Age of Steam: Amazon Rainforest / Sahara Desert
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Designer Ted Alspach has announced the second of three expansions for Age of Steam / Steam that has plans to release in October 2010 through his own Bézier Games. As with the previously announced California Gold Rush / Underground Railroad, Amazon Rainforest / Sahara Desert is a full-sized, double-sided mounted game board, with rules for playing in both the Steam and Age of Steam game systems. Here's Alspach's descriptions of the two expansions:
"Amazon Rainforest takes place deep in the Brazilian forests, where you're building railroads between the few small cities scattered about. Unlike most Steam/AoS maps, Amazon does not have towns...and there's no way to get them on the map. Fortunately, your income isn't tied to links. Unfortunately, it's tied to the "wood market" where each color cube represents a different kind of prized and scarce South American wood. The more wood that's delivered, the scarcer the supply, which drives up the price. The less wood on the board, the cheaper the wood. You've got to find the rare stuff and deliver it before anyone else does. Due to the limited number of cities, the track network you build is critical. Amazon Rainforest is for 3-6 players."
" Sahara Desert takes place on the northern portion of Africa. In possibly one of the harshest climates ever to build a railroad network, you won't survive without lots and lots of water. However, you can get water only from the oases throughout the desert, and once they dry up, they dry up for good. If you don't have access to water, you can pay for it per delivery, or if you're really crafty, you'll choose the Water Import action and not worry about water for this turn. Regardless of how you do it, it's going to be tough, and there's going to be more moisture slowing coming down your face in the form of tears than anywhere else. Sahara Desert is for 3-5 players who won't acknowledge their limitations."
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com