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Subject: Possible to remove the blind bidding with a sighted auction? rss

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Greg Lorrimer
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I'm thinking about getting this game but I'm not so keen on blind bidding.

Can the blind bidding be replaced with a proper auction?
 
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Trevor Taylor
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I think you'd risk 'runaway train' syndrome if you did this. As the richer players will bring in more gems and therefore outbid others by 1 each time (and still potentially have stones left for upgrades). The blind bidding helps to force the richest players to either risk over bidding or not bidding enough and a poorer player taking the auction.
 
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Thomas Büttner-Zimmermann
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Basically, it is not a total blind bidding: There are three "level" to bid for:
- Just get the VPs
- Just get the card
- Get both

Often the players will aim for one of these goals; normally there is no excess of gems to bid very high.

Also, there are quite many auctions in the game: Each round there are 4 auctions (in a 4-player-game) - one for each color.
And 11 or 12 rounds. So instead of 11/12 fast blind bidding auctions, that are handled very quick, you will have 44 to 48 "long" normal auctions... no good idea!
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Greg Lorrimer
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Great! Thanks for that. Game purchased.
 
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Lucas Smith
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I think the blind bidding is handled in a very goood way here:
- you have the 3 levels
- losing bids aren't paid but the players don't get them back immediately as well. They only get them back after the end of the round. A very clever idea!
- there are multiple currencies (/sorts of gems) so you can (to a certain extent) remember how many the others have of a certain type.
- money (gems) ≠ VP
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