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Automobile (AUT) Links Last updated May 19, 2019
Class B: Beginning Players Welcome You may play if you have read the rules, played previously, or participated in a scheduled demo. Be on time for the scheduled demonstration. The GM will remain for only 15 minutes if no one is present.
Schedule GM: Devin Smith (1st Year)
Round Day Start Time Duration Location
Demo 1/1Tu171Exhibit Hall Annex 3
Heat 1/2Tu183Wintergreen
Heat 2/2Th143Seasons
2019 Tournament Format  HMW

The game covers the history of the US car industry during its birth and growth, from the 1890s to 1929. The aim is to make the most money, which means making and selling cars.

Players are competing in the U.S. auto industry in the early 20th century, purchasing factories that turn out low-, medium- and high-valued vehicles, starting with the 1893 Duryea and moving up the timeline from there.

Each player knows a portion of the market demand each round and must make his purchasing and manufacturing decisions based on that. You can fund distributors across the country, but if you don't supply them with vehicles to sell, they go bankrupt, taking your investment with them. Alternatively, you can drop the prices on your cars to try to outsell other players. Or even temporarily improve sales rates at the cost of research. Special action phases are available with the actions provided by the players acting as Henry Ford, Billy Durant, Alfred P. Sloan, and others.

As newer models make their way onto the market, they sell first compared with older models. Older factories result in inefficiency costs as time passes, encouraging you to keep pace with technology.

To get money, you need to build cars with your factories, but if you build more than the demand, you lose not only the money spent to make them, but you gain inefficiency costs that hurt you for the rest of the game. Whoever manages their car factories the best over this 4-round game will win.

Automobile is an excellent game for players interested in economic games generally, or even just low-variance, high-knowledge games. If you haven't played before, the demo should be more than enough preparation to play the game.

There will be 2 heats to advance 16, 20 or 25 players to the semifinals. The first tiebreaker will be relative margin of victory (fractionally) for both winners and non-winner alternates.

The GM team has some concerns about the availability of enough games, so please bring one. Poker chips or similar are also encouraged to speed play.