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New Game Round-up: Spiel 2013 – Quickie Auctions and Orcish Shamans

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Board Game: Going, Going, GONE!
• U.S. publisher Stronghold Games has revealed another of its Spiel 2013 releases: Going, Going, GONE! from designer Scott Nicholson, which will be available through regular retail outlets in November 2013. Here's an overview of the game:

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Going, Going, GONE! is an auction game like none other because unlike the one-at-a-time bidding characteristic of most auction games, players bid on five different auctions simultaneously and in real-time in order to build a collection of items. These collections can be sold for "Bucks" throughout the game, which provides funds with which to bid in future auctions.

Players take turns as the Auctioneer, and the Auctioneer can also be bid on Auctions. The Auctioneer conducts the five simultaneous auctions by counting down from 10 to 1, then saying "Gone!" The pace of this countdown can be as fast or slow as the Auctioneer wants, but it must be consistent throughout the countdown. Therefore, the total time of each auction will range from about ten seconds to, oh, as fast as the Auctioneer can say, "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Gone!" Whether the auction is fast or "slow", all players bid simultaneously on all auctions to win the items currently available.

In case the real-time, 10-second (or thereabouts) countdown isn't frantic enough, players in Going, Going, GONE! bid in the five simultaneous auctions by dropping their Bucks – which are actually wooden cubes – into five plastic, transparent auction cups in the center of the table. One or two item cards lie next to each auction cup, and when the Auctioneer says "Gone!", he drops an auction paddle on top of the cups to close the Auction, then looks inside each cup to see who's placed the most Bucks inside; this player wins the associated item cards.

Going, Going, GONE! lasts seven rounds, all played in the above manner. In the end, the player with the most Bucks wins!
Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion
• Are you ready for more Mage Knight? If so, you're in luck as WizKids Games plans to release Vlaada Chvátil's Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion in October 2013, with the item also being available at Spiel 2013. Not much detail about what's in the box and what exactly makes Krang who he is, but here's what we have for now:

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The Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion includes all that players need to add Krang, the mysterious and dangerous Orc Chaos Shaman, as a new playable character to the Mage Knight Board Game, including his prepainted miniature, unique starting cards, and skill tokens.
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