Age of Steam: Sharing
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Designer Ted Alspach is not normally a warm and friendly guy, as anyone who reads his Board 2 Pieces comic strip will already know. He's only warm when he's roasting someone, and his friendliness is invariably a cover for efforts to do something nasty to you in a game. You just can't trust the guy.
Or can you? Perhaps Alspach has turned over a new leaf, as is evidenced by the final Age of Steam / Steam map in the Essen 2010 Map Pack from his Bézier Games, a bonus map called Sharing available only to those who preorder the Map Pack. (Follow the info link above for prices and ordering details.) Sharing brings to mind a "very special episode" of an Age of Steam game, and the description provided by Alspach only reinforces this impression:
All you've ever wanted to do in life is to connect all the locations where there are parties so that everyone can deliver gifts to each other...how fun is that? You know, of course, that people who build railroad companies are the most generous people in the world. They love to help out their competitors, with a motto of "all for the greater good" while having boatloads of fun. In this expansion, you'll share track with your opponents while they share track with you. And all it takes to share? A share!
Yes, you're still competing with other players to move all the gifts everyone has gotten for each other to the correct party, but you're doing it with a wink of your eye and a fun little skip to your step. Sure, there's still only one winner, but it's really about how many friends you make while playing...and doesn't that make everyone a winner?
Sharing is for 3 to 6 players who really care about other people.
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com
Players: 3 - 6
Weight: 700 grams (estimated)