Collecting by another name ...
Auction, also published by Avalon Hill as The Collector,
the game of buying, selling and collecting rare items, will consist
this year of a Tuesday night teaching session at 6 PM, followed
by a Mulligan round at 7 PM. The "official tournament will
Wednesday at 3 PM, with the semi-finals following at 4 PM and
the finals commencing immediately thereafter. The format is designed
to allow novice players to play Tuesday night, yet still have
a fast moving tournament on Wednesday.
1) The tournament will be played with all the expanded
rules (from the small six-page half-sized rulebook).
2) If the number of entrants in a heat is not divisible
by 4, the GM will randomly determine the players at 3 player
3) A Mulligan round will be held Tuesday night at 7 PM.
The winners (only) of the Mulligan round boards will advance
to the Wednesday 4 PM semifinals.
4) The winners of each three- or four-person board in the
preliminary round (Wednesday 3 PM) will advance to the semifinals.
5) The top scoring runners-up at the four-player boards
will advance to bring the number of semifinalists up to a multiple
of 4. 6) The winner of each semifinal board will advance
to the finals, again along with the top scoring runners-up to
bring the number of finalists up to four.
7) An optional "enforced rainbow" rule will be
used in the Mulligan round. If any player is initially
dealt three or more cards of a set, they must discard the excess
cards (face down) and draw replacements from the deck.
The deck will then be reshuffled.
8) The "enforced rainbow" rule may be used in
the Wednesday rounds of the tournament if a majority of the players
at any board so desires.
1) After winning an auction, you may not sell the item
you just bought. However, when using a Buyer's card, a
player may buy an item which was just sold. When buying
items using the Special Value Warehouse, Dealer, Gallery and
Collector Deal cards, the purchases must be paid for before the
seller is paid for the item he was originally selling from his
2) You may use one Buyer's card after winning an auction
to buy up to three items from the board. However, you may
not use two Buyer's cards to purchase additional items at that
3) When bidding for an item during an auction, a player
may pass during a round and then reenter the bidding at a later
time, so long as bidding has not been ended for the item by everyone
4) The rich collector pays full set value for natural sets.
A buyer's card may not be used as a wild card to complete a set
for the rich collector.
5) You may not inherit a card which the rich collector
has bought. It is placed on the rich collector's pile and
another card is inherited.
6) The number of cards you hold in your hand at any time
is public knowledge. The amount of cash you have is not.
Auction - Beginner's Notes
Prepare For Play
1) Up to 4 players per board
2) Give $2000 to each player
3) Deal 6 Rare Item Auction cards to each player and give
each player 1 Buyer Card
4) Place remaining Buyer Cards in the Auction deck and
1) Take top card from Auction deck and place it on the
2) If card is a Buyer Card, then turn over a new card until
a rare item appears
3) Roll a die to set the opening minimum bid
4) Bidding goes clockwise pass or raise bid at least
$20 (bids must be in multiples of $10)
5) Auction ends when all players pass
6) Winner pays bank and takes all cards on the auction
7) If there is no bid, card is placed on the section of
the board which matches the initial bid die roll
8) Player winning the auction may then do three actions:
a) Sell up to three items from their hand
to the board
b) Use a Buyer Card to buy up to three items
from the board (may not buy the item which was just sold)
c) Announce for victory if complete collections
and cash total $7500 or more
1) May not sell the item just won in the auction
2) Place the item to sell on the board
3) Roll a die to determine value of sale
4) Roll a second die on Special Value table
5) If bank refuses to pay, the item is auctioned off among
a) $10 minimum bid, $20 minimum increments
b) If the original seller wins, he pays the
c) If another player wins, he pays the original
d) In no one bids, seller keeps card
6) Sold items are placed face up on the matching area of
1) Give Buyer Card to the Bank
2) Select up to three items from the board to purchase
from the Bank
1) Winner of the last auction can declare for victory
2) Must have a total of at least $7500 in complete collections
and cash in order to declare
3) All players total the value of their complete collections
4) Partial collections have no value
5) Highest total wins
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