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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Antonis Andreadis

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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Alex Gagnon
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Montreal
Quebec
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Game : Medici
Designer : Reiner Knizia
Edition : Rio Grande Second Edition 2006
Language : English

In perfect "like new" condition.
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Florian Lemaire
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Montréal
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lui-meme french edition 2005
Excellent condition

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english second edition
Excellent condition
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Loc Nguyen
United States
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Connecticut
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Heat 2
I am very confident in this game, since valuations usually is my strong suit. However, at the WBC, everything can swing pretty wildly with different players across the globe. I ended the first round with 4 different items and lowest boat, and basically knew I lost already. The second round I also got lowest boat. The third round I got to the 10 on red but got my last red blocked. That round I got second lowest boat with 4 cards. I never received color type lead bonus that I received alone. My friend Austin was also at my table and got 4th.
Finished 5th:102-94-90-76-58
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Andrew Drummond
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Burlington
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First game of the morning on Monday was Medici. I wasn't planning on doing well at this game, but it was my team game in 2014 and I couldn't not play a game at 9am the first day.

The first round and a half were fine, but I got into a tough spot in the second round. We built a boat that Bill Burch (who was in the lead) really wanted. But it had goods that didn't really help anyone else. So everyone bid light till it got to me and I could either make Bill pay fair for it, and risk getting screwed with it myself. OR I could just accept that Bill was going to get first place. I bid high, Bill passed and then drew a crazy good blind draw at the end of the round so it was moot. I still played well, and likely would have come second if not for my attempted block.

Final Score: Bill 128, Cliff 106, Me 103, Jim 87
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Mat Thomsen
United States
Medway
Massachusetts
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This was a strange play for me because it was the very first time I've played this (my favorite game) with four players. My suspicions about the play count were confirmed in that I really did not like it. With 12 cards missing from the deck, you have to consider the lots that come up, and never the lots that MAY come up. It was tough. I lost. But Drew ended up winning so in his first WBC event, he moved on to the semis!
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Mat Thomsen
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Medway
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As is usually the case at WBC, I was packing it in for the night and on my way out the door when I spot my TotalCon cohorts making a ruckus. I stop, sit down and say hello -- should have known better.

"Mat's here, guess we have to play Medici."

Thanks Chris!

The game gods punished Chris for his peer pressure by giving him only seven tiles over three rounds. That's right - COMPLETELY EMPTY BOAT in round three. Maybe passing isn't always the best strategy.

Thanks guys!
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Mat Thomsen
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Medway
Massachusetts
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The Main Event

The final heat of the Medici tournament took place immediately before the semifinals, so there was a bit of pressure. I sat down with four other players, one of whom was Jordan S from finals at the TotalCon Medici tournament -- which scarred me for life when the final card flip of the game put me in the running for the win until the first bidder bid ALL of his points to deny me the chance. Anyway . . .

There was a bit of controversy in this game because one of our players had to bow out after two rounds in order to make another semi-final event. The final round was four of us and I felt very fortunate that the cards fell in a way that pitted the other players against each other and I was able to get what I needed relatively cheaply. I won the game and advanced to the semis.

In my semifinal match, the bidding began quite high so I sat back and let them spend. These bids seemed out of proportion and I must have been right because two of us quietly bid low or passed and by the second round, values stabilized. This was an incredibly close game, there was one lot in particular that I tried my hardest to psychicly influence the bidder to say 14, so I could spend 15 on the lot to win it.

He said 16! It was the perfect bid at the perfect time. It forced me to pay two more than I wanted and it was the difference in the game. I lost by one point! It was just an amazing series of events and it's why I love this game so much. The good news is that, of all the semi-finalists, I came closest to winning without actually winning and earned a seat at the final table, which was comprised of the four winners from the four semi-final tables, and the two best seconds.

It was a great final match that started rough for me. I didn't manage to pay for anything during the round and settled for the scraps in the bag. I spent zero points on three cards and managed a pair of blue goods, which scored me 7 for tying. After barely salvaging the first round, I had pretty strong second and third rounds, but it was only enough for second.

I was extremely happy given my terribly limited experience in these type of events and the winner ended up being Jeff M whose dad is in my weekly group and who I really enjoying seeing a couple times a year. It was a major love fest for me to have any kind of success and so I went ahead and celebrated like I won it anyway ( ).
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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When people ask me what my favorite game is, I usually say it's Medici. This game's parents must have reneged on their promise to give their first-born son to Rumpelstiltskin when he was born, because it has been cursed through most of its now 20 year history.

The graphics of the original AMIGO edition were not great, but at least the colors are clear and the score track works. But all the subsequent editions have horrible graphics. We talk about the "nuns" and "dead birds" that are commodities in the Rio Grande Games edition. And it has been cursed at WBC as well. It was busted down to a trial event one year when the GM went awol on the event report, and given its short playing time, it has struggled to make it back. I'm pleased to say that attendance doubled in 2015, so maybe it's on the road to recovery.

I was entering the tournament at the last possible moment. There was a heat at 8, semis at 9 and finals at 10. This last was a potential problem, because my The Princes of Florence semi was at 10, but my wife and my assistant GM Cally Perry assured me that they could get the semis started without me if I were to make the finals of Medici (a long shot given that the games are 5-player games.)

But I won my heat and my semi, both by margins of about 25 VP. There was some skill involved (I gritted my teeth and bid all 20 of my remaining VP in the second round of the semi to fill my boat with good cards when there was a shortage, and the player to my right couldn't bid 21 because it would have ruined him completely.) But mainly the cards came up so well for me that I didn't have to worry too much. So I was in the finals and The Princes of Florence would have to make it without me for a while.

In the finals, I pursued a plan, but the cards betrayed me. I didn't bid high, but that's because I was seeing nothing all game that would be of any use. I finished 5th in a 6-player game as my friend Jeff Meyer won, pursuing red cards single-mindedly to score big bonus points at relatively low cost. It's the second time I've made it to the Medici finals (the first was ten years ago in 2005,) and I have come in 2nd and 5th.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Jefferson [Jeff] Meyer won the Medici tournament.

The version with the pictured cover was used for almost all of the games.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Loc Nguyen
United States
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Connecticut
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Heat 1
I Started off strong with 2nd place after the first round. In the 2nd round, the person before me who was in the lead had a 3 red draw and I had to over bid to prevent him winning but in turn killing my chances.

Finished 4th: 95-86-78-75-67
 
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Freddie Foulds
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Durham
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Excellent condition - played only twice.

Starting bid = £2

BIN = £10

Shipping = £4
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Mat Thomsen
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Medway
Massachusetts
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My K-index is 6*:

Medidi - 38
Ra: the Dice Game - 34
Lost Cities - 10
Pickomino - 8
Ra - 7
Ingenious 1,000,000* (on my phone)

Man! I need to play more Knizia games! Modern Art, Samurai, T&E, Blue Moon Legends and Poison are at the top of that list.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Geoff King
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Annandale
Virginia
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With fewer players you have to remove tiles from the bag before each round.
Awesome fun with the max six players.

My favorite auction game.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Jimmy Okolica
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Washington Township
Ohio
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I got to play this a couple of weeks ago and realized why I love this game so much. It's not for the deep thinking. It's for the laughing and trash talk. I don't know of another game that incites more of either. Serious players need not apply.
 
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Robert Dunn
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Galloway
Ohio
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Min:$5

BIN:$10
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Daniel Kenel
United States
New London
Iowa
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Starting bid: $35

BIN: $45

Condition: Slight whitening on the edges and a small crease on the box cover.

Edition: Rio Grande 2nd ed.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Michael Schwerdtfeger
United States
Redondo Beach
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Daniel Kenel
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New London
Iowa
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Players: Jimmy, Steven, Eric, Michael, DJ
Winner: Eric

An old classic auction game that I'd never played before. I liked the game but good lord the production quality was a serious nuisance.
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Mark Johnson
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Santa Clarita
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One of my personal top-ten games, but I'll take just one star off for the understanding that this isn't the best game to play with newbies. Although gamer savant Zac (my daughter's boyfriend) was able to compete for the win on his first try, the other newbie was left in the dust, as often happens. Also, I'd forgotten how even my favorite edition of the game (Amigo 1st edition) still has graphic design issues, with muddy colors. Still, it remains on my top ten for all of the design brilliance in this Knizia classic. Our game ended with a tie! (And no tiebreaker than we could see, though I imagine largest boat would be a good one.)
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Dan S
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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Rio Grande English second edition. The box and components are in very good condition.
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Nick C
Canada
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Joshua Kuhlmann
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Went to the Board of Games meetup on Friday and enjoyed it a lot. First game, and game of the week, was a new-to-me Knizia: Medici We had 4 new-to-the-group gamers, myself, and the game owner; I was a little worried that the experience would be too dry for the newbies. I needn't have been afraid; Medici is wonderfully simple and interactive. The game owner won, of course, but everyone had a wonderful time with bidding fights for different lots and adding just one item that torpedoed a lot's value. I think For Sale will be my auction game of choice due to length, but I can see Medici being better with experienced players.

The group changed up and I ended up teaching Village to some other more experienced gamers. It didn't go nearly as well. Village wants to be played with people racing to kill of their people for prime chronicle spots, but I didn't do a great job teaching and the game ended up going long. I still enjoyed the game, but I don't think it's at the top of my list.

Later played a 4-player game of Blokus Trigon. I enjoyed it; I think the greater amount of freedom it offers works better in a multiplayer experience than the more constrained Blokus. I still prefer Duo as a 2 player game, but with 3 or 4 players I would definitely prefer Trigon over the original. It does well in the multiplayer abstract niche.

Finished up the night with a 7-player game of The Resistance: Avalon with Lancelot, Percival, Morgana, and Merlin (although we passed the first 3 missions and Lance never flipped). I was an ordinary resistance member. Despite all the craziness, I managed to throw out enough correct wild accusations to get assassinated. It was a big success for team Arthur -the second assassination candidate was the other ordinary resistance member. The metagame at the Board of Games isn't as developed as it is at my personal gaming group.

The streak of successful games came to an end at my girlfriend's birthday party. Cards Against Humanity came out and I played it for the first time. No point writing a screed about it; I'll just decline next time. And now I have experience to back up my long-held suspicions that I would hate the game.

Acquired: Concept, as a night-ender for my more casual gaming friends that doesn't bother the more sensative souls as much as Resistance. Funnily enough, Alexandra also received a copy of Concept for her birthday. I don't see a need for two, but she wants to keep her copy so that's that. It joins German Railways on my unplayed pile.

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Trawled through a bit of Ian Bogost's website after seeing it linked from the Ludology forums. I really don't get the high regard for him; his writing seems varying degrees of obvious, and the games he's actually produced are... not that interesting. But hey, lots of people like and respect his stuff so maybe it's just me!
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:357]
Charles Faella
United States
Peace Dale
RI
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Condition: Excellent

Edition: German as shown. This is the best ed of this game.

Opening / Lowest Acceptable Bid: $ 35
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