Best. Filler. Game. EVAR!
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After all of the checks have been distributed, players add up the value of their checks, and any coins they had left unused from the first phase of the game. The player with the most money wins!
It is not a
particularly deep game, but it is fast and fun. The bidding presents
interesting choices, as as the cards come out, you need to decide on
the valuation of each card against what you have already taken, and
what your opponents have taken. The spread of the values on the cards
up for bid can suggest an immediate exit, (if they are all near the
same value for example), or sticking it out to the very end, (when the
highest card you've taken so far is a 18, there's only two cards left,
everyone else has gotten a bunch of 20s, the 29 is out there, along
with the 1 and the 2). Finishes are often pretty tight, so money saved
can be the difference maker. The decisions in the second phase are
interesting as well, as while you generally want to get rid of your low
cards, if you don't save one you'll end up with a terrible draw of
checks, and have to use a high valued build to win a cruddy check.
Plus, as it's blind bidding, you have to guess how low you can go,
while still being higher than the other players.
So you get all this in a game that takes very little time to explain, and about 15-20 minutes to play. another thing which I have to mention is the box it comes in. This is probably the sturdiest box in my game collection, one that is so good, I felt it deserved a mention.
Well, there are the
anti blind bidding people, who might not think much of For Sale. It's
also wildly lucky, as all of your good money management and hand
managements skills can fall victim to a whacky check draw. Another
thing some people didn't like was the fact that Uberplay slightly
tweaked the deck distribution and the auction rules. I don't recall
what the original check distribution was, but the bidding was changed
in that in the original rules, a player was not forced to increase the
bid of the previous player, only to match it. if you were the player
who's bid was matched, then you would have to increase the bid, but
many people feel that this made the auction portion a little more
interesting. It certainly can be used as a house rule without any
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