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Post by jeff » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:24 pm

The cottonmills are good because they provide steady income. he also used a lot of rail links. I should have started earlier, but got distracted.

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Post by gerald » Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:34 pm

Yeah, I didn't try to compete for shipyards this time...

If you think about it, a couple of 3 or 4 cotton mills are worth about as many VPs as a shipyard, but they also help flip ports (more VPs) and they bring more income... If only I had had a couple more cotton mills card (or relevant cities), I believe I would have done better; and also less of these already-busy cities... Oh well, it's part of the game: You have to play with what you get!

And it shows what a balanced game Brass is, getting such close scores from totally different strategies...

Well done Ben, keeping a shipyard handy until the hand is very useful, because its low income make it less desirable earlier in the phase...

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Post by jeff » Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:52 pm

I'm starting to see real value in a coal and rail strategy. It was definitely a race for the best lines at the end there.

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Post by jeff » Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:53 pm

So do you have this game IRL Ben?

And when are you going to dockers?

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Post by bsmith » Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:51 pm

jeff wrote:So do you have this game IRL Ben?

And when are you going to dockers?
Nah I don't own it, never played in real life; Not much point as the only FtF gaming I'm doing these days is with the GF. But thankfully, through careful psychological manipulation she's quickly turning into a gamer. :badgrin:

Yeah, I need to get my butt back down to Dockers... But not having the discount card is really saving me money and shelf-space!
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Post by christianmoura » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:27 am

bsmith wrote:
jeff wrote:So do you have this game IRL Ben?

And when are you going to dockers?
Nah I don't own it, never played in real life; Not much point as the only FtF gaming I'm doing these days is with the GF. But thankfully, through careful psychological manipulation she's quickly turning into a gamer. :badgrin:

Yeah, I need to get my butt back down to Dockers... But not having the discount card is really saving me money and shelf-space!
What games does the GF like?

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Post by gerald » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:22 am

jeff wrote:I'm starting to see real value in a coal and rail strategy.
It's certainly something to explore, but I think it is dangerous: Flipped coal mines don't get you many VPs; and rails only get as many points as flipped buildings on either side, so if you're spending turns building rails instead of building, it's that many less points you'll get because of less industries being built and flipped, and you're potentially blocking other players from going into your network, further reducing the value of your rails.
It was definitely a race for the best lines at the end there.
In my case, I didn't have the cotton mills I wanted, so that was the next best thing...

But it's true that rails are usually good end-of-game moves just because they can bring more points than other actions at that point in time -- assuming you have the cash for them!

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Post by bsmith » Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:36 pm

christianmoura wrote: What games does the GF like?
Leanne has been playing for around four months and there have been no show-stoppers yet. I've kept it simple, the most complex have been Fury of Dracula and Agricola. Lost Cities is probably a favourite as are Blue Moon City and Yinsh.

I never suggest playing anything, but she has to stare at a wall of games 4 times a week so it's inevitable that curiosity will triumph haha.

Love the meta-game!
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Post by Fraser » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:03 pm

Vince taught us this last night, I am interested now!
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Post by bsmith » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:36 pm

So you're ready for a 4-er game Fraser?
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Post by Fraser » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:06 pm

Could be dangerous, since my one and only was a three player, but yeah I'll give it a go!
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Post by Fraser » Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:45 pm

OK I am registered now.
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Post by bsmith » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:21 pm

No worries, I created a game called MelbourneGamers #4, password is mgamers.

Good luck all!
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Post by ozjesting » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:15 pm

Yay! Back in the mix. Thanks for the help Ben. Look forward to the games.

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Re: Play by Web Brass anyone?

Post by bsmith » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:26 pm

Has anyone been playing Brass regularly? I know you bought a copy Gerald, are you still finding new strategies or is it starting to feel "discovered"?
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