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Sherman Oaks
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I've played the game four times so far. Perhaps this comes with more experience but I've never had a player come close to using the auction mechanic. Though it seems like a cool idea and I could see its strategic value, for the most part we forget that it's there.

What about you guys? Do you regularly use the auction space?
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M Edwards
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The one time I put something up, even I forgot it was there...
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Keith McNeil
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I've played 2 games and there have been a total of 3 sales (all involving me, fwiw). A lot of the time, other players simply don't have enough money or have plans for the money they do have. Plus, it's not always easy to put a monetary value on a deal such as, if I sell this good it will cost me 2 points and the perosn I sell it to will gain (perhaps) an *unknown* number of points. What is that worth? Can the players *agree* on that worth? And does someone have enough money on hand? I definitely wish there were more horse trading, but the dynamics of the game seem to work against it, at least a little.
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I'd love to hear what Ryan has to say; he's a bit busy atm though.
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Loren Cadelinia
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It's the one mechanic that seems a bit out of place.
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Jon Del Arroz
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We're 5 games in, I've used it twice. It's nice to have though not always that handy.
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Three games, never used. Yeah, that action/spot seems like an afterthought.
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I found it very handy for squeezing coins out of other players. Have some extra items? See how much you can push another play to pay...I like it.
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Dave Sands
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I am 3 games in and no, haven't used it once. I have to believe that it was put in there to create some more player interaction (in addition to the story telling aspect of course!). I love worker placement/action point allocation games but many of my friends don't because of this very point. Working away on their own tableau just doesn't do it for them.
I can see after playing a while and seeing the strategies you want to pursue (given the buildings available), but not having the resources to do so would prompt a sale or two. Otherwise, I still enjoy the game without it.

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Antonio Tang
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Even if I had a good that I could part with, it'd most likely be a mushroom, fish, or fruit. Would any of those really be worth 3+ coins for an opponent? I guess it depends on whether those items are high on their tracks.
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Petra
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I've played the games 12 times by now and never used the auction thing. I guess my gaming group is to greedy with the goods or to poor to buy. laugh
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I played my first game yesterday at Saltcon, and my use of the space was the only use in our four player game. Was selling a pot, thing.

No one else h ad any, nor ways of generating any at that point, I don't thibk, and, less certain of this, but I don't think any generators of this were available to buy. That can change fast, of course.

My husband ended up buying it, he would have preferred 4,I asked 6, we met at 5. It was his second type of good. Took roughly half his money, think he had 11 or 12, I didn't want to price it so high he just said, um, no. But not so low it didn't hurt a little.

Ah, going on too much. I don't know how this dynamic may change when it's just the two of us playing.



 
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Shane Hockin
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We use it. It usually happens about once a game (we have played about a dozen times), but at least twice it helped someone win.
 
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We had our first game last night - so obviously I don't have a lot of experience yet - and didn't trade. But it was a two-player game, and the mechanic seems much better-suited to higher numbers of players. Two players who think they are losing to a third are much more likely to cooperate to make each other stronger; nobody wants to trade anything advantageous to the one person they're competing against.

If the other player is willing to accept a trade that seems advantageous to you in a two-player game, you'd probably better immediately suspect they've seen some way of making points out of it that you missed...
 
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