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Is Brass Birmingham fun to play?

Is Brass Birmingham fun to play?
Brass Birmingham

Players: 2 – 4 players | Game Duration 60 – 120 mins | Min. Age 14+ | Game complexity: EASY

Genre: Economy / Industry, Economy / Industry, Air / Land / Sea Travel

Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No | Online Version: No

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Roxley Games Brass Birmingham Board Games Roxley Games Brass Birmingham Board Games 445 Reviews $68.97

What is Brass Birmingham about?

Brass: Birmingham is an economic strategy game sequel to Martin Wallace’ 2007 masterpiece, Brass. Birmingham 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.

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. 

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Awards Won by Brass Birmingham

2020 Gra Roku Game of the Year Winner
2020 Gra Roku Game of the Year Nominee
2020 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Winner
2020 Gra Roku Advanced Game of the Year Nominee
2019 Origins Awards Best Board Game Nominee
2019 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2018 The Golden Elephant Award People’s Choice Winner
2018 The Golden Elephant Award Finalist
2018 The Golden Elephant Award Best Heavy Board Game Winner
2018 Meeples’ Choice Winner
2018 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Winner
2018 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Best Strategy/Euro Game Nominee
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Best Production Values Winner
2018 Board Game Quest Awards Best Production Values Nominee

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