Age of Steam: Really Friendly Sharing
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As described on BGN, designer Ted Alspach previously announced a bonus Age of Steam / Steam map called Sharing for those who order the Essen 2010 Map Pack through his Bézier Games. But philanthropist that he is, Alspach has decided that mere Sharing is not good enough – after all, you share train lines with others, but the game still has only one winner. For those who frown on such things, you'll be delighted to know that you can flip over that nasty Sharing board and instead share a communal hug around the game board for Really Friendly Sharing. Here's Alspach's description of this sugary confection:
What if Steam / Age of Steam were a truly cooperative game, like Shadows over Camelot without a traitor? Or if no one had to die in Clue, so you could just mosey around that neat mansion talking to your friends? Or if there were no diseases in Pandemic, or no ghosts in Ghost Stories? Wouldn't that be fun? Sure, it would!
Ted Alspach's Really Friendly Sharing is for 2 to 10 players who don't have some horribly recessive competitive gene. In Ted Alspach's Really Friendly Sharing, you work as a team to build a railroad. Many of the aspects that cause unnecessary tension in Age of Steam have been removed, like money and the AoS auction, so you can focus on laying track, making deliveries, getting VPs and having fun!
Really Friendly Sharing is available only for Essen preorders of the Bezier Games 2010 Map Pack – which now consists of eight maps, six of them mounted! – and is a great way to wind down after a super-competitive gaming session. Put a win in your column by playing Really Friendly Sharing!
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com
Players: 2 - 10
Weight: 700 grams (estimated)