Is there any particular order in which each horse is supposed to be auctioned? Or are all 11 horses auctioned off at the same time?
I have learned the game by Alfonzo Smith, and I believe we have always sold the horses in numeric order, beginning with horse #1.
But reading the rules I believe it is up to the Auctioneer to decide the order:
- he must 'obtain the highest price for each Throughoughbred', and it can be argued that he may get a higher price if the horses are not sold in order.
- he must 'read the Troughoughbred's name, number, ancestry and its opening bid' (I assume he must read aloud(!)), and it can be argued that this would not be necessary if the horses were sold in order.
The latter rule should at least answer your second question: No, all 11 horses are not auctioned off a the same time. They are sold one after another.
I don't think we will ever get the DEFINITIVE answer as it will probably be difficult to get an official reply from the designer(s) or the publisher.
So I would either let the Auctioneer decide - or have the players make a resolution before the game.
Maybe I will simply shuffle the Horse cards next time and let fate decide...
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- Posted Fri Jun 9, 2006 3:11 pm