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Steam (Solo Variant)


In Steam you build railroads and deliver goods along an ever changing network of tracks and stations.

You build the tracks, upgrade towns, improve your train, and grab the right goods to make the longest, most profitable deliveries.

Score your deliveries and add to your income or victory points, balancing your need to invest against your quest to win the game.

Steam contains a beautiful, double-sided game board. The map on each side depicts terrain, towns, and cities at the start of the railway age.

The game plays very similarly to Age of Steam but with modifications to some of its mechanics and artwork.

Tracks for income, train level, etc. are all printed on the board around the map such that alternate maps can be overlaid on the board and the necessary tracks will still be able to be used.

Solo Variant

The following file contains SoloPlay rules to be able to play Steam in a solo environment.

Included with the rules is a player aid to control most of the variant elements, 12 different delivery score boards and a mini SoloPlay expansion. 3 levels of play have also been integrated into the rules as well.

In this variant there is a neutral company who works for you. Your focus is to reach an end game scoring goal while trying to deliver all cubes on the game board. The neutral company will help you with that.

This variant has been tested on the Steam base game boards and the 1st Steam expansion boards. All have been proven to work with this variant.

Setup: 10-12 minutes / Playtime: 75-90 minutes

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Video review

Age of Steam vs. Steam vs. Railways of the World

Player feedback

The forums at BoardGameGeek often have good discussions about gameplay.
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Solo ideas and discussions

A selection of posts specifically about solo gameplay or solo variants


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Official rules for Steam

Optimized version of the PDF, which will show images when viewed on an iPad. I opened the file in Acrobat, and saved as Optimized PDF. I made sure to UNCHECK the “Optimize images only if there is a reduction in size” box.

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File contains SoloPlay rules to be able to play Steam in a solo environment.

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Ni’ihau – A Solitare Map for Steam

Solo Map for Steam on the Hawaiian island of Ni’ihau. As a printable A4 pdf.

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Streamlined Player Aid – Base Game

New version with correction on town tile cost for improve/redirect.

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Wallace Railgames Comparison Chart

This chart is a side by side comparison of Age of Steam, Railroad Tycoon, Basic Steam, and Standard Steam. It is a nice summary for those who play all four games with different groups and may need a quick reference of what is different across all four Wallace games. Updated with corrected endgame scoring.

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