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Subject: A fun post-Halloween gaming session of Money rss

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We started our gameday out with a few different Reiner Knizia games. This was the first one we played.

There were 5 of us playing this one. After setting everything up and getting the starting hands given to each player. After the first bidding round, we it was quickly noticed that players tended to want to get the American money (maybe it was blatant nationalism, but fun nonetheless).

A few rounds into the game, it quickly became evident that the points were going to be pretty low, so people really had to try and dial in on the one or two types of currency they were going to focus on. This made for some interesting rounds in the middle of the game because there was quite a bit of money on the table.

It was pretty evident who was going after what type of currency, but people needed to use those types of currency to bid for other types of currency. It was really neat to see money passing all over the board.

People were pretty quick to try and take the money that was in the center of the board, but one person was constantly taking the money that other people were setting out. Most of us didn't understand why he was doing that and we sure couldn't understand why he would bid money to get somebody else's money. Pretty short-sighted on our part!

At the end, that one player was able to focus in on one type of currency and got every card but one. That led to that player winning pretty handily (with two sets of triples).

In fact, the only other players who were even close were those who were able to get the triples of at least one value in their hand. The value of the triplets cannot be understated. Also, even though it may not seem like it, the Chinese coins become quite valuable since their value is always the same and there is a possibility of getting a triplet with them as well.

All in all, this was a fun gameplay, and two different players immediately added the game to their own wishlist. Even though there certainly was a mathy aspect to the game (it is from Reiner Knizia after all) this one felt different enough to be unique in its own right. One of the most interesting things about the game is that in Money, the theme actually makes some sense for the mechanics of the game (which is not always true for Reiner Knizia's games)
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