Today, I will be taking a look at the classic bidding game by Reiner Knizia, Medici, put out by Grail Games.
Medici is a game for 2-6 players and takes around an hour to play!
In Medici, players are traders of various goods. Bidding on lots of cards to load onto their ship.
Each player has a ship board and 6 markers in their color
Depending on the number of players, everyone starts with the same amount of money/points. Then place one of your markers at the bottom of each of the good tracks (the gold ring) Also, shuffle and remove a number of cards from the deck depending on the number of players at the beginning of each day.
Goal: After 3 rounds, the player with the most points is the winner.
Game play: Pick a random first player. That player will be the first auctioneer. When you are the auctioneer, you will turn up 1-3 cards from the deck, stopping anytime after 1, 2 or 3 and start an auction. After the lot has been decided, starting with the player to the auctioneer’s left bidding begins. They must bid a number of money/points or pass. Going ONCE AROUND, players will either bid more for that lot or pass. The auctioneer is always last to bid. The highest bidder takes the entire lot and loads it onto their ship. and subtracts amount bid from their score.
If everyone passes those cards will be discarded.
Ships can only hold a max of 5 cards.Once your ship is full, you are out of the auctions for the rest of the day.
After that action, the next auctioneer is the one to the previous one’s left
This continues until 1 of 2 things happens
- The deck is empty. In which case players may go into scoring with empty slots on their ship
- All but one ship is completely full. The one remaining player takes cards from the top of the deck to fill their ship up for free!!
There are 2 phases to scoring, Heaviest ship and Type of goods.
Keeping in mind that scoring is dependent on the number of players
Each player will add the numbers of the goods the won together. The heaviest ship gets the highest amount and so on down, and the lightest player gets zero
Afterwords, everyone in turn will advance the marker one space on the matching track for each matching good. The highest player on each track get 10 points and second gets 5.
If markers reach the +5, +10 or +20 , you add that to your score/
Once scoring is done, you can setup for the next day. Take all the cards and shuffle them, discard some and start day two!
At the end of day 3, the players with the most points wins!
I think Medici is a decent family-wrought bidding game. This game goes by quick enough that you could probably a couple of games in a row. This is a great example of a an introduction into bidding games. After Medici, I would suggest For Sale, High Society RA and then Power Grid
During a few of my plays, there is a lot of luck and a nice mix of push your luck and strategy This can also be a time killer while waiting for more players to show up. A good game in mt book