FOR SALE - Reviewed by John
Category/Format: Business/card Game
A 15 minute card game from Ravensburger best played several times to gives an aggregate score. It involves obtaining property cards, by bidding for them with limited resources (counters), and then selling these properties to obtain cheque cards of differing values in a subsequent phase. The game is mathematical based and requires the players to outwit each other in the bidding processes thus making best use of their resources. Each game will require a different strategy dependent upon the order in which the cards appear in both sets of cards.
The game is for 3 - 5 players, aged 10+, and the following description applies to the four player game. Each player receives 15 counters with which to bid for the Property cards which are valued from 1 to 20 .
Play commences by the 20 Property cards being shuffled and the top four cards are turned up and placed in order of value. Bidding for the first property in a round commences from the dealers left, each player then in turn must either bid (equal or improve upon the previous player’s bid) or take the lowest property card on display, retaining one half(rounded down) of his chips bid already in this turn. Play continues in this way until all four property cards are claimed, but the player who obtains the fourth card, which will be the highest value property, loses all counters bid. The winner of the highest card makes the first bid in the next round. This process then repeats itself four more times for the remaining 16 property cards. Obviously players that use their resources early, and perhaps unwisely, find themselves having to take low value property cards in the later turns.
When all the property cards have been distributed the second phase is played as follows. The 20 cheque cards, of which 2 are value 0, are shuffled and the top four cards are turned up and placed in order of value. Each player selects a property card from his hand and these are revealed simultaneously. The turned up cheque cards are then allocated according to the property values played, lowest value - lowest cheque etc.
This process continues until all 20 properties have been exchanged for cheques and then the winner is determined as the one with the most value at the end of the game (Sum of cheque values, plus 1 point for each counter left).