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Subject: Wait? What? Did that really happen? Game over in round 2? rss

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The root of all evil... but you can call me cookie.
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Players: Mike, Tony, Wally and me (Neil)

Course of action:

Open box and separate things...begin reading rules. This is after all a 3M bookcase game the rules are short and printed on the inside of the lid.

Rules read we begin to play. Upon looking at my hand I see that I had not 1 but 2 "Buyers Cards" along with 2 of the 4 "Sterling" cards that are required for the set. As you can use a single Buyers Card as a wild in any set I see I'm already 3/4ths of the way to having the set which is valued at $4,800. As you only need $5,000 to trigger game end I'm pretty excited. I only need 1 more Sterling and I've got my first set.

Card one is put up for action I believe it was one of the antique weapons. Tony bought that card and I think he sold one card from his hand. It was our first game so we all had to figure out how to really play the game.

Tony then flips the top card to auction it's a Buyers Card and per the rules flips another so the auction is now for both cards. I am sitting left of Tony who just won so I open the bid.

"$2,000" I say.

"How much did we start the game with" asks Mike.

"$2,000" I grin.

"Pass" Mikes says.

Wally and Tony also are forced to pass as they can't bid either. That whole bidding high enough that no one can outbid me left little choice now didn't it?

I win the auction add both cards to my hand and declare that I am "Going Out." With my completed set of Sterling and 2 additional buyers card (valued at $500 each at end of game) I have a total of $5,800, enough to declare I'm going out and more than any other player at the table so I win.

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This game was a fluke I agree. I had an extremely unlucky hand I admit that. Yet this very short game of High Bid shows in a short form how the game is less an auction game and more of a race to get the card you need kind of game. I could have probably bid lower on it and won it at a lower price and therefore won by a wider margin. Why? Because I held 2 of the 4 Sterling cards the 4th was on the block the chances are very good no one at the table wanted it. The last Sterling card was probably in the deck. Still it was quite fun in the 2nd round of the game to go "All In" like that. Sterling is not the highest valued set either. The game needs something and I'm not sure what but I think it can be improved with some house rules.

Well that's my opinion anyway.
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At WBC they have a few rules to reduce the effects of extreme luck. There's the "enforced rainbow" rule and they also give each player exactly one Buyer's Card in the opening deal (so no one can get two).

Here's a link:

http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/aucpge.htm
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WOW thanks a lot that's a pretty cool link. We'll have to try that out next time.
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I also think that they go fairly quickly that we should think of them more as 'hands' and maybe play three or four 'hands' in a game.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
At WBC they have a few rules to reduce the effects of extreme luck. There's the "enforced rainbow" rule and they also give each player exactly one Buyer's Card in the opening deal (so no one can get two).

Here's a link:

http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/aucpge.htm


I like the rainbow rule. I think I like that more than my $10,000 to win idea.
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Yep I'd really like to try it again.
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I should add that the Columbus OH area gamers are quite fond of this game. I suspect it works pretty well for them or they wouldn't keep playing it over and over. They're probably the ones who provided a lot of the input into the rules used at WBC.
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Played this yesterday for the first time. I think you can just throw out the win trigger amount altogether. The game doesn't take long to play til the deck runs out. Just count your assets at the end. That's what we did, and it went well.
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lgoldberg wrote:
Played this yesterday for the first time. I think you can just throw out the win trigger amount altogether. The game doesn't take long to play til the deck runs out. Just count your assets at the end. That's what we did, and it went well.


That is a great idea.
 
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Eric Brosius wrote:
At WBC they have a few rules to reduce the effects of extreme luck. There's the "enforced rainbow" rule and they also give each player exactly one Buyer's Card in the opening deal (so no one can get two).

Here's a link:

http://www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/aucpge.htm


Eric, do you know the rainbow rule? The link is dead.
 
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