What are you, like 80?
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
As the second game of the evening we chose my newly acquired Modern Art. None of us - Sune, Rasmus, Søren and I - had tried the game before. I explained the rules to the others, which didn't take long (early Knizia games are often quite "clean" rules-wise), and we were off.
Our first game started out in quite a chaotic fashion since we had no idea of, well, anything but after a few turns we began to catch on a bit and the game was soon a hard contest. Or rather, the others did, since I continued to play like an idiot.
In the final scoring, Sune came in first with just over $400.000. I ended up last.
For the inevitable rematch, Søren opted to play something else, but the three remaining players were joined by Ken, and I got to explain the rules once again. This game was a lot tighter than the first, but in the final turn I managed to get five attractive paintings, worth a total of $260.000. I ended up with $605.000, which made me the clear winner of that game.
In general the game was well received. Personally, I was extremely impressed and can easily see why this would be considered the ultimate auction game. The game feels a lot like Reiner's Medici, but every decision in Modern Art is just more complex and interesting than Medici, and there are a gazillion factors to consider in each and every auction in the game.
After the second game Sune felt that group-think and second-guessing played an important part in a successful strategy, but since I hadn't really thought much about those aspects in my winning game, I was hesitant to agree. Of course he may be right, and I look forward to trying the game again.