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Subject: Bidding rss

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howard ronald
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Question on bidding. I have an update which seems to have changed the costs.US map, 3rd edition.

Please confirm in a 3 play and 4 player game.

(3)
Last - Free
2nd Last- Full
First - Full

(4)
Last - Free
2nd Last- ½
2nd - Full
First - Full
 
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Dave Eisen
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I do not know if it has changed with rerelease, but you are correct as far as the original rules.
 
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I'm not aware of any changes. The thing to remember with the Age of Steam auction is simply this:

The first and second place individuals pay their full bid amounts.
The first person to dropout of the auction pays nothing.
Everyone else pays half their last bid, rounded up.
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Bruce Murphy
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The very first FRED rules were missing a crucial paragraph. Correction sticker is in the files section. The folks here are correct.

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howard ronald
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The fatal flaw in the bidding for a 3 player game is that once someone is willing to outbid all rivals, ie: first bid is $5, then players #2 and #3 will always alternate between second and last. If player #2 tries to outbid player #1, ie: bid $6, and player #1 bids $7, player #2 is stuck paying full price $6 for 2nd place, If player #2 didn’t bid, player #3 would get 2nd place for free.

So the question I’m asking, is there a modification for a 3 player game.

IE: first place player pays full amount, last player pays nothing, and all others pay ½.
SO

#1 = full, #2 = ½ and #3 = Free.
 
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J C Lawrence
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This is not a flaw and there is no 3-player modification. If the players understand the pattern in advance, it changes the progression of bids and the board-play to setup contention for key actions.
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