Monday, 16 March 2015

Mechanism topic - That's worth nothing to me

Today we talk about the bidding mechanism.
BGG defines auctioning / bidding as:

"This mechanic requires you to place a bid, usually monetary, on items in an auction of goods in order to enhance your position in the game. These goods allow players future actions or improve a position. The auction consists of taking turns placing bids on a given item until one winner is established, allowing the winner to take control of the item being bid on. Usually there is a game rule that helps drop the price of the items being bid on if no players are interested in the item at its current price. In most games, once a winner for one item is done, if there are more items to be bid upon, another auction is held for those items. The process repeats until a game condition is met or items are exhausted in the auction phase of the game.

In Power Grid, for example, you start with no power plants and must win bids to be able to produce power. Winning a bid on a given power plant allows that player to add it to their current inventory of power plants and also allows for more power to be made in a given turn. In Vegas Showdown, players bid on rooms. such as a slot machine or a restaurant, in order to build a larger hotel with more prestige and value. Winning players pay for the room based on their bid and place it in their hotel. In both examples, bidding is done in a turn format and players have the option of passing on bids."
Highlight your highlights 

As part of the new #BoardGameHour Podcast we would like to do some shout outs and mention some of the most popular tweets from past weeks. We would like your help with this...

Believe it or not I do quite a lot during the hour and If I try to make notes about which tweets rock at the same time as hosting, everything could go more pair shaped than normal. So if you are interested, at the end of the hour I will ask you for some of your highlights. if you could send me links to your favorite tweets for the hour that would be great!

We can't promise to mention everything on the podcast, but we really would like you all to be part of the show as well as the #BoardGameHour community :0)

Here are your "That's worth nothing to me" Questions:

Q1: How would you describe/define the bidding mechanism to a new gamer? #BoardGameHour
Q2: What do you like about bidding as a mechanism? #BoardGameHour
Q3: Do you find bidding helps or hinders immersion into a game? Why? #BoardGameHour
Q4: What don't you like about bidding as a mechanism? #BoardGameHour
Q5: What games use bidding as their core mechanism well? #BoardGameHour
Q6: Is a game with bidding in it ONLY a game about smart bidding? Does it overwhelm other mechanics? #BoardGameHour
Q7: What games use bidding as a side feature to another mechanism? does it do it well? #BoardGameHour
Q8: Is bidding just a lazy way for designer to not have to value items?#BoardGameHour
Q9: Which do you like better, open or blind bidding Why?  #BoardGameHour
Q10: If you were to recommend one bidding game to me, what would it be? #BoardGameHour
Q11: Should bidding be used more? Is it under / over utilized? Why? #BoardGameHour
Q12: Which were your favorite tweets (highlights) from todays #BoardGameHour they may get a mention on the new podcast!

Look forward to seeing you later.. We Starting at 7pm GMT, 3pm EDT, 12pm PDT

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