medici [Updated April 2008]

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Harald Henning, CT

2007 Champion

2nd: Bruce Reiff, OH

3rd: Tom Stokes, NJ

4th: Tom Dunning, NY

5th: Mike Kaltman, PA

6th: Terri Wicks, CT
Event History
1999    Kevin Wojtasczyk       86
2000    Harald Henning       84
2001    Doug Galullo       95
2002    Ann Cornett     115
2003     Tom Stokes     118
2004     Peter Staab     109
2005     Gary Noe       98
2006     Jeff Cornett       87
2007     Harald Henning       91

John Pack, CO

2008 GM

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Fine porcelain! Bolts and bolts of fabric! Spices for sale!

Fine porcelain! Bolts and bolts of fabric! Spices for sale! Background: These are the sounds you hear as you walk through the Italian marketplace. In Medici, you are a merchant owner whose job is to buy the most valuable loads for your ship and to increase the value of your goods by dominating the associated commodity markets. However, your ship can only carry a maximum of five loads of goods at a time. Therefore, you have to be careful in your bidding at the auctions where one, two or three loads are available for purchase as a lot. The other merchants are also bidding for these valuable goods - driving up the price of the more valuable lots. Once you have purchased your five loads, you are finished buying for this session. When the session ends, the merchants sell the loads on their ships. The more valuable the items you are carrying, the more florins you
will receive, and the higher your share in each of the five different commodity markets, the greater your reward.

Object: After three buying sessions, the game ends and the merchant who has the most florins wins.

Rules: Each turn the active player turns cards from the deck face up, one at a time. The dealer decides to stop turning over cards after one, two, or three cards have been revealed. Most of the cards contain one of the five commodities (colors) and a value of 0 to 5. There is also one special, colorless card with a value of 10 (representing gold). While this card increases the value of your load, it does not help you corner any of the commodity markets. When the dealer is finished turning up cards, the revealed cards are auctioned off amongst the players. Each merchant gets one bid on the revealed cards, starting with the player on the dealer's left and ending with the dealer. The high bidder takes the cargo and adjusts his money marker. The deal then passes to the left and the process continues. Repeat until all of the players have five cards or the deck is exhausted. Once the buying session is complete, the merchants sell their cargoes. Each player totals the value of the cargoes carried on his/her ship. The merchant with the greatest total value receives 30 florins, the next highest merchant receives a lesser amount of florins and so on to the merchant with the lowest value who receives no florins. Then the players adjust their commodity market markers by one step for each associated commodity purchased in this buying session. Then merchants with the greatest and second most of each commodity receive 10 and 5 florins respectively. In addition, if a merchant has purchased six or more of any commodity cumulatively over the three buying sessions, the merchant will receive bonus florins during the payment for the individual commodity as shown on the board.

Format: Players may participate in as many of the four heats as desired. All games will have 4, 5, or 6 players (with most having 5 players and a preference for 6 players over 4 players). All winners advance to a 16-, 20-, 25-, 30-, or 36-player semi-final late Sunday morning. The semi-final size is the minimum needed to accommodate all heat winners who are present. Should more than 36 winners be present, standard HMW tie-breakers will be used to pare the semi to 36 winners. A few second place finishers will likely advance to fill in the remaining spots; second place finishers will be compared based on their percentage of the winner's final score [and, if necessary, by the preceding intermediate score(s)]. Winners and top alternates will be listed on the kiosk following each heat. The Final immediately follows the semi-final. No alternates will advance to the Final under any circumstances.

Time: Each heat will last 55 minutes. There will be no announcements. Pairings will be assigned exactly two minutes after the designated starting time. Do not be late. Late arrivers will be assigned to tables only if they can find four additional players. Such games will still be held to the time limit. No one advances from games whose paperwork is not turned in 55 minutes after the designated starting time. To assist players in finishing on time, the following policies are in force during each game:
* If a player leaves the game table for any reason that player's moves are skipped until s/he returns. While being skipped, a player passes on all bidding opportunities and does not draw cards. Please remember to visit the restroom before the game.
* On his/her turn, a player must announce the start of an auction by placing the deck of cards in front of the next player to the left and stating, "Your bid", "Go", "What do I hear for this fine lot," or something similar.
* Negotiations are prohibited. Table talk is OK provided it does not slow down the game and does not make agreements.
* The GM will announce the 20- and 35-minute marks. Games which have not finished the first and second buying sessions respectively should pick up the pace substantially.
* The GM will also announce the end-of-game 53-minute mark. All bidding ceases immediately - with the current loads going unsold - and final scoring begins. The winner of the game should turn in all player records.
* Keep in mind that an individual player's total playing time for the entire game should be roughly nine minutes! Decide what you are willing to bid before the option comes to you.
* If any player is perceived as taking a long time for any action (more than 7-9 seconds for a bid or more than 15-20 seconds to draw from the deck and start an auction), the player who perceives the delay should obtain a timer from the check-in table. Each will be set to 4:00 minutes. Do not argue with a slow player or make accusations. Thereafter, whenever the player with the timer notices that the slow player is drawing or bidding or stopping game play in any fashion, s/he will press the start button. When the slow player finishes, the player with the timer will press the stop button. All other players at the table will ensure that the timer operated per these rules. No time expires from the timer when the slow player makes a bid before the timer has been started. If the timer should expire, the slow player is finished playing - and may make no more bids nor take any additional turns and may only observe the remainder of the game (and may not interrupt in any fashion). Reduce the timer to two minutes if picked up after the 40-minute warning. Return the timer to the check-in table at the end of the game.
* The player whose turn it was should adjust the buyer's money marker and commodity market markers once the auction is complete while the player whose turn it is now is drawing cards. Unpurchased loads should be set aside face down in such a way that the number of such cards can be observed. Optional: The players in a game may agree that a single volunteer will handle all recording with the markers throughout the game.
* The GM and assistant GMs may assign timers or penalties in any game perceived as proceeding slowly or even remove a player from a game altogether. The timer may be assigned with any amount of time remaining the official believes is appropriate. Any decision can be appealed - and will be decided by two other officials (with the original decision being the tie-breaker). Such a decision process occurs while the timer of the player making the appeal is running.

Version Differences: Rio Grande Games released an American version of the game which has a few differences from the German version. How the differences are handled is specified below:
1. For simplicity, all players begin with 30 florins no matter how many players are in the game.
2. The American version has an extra 5-florin bonus space on the third highest level of each of the commodity markets which is not present in the German version. In the tournament, the 5-florin bonus will not be paid.
3. The payment for total cargoes will follow the German rules. They are as follows:
          1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
4 Players 30 20 10 0 - -
5 Players 30 20 10 5 0 -
6 Players 30 20 10 10 5 0

 GM      John Pack  [1st Year]   11213 Keota St., Parker, CO 80134
    john@gameaholics.com   NA 

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