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Rory Jones
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I'm somewhat new to the hobby (4 mos) and now have a "go-to" game for a lot of situations. I've turned my sights to find a "go-to" bidding game. I'd prefer one that would be in the 45 minute time range, plays anywhere from 3-7 (recommendations for 3-5 is okay too), is mostly strategy & tactics dependent instead of luck, & has medium interaction.

Here are the games that make it to the table most often:
7 Wonders - the go-to game when more than 5 are present - I love the simultaneous action, which might be cool in a bidding game?
Las Vegas - like it, have played it enough times to want to pass over it when someone suggests we play it, not enough depth for me
Augustus - fun, but heavily luck-dependent
King of Tokyo - The non-gamers especially love this one
Istanbul - pace of the game is great
Puerto Rico - when only the real gamers come around. Love the amount of strategy required

Hopefully those give you a feel for what we play! Looking forward to your recommendations.
 
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I do not know a whole lot of bidding games...

The one I can recommend is a hybrid bidding and worker placement. It totally does not play within 45 minutes (more like 1-2 hours depending on player number). It can accomodate 2-6 players.

And it's a really good game!

Keyflower

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The Speicherstadt
 
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Medici
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Modern Art
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Fleet + Fleet: Arctic Bounty packs a good, tactical, fast, light, thematic, high replay value game. Ra is another good option. For an excellent, solid, but slightly heavier and longer game check-out Chicago Express.
 
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Vault Wars

It's still not out yet though.
 
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Ra is good, but only plays up to five.

Edit: Didn't see the other recommendation for Ra, so I guess i'll just second it.
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+1 for Ra, though like others have said it caps at 5. Your first game or so might run a little longer than 45 minutes but once you get the scoring rules down you can routinely bust out a game in 30-45 min easily.

I haven't played it yet (my copy is coming in the mail!) but Peloponnes also seems like it may work for you - base game goes to 5 but expansions can bring it to 7. Unfortunately right now you can pretty much only find it by ordering it direct from the publisher, which is in Europe, but their prices are pretty reasonable even with shipping.
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spriggyman wrote:

+1 for Modern Art, this is a pure auction game, nothing else. Ra is a classic as well.

Apart from that:
Industria (3-4p)
Power Grid: Factory Manager
Merchants of Amsterdam is interesting because it features a Dutch auction (price decreases as time passes, first one to bid buys)

Since you want to play with up to 7 players, I have done a little adv search:
Die grosse Auktion plays 3-8, it's quite old though
And then there are lots of Monopoly variants and 18xx games, that's not what you are looking for though.
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As mentioned previously, Ra is a great choice but only scales up to 5 players (2-5). Modern Art is great as well, but is a heavy and very thinky game, so be sure that's what you want, otherwise Master's Gallery might suit you better as a light auction game like Modern Art (personally I prefer Modern Art).

Also, I think For Sale needs to be mentioned here. It plays in 15 minutes and plays 3-6. Great filler with some fun tactics and a little strategy to it.
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+1 Ra, Medici, For Sale. That's in order of weight. None get to 7 though.
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+1 Keyflower - Runs up to six. With six and everyone knowing the rules this lasts about 1 1/2 to two hours. Scales very well but maybe more favourable for the "gamery" crowd. Great game.

+1 For Sale - Runs up to six. Great filler game and very portable.

Also for consideration:

Biblios only goes up to four but is a fantastic filler (approx 30 minutes).

Evo (second edition) goes up to five. So much happens in the auction in this area control game as it determines who you specialise your dinosaur tribe and initiative order.
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Some good games suggested already, but not many games accommodate seven players.

Take a look at Outpost. The game is an engine-building game, but the bidding is the heart of the game. The new edition has normal-quality components, while the original edition is very hard to find and by today's standards is very dated with unappealing components.

The game plays a combats up to nine players, although most people find it takes too long to be comfortable with nine!
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Havox wrote:


Medici would be my go-to for this. Other choices, depending on your exact flavour preferences would be the other Knizia auction games: Ra (or Razzia! which feels almost like a rethemed Ra), or Modern Art.

I personally prefer Medici, but all of them are good, short, auction games mostly playing under an hour.

Medici plays up to 6 players. I think Modern Art plays up to 5, and probably the same for Ra.

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Mercante has two auction mechanics; one open bid, once around for goods and a blind bid one for victory points. It is close to your requirements:

Plays about 60 mins.

3-5 players.

Very strategic. No dice. The only randomness comes from an event deck and a goods deck for auctioning.

There is a stealing mechanic that encourages player interaction.
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45 minutes...I think Dream Factory is a pretty good auction game for that time frame? Though it may be 4 or 5 players max.
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Pay Dirt

This is a brand new game from Tory Niemann, with a really clever auction mechanic and some engine building with cool combos.

Incredibly thematic, doesn't rely too much on luck, players interaction is at the right spot (IMO) and the components are BEAUTIFUL!

2 - 5 players

~ 60 to 90 minutes

 
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Since this is the recommendation forum, any recommendations on how I can get my hands on one of these games without selling my kidney? It seems like the games in the Knizia trilogy are all about $50 since they're OOP. Some of the other ones seemed more reasonable but I wasn't as interested. Darn hobby.
 
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roary11oreo wrote:
Since this is the recommendation forum, any recommendations on how I can get my hands on one of these games without selling my kidney? It seems like the games in the Knizia trilogy are all about $50 since they're OOP. Some of the other ones seemed more reasonable but I wasn't as interested. Darn hobby.


Oh man, I had assumed Ra was still in print. Maybe try grabbing something in a trade? And subscribe to new items getting added to the BGG marketplace - sometimes things pop up for cheaper but they usually go fast!
 
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Ra and Modern Art - they're recommended repeatedly for a reason.
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stlkt wrote:
Ra and Modern Art - they're recommended repeatedly for a reason.


This. Really enjoy Ra.
 
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roary11oreo wrote:
Since this is the recommendation forum, any recommendations on how I can get my hands on one of these games without selling my kidney? It seems like the games in the Knizia trilogy are all about $50 since they're OOP. Some of the other ones seemed more reasonable but I wasn't as interested. Darn hobby.


You can try many of them on iOS for cheap then decide if you like them enough to find one to buy.
 
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roary11oreo wrote:
Since this is the recommendation forum, any recommendations on how I can get my hands on one of these games without selling my kidney? It seems like the games in the Knizia trilogy are all about $50 since they're OOP. Some of the other ones seemed more reasonable but I wasn't as interested. Darn hobby.

As for Modern Art: Prices are ridiciously high for some cards, a tableau and paper money, but it is easy to create a PrintandPlay version of Modern Art:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/43460/veljarek-version...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/43459/veljarek-version...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/43458/veljarek-version...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/43457/veljarek-version...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/43456/veljarek-version...

Use poker chips instead of paper money.
 
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An auction/bidding game I (and everybody else in my gaming groups) really like is Strasbourg. You bid for actions as placing meeples at city spaces or selling goods and have to budget your influences cards (you are free too spend all at once). Author Stefan Feld has a good lot of games in high ranks of the bgg list.
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