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Madhujith Venkatakrishna
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Hi All,

Just wanted to know if its worth having Medici (new edition), if I already own

- Ra
- Modern Art
- Stock Pile
- Princes of Florence
- Powergrid

In games that are heavily focused on auctions....I love the mechanic, but not sure how different this will be....

Thanks a lot for the help.

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Ra is best with 3-4, Medici is best with 5-6. Despite having some similar aspects there is no competition for table time here.

Ra & Medici > Modern Art (imo).

Never played Stock Pile, but it looks interesting.

I have never played Princes of Florence, but it's supossed to be best with five. I'd imagine it takes a fair bit longer than Medici, so they probably wouldn't compete for table time.

I dislike Power Grid, but similar to Princes of Florence, the play time means that I don't think it and Medici would compete for table time.

Medici is kind of like gamer's filler. Ok, it's longer than Love Letter and other fillers, but it's quick and it's awesome!
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Eric Brosius
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It depends on how much you like auction games. For me, Medici is my favorite game, so if I could only own one auction game, that would be it.

Ra, Modern Art and Medici are all "pure auction" games, whereas Princes of Florence and Power Grid are games in which auctions play big roles, but aren't the whole game. The three pure auction games introduce lumpiness in different ways. In Ra, the lumpiness comes from the fact that you can only bid the sun tiles you have. In Medici, the lumpiness comes from the fact that you have to think about the possibility that, although your boat isn't full, it's too full to bid on a particular lot. I don't understand Modern Art nearly as much as the first two, but the lumpiness is different there.
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Kelly Bass
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Medici has a different feel to me.

I love Princes & Power Grid, but they are quite a bit more than auctions,imho.

If you love auctions as a nearly sole mechanism, I'd also look at High Society for a filler and Dream Factory for another angle.
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I own Medici and Princes of Florence and have played Power Grid extensively. Medici definitely warrants a place in my collection, and I would suggest you add it to yours also. Unlike Princes of Florence and Power Grid, it's entirely based around the auction mechanic; that's the entirety of the game play. It creates some interesting decisions because of it.

The other benefit it has is that it plays quickly, and you're always involved in other player's turns (unless your ship is full), no matter how many people are playing. In my humble opinion, it's the perfect game to kick off a game night.
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Tomello Visello
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madhujith wrote:
Just wanted to know if its worth having Medici (new edition), if I already own

- Ra
- Modern Art
- Stock Pile
- Princes of Florence
- Powergrid

In games that are heavily focused on auctions....I love the mechanic, but not sure how different this will be....

The two I have singled out are not just auction games, they come from the same designer. Still, among all 3 together I would never have thought, "oh look. the same thing again."

{Shrug} whether that's different enough for you ... what you really need is to find some place to try it out.

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Nattakorn Vuttichaipornkul
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I'll give you the short answer.

YES.
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Bart Brunscheen
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Yes get it. The two ways you score each round and the way the game ticks along. It is very tight. My favorite auction game and now it looks great.
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Kate Haywood
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I love Ra and Medici.I think they are different enough to both be really good.I don't like Powergrid; I've played 5 or 6 games and haven't enjoyed any of them; that's just my preference. I haven't played the other two but I really fancy Princes of Florence.

Medici is quite short but again, I like that about it. What I'd say is to try it on ios; if you like it on there you will like it in person and if you don't you've only lost a couple of pounds.
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Matthew Barille
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3 of my favorite auction games are Ra, Princes, and Medici. The new printing is beautiful, and the cards over tiles makes the game play alot quicker. If you dont let people AP the game it could easily end in 30 min or less. How fast it plays allows for it to get to the table more often than my other auction games.
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David B
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I will chime in and say that I tried the new 2 player rules for Medici and liked it quite a bit more than I thought I would.
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Well I'm in the camp that says that Ra isn't actually an auction game at all, it's a push-your-luck game.

But I am also in the camp that says that Medici is the perhaps the best pure auction game out there, especially for five or six, whereas Modern Art is probably better with fewer than that.
If you are likely to play often with 5 or 6, then it's probably a good buy. If not, then you can probably stick with Modern Art (and, yes, Ra...)
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