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Industria (German Edition) *ND
|When this game hit Essen in 2003, it was highly regarded, but that seemingly did not translate into recognition here in America so far. Most people I've introduced it to have never even heard of it, but I think that needs to change!
This is an excellent auction game, in line with Ra and Traumfabrik. The game is 90% auction and 10% building what you've bought. If you enjoy auction games as much as I do, then you'll definitely like this game.
The name of the game is connections(not literally!). You purchase and then build different technologies, industries, and resources from era to era(you play through 5 eras). Those technology, industry, and resource tiles all have varying connections to one another, the right ones will give your extra points at the games end. Building those industries, etc... may get you some points during the game, but it's the connections at the end that can win the game for you.
Getting the right tiles during the auctions is very tough on the tight budget you have in Industria. You receive only 1-2 gold between rounds, there are 15 or 20 rounds(15 for 3 players, 20 for 4). Your main source of cash will come from being the auctioneer, as players alternate auctioning tiles and any profit from a sold tile goes directly to the auctioneer. The auctioneer can also choose to not sell a tile but keep it for themselves at no cost. There's a catch though, you make no money and the auctioneer tile also moves on to the next person. Once the auction phase of a round is complete, it's time to build what you purchased. Once you've done this through all 5 eras, victory points are tallied with the highest score winning(of course).
I personally love this game and have been introducing it to people at every game session I attend. I highly recommend Industria, it will be a solid addition to your game collection.
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