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The next deck we rambled through was the Gold Rausch one. This old Reiner Knizia title has proved fun for three (though a little taxing with five since there's nothing to do on your turn but wait for it). There are six claims to be staked, and you can only become a partner in a claim if you draw one of the five cards for each claim on your turn. The other kind of card to be drawn is gold, either a positive value from 1 to 10 or a zero value (fool's gold), and it that's what you draw, you immediately assign it to one of the claims, each claim eventually to contain six cards. So as you take turns drawing from the deck, gradually you see which are going to be the more valuable claims, and intermittently throughout this process you may get one or more of the five chances to become a partner in each claim. You only have three claim chips to place, so the question becomes, how soon to commit one? If you've got the only marker on the board, you know every other player who draws fool's good is going to give it to you... but if you don't have a marker on the board, and you draw real gold, you've got no place really good to put it. So it's an interesting little game as far as it goes, and we think three is probably the best number for it. Leon got the come-from-behind victory by a nose, staking the only claim on the "Ladies" mine in the last of three rounds to beat me 45 to 44.
 
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