What is the reasoning for the first bid in a Charter auction to be $50 and all subsequent raises to be by $5? This would seem to penalise the first bidder and to make seating order unduly significant, especially in a larger player-count game. Allowing the initial bid to be any multiple of $5 over $45, and subsequent bids to be any multiple of $5 over the previous bid allows for more interesting, and aggressively predatory bidding, which seems a Good Thing.
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I agree entirely and that's how we play it. How high to open a charter auction should be an import decision. I talked about this in the session report I've been posting, which I can see now might be perplexing to those who've read the current beta rules.
Looking at the 0.41 rules I see that the word "minimum" was left out of the "To hold a charter auction" steps on page 9. Additionally, Step 2 should say "multiples," not "increments."
What also was left out (this time intentionally) was any discussion of an opening maximum bid. I can see some potential problems here but I'm leaving it alone for now.
So, to recap:
A charter auction's minimum opening bid is $50 (there is no maximum); Subsequent bids must be a $5 multiple of the current high bid.