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Brass: Birmingham

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Ticket to Ride on Steriods

I consider it one of the best games in my collection. I also have Ticket to Ride and at a superficial level (laying track to make your route its similar but there is so much more to Brass: Birmingham. Every turn is vital and you have to weigh up the pro and cons of the actions available to you in that turn. You will never have enough time to do everything you want. Aside from the cards you are dealt there is no luck. This is strategy all the way. But your strategy may need to be flexible to adapt to what others are doing around you. I find the game completely absorbing and the fastest couple of hours you'll ever spend at the game table. It's a very satisfying game, flipping tiles to receive the rewards of your plans, and moving the markers along the two trackers. The card system seems rather elegant to me, as you watch the deck get lower and lower and game end approaches, everything comes out even cardwise. I enjoy the mechanism of piling money earned in a round on my character token and using that determine turn order, being where you want to be on that turn track every round is a crucial part of the game. To top everything off the art is beautiful there is a day and night side of the board... not for any practical difference just because it make the board look pretty on both sides! 5*****

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Great 2 player experience

We bought this as a lockdown treat after hearing alot of rave reviews, and it did not disappoint! The changes from Brass Lancashire, such as the removal of ports and additions of beer add another dimension to a great puzzle.

Plays well at two players along with the lovely artwork(with the dual sided day/night board particularly being a treat).

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Reviewed by Michelle B., from United Kingdom
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Great game!

This is a very good game with good mechanics and a good theme "feel." Takes a bit of time during your first play or two to understand exactly what to do, but it all makes sense eventually.

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Reviewed by Denis T., from United Kingdom
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Great game and super support

Great game and super support from TM team in Oxford

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Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game sequel to Martin Wallace' 2007 masterpiece, BrassBirmingham tells the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham during the industrial revolution, between the years of 1770-1870.

As in its predecessor, you must develop, build, and establish your industries and network, in an effort to exploit low or high market demands.

Each round, players take turns according to the turn order track, receiving two actions to perform any of the following actions (found in the original game):

1) Build - Pay required resources and place an industry tile.
2) Network - Add a rail / canal link, expanding your network.
3) Develop - Increase the VP value of an industry.
4) Sell - Sell your cotton, manufactured goods and pottery.
5) Loan - Take a £30 loan and reduce your income.

Brass: Birmingham also features a new sixth action:

6) Scout - Discard three cards and take a wild location and wild industry card. (This action replaces Double Action Build in original Brass.)

The game is played over two halves: the canal era (years 1770-1830) and the rail era (years 1830-1870). To win the game, score the most VPs. VPs are counted at the end of each half for the canals, rails and established (flipped) industry tiles.

Birmingham features dynamic scoring canals/rails. Instead of each flipped industry tile giving a static 1 VP to all connected canals and rails, many industries give 0 or even 2 VPs. This provides players with the opportunity to score much higher value canals in the first era, and creates interesting strategy with industry placement.

Iron, coal, and cotton are three industries which appear in both the original Brass as well as in Brass: Birmingham.

New "Sell" system

Brewing has become a fundamental part of the culture in Birmingham. You must now sell your product through traders located around the edges of the board. Each of these traders is looking for a specific type of good each game. To sell cotton, pottery, or manufactured goods to these traders, you must also "grease the wheels of industry" by consuming beer. For example, a level 1 cotton mill requires one beer to flip. As an incentive to sell early, the first player to sell to a trader receives free beer.

Birmingham features three all-new industry types:

Brewery - Produces precious beer barrels required to sell goods.

Manufactured goods - Function like cotton, but features eight levels. Each level of manufactured goods provides unique rewards, rather than just escalating in VPs, making it a more versatile (yet potentially more difficult) path vs cotton.

Pottery - These behemoths of Birmingham offer huge VPs, but at a huge cost and need to plan.

Increased Coal and Iron Market size - The price of coal and iron can now go up to £8 per cube, and it's not uncommon.

Brass: Birmingham is a finely brewed sequel to one of history's most industrial economic games. It offers a very different story arc and experience from its predecessor. Many of the tried and true strategies of the original are no longer as powerful as they once were, and other interesting new strategies are waiting for you to discover.

 

2-4 PLAYERS | 60-120 MINS | AGES 14+

 

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average rating 5.0 out of 5
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100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 4 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 5 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 4 out of 5
5 Reviews
Reviewed by Pete
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Average play time
2-3 Hours
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Good Prices
  • Secure Packaging
  • Quick Delivery
  • Supporting Local
  • Knowledgeable Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Ticket to Ride on Steriods

I consider it one of the best games in my collection. I also have Ticket to Ride and at a superficial level (laying track to make your route its similar but there is so much more to Brass: Birmingham. Every turn is vital and you have to weigh up the pro and cons of the actions available to you in that turn. You will never have enough time to do everything you want. Aside from the cards you are dealt there is no luck. This is strategy all the way. But your strategy may need to be flexible to adapt to what others are doing around you. I find the game completely absorbing and the fastest couple of hours you'll ever spend at the game table. It's a very satisfying game, flipping tiles to receive the rewards of your plans, and moving the markers along the two trackers. The card system seems rather elegant to me, as you watch the deck get lower and lower and game end approaches, everything comes out even cardwise. I enjoy the mechanism of piling money earned in a round on my character token and using that determine turn order, being where you want to be on that turn track every round is a crucial part of the game. To top everything off the art is beautiful there is a day and night side of the board... not for any practical difference just because it make the board look pretty on both sides! 5*****

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Reviewed by Mark
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I recommend this product
Average play time
1-2 Hours
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Secure Packaging
  • Quick Delivery
  • Supporting Local
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Great 2 player experience

We bought this as a lockdown treat after hearing alot of rave reviews, and it did not disappoint! The changes from Brass Lancashire, such as the removal of ports and additions of beer add another dimension to a great puzzle.

Plays well at two players along with the lovely artwork(with the dual sided day/night board particularly being a treat).

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Reviewed by Ilya A., from United Kingdom
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Michelle B., from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Great game!

This is a very good game with good mechanics and a good theme "feel." Takes a bit of time during your first play or two to understand exactly what to do, but it all makes sense eventually.

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Reviewed by Denis T., from United Kingdom
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Great game and super support

Great game and super support from TM team in Oxford

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