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I'd like to include into my collection an auction game.
Power Grid is on my radar, but 2,5+ hours might be a problem.
I'd really like the auction to be a central part of the game.

On the other hand i'd like to include a game which enhances talking and perhaps bluffing like Cosmic Encounter. CE is a bit too expensive for what it is.

Last i'd like a party game which also enforces talking or expressing each other. This should work with 4 people, too.

What would you suggest?

PS: Games i like can be checked on my BGG site.
 
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Jeff Kayati
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For an auction game, I'd recommend: Homesteaders

For an expressive party game, perhaps: The Resistance
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Auction: The Princes of Florence
Bluffing: Lifeboats
4p+ Party: Dixit: Odyssey
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jkayati wrote:
For an expressive party game, perhaps: The Resistance


Doesn't work with 4.
 
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Shane Larsen
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jkayati wrote:
For an expressive party game, perhaps: The Resistance


I too wanted to suggest The Resistance, but...

recallme wrote:
This should work with 4 people, too.
 
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David Kaehler
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I highly recommend Citadels for either your Bluffing or Party/4p slot.
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recallme wrote:

On the other hand i'd like to include a game which enhances talking and perhaps bluffing like Cosmic Encounter. CE is a bit too expensive for what it is.


Intrigue

recallme wrote:
Last i'd like a party game which also enforces talking or expressing each other. This should work with 4 people, too.


Dixit
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John Weier
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#2 could be The Resistance. Plenty of interaction and lots of bluffing.

Dixit would be a good choice for #3.
 
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Pure auction games: Ra and Medici are both superb. I think I prefer Medici but it's hard to say.
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Auction - Modern Art or Cyclades
Bluffing - Cash & Guns or Liar's Dice
Party - Balderdash or Dixit (as others suggested)
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recallme wrote:

I'd really like the auction to be a central part of the game.


Try The Speicherstadt - a very interesting auction mechanic in which you determine value by demand and try to price people out of the cards they want. Excellent with 4.
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+1 for Medici and The Speicherstadt. Both are excellent auction games and I'm glad I have them in my collection.

I'll also suggest Metropolys for an auction game. It has a unique auction system. Some don't like the board/art work. I very much enjoy the futuristic art deco theme going on.

For a bluffing game I'll suggest Condottiere.

For the party game, you might want to look at Cranium. I really enjoy GiftTRAP. Not a lot of talking during the placement of gifts, but afterwards lots of talking about the gifts you got and gave and why they tanked or were great.
 
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Auction: Homesteaders
Bluffing: BANG! and/or Citadels
Party: Dixit

 
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Auctions: Homesteaders, Phoenicia

Interactive: Genoa
 
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Auctions: Ra, and a HUGE +1 for Metropolys.

Bluffing: Both Citadels and Condottiere are good with 4P. I prefer Condottiere because it's almost perfect with 5P.

Party Game with forced interaction: I've never had more fun than with Eat Poop You Cat. If it's a group that plays together often, 1000 Blank White Cards is another great game that benefits from regular play.
 
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In Santiago you bid on crop tiles to place, and then try to bribe the canal overseer player to water along the tiles you prefer.

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Also how about Dragon's Gold. You can argue over who will place what adventurer where, and then you have to argue over who will get which loot from the dragon corpse.
 
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Auction:

Homesteaders, The Speicherstadt, Cargo Noir, Biblios

"Expressive" game:

Citadels, Shadow Hunters, Liar's Dice

"Expressive" party game:

Say Anything, Wits & Wagers, Dixit
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Auctions: Speicherstadt and RA are probably my favorite recommendations. Goa, Cyclades, Power Grid, Chicago Express, Metropolys, etc are all good recommendations too. EDIT: I forgot Cargo Noir.

Be aware that there are many types of auction games. I've played many games that are labeled as Auction games, but they all play very differently! Find out what you want in an auction game and gravitate towards that. Personally, I don't think you can have just one Auction game!

Bluffing: Citadels! It scales so well for 2-7 players. The Boss is another one you might want to check out as it fits into your player range.

A note on Homesteaders: although I really like the auction element to the game, there is SO MUCH 'AP' going on in the game. I got a headache the first time I played from trying to maximize victory point output through using the market.
 
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jwoodall wrote:
Ra/Goa and Resistance

3 birds with 2 baskets of hands!

+1 to this suggestion
 
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Auction:
Evo (second edition) is only about 60 minutes

Bluffing:
Get Bit!

Talking:
Bohnanza
Hanabi or some other co-op
 
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Auction - GOA / Speicherstadt
Bluffing - Skull & Roses
Party - Skull Roses (also with bluffing mechanic) / Dixit
 
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