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Imperial Steam

Imperial Steam

Regular price $98.50 AUD
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All Australian locations

Fee Summary

$10 flat fee - Australia
Calculated at checkout for International Orders.
Express post services by Enquiry.

Postage within Australia

Australia Post Shipping

We use Australia Post as our primary shipping services in Australia. We discount the shipping for you to provide a $10 flat fee to anywhere in Australia!

All shipments will be provided with a tracking number.

Local Pickup

We offer local pickup / curb side pickup via prior arrangement only - North Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Please chat to us for this option.

International Orders

All our upgrades ship Internationally to most locations (Europe, US, Canada, South America, Singapore, Oceania). We have shipped to over 28 countries. If your country is not listed as an available destination, or you are unable to check out, please reach out to us.

Due to high prices on shipping of board games we typically do not ship these internationally. We use Australia Post for our international postage which typically have a 9 to 26 day delivery timeframe. For international orders, shipping costs are calculated at checkout. All shipments will be provided with a tracking number and insured with the carrier up to $100

Unfortunately there are certain countries we cannot ship to due to customs regulations. If your country is not available at checkout, please contact us and we can confirm.

Taxes, Duties and Customs

Please note that customs tariffs, taxes or import duties on arrival at the destination country are the sole responsibility of the customer. All our products are zero-rated for tax for international orders. For those in the European union, and in Brazil you may be contacted by customs for processing of your item.

Processing Timeframes

All our items that state are in stock, are physically in stock in our warehouse in Brisbane. We do not drop ship, or indicate we have items that we don't have physical stock of.

Processing time frames are as follows:

  • Board Games and accessories are Next Business Day.
  • 3DLevelup branded items are typically posted 1-3 Business Days.

For 3DLevelup branded items, whilst we have the items in stock, we need to often assemble, sort, quality check and pack your items which can take time. Sometimes our quality check prior to shipment will require us to re-print a small part.

If you have purchased a Pre-Order item (stated in the item name), our processing time is typically 5-10 business days as we need to print your order.

Business Hours

Our business operates Monday to Friday but we try and answer questions from the online chat outside business hours if able to do so. We understand many of our customers are in a very different time zone to us. Shipping drop offs and pickups are also Monday to Friday. 

Delivery Timeframes

For domestic shipping Australia Post typically delivers within 5 business days. We often see deliveries in Brisbane locations take 2 business days.

For international orders it is typically 9-26 days but we have seen this extend out to 35 days to some countries.

Shipment Tracking

Shipment will always have a tracking number for you to be able to check status. You will receive an email with a link to our website where you can view tracking information once your order has been placed. We recommend you also provide your mobile for SMS or an reliable email account for shipping update notifications when you place your order.

If you lose your tracking number or do not see it, please contact us and we can provide. We are with you on the journey and more than happy to assist with shipping enquiries.

Shipping Insurance

All items are automatically insured up to $100 AUD on all orders. If you would like to increase this insurance let us know. We may at our own discretion increase this insurance cover without additional cost.

If you have an issue with shipment, or items damaged in transit, please reach out to us. 

3DLevelup upgrades available

We have an organiser, trains, resources, stations, tracks, tunnels, bridges and more. Our Upgrades

Playtime, player count and age

90 -120 MINUTES

2-4 PLAYERS

12+ AGE

Style:

economic
worker placement
euro
route
network
train

Rank

We rank this game: 8.0 / 10

Visit Board Game Geek Board Game Geek to see community rank

Reviews and How to Play

Sleeve Qty and Size Requirements

44 x 68 MINI EURO 169 SLEEVES

Add sleeves to cart here: QTY 4 MATTE 46x71 MINI EUROPEAN SLEEVES

Additional Product Details

Year Released: 2021
Publisher: Capstone Games
Designer: Alexander Huemer

Barcode: 850000576292

The Industrial Age is starting to boom. You are in need of more workers for your factories, and you also need more workers to build railroad tracks to expand your railway network. This, in turn, will enable you to deliver the goods from your factories to cities with high demand. But do not forget to earmark goods for fulfilling profitable public contracts, because when the connection to Trieste is made, your net worth is all that matters. 

Imperial Steam is a highly strategic yet accessible economic and logistics game that sees you making difficult decisions as you manage your business’s operations while navigating fierce competition to ensure your victory!

  • Plan, build, and expand your railway network
  • Hire and train workers, build factories, produce and deliver goods
  • Upgrade your locomotives to carry more goods and passengers
  • Beautiful artwork from Andreas Resch
  • Two unique game ending rules with their own scoring steps

Game Mechanics:

  • Economic
  • Worker Placement
  • Network and Route Building
  • 2-4 Players
  • Ages 12+
  • 120 Min Play Time

Our Review and Recommendation:

This game brought back childhood memories for me. When I was younger I played the original Sid Meir's Railroad Tycoon for many hours. This game feels like that in a board game with social interaction with other players! As soon as I played it, I thought, this is the only board game I've come across that makes consist of a set of trains, and its configuration so important. You'll be thinking to yourself, should I upgrade this locomotive? Should I put more passenger cars on it? Should I sign up to more contracts and commit some of my freight carriages for the rest of the game to it? I also love the investors mechanic on this, and the gamble to ensure you get through the mountains. If you don't those contracts were a waste of time! Don't sell to much of your business to investors, or you'll be left with literally nothing at the end of the game. 

Yes its a challenging game, the pressure is immense. We have dedicated a lot of time to this game to adorn it with the most beautiful tokens in the world - we've managed to convert it into a model railway. I can easily see why Spiel awarded this game of the year in 2022. The only complaint is potentially 3 player with the default setup, causing 2 players to heavily compete in the alps whilst the 3rd player could go unhindered from competition giving them an advantage. This game plays best at 2 or 4 players.

For me I rank this game 9/10. Its a high score, but the only thing that pulls it back for me is the base game components (fixed in our upgrade), and the potential unbalance of 3 player. Plenty of re-playability - if you love trains, arn't afraid of complex games this is a MUST BUY!

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Note: Board Games do not ship internationally

Due to high postage costs we do not ship our board games internationally. Our upgrades do ship internationally to most countries. Check them out below.