|From Alea:br/br/The game is about Jakob Fugger, who was probably the wealthiest man of his time. ldquo;Jakob the Rich,rdquo; as he was named in his time, owned so much money that he loaned money to a host of counts and kings. Often, they were not able to repay him in cash, so they awarded him special privileges, such as trade rights and offices.br/br/2 to 5 players ages 12 and up assume the role of the merchants from Augsburg and try to get what they can -- by means of auctions -- from the nobility, thus increasing their wealth and particularly their social status.br/br/The game play uses a simple bidding mechanism. Each round, players offer cards of varying values in a series of five auctions. Once a bid is made, players either raise the bid, call, or drop. The winning player may choose from a set of possible actions that increase abilities (and more importantly, points). After a number of rounds (dependent on the number of players), scores are tallied. It's that simple.br/br/This is a game by Karsten Hartwig, whose other game ldquo;Chinatownrdquo; was already published by Alea. Game length varies -- depending on the number of players -- between 25 to 90 minutes. The difficulty level is a 4 on the Alea 1-10 scale (the same as Ra).br/br/Besides the playersrsquo; tableaus and a game board, there are 90 game cards and various game chits.br/br/This game is #3 in the Alea medium box series.br/br/
Auction game. Trade debts for favours. Played at Essen, Oggie lapped everyone else.