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This is the Deluxe version of Brass Birmingham from the Spring, 2017, Roxley Games Kickstarter campaign!!!

An economic strategy game sequel to Martin Wallace’ 2007 masterpiece!!  This game features all the same aesthetic upgrades featured in the Roxley re-release of Brass Lancashire: the fabulous artwork, the upgraded components, the player boards, and those gorgeous Iron Clays!!   If you know anything about me, then you know that I literally levitate off the ground when a game’s art, components, and mechanics tie seamlessly into the theme – particularly when those components are De-LUXE!.  And man-oh-man am I levitating today!!!  The original version of this game was already spectacular – hands down – and this sequel does NOT disappoint!  The outstanding artwork of Damien Mammoliti and Mr. Cuddington, and the absolutely ultra-high-end “iron clays” and deluxe cardboard chits take this posh version of the game to the NEXT LEVEL!!  Can you tell that I’m a bit excited?  Hahaha.

All humor aside, when I first got into board gaming a very good friend of mine said, “Brass is perhaps one of the best classic Euros you will ever come across.”  Sadly, the Navy called and I moved out of the local area before we got it to the table.  Fortunately, I backed the Roxley 2017 Kickstarter campaign and was able to get both Brass Lancashire, and this gem, Brass Birmingham to the table – on the same day!!!  And despite a serious case of brain melting at the end of the 6-hour ordeal, I was hooked!  Both of these games are AMAZING!  In Brass Birmingham, many of the same basic rules and mechanics from Brass/Brass Lancashire are still present, but the designers have added a variety of twists; and they bring even more depth and mechanical entanglement to the game!

A  larger coal and iron market and an option to obtain wild location and industry cards gives players a bit more breathing room when trying to build crucial industries in the most advantageous spots on the board.  But be forewarned, beer is now required when selling goods… and beer is (sadly) in limited supply!  Build a brewery and produce your own beer, but if your competitors build connections between your brew-house and a trader interested in their goods you can say goodbye to that hard-won beer!!!  As alluded to in the previous sentence, trading outposts now exist only on the outer edges of the board and each of them only purchases specific goods!

Have the ability to add a ridiculously valuable piece of pottery to your player board, but no way to get it clear across the game board to a trader?  Exactly….

This game is even tighter than the original!  Whether you prefer this or the original Brass (or re-released Brass Lancashire) is obviously something that will be based upon your unique likes and dislikes in board games.  But rest assured, I think someone would be hard-pressed to like one and not the other.  In fact, I think the increased constraints of Birmingham actually appeals to me more than Lancashire.  Perhaps after a few more plays that will change… who knows.  Either way, you cannot go wrong picking up this amazing sequel to Brass Lancashire!!!!

Setting up Brass Birmingham on your gaming table is like laying out artwork that just happens to double as a board game.  And there’s beer!!

This one is a must for every Upstart Boardgamer!!  😉

 

Ages: 14+
Players: 2 – 4
Play Time: 60-120 minutes
Designer:
Gavan Brown
Matt Tolman
Martin Wallace
Artists:
Lina Cossette
David Forest
Damien Mammoliti
Publisher: Roxley Games
SKU: ROXLEY 002
MSRP: $79.95 and up on eBay (US)
Our Price: $68.50
Link to BGG: Brass Birmingham

 

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Description

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. (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 sequel to Brass. It offers a very different story arc and experience from its predecessor.

Additional information
Weight 8.0 lbs
Dimensions 12.375 × 12.375 × 3.75 in
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