pieces were thick, well printed and well pre-cut.
Dominic Amann
The game mechanics are FAR more simple than the instructions imply.
T. Robinson
Agricola, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Settlers, Carcassonne, etc.
Pinch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adam Freeman on September 6, 2009
The game involves everything that Power Grid does, and then some. Planning, chance, diplomacy, economics, there is so much that can go wrong while planning the most in/efficient rails possible that no two games are likely to play the same with more than three players. This game is a great addition to any collection of family and friends games for friendly (or ruthless) games.

It can take 45 minutes or 2 hours, it all depends on how complicated you make it and whether everyone is trying to win... or there is someone just trying to ruin someone's chances.

This game is a definite 9/10
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Springer on March 30, 2013
Age of Steam is one of my favorite board games, so this revision was a must-buy for me. Martin Wallace has said that this is essentially the changes he'd like to make to Age of Steam; I consider them to be two versions of the same game and enjoy both.

If you're not familiar with Age of Steam, it's an economic game where you build routes between cities on a map (there are dozens and dozens of maps you can play), delivering goods to cities of the appropriate color in an attempt to build up your income as much as possible. Doing well requires planning ahead, and much of the attraction for me lies in figuring out how to approach the different maps (each of which generally changes the rules slightly). In order to lay track, you have to issue shares; issuing more shares (each gives you $5 immediately) may let you grow more quickly and take more of the premium actions, but each shareholder must be paid back $1 at the end of every turn for the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the amount of income you get for delivering goods depends on how far (by number of stops) the city is....but delivering along a route that requires more stops requires improving your locomotive, which in turn requires either giving up precious income-generating deliveries or winning the highly-contested Locomotive action at auction...

Steam has two rules sets you can play. The advanced set is basically the same as Age of Steam, with two main differences: income and points are now tracked separately (when scoring a delivery, you choose which track to advance on) and the luck factor has been removed (all goods that will come out are visible at the start of the game, and they're placed by an action rather than by rolling dice).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on October 27, 2012
This is not one of those games that the play-time can wander out of control. Every time I've played it and no matter the number of players, it takes about 2 hours. The game pieces are quality. The concepts are good. If this was the only game you owned, you wouldn't tire of it in a hurry. The creators were smart in supplying 2 totally different environments for game play. I am a big fan of "Ticket to Ride" which is another build-a-railroad game. However, the mechanics are very different while appealing to the same sort of players.

Some bullet points:

* The game isn't educational. There's nothing "taught" unless you consider recognizing some regional geography.
* Part construction is solid, but it lacks little baggies for storage. This was not an issue for me as I'm an avid board-gamer and keep gobs of little zip-loc bags around the house.
* This is an avid gamer game. Don't invite ditzy players who are incapable of both conversing and staying focused on a game.
* The game mechanics are FAR more simple than the instructions imply. The creators were just being thorough. If players have any arguments, the rules have an answer. This is good.

Thanks to my parents and kids for buying Steam for me.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pinch on July 21, 2009
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As an avid gamer, I have played most of the top games out there. Agricola, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Settlers, Carcassonne, etc. Steam stacks up very nice with these games and is a good buy at around 40ish bucks. I was looking to get into a train themed game (one deeper than Ticket To Ride, which is fun but shallow) and had to pick between Steam and Age of Steam 2009 edition. The 20 dollar price difference as well as the superior board art made the call for me. If you're looking for a good train game, this is the game for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Amann on October 29, 2012
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I was not disappointed when I opened Steam, popped out the counters and read the rules. The pieces were thick, well printed and well pre-cut. The rules were clear and concise. The basic game is easily mastered, and I look forward to playing the advanced game soon.

I also purchased the Steam Barons expansion, and as well as providing some good stock-market simulation, it also replaces the generic owner-markers with little wooden steam-engines, which add to the niceness of the game.

All in all, I recommend this to all board-game fans, and rail game fans in particular.
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