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Ken Shoda
Japan
Zushi
Kanagawa
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10
Dec 2002*
Excellent bidding game. Simple and beautiful system. Fortunately, I got a German(Amigo) edition, which I think more beautiful than American edition. I hope Amigo republish this soon.
2002-12-15*
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Josh Adelson
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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10
Jan 2003*
The perfect 6-player game.
2003-01-31*
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Terrence Fleury
United States
Champaign
Illinois
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10
Apr 2003*
Great game for six players. Clean mechanics make this a favorite among people in my game group. I have both editions of the game and we all agree that the board of original Amigo version is easier to read. Also the Amigo version has "normal" size cards which are easier to shuffle. The only thing about the Rio Grande version I prefer is the scoring track. But if your only option is the Rio Grande version, get it anyway. It's still a great game.
2003-04-13*
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Rob "COINFLIP" Seulowitz
United States
New York
New York
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10
May 2003*
Awesome game of guts, character and math. Pure adrenaline.
2003-05-20*
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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10
Nov 2010
Probably my favorite board game. Short, tense, and full of tough decisions. It does require everyone at the table to play well in order for it to be at its best, but fortunately I play in several groups that can do this.
2011-07-02
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Richard Huzzey
United Kingdom
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10
Mar 2004*
Probably my favourite game. A very clever auction system, with clean and elegant rules. Brutually cruel decisions each turn, as you want to bid for numbers and colours.

I spent ages tracking down a copy of the Amigo (i.e. German) edition, as the Rio Grande version is ugly and nigh-unplayable due to poor graphic design.
2004-03-13*
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Mark Braley
United States
Modesto
California
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10
Jul 2004*
Simple to learn, lots of strategy, lots of fun, never the same game twice...great game!
2004-07-13*
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David Wilcox
United States
Boulder
Colorado
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10
Jan 2005*
Card collection with bidding.
Best for 6.
2014-05-08
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Jason Wagner
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2008*
One of my favorite games ever. IMhO, better than Ra! or Modern Art. This game is completely unemcumbered by fiddly rules or scoring mechanisms. It is a pure auction game with simple rules. The difficulty is in knowing what to bid. I don't care what the board looks like or what the theme is. Definitely best with 6.
2005-03-15*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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10
Aug 2005*
I will go to the wall saying that this is undoubtedly THE most elegant auction game. As usual, Knizia shines with simplistic designs. There are only a few decisions in each round, but the permutations make every choice a tough challenge. For a pure auction game they don't come any better. It is a shame that the Rio Grande version is so ugly that it'll make your eyes bleed. If you can find it get the Amigo version (still ugly, but playable).
2005-08-02*
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Robert Jones
United Kingdom
Woodbridge
Suffolk
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10
Jun 2013
Plays fast, lots of tricky choices, excellent choice anytime, and my preferred 5-player game.
2005-11-10*
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Marcelo Figueroa
United States
La Verne
California
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10
Nov 2005*
Best Knizia game EVER!
2005-11-14*
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Preston Fuller
United States
Ashland
New Hampshire
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10
Dec 2005*
Love every aspect of this game
2005-12-14*
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Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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10
Dec 2005*
Perfectly weighted, short - a standard 6 player starter.
2005-12-16*
Keith Shapley
United Kingdom
Fleet
Hampshire
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10
Dec 2007*
Perfect simple auction game. Quality throughout from the master games designer.
2010-07-13
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Sight Reader
United States
Colorado
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10
Jun 2006*
One of my all-time favorites. Easy to explain (despite poorly written rules) and yet very deep play, and scales very well for any number of players (we find 3 players to be fun and fast as long as you are less random of which cards are weeded out of the deck). The US version has a scoring track that's awkward to use and problems differentiating the various commodities. The new French edition fixes those problems but tries to print colors on cardboard that fade badly, making it hard to tell whose stuff is whose, but adds some interesting new cards (it appears that some of these are still being debugged here on the Geek).
2006-06-20*
Jay Borden
United States
Somerset
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2006*
One of my first, and still a favorite. This one is tough to play with inexperienced players. Once a group gets used to how everyone values the loads, it's an amazing game.
2006-07-27*
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Robert Osvalds
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
Sep 2006*
ELEGANT. One of the best Euro games ever. The graceful auction element coupled with the limited resources cultivate a very competitive atmosphere. There are times to try to get the most valuable boat, but was it a smart move if you paid through the nose for it? The goals are more tangible (less abstract) than most German games and mesh well with the flavor. You want to dominate whatever commodities you can and strive for valuable boat values, and get them at a cheaper price than your opponents. Best when maxed out at 6, but plays great with as few as 4. Knizia's masterpiece! (see my article for this game for more details)
2006-09-18*
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Michael Garrett
United States
Omaha
Nebraska
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Purity of Essence.
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10
Nov 2011
another great auction game
2008-03-09*
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Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2007*
An excellent bidding game. I love the once around bid. You really have to decide what each lot is worth to you. It is tough deciding how many cards to put up for bid.
2012-01-04
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Ann Hamon (annhamon@aol.com)
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2008*
3-5 players
2007-01-18*
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Nick Fisk
United Kingdom
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
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10
Oct 2009*
An instant 10 for me.

Everything I love in a game.

Some of the best gaming experiences come from making bids that make the player on your left say bad things about you.
2007-02-21*
Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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10
Apr 2007*
I wish I got to play this more often. It needs a minimum of 3 (preferably 4) people to play.
2009-12-23
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Paul McKinney
United States
Houston
Texas
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10
Jun 2007*
Have played a few time now and feel this is one of most elegant games around with great tension.
2007-06-01*
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Will M. Baker
United States
Alameda
California
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10
Aug 2015
Components: Nice boat mats and commodity markers, but my English version has cards with difficult-to-read numbers, lack of color coordination between the cards and their corresponding score tracks on the board, and the most awful score track I've seen, with every other number skipped. One of the few productions that interfere with game play.

The 2006 Rio Grande edition is prettier, and I like drawing the tiles from the bag, but the score track is too small, the markers too oddly-shaped, and the pyramids confusing.

Experience: Game play is great, with three tense rounds of bidding and acquiring my goods. The two ways of scoring give each card a different value to each player, which keeps the bidding unpredictable. This gets better with each play. Works well with 3-6 players.

First Played: 2002-01-01
Last Played: 2015-08-21
Plays (29):
? players: 1
3 players: 6
4 players: 11
5 players: 6
6 players: 5
2015-08-22
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Chris Brua
United States
Michigan
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10
Aug 2008*
Excellent auction game. Trying to get high scoring boats while still specializing in only a few commodities is a blast. Will gladly play this game anytime.
2007-08-02*
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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10
Sep 2008*
[original rating: 9] Others have said it all. Simple, elegant, lots of auctions. Only its slight dryness and wonky board art (either version) keep me from bumping this up to a 10.

*** UPDATE 9/18/08... MANY PLAYS/YEARS LATER ***

Ah, screw it. Now I find the wonky board endearing Thanks, Nostalgia! A "perfect" 10.
2007-08-25*
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Stephen Cope
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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10
Oct 2007*
Easy to teach, easy to learn, loads of depth. Medici, in my opinion, is probably the best example of Euro-style board game design ever. I will be playing this game for as long as I play games.
2010-12-17
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Kevin Iacoucci
Canada
Burlington
Ontario
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10
Dec 2007*
Always Fun!
2007-12-21*
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Jarle E. Refnin
Norway
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10
Dec 2007*
Brilliant auction game. Just enough variables to get difficult, just enough luck involved not to get boring. U can win this game with skills. Definitely a firstpick game.
2007-12-28*
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Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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10
Jan 2008*
Have only played once so far, so I probably don't appreciate the depth of it just yet. I played with two others, and it seems like it would work better with more. Update: played with five and have a much greater appreciation now. The auction mechanic is fascinating! Update: love it! Now a true ten.
2008-01-25*
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Kevin Wood
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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10
Jul 2008*
This is a hard game to master. It's one of Knizia's best and is a favorite.
2008-04-22*
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Terry
United States
carlsbad
California
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10
May 2009*
Pure classic bidding goodness. I used to think that open bidding would have been better, but it appears now that the once-around bidding works great, and adds another level of tension to the game. Good ole Knizia!

Update: after several years of playing this game I've upped it to a 10. It's simply one of the best bidding games in existence and one of my favorite games.
2009-06-13
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Jim Paprocki
United States
Green Bay
Wisconsin
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10
Nov 2009*
The classic once-around auction mechanic. The combination of bidding for values as well as commodity types creates lots that have ever-changing values. You have to weigh what a given lot is worth to you, and what it is worth to your opponents. If something is worth 10 to you but 20 to your opponent, what do you bid? Bid 10 and he'll quickly snatch it for 11. Bid 20 and watch him stick you with an overpriced lot on your ship. And valueing lots is hardly precise; you have to use gut feel to work towards those 10 and 20 numbers. Scales well from 3 to 6, but 6 creates a "perfect information" dynamic because all 36 cards are left in the commodity deck. This game can be an incredible multi-participant battle of wits. One of my all-time favorites! This would be a '10' except that valuation of lots is so difficult that final scores are often not very close.
2008-06-08*
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Olivia Dunbar
United States
Medora
North Dakota
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10
Dec 2008*
Probably the best auction game I have ever played. One of the best games in my collection, hands-down.
2012-06-04
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Doug Cooley
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Jan 2010*
The best 6 player game I own at this weight. Elegant, hilarious, and relatively quick. I don't even mind downtime if you fill your boat quickly.
2010-01-18
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Andrew Harman
United Kingdom
Newport
Isle of Wight
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10
Mar 2011
One of Reiner's best !
2011-03-02
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Mat Thomsen
United States
Medway
Massachusetts
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10
Nov 2014
I would not expect it, but this is one of my favorite games. Probably because I regularly do okay at it.
2013-06-11
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David McCulley
United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne
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10
Dec 2014
Fantastic game. Ios version great too
2013-04-26
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Peregrine Rastapopoulos
United States
Summit
New Jersey
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10
Feb 2015
Game is so smoove it makes you pay for your bids with your own victory points. HAHA!
2015-02-17
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Scott Barker
United States
Zionsville
Indiana
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9.8
Sep 2013
Love the mechanism that you auction your victory points. And each "container" has two values- one for the point total, one for the product total. My only beef is that sometimes the "cheapskate strategy" of not bidding on anything and taking what is left over dirt cheap can win the game.
2013-09-21
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Randall B
United States
Grand Junction
Colorado
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9.75
Jan 2014
n/a
2014-06-10
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Chris Klarmann
United States
Staten Island
New York
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9.6
Jul 2015
Can Teach
2015-06-28
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Ola Mikael Hansson
Sweden
Perstorp
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9.5
May 2015
My favourite auction game.
2007-12-18*
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David Koontz
United States
Scottsdale
Arizona
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9.5
May 2005*
Probably my favorite overall game. Extremly high replay value and every decision carries a lot of nail biting tension.
2005-05-27*
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Brian Thompson
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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9.5
Sep 2008*
Medici is a simple auction game by Reiner Knizia. It is incredibly enjoyable though. I like it best with 5 players (not 6).
2007-06-09*
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A. Pettingale
United Kingdom
Ipswich
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9.5
Nov 2012
Our favourite Auction game
2010-09-18
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Steven Hay
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9.5
Aug 2008*
This is often our "warm up game" before we break into a game that is a little more in depth. It's fun and easy to learn, but because you bid against other players and use your points to do so it makes the game very fun to play!
2008-08-29*
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Frank Stevens
United States
New Hampshire
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9.5
Dec 2011
Awesomeness.
2012-01-03
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Joseph Betz
United States
Hamburg
Pennsylvania
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9.4
Sep 2014
How much to bid is the question here.Nice auction game which plays quickly and has a bit of luck as well.A good player who knows just what to bid will beat a lucky player most of the time.
2007-11-17*
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