Age of Industry

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Players are tycoons in the early days of the Industrial Revolution, a time when traditional craftsman were rapidly replaced with steam-powered machines. Players invest in the production of raw materials, the manufacturing of goods and the transportation networks needed to connect them. 

Age of Indusrty is a simplified version of Brass. Like Brass, the strategic space is vast and player decisions are limited by cards. In Age of Industry, however, cards are color-coded to regions rather than specific cities, allowing the players to be more flexible with their plans, while at the same time, continuing to limit the decisions available. The color-coded region cards will also support expansion maps. 

In addition, the original Brass rules were simplified by eliminating the canal period; there is only one period, the railway era. There is also a new, non-specific industry, which will change with each map. 

According to Wallace, "You can now play something with the depth of Brass but in half the time. The game will have a double-sided map, with Germany on one side and southern New England on the other." 

You can now play what is still a challenging economic game in around ninety minutes (once familiar with the rules). 

If you found Brass to intimidating then Age of Industry is a much better game to start with.

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Publisher: Treefrog