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Dirk Dee
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Oct 2011
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Plate of Shrimp.
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7.5
May 2007*
This is really a surprisingly good filler/closer. I'm not a huge fan of blind bidding, but it works quite well here. The pace and the level of control seem best for three players. Thematically this game works, you pick up guys for your crew, low-ball bids for work and grimace when you have to pay your guys when they are sitting around. Everyone is active, with little to no downtime. There aren't an overwhelming amount of important choices, but you always vaguely feel like you are controlling your own destiny as you are constantly playing the odds against the kinds of jobs that will come up and the inevitable paydays. I think it is important to let people know about the frequency/demand that each type of card has. The shovelers are the most commonly needed, then the foremen, then the backhoes, finally the cranes. Really does what it sets out to do effectively.
2007-05-14*
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Khazad-dum
South Korea
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7.5
Jan 2009*
Lee Young Moo
South Korea
Seoul
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7.4
Dec 2004*
Garry Lloyd
United Kingdom
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
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7
May 2010
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Olav Müller
Germany
Düsseldorf
Deutschland
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7
Mar 2004*
Hm ... not sure yet. The last game I won, cause I was the only one to score a "8 million" contract just before the last payday. My fellow players couldn't bid for the job, so it was a sure thing ...
2004-03-18*
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Tad Ito
Japan
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7
May 2004*
Not so bad! To make ajust timing of pay-day card like "Alhambra" is to be good ballance.
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2004-05-19*
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TOKYO Heartbroken
England
York
North Yorkshire
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7
Aug 2004*
I enjoyed this. A light simple auction game with nice mechanisms, fast play and amusing graphics. Under-rated here. Worth picking up, a good quick filler.
2004-08-29*
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Cal Macewan
United Kingdom
York
North Yorkshire
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7
Aug 2004*
An interersting little card game, with elements of bidding and hand management. The quality of the cards is particularly nice, with colourful cartoony pictures.
2004-08-29*
SeonGyo Lee
South Korea
Gimpo
GyungGy-Do
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7
May 2005*
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Wolfgang Friebe
Germany
Münster
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7
Nov 2005*
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Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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7
Nov 2006*
Bidding for construction jobs & meeting payroll are tricky work in this fine game that was pretty much overlooked when it was released.

UPDATE: Continues to be overlooked... and occasionally dismissed as "blind bidding." Let's be clear here, people - if you're paying attention, this is NOT blind bidding. Sheesh.
2009-10-26
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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7
Apr 2007*
Nothing to dislike here.........I need a building permit to play though.
2007-04-18*
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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7
Nov 2007*
A slightly odd cardgame that works pretty well. You have a hand of workers/plant, and aim to blind bid low to win contracts for specific sets of worker/plants. This earns you the bid value, but ties up your workers for a turn or two. This restricts your ability to satisfy subsequent contract requirements, but contracts also include "paydays" which require every player to pay unemployed workers in their hand so it's sometimes good to have few workers sitting idle.
2007-11-07*
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Patricio Petersen
Chile
Santiago
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7
Aug 2007*
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Sebastian Gaete
Chile
Santiago
RM
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7
Jan 2008*
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Olav Fakkeldij
Netherlands
Beverwijk
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7
Nov 2008*
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Eiichi Hayatsu
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7
Feb 2009*
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Elizabeth Jensen
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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7
Jul 2009*
The low bid wins the job and gets the money, but players have to know when it is safe to bid high and rake in the bucks. It is a quick game, not difficult to learn.
2009-07-16
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Yusuke Tanabe
Japan
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7
Oct 2009*
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Reinaldo Guazzelli
Brazil
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7
Feb 2011
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Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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7
Apr 2011
My strategy didn't work at all in my first game, almost embarrassingly so. I found it interesting and I enjoy blind bidding, so hopefully I'll get a chance to play again soon. It seems that I almost always enjoy playing Ravensburger games.
2011-04-30
Mika V
Finland
Tampere
Pirkanmaa
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7
May 2011
Owned
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kim ki chul
South Korea
dang jin
Unspecified
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7
Feb 2015
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Stefan D.
Germany
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7
Mar 2012
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Péter Czeller
Hungary
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7
Jul 2012
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yuki togari
Japan
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7
Nov 2014
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masa_Nue Sugata
Japan
Tokyo
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7
Aug 2014
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kawamura tako
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7
Sep 2014
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United States
Saint Joseph
Michigan
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I would do all the things I have ever dreamed of doing. I would love to become a professional whistler.I'm pretty amazing at it now, but I wanna get, like, even better. Make my living out of it.
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6.5
Sep 2007*
Ting Pong IP
Hong Kong
Lai Chi Kok
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6.5
Jan 2009*
[Ravensburger 2002 edition] {Economic, filler, city-building; blind-bidding, hand management, drafting; scalable} I like many Franz-Benno Delonge's games. Most of them are fun to play and suitable for non-gamers. Zahltag is no exception. It is a nice filler - thematic, engaging, interactive and tactical. It is engaging because players can take risk to hold their workers for better contracts even though a pay day is coming. Like many auction games, it is about how to get a bargain deal when other players are occupied and cannot compete with you.

Franz-Benno Delonge really like blind-bidding / auction mechanic.

The illustration of card is very funny. Each contract is unique! I like them very much. However, the standard card back of Ravensburger bugged me However, it is better if they provide 9 bidding cards, rather than 5.
2008-07-11*
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André Kretzschmar
Germany
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6.5
Sep 2008*
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Herald Claeys
Belgium
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6.5
Oct 2011
Essen 2010
2013-11-26
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taka higu
Japan
Kita-ku
Tokyo
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6.5
Dec 2014
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Jürgen E
Germany
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6.5
Dec 2012
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Steph
United States
New Hampshire
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6.5
Jul 2015
Edward Chow
Hong Kong
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6.4
Jun 2008*
Paulo Santoro
Brazil
São Paulo
São Paulo
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6.2
Jan 2011
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Jim Carvin
United States
Hamburg
Pennsylvania
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6.1
Dec 2014
I really enjoyed this game. You need to anticipate what others are willing to bid, do a little card counting, and sometimes hold your breath and go for it. Very fun
2005-06-24*
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Ken Shoda
Japan
Zushi
Kanagawa
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May 2011
Quite interesting auction game. Since the system of batting and limited number of cards, middle numbers are not really used in bidding. Also tied bidding can be just spread among players, not negative 2.

For Zahltag (pay day), one can reduce or increase the hand size by 1 but it is far from having decent control. Also who is getting benefit from pay day is rather luck dependent.

Hand limit of 12 cards (including the ones in front of you) is tedious and the game should work without this limit.
2011-05-13
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Lindsay Scholle
Australia
St Ives, 2075
NSW
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6
Jul 2004*
There's a couple of different ways to approach the game. The bidding can hurt as you take a loss on the contract just to get cards down before a payday. There's a lot of luck in the individaul contracts being turned over. I'd play without the automatic payday after nine cards - just wait for the payday cards themselves. The theme fits well with the game. Enjoyable.
2004-07-29*
Dave OConnor
United States
San Diego
California
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Aug 2004*
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Craig Berg
United States
Munroe Falls
Ohio
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Sep 2004*
Richard Lea
United Kingdom
Leeds
County: West Yorkshire
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Dec 2004*
Further play might alter the rating.
2004-12-12*
Sami Khan
United Kingdom
Shefford
Bedfordshire
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Dec 2004*
Patrick Brennan
Australia
St Ives, Sydney
NSW
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6
Dec 2004*
Games that overly rely on bidding to advance grow tiresome pretty quickly.
2010-06-08
Do-hyeon Kim
South Korea
Uiwang-si
Gyeonggi-Do
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6
Dec 2007*
reviewed on my blog.
2010-02-10
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Kevin Horovitz
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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6
Sep 2008*
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Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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6
Jan 2013
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Paul Allwood
United Kingdom
Whitley Bay
Tyne and Wear
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6
Mar 2006*

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