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Bonnie Delaney
United States
Guilderland
New York
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10
Nov 2001*
Great auction game. Even though I've never won and I get "trounced" every time I play, it's one of my favorite games. Great theme, nice bits, lots of choices. The two player variant on the Internet seems to work pretty well.
2001-11-26*
Owned
Winton Lemoine
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Sep 2002*
Currently my favorite game. I believe it has just the right number of variables including the various approaches you may take in trying to win. I never try for the 'highest suns' total bonus at the end.
2002-09-24*
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Nick Parish
United Kingdom
London
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10
Dec 2002*
Another outstanding game from the master, Reiner Knizia. The ability to call auctions at will, combined with the vital importance of the Ra-tile track, make this a very clever game. As good as Modern Art - and possibly better.
2002-12-11*
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Keith Shapley
United Kingdom
Fleet
Hampshire
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10
Dec 2007*
Herr Knizia has made a cracking closed-loop auction game. Even non-gamers (ie the rest of my family) like this one
2007-12-31*
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Rick Lingle
United States
Chicago area
Illinois
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10
Dec 2008*
One of my all-time favs. Plays like Knizia's Medici on adrenaline, has everything going for it from the play to the sturdy, high-quality components. Thin as it is, I love the theme, too. Only flaw I can see at all is that I don't play it enough.
2003-01-26*
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Tom McGrady
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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10
Mar 2003*
For three or more players, I think this is my favourite game. Simple and elegant gameplay; a fantastic (and quick!) auction game. Never gets old.
2003-03-06*
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Brian A
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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10
Mar 2003*
I find this game quite compelling. The components are wonderful--particularly the Sun tiles. The complaints I hear and read about RA tiles occuring too frequently seem to indicate some people just don't appreciate the delicate danger of calling RA too much (and getting stuck at the end as others get a tile buffet) or calling RA too little (and watching the high-number sun tiles become devastatingly powerful). VERY TASTY decisions to be made here and enough flavor/theme (IMHO) to put it among the great greats.
2003-03-20*
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Adam Deverell
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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10
Apr 2003*
Reiner’s finest and the best bidding game yet. I treat it as a strategy game, even though the tiles sometimes require some quick thinking tactical decisions. The tension is always high and the theme works surprisingly well. Alea could have managed a bag for the bucket load of tiles though.
2003-04-14*
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Steve Easton
United Kingdom
Woking
Surrey
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10
Apr 2003*
Of all the games in my collection this one gets requested the most. The best of Reiner's bidding games, this is easy to pick up but devilish in the agonising decisions facing players. I'll Ra that!
2003-04-17*
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Matthew Gray
United States
Reading
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2003*
This may be my favorite auction game. Rather different from a traditional auction
game, it borrows aspects from several other games as well as a few novel bits of its
own. The discrete nature of the bidding tiles, the wide range of scoring options, the
simple but important strategic decision of when to call an auction and the reasonably
playing time combine to make this an outstanding game.
2003-07-09*
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Francis Simon
United States
Malvern
Pennsylvania
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10
Sep 2003*
Love this game. It plays great no matter how many players! I don't alweays do to well, but if its brought to gaming I always want to play it.
2003-09-24*
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Ji-Won Park
South Korea
Seoul
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10
Dec 2003*
My favorite game.
2014-10-16
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russell key
United Kingdom
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Unspecified
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10
Dec 2003*
superb - a quick game that can be played at any time during a gaming session
2003-12-30*
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Brian Stormont
United States
Uxbridge
Massachusetts
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10
Apr 2004*
The more I play this game, the more I like it.
2004-04-20*
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J Rachfal
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
Apr 2004*
I only play with 3. Much less control and fun with 4 or 5.
2004-04-28*
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Paul Hawkins
United States
Shelton
Connecticut
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10
May 2004*
Show some love as Ra plays great with 3, 4 and 5 players!

I enjoy the balance of short and long term scoring, bidding and resource management along with the fact that you bid with your sun tiles which the next bid winner will then have for the next turn.

Add the fact that it can easily play in under an hour and it's one of my favorites.
2004-05-10*
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Wendy McILroy
United States
Point Roberts
Washington
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10
May 2004*
As a pure bidding/auctioning game, it doesn't get any better than this. Very easy to learn and teach and plays in short enough time to play several games. ...Most brilliant!
2004-05-16*
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Tony W
England
LONDON
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10
May 2004*
A true classic that will stand the test of time. Simple rules, fast playing, has a perfect balance between skill and luck. Gameplay-wise its hard to see how it could be improved.
2004-05-30*
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John Garrett
United Kingdom
Wokingham
Unspecified
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10
Jun 2004*
Reiner's finest. My favourite auction/bidding game. Clean rules and fast play make this a winner every time.
2009-07-14
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Steven Brooks
United States
Ft. Lauderdale
Florida
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10
Dec 2010
Great fun. Simple elegant auction system with nice components. In my top 10.
2004-08-23*
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Michael Courtois
United States
La Crescenta
California
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10
Sep 2004*
I FINALLY got my hands on a copy!!! (German-which is cool, my first truly GERMAN language game). I CANNOT get enough of this friggin game! Quite a bit of randomness but in this game I don't seem to care at all. The flow is really great, the bidding is challanging and the player interaction is just right, did I say I can't get enough of this friggin game.....got to go play it NOW!!!!!

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2004-09-29*
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Richard Fulcher
United States
Mountain View
California
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10
Oct 2004*
Once I might have "only" rated this an 8 or a 9 ... but my, this game has aged so well. Once you have internalized the ever-so-slightly odd scoring system, and can simply focus on the play, the game is sheer delight. Fast, thick with tactical decisions, and exciting. The fact that what you purchase in one round affects your buying potential in future ones has interesting ramifications.
2004-10-20*
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Dan Fox
United States
Pembroke Pines
Florida
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10
Nov 2004*
This game deserves the hype; easy to learn, quick to play, lots of decisions and strategy; best auction game I've played
2004-11-06*
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Eric Haines
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
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10
Dec 2004*
Probably our favorite game. A scoresheet (from this site) is a must. I recommend RaSheet.pdf, by Phil Dutre (it predates the garish colored copy; credit where credit is due).
2004-12-04*
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mark coomey
New Zealand
AUCKLAND
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10
Dec 2004*
classic auction game. my favourite. quick. strategic. fun. this is quite possibly, one of my most played games.
2009-10-17
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