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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Collin Sanderson
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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$3 from VV NE. WHOOT!
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Scott Saccenti
United States
Colora
Maryland
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A pretty glorious gaming week, with my kids home from school for Easter break



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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Philip Newman
United States
Richardson
Texas
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Match 13: Glory to Rome vs. Lord of the Rings vs. Medici

Round 0: Group A (21)
Nominated by: Eric Brosius
Also Listed By: jtakagi
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Shay Rickman
Australia
Success
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Grug, Tim and I sat down to play this newish printing of Medici which I picked up last year and hadn't had a chance to play (one of our generous sponsors Grail games also donated a copy).

The game is really quite simple. You take turns as the auctioneer setting up lots for the table to bid on in order to fill ships cargo holds with goods. Once the auction phase is over and everyone's holds are full (hopefully), you score. The most valuable hold gets some points and there are majority points across the five different goods for having the most and if you reach the upper echelons, bonus points in addition.

Victory points are also your money which means the bidding is always tight as you're effectively giving away points with everything you buy. I would love to check this out with more players at some point as while it was good with three I bet it shines at 4, 5 or possibly even 6.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Karsten
Germany
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Title: Medici (1995)
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH
Version: Amigo German First Edition
Language(s): German
Language dependency: Most would say "No necessary in-game text"
Shipping: I'll cover the shipping costs to the UK
Condition: Very good
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
M.C.Crispy
United Kingdom
Basingstoke
Hampshire
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Edition: Rio Grande Second Edition
Language: English
Condition: Good
Shipping: UK: free; RoW: method negotiable, recipient pays
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Tom Heath
United Kingdom
Staffordshire
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Latest Grail Games edition

Language: English
Condition: Excellent

Free postage to the UK
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Ian Klinck
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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This is a quick auction game that takes 6 (and works well for 5 or 4 also.) The 6-player game is the most strategic, because all the cards are in play for every voyage; you know there are 7 cards of each color. With fewer than 6, the color you are looking for may have been disproportionately removed for a give voyage.

This is my #1 game. It is now available in a beautiful new edition.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Dallas Games Marathon Library
United States
Plano
Texas
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Joe Sallen
United States
Boone
Iowa
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#106

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A simple auction classic that offers excellent and varied interactions. It's one of the few auction games that can be played with new players fairly well. Money is points, so every higher bid must really be worth it. While I prefer Ra for longevity, Medici has more interesting decisions than it should for its simple structure. If I'm playing with new players, I'd always reach for Medici first. Also noteworthy is that it scales well (Ra doesn't change at all) for different player counts.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Keng Leong Yeo
Singapore
Singapore
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Goods galore, all good cards were used, except for the Gold card.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
A Huynh
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Wes Sedlacek
United States
Lebanon
Oregon
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Amigo German edition. Very good condition. Includes an English copy of the rules.
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Jason Strong
United States
Sammamish
Washington
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$6.99 from GW. Complete and barely used. Great game...
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Mat Thomsen
United States
Medway
Massachusetts
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5p - Lloyd, Erin, Elaine, Carly

I'm getting to the point where I only want to play this with certain groups. For me, this game only holds up if the table gets into the spirit of it the same way. Sometimes, it's tough to pull that out of players. This was an example. Lloyd was up for it, as was Elaine. But the other two not so much, though Carly did have some nice moments of contentious bidding.

This game works best with lost of table talk and player influence/manipulation. There was still lots of fun here and some great moments, but it was late, and we were hanging by a thread to keep our interest.
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Jason Hesse
United States
Middleton
WI
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1995

One of the my favorite auction games and one of my favorite Knizia. Medici is still a favorite of mine as the auction mechanics work just the right way for me.

Honorable Mentions:
High Society
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Brad Keusch
United States
Ann Arbor
MI
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I have the new gorgeous edition. Auction games are good, Kinizia is good...expecting goodness.

Keep/Sell:
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Daniel West
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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Outspending: Since we just covered modern euros, let's next jump back to a common category in euros many years ago. Outspending is all about contributing more resources than opponents with the hope of getting bigger rewards for the extra effort. Naturally, this includes auction games, but I also believe it could include area majority titles we well like El Grande. Is this a form of interaction you look for? What other games or mechanism do you equate with outspending?
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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1. Medici

2. Taj Mahal

3. El Grande

4. Outpost

5. Empire Builder (and Eurorails and India Rails)

6. Lost Cities

7. Saint Petersburg

8. 1846: The Race for the Midwest

9. Race for the Galaxy

10. Titan

11. Paths of Glory

12. Settlers

13. Eurorails

14. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

15. India Rails

16. Napoleon at Waterloo
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Mark Johnson
Canada
St.John's
Newfoundland
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Comments from my profile:

Medici is a Knizian auction game with a once a round bidding mechanism with 3 scoring rounds, similar to Ra. There is even a little push-your-luck aspect to the game as well, but not nearly as much as in Ra. In fact, I would almost call Medici the gamer's version of Ra since lots are tougher to evaluate than Ra and you're bidding with your victory points. That said, one doesn't really replace the other. Even discounting Medici probably being more of a gamer's game, Ra works best with 3 - 4 and Medici with 5 - 6. I've liked the look of all versions of Ra, but Medici's graphic design over various iterations hasn't been the best. This is so true that I decided to make my own board for my copy of the game. If you like auctions, tough decisions, and games that accommodate higher number of players, you owe it to yourself to give Medici a try.

Special note on the French Lui-Meme edition: My board was the worst warped game board I've ever received. Tried to contact them via e-mail for a replacement and it was returned to me as it didn't work.

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Plays: 3

Further comments: I bought this version before the version with Dutrait's artwork. That said, I'm quite happy with the version I have, now that I've made my own board. You can see it here:

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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Ben Martin
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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Another Knizia, and another one I've not played.
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Tom Gustafson
United States
Dyer
IN
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Used. Complete. Good Condition.
Box shows slight wear on corners.
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Scott Becker
Australia
Brisbane
Queensland
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2016 printing. Played once, in as new condition.

Trade or $40
 
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Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:404]
Oleg Port
Russia
Smolensk
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6.0 The Dice Tower

Fair. Some fun or challenge at least, will play occasionally if in the right mood.


 
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