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michael morizzo
United States
port jefferson station
New York
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10
Jul 2015
Closely contested auction game that scales well, however, I think it is best with 3 or 4 . It features unique mechanics that work well and has stood the test of time far better than the more popular games of this genre- therefore it has earned the highest of grades.
2015-07-01
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Stephanie K.
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
Jun 2013
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Andreas Karsten
Germany
Hamburg
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9.1
Aug 2011
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Yoshihiro Sonoda
Japan
Unspecified
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9
Oct 2008*
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Michael Thomas
Germany
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9
Nov 2008*
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Tom Weber
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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9
Jun 2009*
Very clever card game. A surprising amount of depth. Very good even after repeated plays. Bumped from an initial rating of 8 to 9.
2009-06-04
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Patrick Scheemaker
Belgium
Oostkamp
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9
Sep 2009*
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Aram Schvey
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
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8.5
May 2010
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Peter A. Gehrmann
Switzerland
Gebenstorf
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8.5
May 2015
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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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8.5
May 2015
An excellent card game of bidding and set collecting. The mechanisms are the stars here, with the idea that what you need to collect is also what you need to (carefully) pay with in later rounds. Great component quality and artwork, too.
2014-06-27
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Jukka Autio
Finland
Helsinki
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8.25
Dec 2012
Very very good card game. Still looking forward for more plays.

EDIT: Now that I finally got my copy and more plays, easily the best auction game I've found.
2013-01-12
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Steve Hughes
United States
Orlando
Florida
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8.1
Mar 2011
Byzanz --

Played three- and four-player.

Involvement builds as play progresses. In the initial auction, you just want to build your hand -- it doesn't matter much what cards are up for bid. But that quickly changes. Soon you're paying attention to not only the cards on the auction block, but also to the cards being bid, since they'll wind up in the market, where you may be able to get them -- if you can choose first. When is it worth forgoing the auction for the sake of market-selection turn order?

This quickly joined my favorite fillers.
2011-10-11
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Bradley Keen
United States
Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
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8
May 2009*
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Olav Fakkeldij
Netherlands
Beverwijk
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Aug 2010
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Mats Blohmé
Sweden
Simlångsdalen
Halland
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Dec 2008*
Really nice trading/auction game. Easy to teach.
2008-10-06*
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Kristof Tersago
Belgium
Sint Truiden
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Oct 2008*
A great mini-auction game. Fast gamepaly, some nice twists, easy to explain.
2008-10-25*
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John Mitchell
United Kingdom
Enfield
Middlesex
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Jul 2009*
Cards are auctioned using cards as money, with successive auctions being smaller but compensated by earlier pick from the pool of spent cards. Somewhat similar to Die Weinhändler and Knizia's Money, both of which I have owned and traded away, but this is better.
2009-07-21
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Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
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Jun 2015
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Greg Zamira
United States
San Leandro
California
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Nov 2008*
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Keiichirou Doi
Japan
Sapporo
Hokkaido
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Nov 2008*
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Justin Moore
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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May 2010
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koen vandamme
Belgium
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Feb 2010
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Tom Hilgert
Germany
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Bavaria
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Dec 2008*
One of the most elegant card games ever played .Feels like Medici but its totally different
2009-04-08
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Marc Gilutin
United States
Alhambra
California
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Jan 2012
Nice little auction game with interesting mechanic. We'll see what kind of legs it has.

(UPDATE!)
After 17 plays, still like it. A lot!
2012-01-22
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Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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Nov 2009*
(3-6) - 30 Min.
2009-11-02
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Chris
Germany
Near Aachen
NRW
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8
Mar 2009*
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he yc
China
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May 2009*
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Kristoffer Lindh
Sweden
Stockholm
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Nov 2009*
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Reinaldo Guazzelli
Brazil
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Jan 2011
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Peti
Hungary
Budapest
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Jul 2011
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Mike Westphal
Germany
Bargeshagen
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Jul 2009*
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Erik Winkelman
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Oct 2009*
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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Jan 2010*
{many plays • 3-6 players} Well, since I really like Money and Katzenjammer Blues (Hmmm, both Knizia), it stands to reason I'd like a game that's kinda those two combined and reimagined. Part of what's nice here is the length - it just feels right, even with 6 players, but especially with 3... a point where Katzenjammer Blues kinda falls short (that game always feels like it's over too quickly, and I've since added mice to it, in fact, to extend game length). Also, the decision to bid or not bid is nice in that it's interesting, potentially meaningful, but NOT that agonzing. This keeps the game moving at a nice clip - something it really needs to do when playing with the full 6. And that it works well with 6 is a pretty neat trick. Especially since I learned it as a 3, and as a 3-player game, it works remarkably well. A wonderful little game.
2010-01-02
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Kazuya Murakami
Japan
Sapporo
Hokkaido
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Feb 2010
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JB
United States
Hillsboro
Or
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Apr 2010
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Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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Jul 2010
Great trading game, although you don't trade directly with others. You bid on available items for trade, so the highest price gets the cards. But if you're first to win the items, you'll be last to go to the market to pick up goods that would allow you to create better combinations of 3's which are necessary for scoring points. Pick the highest card from the 3's and those will be your points. Now go and see what's available for trade again and plan your timing to the market and you'll earn the most points hopefully.

Game goes fast. Nice strategic way of defining your time to get the items for trade and when you want to hit the market. Can you be the greatest trader in Byzantium?? Very nice game.
2010-08-26
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VETRHUS of Rogaland
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name. With water white is the great tree wet; thence come the dews that fall in the dales. Green by Urth's well does it ever grow.
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Mar 2012
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Neil Christiansen
United States
Mount Pleasant
Michigan
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8
Nov 2010
A really unique auction and set collection game. My current favorite filler!
2010-08-09
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J Knoerzer
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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Jul 2010
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Jeff Myers
United States
Fresno
California
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Nov 2011
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Adam Kunsemiller
United States
Indianapolis
IN
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Jan 2012
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Edward Örn Jóhannesson
Iceland
Reykjavík
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Feb 2014
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Michal Mijal
Poland
Warszawa
Mazowieckie
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The oldest offtop ever: Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam ;-)
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8
Jul 2011
I didnn't expect that a card game with so simple concept would make such a great impression on me. The idea of paying with the cards you have just acquired is not a new one (Money!, Weinhaendler etc.) but it's executed in such an elegant way.

And the graphics is - at least for me - a great one. It adds so much to the flavour of game and to the gameplay itself.

A must-play.
2012-01-15
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Tomas Vera Catalan
Spain
Nonduermas (Murcia)
Murcia
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Mar 2011
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:C.h.r.i.s. M.c.G.o.w.a.n:
United States
Arlington Heights
Illinois
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8
Jan 2012
onus(after 1 5p game) Another solid card game. Not as well known as it is an import.
2012-01-02
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Hendrik Kirchner
Germany
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8
Mar 2011
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Teritean Alin
Romania
Brasov
Brasov
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8
Nov 2011
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David Dyer
United States
Tucker
Georgia
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Sep 2011
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kei
Spain
Murcia
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Mar 2012
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Sebastian Schwarz
Germany
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Nov 2011
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