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Popular Auction Board Games (Mechanic)

These are the board games with the Auction mechanic.
Five Tribes board game
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Cosmic Encounter board game
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Keyflower board game
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Skull board game
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Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King board game
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization board game
Castles of Mad King Ludwig board game
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For Sale board game
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No Thanks! board game
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Biblios board game
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In #Rurik: Dawn of Kiev they introduced (I think) a mechanic they called Auction Programming.  Not sure if that name really fits the mechanic.  But I really love the idea of how it works and wouldn't mind seeing it in other games.

I do know that #Architects of the West Kingdom using something kind of similiar when you want to hire a townsfolk that's too far down the line for you to afford.

     I think it is a mechanic, but a mechanic made up of other mechanics. Here is why I believe this. Can something (engine building) that is constructed entirely from a single building block (mechanics) not in itself be a mechanic. Another way to look at this is that most gamers would consider "card play" as a mechanic. To get to the mechanic of card play, a player has to obtain these cards. Gaining cards through mechanics such as drafting, auction, or bidding, is what builds a player's hand. These initial mechanics are necessary to get to the secondary mechanic.

     In engine building, all engines consist of things gained through using mechanics. Gamers after they build their engine talk about "running" their engine. Running the engine needs the components to have it run. I equate the process of running the engine, a mechanic that is in the game but needs construction through other mechanics. This running of the engine can itself lead to more mechanics such as set collection, or worker placement (your engine allows you to generate more of these).

     If my first statement holds, then engine building is, in my opinion, a mechanic. It could be that we need to consider it as a secondary mechanic and begin to think of mechanics on a deeper level as games get more and more complex, and as designers find new and exciting ways to make games better. 


While there aren't specific examples in my head of games where I dislike it, I am never drawn to games with bidding or auctions in them. Not really sure why but they tend not to appeal.

That said I really enjoyed playing #Keyflower. I loved the choice of either using your meeples to do an action to get an immediate benefit or bidding on the tile to maybe get that more long term benefit (although I also love how even after you win a tile other people can still use it). So who knows, maybe I just need to try more bidding games.

Nice list. I agree with your top 4 but am not a big fan of auction games. 

I tend to get to play most of what pops up as there are several game buys in my group.  However, there is always more to play.  My list not in any order:

  • #Lisboa Looks cool.  Play is complex.  Should make for a juicy afternoon.
  • #Ra I like auction games with my group.  I'm not great at them but we have a ton of fun.
  • #The Voyages of Marco Polo: Ever since seeing it on SU&SD I've been interested in playing it.  Looks like my type of game.  No one in my group owns it...yet...
  • #Eclipse: Traded for this game quite a while ago.  Haven't been able to get it to the table yet!
  • #Rising Sun: I love dudes on a map games but I already own quite a few so I can't justify getting this one.  Maybe I'll trade one of my other ones away for it one day.
  • #Grand Austria Hotel: Every automated "find your next game" web site always puts this one in my top few.  Looks interesting, want to try it!
  • #Mombasa: It's always looked interesting to me.  I haven't managed to find it for a price I am willing to pay yet.

Auction! I have no auction games and I think it's something I would love.

my first choice is #Ra but it's way out of print from what I can tell. #Modern Art and #QE also looked fun and are ?maybe? lighter games my family might actually want to play with me. 

I always look for something new when it comes to acquisitions. Doesn't have to be an entirely new mechanic, but it needs to have a strong hook or a twist that sets it apart. The games I have in mind for next year are:

  • #Keyflower - This is just a unique game in general and I like auction, tile placement, and other things going on that aren't in any of my games.
  • #Too Many Bones - A strong solo game with lots of dice, campaign, and premium components that I'd likely want to get out more than just playing on some app. It would be a co-op experience that my wife and I haven't had too.

My current goal for my collection is to keep things tight. Limit too many purchases and make sure I'm giving the games I own plenty of plays before I move on too quickly. In the past 2-4 months, gaming with my wife has gone way down to maybe twice a month, so I'd rather focus on getting in our favorite games (and even upgrading them) rather than jumping from one game to another and making her learn new rules every time.

I would never have thought of Splendor, Millennium Blades or Terraforming Mars as economic games.

Stockpile is my favorite on your list.

QE is a great game if you want an economic themed auction game that is kind of crazy and is unfortunately very current again with world events such as they are...