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Rachel
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How do other people run auctions? The rules say that each player can bid only once. If each player calls out in order, then the last player has a significant advantage. Do other people use blind bidding (like in O Zoo Le Mio) to avoid this?
 
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Christian Becker
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The player running the auction can accept the highest offer or take the item himself for free. Then the player next to him gets to auction off an item. Those two rules IMHO nullify the advantage of being last to bid.
 
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Steve Dupree
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In the early game, it's actually an advantage to bid earlier. At that point money is very tight and the tiles have roughly equal value to all players, so the player who can bid the "correct" amount first is the one who wins it.

It's true that in some situations in the late game (i.e. a single tile is worth a huge amount to you), you might prefer to bid last to make sure you can overbid everyone. But even then the auctioneer always has the option to keep the tile for themself, no matter how much you bid.
 
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Rachel
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Thanks everyone! I haven't played lots of auction games, so its sometimes hard to understand how the dynamics works.
 
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