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Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 20, 2006, 07:09:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



 



Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!



 



August 20, 2006: Settlers of Catan? Carcassonne? Railroad Tycoon? Ticket to Ride? If you haven’t heard of these games, then you are missing out on a totally new hobby hitting the local community. Designer board games have been around for ages but are making their presence felt after the first local Gamecon-1 last year.



 



Still no idea what these games are? Well, drop by Toybox on Merdeka Day(thats August 31) and be treated to a tutorial on the wonderful world of designer board games. It is a FREE session for all of you!



 



For gamers who want to introduce your friends to these games, grab this opportunity and bring them to Toybox. They get to experience and learn the games, minus the hassle of you teaching it to them.



 



This is also a good time for parents to introduce your kids to a healthy hobby. We have games that are suitable for kids of all ages.



 



Some of the games that will be on display will be:



 



·         Ticket to Ride



·         Settlers of Catan



·         Amazon



·         Hare & Tortoise



·         Gulo Gulo



·         Villa Paletti



·         and many more!



 



The tutorials will run from 10 am up to 9 pm on August 31, 2006. For more information, please email Nicholas Leong at n.leong@toybox.com.my or give him a call at 012-2675003.



 



Toybox is the first Malaysian hobby store to offer board games for rent. Located in Paramount Garden, we offer everyone a chance to game at an affordable rate. We also have a healthy community of card gamers in games such as VS System and Pokemon.



 



We are five minutes walk away from Paramount LRT station. For map and directions, please do not hesitate to email enquiry@toybox.com.my.



 



RSVP here

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 23, 2006, 09:51:04 am

Calling 6 players for Age of Steam. RSVP at KL Boardgames Meetup to reserve your seats. Game starts 2.30pm on Merdeka Day @ Toybox.





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. ...

  6. ...


 

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 23, 2006, 10:30:02 am

ooh.. Ainul proposing for some crazee stunt coz he wants more challenge!



We play three boards; two AOS and one RRT





Only for the extremely brave or disturbed... coz your brain might give way and you'll be admitted to Tg Rambutan. tsk tsk.



 

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: chrisyap on August 23, 2006, 01:02:28 pm

Calling 6 players for Age of Steam. RSVP at KL Boardgames Meetup to reserve your seats. Game starts 2.30pm on Merdeka Day @ Toybox.





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim

  6. ...
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on August 23, 2006, 02:12:56 pm

6. Nicholas Booi



I think Ainul will be able to secure another few more gamers for the other AoS session. Now to actually make space for you guys :P



Oh and me and Nicholas Booi might drift in and out of the game, we have to conduct tutorials anyway depending on turnout :)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: chrisyap on August 23, 2006, 09:11:32 pm

Hi hi!



We got 2 boards right? Well, if the 2nd board is open, I got one more...



7. Daniel Tan



:-)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 23, 2006, 09:45:14 pm

well, I cannot confirm yet whether the 2nd board will be there coz its owner has yet to text me to confirm its availability. But we'll be meeting for nosebleed tomolo at KL Sentral and I'll check with him but most likely we shud have two boards.



If not, I'll get 1856 going on the 2nd table!! Haha.. that'll be tough choices for you gamers to decide whether to go for AOS or 1856!



so let's recap who's joining... strictly those not on this list will be in wait-list and I won't allow them to jump queue.





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim


  6. Nicolas Booi


  7. Daniel Tan


 

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 23, 2006, 09:52:02 pm
[quote user="nicklwc"]

I think Ainul will be able to secure another few more gamers for the other AoS session. Now to actually make space for you guys :P



[/quote]



Yes Nick quite a fair bit of KL Meetup gamers coming... at least two tables so I appreciate if you can have some tables reserved for us. Oh, I think we all won't mind paying the rm2.50 per pax rate for this (even though the games are coming from me). I think it's fair for usage of your place. :)



NOTE TO Everyone: Pls take note there's a RM2.50 per person charge (per day) for this event. You can literally game at Toybox the entire day on Merdeka for just RM2.50. That's just to cover Toybox's cost for running the place (aircon, electricity, etc).



[quote user="nicklwc"]



6. Nicholas Booi



Oh and me and Nicholas Booi might drift in and out of the game, we have to conduct tutorials anyway depending on turnout :)



[/quote]



Ah... this I have to emphasize that AOS and 1856 are not games you can drift in and out (even for veterans) as the gameplay demands your total concentration. Else you may create inbalances in the gaming experience for others.



We do not mind teaching newbies for this game, but we need gamers who are committed to put their concentration into the game so that it's a fulfilling experience for everyone, deal?



I und you all need to take care of newbies as well so can I suggest both Nics (the Leong and Booi) take up one seat... this way I can show both of you how to play and you can take turns covering for one another when newbies demand your time?



We'll likely be around till late evening so I'm sure there'll be plenty of opportunities for us to play AOS again, this time with both of us having full concentration.

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 24, 2006, 12:50:12 am

Chua, Ainul, Christopher, Henry... where are u Railroad Steamers??



Edw/Long, any chance of dropping by for AOS?



http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/the_midnite_gamer/archive/2006/08/24/3426.aspx

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on August 24, 2006, 06:04:14 am

Ahhh, not a problem, me and Booi can share a seat (not literally of course).



Two tables eh? I'll see what I can do. Have to plan the space properly :)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: rhyen on August 24, 2006, 11:24:59 am
Coming,

What time do we start?
And I do want a power grid session in if possible.

Henry

PS: will try to saboh Chua if I am at his board again :P
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: aanemesis on August 24, 2006, 12:22:08 pm

[quote user="jack208"]Chua, Ainul, Christopher, Henry... where are u Railroad Steamers??[/quote]



Doesn't look like I can make it. [:(]

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on August 24, 2006, 12:41:05 pm
Wah ainul..you are the key to that second table, "double gaming at the same time" concept wor...
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 24, 2006, 12:49:10 pm

ya lar.. now it looks like we have a one-hump camel instead of two. But one more gamer for the table





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim

  6. Nicolas Booi

  7. Daniel Tan


  8. Henry Yeo


I think Irsal might join if he's able to confirm.

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on August 24, 2006, 06:33:45 pm
[quote user="jack208"]

ya lar.. now it looks like we have a one-hump camel instead of two. But one more gamer for the table





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim

  6. Nicolas Booi

  7. Daniel Tan

  8. Henry Yeo


I think Irsal might join if he's able to confirm.



[/quote]



count me in! Just put me in the newbies table

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on August 24, 2006, 08:03:38 pm
Don't worry..lots of places on jeff's table. Me and Booi might not be able to concentrate on the game so it might not be a good idea for us to be on the table. So still got spaces :)
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: DHEK on August 24, 2006, 10:42:36 pm

Ah... I'd love to come and join on two counts: (1) Wanna check out Toybox (never been there... yet!), and (2) Wanna learn how to play RRT and AOS... but... as you might know, hard for me to commit because of my odd working days and hours. Though Merdeka day may be a public holiday for most people, I'm working, so too bad for me.



You people enjoy yourselves. :)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 25, 2006, 02:14:41 am

[quote user="ayheng"]count me in! Just put me in the newbies table[/quote]



LOL, u still qualify to be in newbies table mer? Or are you trying to bully newbies? Or maybe you wanna go there coz those tables have pretty gals? [+o(]



Why our tables not good mer? Got many macho guys there mar LOL





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim

  6. Nicolas Booi

  7. Daniel Tan

  8. Henry Yeo

  9. Heng AY
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 25, 2006, 02:20:07 am

[quote user="nicklwc"]Don't worry..lots of places on jeff's table. Me and Booi might not be able to concentrate on the game so it might not be a good idea for us to be on the table. So still got spaces :)[/quote]



no lar Nick. Cannot like lat one. You/Booi are fine to share one seat. If you are worried you may move around too much, get Vincent to sit in too. Wah.. three men and one seat, interesting. [:p]



I bring AOS all the way to play with you guys mar, or at least you guys will be able to pick up the game. Then next time when I come with AOS again, we can dive in straight to the game.



Anyway if Ainul is not coming with his AOS, then I'll likely let 6 AOS newbies play the 1st round while I play something else on Table 2, maybe 1856 [:O] or perhaps RRT.



In any case, there are a few newbies to Euro Gaming coming over from KLMeetup so I'll most likely show them some games too.



The other point if I'm not playing AOS, I can then write a proper session report otherwise too involved sometimes no time to jot down notes for the session report. Geek gold running low kekeke...

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on August 25, 2006, 05:36:49 am
[quote user="DHEK"]

Ah... I'd love to come and join on two counts: (1) Wanna check out Toybox (never been there... yet!), and (2) Wanna learn how to play RRT and AOS... but... as you might know, hard for me to commit because of my odd working days and hours. Though Merdeka day may be a public holiday for most people, I'm working, so too bad for me.



You people enjoy yourselves. :)



[/quote]



Well, we will be there until 9pm or even later! Hehe..if you are not too tired, just drop by :D



@jeff - long day ma, I am sure we can sit down and learn when the newbies leave or something..hehe..

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: irsal on August 25, 2006, 06:15:30 am
Count me in! I haven't played these railroad games before except for TTR but they look like fun.


Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: LoStBoYz on August 25, 2006, 08:17:50 am
Only REAL railroad games (I mean with a RAILROAD theme) is Rail Road Tycoon and 18xx series games. Rest is just Eurogames with pasted on railroad theme which amounts to nothing, eg Age of Steam. But that doesn't mean those games are not fun to play, it just depends on what you want from the game.

If you got lots of time to kill go for the grand daddy of railroad games, 18xx. This game plays like those PC railroad simulation games and it last for 6 hours or so.

If time is an issue, play AoS. It doesn't have the rich railroad theme, but the game mechanics is awesome that a good player will trash a newbie almost all of the time. Eg. There is almost no luck here, just skills.

Personally I'm not that keen on RRT, since it falls between the 2 giants, 18xx and AoS. The middle-child syndrome. But the quality of the components will make you feel like a little kid looking at all the eye candies and its always fun to play with beautiful bits.

So HAVE FUN with the railroad games!! Just remember that all the 3 games plays very differently so just dive in with an open mind and enjoy it to the fullest. :)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 25, 2006, 08:19:54 am


  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim

  6. Nicolas Booi

  7. Daniel Tan

  8. Henry Yeo

  9. Heng AY


  10. Irsal


  11. ...


  12. ...


Two more and the tables shall be closed!

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on August 25, 2006, 09:30:38 pm
[quote user="jack208"]

[quote user="ayheng"]count me in! Just put me in the newbies table[/quote]



LOL, u still qualify to be in newbies table mer? Or are you trying to bully newbies? Or maybe you wanna go there coz those tables have pretty gals? [+o(]



Why our tables not good mer? Got many macho guys there mar LOL



[/quote]



I meant to say AOS newbies table, not total newbies table. :P Dun lar like that accuse me of being a bully, I very nice guy one.

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on August 25, 2006, 09:34:49 pm

[quote user="LoStBoYz"]Only REAL railroad games (I mean with a RAILROAD theme) is Rail Road Tycoon and 18xx series games. Rest is just Eurogames with pasted on railroad theme which amounts to nothing, eg Age of Steam. But that doesn't mean those games are not fun to play, it just depends on what you want from the game.

If you got lots of time to kill go for the grand daddy of railroad games, 18xx. This game plays like those PC railroad simulation games and it last for 6 hours or so.

If time is an issue, play AoS. It doesn't have the rich railroad theme, but the game mechanics is awesome that a good player will trash a newbie almost all of the time. Eg. There is almost no luck here, just skills.

Personally I'm not that keen on RRT, since it falls between the 2 giants, 18xx and AoS. The middle-child syndrome. But the quality of the components will make you feel like a little kid looking at all the eye candies and its always fun to play with beautiful bits.

So HAVE FUN with the railroad games!! Just remember that all the 3 games plays very differently so just dive in with an open mind and enjoy it to the fullest. :)

[/quote]



Don't forget the recommended step up in Railroad game complexity:



TTR < RRT < AOS < 18XX



I've done TTR, moved up to RRT. Next is AOS... Dunno if will get headache or get moved up to 18XX!

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: Champion Eternal on August 26, 2006, 06:30:16 am
[quote user="ayheng"]

step up in Railroad game complexity:



TTR < RRT < AOS < 18XX



I've done TTR, moved up to RRT. Next is AOS... Dunno if will get headache or get moved up to 18XX!



[/quote]



Don't forget the 'crayon rails' system like Empire Builder, Eurorails and Iron Dragon to name a few. These probably lie between RRT and AoS in complexity.



Also the Rail Baron and Mechants of Venus 'Monopoly railroad' system. So, ayheng, your progression list of railroad games probably would look like this:



TTR<RB<EB<AoS<18XX



 

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 26, 2006, 09:06:08 am
[quote user="Champion Eternal"]Also the Rail Baron and Mechants of Venus 'Monopoly railroad' system. So, ayheng, your progression list of railroad games probably would look like this:

TTR<RB<EB<AoS<18XX



[/quote]



yeah, I've Rail Baron too. One of the early games I bought! Back then it was supposedly THE railroad game of the times.



It's actually quite fun. esp in the beginning when you bid to acquire the railroad companies and go for your deliveries. However it petters out towards the end as the endgame can get draggy and a bit too long.



You omitted RRT here lar.. I would think it sits around EB rite?



TTR<RB<EB<AoS<18XX

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: Champion Eternal on August 26, 2006, 01:49:32 pm

Oh - yes RRT is somewhere near EB.



As for Merdeka Day, I am probably OK to play 1856 or AoS. Will confirm later.

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 27, 2006, 02:17:27 am

Good to hear this Chua. If you can confirm you are coming (hope to hear from you on this soon), then we can surely do two tables of AOS followed by two tables of 1856 (as I presume your 1856 would have arrived by then).



So beep me as soon as you can confirm and it's game on for the Age of Railroads on Merdeka Day!





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Chris Yap

  4. Christopher (CLYX)

  5. Ricky Lim

  6. Nicolas Booi

  7. Daniel Tan

  8. Henry Yeo

  9. Heng AY

  10. Irsal

  11. Chua

  12. ...
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: Champion Eternal on August 27, 2006, 03:51:26 pm
Dude-I said maybe. Cannot confirm yet.
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 27, 2006, 04:28:39 pm
I know la.. but no harm adding your name to the queue mar. If you cannot make it, then only I remove. [:p]
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: Champion Eternal on August 27, 2006, 05:19:48 pm
Ah...so....!
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: LoStBoYz on August 27, 2006, 06:12:04 pm
At least he got more faith in you turning up than me. :)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: Champion Eternal on August 28, 2006, 06:38:07 am
LOL!!!
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 28, 2006, 07:36:55 am

I'm likely going to be there around 11ish... but AOS only starting 230pm so there'll be time to do some other Euro Games.



Also planning to bring a few other Euro Games there. nicklwc, shout if you already have any of these, then I do not need to bring along





Looks like we are not ending at 10pm ler... more likely 5am!!! hahaha... just joking. But anyway pst pst.. I know some big boss on leave Fri so he can game till 5am also.



Also nicklwc, you think it's good to have dinner at Loong Foong? If yes, can you help organize? I luv to try their roasted duck again. [:P]

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on August 28, 2006, 10:26:53 am

Hey guys,



I have Amun-Re, Thurn and Taxis, Memoir 44. The rest all tarak :P



Btw, due to some emergency, I would not be able to attend the event so the rest of the Toybox people will make you feel like home.



As for dinner at Loong Foong, dont know such close relationship with them, haha so u got to jalan there early to get the duck, before its all sold out :P

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 29, 2006, 10:52:41 am

Alrite... looks like we are almost set to go. A few KL Meetup new members are coming.... plus the Terasek Gamers will be there too to play AOS/1856 etc.



And Edw has decided not to bring his Acquire. Instead he'll be doing Jungle Speed. No, not the board game but the one where you hang on ropes and swing from tree to tree shouting "oh oh oooohohohohoooooooo.... jungle......" [:P]



 

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on August 30, 2006, 10:33:49 am

Final roll for AOS, just nice for two tables of 6 players. A 6p game on the standard map (ie the one that comes with the game) is tough and one or two player won't make it .... kekeke...





  1. Jeff Au

  2. Nick Leong

  3. Nicolas Booi

  4. Chris Yap

  5. Christopher (CLYX)

  6. Ricky Lim

  7. Daniel Tan

  8. Henry Yeo

  9. Heng AY

  10. Irsal

  11. Chua

  12. Long TJ (LostBoyz)
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: nicklwc on September 01, 2006, 08:09:58 am

Hey guys,



So how was it yesterday? Was it a blast? Heard from my partners that so many of you turned up they had to clear more tables for you guys :)

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on September 01, 2006, 10:34:36 pm
Yep, we certainly heated and steamed up the place with gamers!
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: LoStBoYz on September 02, 2006, 04:03:48 pm
Heng, I noticed your AOS session was certainly steamed up alright.
Would love to hear your views on AOS since that was your 1st time with it.
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on September 03, 2006, 07:31:49 am
Would certainly like to do a session report + review with pics + views on this. Just wondering if anyone got the photos for me to put into my writeup first.
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on September 03, 2006, 03:57:00 pm

[quote user="ayheng"]Would certainly like to do a session report + review with pics + views on this. Just wondering if anyone got the photos for me to put into my writeup first.[/quote]



Heng, as usual yes you can use the photos which I shall upload later tonite.



In fact, I'm going to ask for your perm to copy/paste your Antike report into my Meetup Report for that week (me getting lazy now hehe). Of course, full credit given to the writer. No geek gold stuff for now but wait till I upgrade this forum to v2.1 and we'll have Member Reward Points [:)]



Since you write good report, sessions where you attended and if you are writing the report, I'll just wait for yours to copy/paste into the Meetup Report I posted to the blogs.



I'm sure you'll be writing about your Niagara experience yest rite? Esp since you literally screwed everyone that round when you played the weatherman as everyone played their 7 paddle point cards!!



 

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on September 03, 2006, 09:13:10 pm
[quote user="jack208"]

[quote user="ayheng"]Would certainly like to do a session report + review with pics + views on this. Just wondering if anyone got the photos for me to put into my writeup first.[/quote]



Heng, as usual yes you can use the photos which I shall upload later tonite.



In fact, I'm going to ask for your perm to copy/paste your Antike report into my Meetup Report for that week (me getting lazy now hehe). Of course, full credit given to the writer. No geek gold stuff for now but wait till I upgrade this forum to v2.1 and we'll have Member Reward Points [:)]



Since you write good report, sessions where you attended and if you are writing the report, I'll just wait for yours to copy/paste into the Meetup Report I posted to the blogs.



I'm sure you'll be writing about your Niagara experience yest rite? Esp since you literally screwed everyone that round when you played the weatherman as everyone played their 7 paddle point cards!!



 



[/quote]



 



Ah Jeff, you lazy bum! I don't mind you copying and pasting my reports. You can add your comments if you like, it'll be nice to have multiple views.



Niagara that day was pretty funny, man. Everyone somehow suddenly panicked by the coming rain or perhaps they were inspired by my grabbing 3 gems in the second turn, so they all put 7-paddle while I put the 'cloud' card! One canoe went over while another barely made it through some stroke of luck. It all kinda balances though, since most of them are able to get back safely with the 7-paddle.

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on September 04, 2006, 12:04:32 am
[quote user="ayheng"]

Niagara that day was pretty funny, man. Everyone somehow suddenly panicked by the coming rain or perhaps they were inspired by my grabbing 3 gems in the second turn, so they all put 7-paddle while I put the 'cloud' card! One canoe went over while another barely made it through some stroke of luck. It all kinda balances though, since most of them are able to get back safely with the 7-paddle.



[/quote]



Well yes it's true most did escape that stormy rain incident.. but that's only becoz of two things



1. We played the paddle turn-over rule wrongly otherwise no one would have guessed everyone played a "7"! Imagine the chaos when the last player turned up also a "7"... hahaha....



2. Yes many quickly paddled upstream and docked their canoes but at least that foiled their plans coz I'm sure some of them were thinking of grabbing a gem, speed upstream 5 steps when they played the 7. But your weather card and the fact everyone played a 7 made everyone changed their plans I think hehe

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on September 04, 2006, 05:26:30 pm
Err... Jeff, do you have the merdeka day photos? Whose camera was it that day that took the photos?
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: jack208 on September 04, 2006, 05:39:58 pm
A few.. mine is one of them. Actually I forgot about the Merdeka Day photos until you mentioned it here. I uploaded last Sat's GC photos but not the Merdeka Day. Will do that later tonite. [:p]
Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on September 08, 2006, 06:16:47 pm

Age of Steam









Boardgame session @ Toybox on 31 August 06



Six-player Age of Steam (AOS) with Jeff Au, Chris, Rob, Daniel, Ricky and Heng on the original board.






As this is the first game, I'll put in a bit of explanation on AOS' gameplay. I will assume everyone is familiar with Railroad Tycoon (RRT). If not, then you should direct yourself here to read Marcus' excellent review on the game first:



AOS is like a complex version of RRT. Players still build tracks, pick up goods and deliver them for income AND victory points. There are however some key differences with RRT which makes it more complex:



Differences which makes AOS more complex:



1. The auctioning now is for player order rather than 1st place. The first 2 players have to pay full for their bid, the rest half of their bid and the last nothing.



- Gotta watch what you put out, getting second still cost money!



2. There are roles to choose following the player order. These roles give powerful abilities which can influence the way the turn plays out.



- Gotta think what role you need, what role to deny people and whether you should bid higher in player order to make sure you get it!



3. Tracks can be built 3 at a time, connecting any number of cities.



- Gotta think how much you need to bid to grab all the short links first!



4. You don't have to own the starting city to deliver goods.



- Gotta deliver off goods in cities where you think the opponent might sneak off deliveries of their own!



5. There are limited goods on board, with future goods coming in shown on the production track.



- Gotta make sure you connect cities that can make deliveries of goods currently on board, as well as deliveries of goods coming on board in the future!



6. Last of all, shares can only be issued at the beginning of the turn.



- Gotta make calculations to make sure you got enough money to bid for the turn order you want, get the role you want, build the tracks you want, service the shares you have and still make sure you don't over-issue shares or go bankrupt before the end of the turn!



Phew! Fever, man, steam-ology on the brain!



Differences where AOS is better:



1. Player order is determined exactly by the amount of money you bid. No clockwise around the 1st player nonsense.



2. The auctioning of player order feels more intense when there are roles at stake, rather than RRT operation cards which can be redundant at times.



3. Smaller board, tighter gameplay, more interaction.



Differences where RRT is better:



1. Income and Victory track are combined into one streamlined track. No income reduction nonsense and fiddliness. End of game calculation is simple, no need to do multiplication and track counting as in AOS.



2. The boards and components, just so much more beautiful and appealing.



With that in mind, we now report on the game session:



1st, we randomly generate the goods in the cities and immediately, Jeff immediately mention that this is a resource poor board. The gamers, agreeing with him, begin their analysis...



Aos11  Hmm... no deliveries possible... the analysis continues...



Chris, breaking the analysis, made his first move. He gets 'First Build', and...



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...connects the cities with the rich 3 goods! He draws an applause from Ricky...



... who proceeds to 'Urbanize' a new city, to create a possible first turn 2 goods delivery!



Sensing oppurtunity, Jeff connects the newly urbanized city, directly competing with Ricky (ouch, sabotage!) Daniel agrees with Chris' analysis and muscled in on the rich south-eastern cities action.



Branching out, Rob and Heng decide to be cowboys and went west (yee-haw!) for their riches.



By the midgame, Ricky (red) had developed a north-south line east of the lake, while Daniel (yellow) and Chris (green) battled over an east-west line stretching from the far east to the middle of the board.



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Over the far west, Jeff (black) abandons his contest with Ricky and mix it up with the cowboys Rob (purple) and Heng (blue). Soon, cries of "Hey, that's my goods cube!" was heard. Goods start to run low.



The bidding process was skewed in this newbies game as players bid up obscene amounts to get first place. Urbanization was a popular role choice just to get a proper delivery destination at first, and to get goods cube onto the board towards the end. Debts from bidding wars start to run high...



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... "you're at turn 3 and you issued that much shares??!!"... (Chua gasping at the madness)



... "oh no, I can't run away from this game!"... (Edwin lamenting at the gameplayers... probably from some AOS bankruptcy experience...)



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... "what to do?"... - Rob



... "what to do?"... - Daniel



... "i've got this wrapped up, now on to my mobile games..."... - Ricky





(no, that's not what they thought but it sure looks like it... :P)





Towards the end of the game, things got a little chaotic. Left with no alternatives, players start delivering goods using his track, your track, my track, any track. Some king-making action was going on as certain actions by certain players push certain leaders higher. At the start of the last turn however, it was certain that Ricky was in the lead, with Heng one step behind. The rest was certainly some distance back and Rob certainly overextended himself with his bidding for the urbanization role.



Being with the least shares, Heng issued enough shares to guarantee a first place player order. Taking the 'locomotive' role, Heng was able to upgrade his engine just in time to make 2 consecutive 4-link deliveries to boost himself neck-to-neck with Ricky. When the dust settled, Heng was just slightly ahead after adding the victory points from the number of tracks built.



On the other end of the spectrum, Rob managed to get himself into negative points territory... "Jet lag, man, jet lag..."



Overall, a tight race for the finish, with some king-making chaos muddling up the end game, but woo hoo! I won the game! :P

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: KANDANG on September 09, 2006, 09:39:42 pm
wht was chua doing, not playing?
=p

Title: Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
Post by: ayheng on September 10, 2006, 04:23:58 am
Chua was at the other AOS table. We had two AOS table! Woo hoo! Check out Jeff's pics on this site. Edwin just came in and went to play Niagara, something less headachy than AOS.