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Subject: Which bidding system to use????? rss

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Peter Johns
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I'm teaching this game to my gaming group this week. Which bidding version do you all reccomend? Should I teach them the original version or the cooperation variant?

Which one do most people prefer?
 
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W M Shubert
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I have only played with the original, and it works well. I don't see much reason to change it.
 
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Brian Modreski
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When we first played this, we played 6 players with the regular bidding, and it was terrible. Quite often you couldn't even try to make a bid by the time it got to you. I really thought a way to combine bidding, ala Santiago (which is I assume what you mean by "cooperation") was needed.

Later, we played again with only 4 players and the regular bidding, and it was much, MUCH better. Like a difference between "I will never go near this game again" and "That was pretty fun" better.

So, I'd say you're fine with regular bidding with 4 or less, but go for the combined bidding with 5 or 6 players.

Based on my whole 2 plays of experience
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László Stadler
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Only ever used the original version and never had problems with it. It was always fun. By the way, what's with the lot of question marks?
 
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Pedro Reis
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Always used the original bidding system!
Each player bids with his own cards and thats it. No unecessary clutter on non needed negotations with other players

My perception is that the variant system was "kinda" enforced by the publisher. One of the designers is very active on this forum and commented he felt very comfortable with the regular bidding system.
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Peter Johns
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I guess I will make sure I can clearly teach both variations of the bidding and make a choice dependent on how many players show up


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Alvin C
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I have used the variant rules and actually like them better! It encourages placing a strong bid early on, as it prevents people combining their bids. It also helps prevent people from leeching off other people's bids.

That said, I would teach the game with the normal rules first, since they are simpler. Try both and see which style you prefer!
 
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