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iPad: Reiner Knizia Medici boardgame

07-22-2010, 01:55 PM
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Reiner Knizia Medici boardgame



Medici should be out soon. Will have AI players and hotseat support to. I believe 3 to 6 players (not sure about this 100%).

Here is description from bgg

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The object is to accrue the most points during three rounds, which you do by spending your points to bid on sets of cards. Each turn the current player turns up one to three cards for all the players to bid on, with the highest bid taking all cards. The cards denote a commodity type and quantity/value. The round ends when each player's ships are full, or the commodity card deck is exhausted. After each round, points are awarded to each player having the most of a given commodity, and to the one with the most valuable total "cargo load".
Developer mentioned (July 17th) this should be submitted soon to app store so I'm guessing early August. Also I'm guessing late August Ra (best auction game ever) will be coming out.
07-23-2010, 01:48 AM
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Nice! This is one of my favorite Knizia board games.

07-23-2010, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mrbass View Post
Ra (best auction game ever) will be coming out.
"Best auction game ever" should be Power Grid.
07-23-2010, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by DaviddesJ View Post
"Best auction game ever" should be Power Grid.
No, Power Grid isn't just an auction game. Great game, but there are many other elements. The auction is just to get power plants. There are many other great games, such as Princes of Florence, that also use auctions but don't have the auction as the only mechanic.

Ra and Medici, on the other hand, are nothing but a series of auctions. Ra places first for me as well for best auction game with Traumfabrik, also by Reiner Knizia, being a close second.
07-23-2010, 10:32 AM
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This looks great. I can't wait to add it to my Knizia folder.

Any idea whether it will be Ipad only? Or perhaps universal?
07-23-2010, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by DaviddesJ View Post
"Best auction game ever" should be Power Grid.
ok I mispoke...hehe. Well yes I love Power Grid too have Italy/France expansion and it's a huge favorite especially when got six people. I love Imperial too. But I've played Ra since 2005 and it gets ton of gameplay. But when I can get people up for a 2 to 3 hour game of Power Grid we have a blast. Also Hollywood Blockbuster I spent like a whole day cutting out and pasting Disney movies on back of those cards and also real movie versions due to licensing issues.

I believe it's coming out iPad and then they'll work on iphone version and networking. Here is original post so you can figure it out. So I believe it'll be universal but I'm totally guessing though.
07-23-2010, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Finandir View Post
Ra and Medici, on the other hand, are nothing but a series of auctions.
No, a large part of the strategy in Ra is deciding when to draw a tile and when not to. There's also the use of the Gods, although that is a lesser point.
07-23-2010, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by mrbass View Post
ok I mispoke...hehe. Well yes I love Power Grid too have Italy/France expansion and it's a huge favorite especially when got six people. I love Imperial too. But I've played Ra since 2005 and it gets ton of gameplay. But when I can get people up for a 2 to 3 hour game of Power Grid we have a blast. Also Hollywood Blockbuster I spent like a whole day cutting out and pasting Disney movies on back of those cards and also real movie versions due to licensing issues.

I believe it's coming out iPad and then they'll work on iphone version and networking. Here is original post so you can figure it out. So I believe it'll be universal but I'm totally guessing though.
I've always just found Power Grid over rated. Everyone in my regular game group thought so too, and I ended up actually selling my copy. Imperial on the other hand is just an awesome game, and one of my favorites. Would love to see someone scoop the rights and put it out on the iPad. That would be an insta-buy for me.
07-24-2010, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by DaviddesJ View Post
No, a large part of the strategy in Ra is deciding when to draw a tile and when not to. There's also the use of the Gods, although that is a lesser point.
But even using god tiles is within the context of an auction - use the god tile rather than wait for an auction. And, when you use that god tile you are changing the value of starting an auction for other players and whether or not they want to bid on it. And deciding whether or not to draw a tile is also deciding whether or not to start an auction. My point is that everything in the game revolves around the auctions. That isn't true in Power Grid. The auction is just one part of a game turn.

Now, we could start arguing little details about Ra such as the fact that drawing a tile isn't actually an auction. Neither is counting the score, etc. If we get down to that level though, nothing could be considered an auction game. But I still maintain that the game is basically an auction game. Power Grid, Princes of Florence, etc. are games that happen to have auctions as one part of the game rather than as the entire driving mechanism of the game. That is what I see as the distinction. Otherwise there are a huge number of auction games out there. And oh yeah, any game with dice in the game would suddenly become dice games. And if it uses cards then it is a card game, so maybe Power Grid is actually a card game since the power plants are cards?
07-24-2010, 09:26 AM
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But I still maintain that the game is basically an auction game. Power Grid, Princes of Florence, etc. are games that happen to have auctions as one part of the game rather than as the entire driving mechanism of the game.
I maintain that Power Grid is basically an auction game. But it's ok if you disagree.