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michael morizzo
United States
port jefferson station
New York
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10
Jul 2015
Closely contested auction game that scales well, however, I think it is best with 3 or 4 . It features unique mechanics that work well and has stood the test of time far better than the more popular games of this genre- therefore it has earned the highest of grades.
2015-07-01
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Tom Weber
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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9
Jun 2009*
Very clever card game. A surprising amount of depth. Very good even after repeated plays. Bumped from an initial rating of 8 to 9.
2009-06-04
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Forest Fisher
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9
Aug 2009*
A clever, simple card game with an interesting economics system built in, and very original rules. It sort of reminded me of Handelfursten in terms of overall feel, especially because the strategy is in part about predicting trends. Probably not good for less than 3 players. I would really like to play this again.
2009-08-30
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Uwe Rosenberg
Germany
Gütersloh
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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8.7
Nov 2008*
One of the best cardgames in the last 10 years.
Well done, Peter! Compliments for the author, too!
2008-11-20*
Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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8.5
May 2015
An excellent card game of bidding and set collecting. The mechanisms are the stars here, with the idea that what you need to collect is also what you need to (carefully) pay with in later rounds. Great component quality and artwork, too.
2014-06-27
Owned
Jukka Autio
Finland
Helsinki
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8.25
Dec 2012
Very very good card game. Still looking forward for more plays.

EDIT: Now that I finally got my copy and more plays, easily the best auction game I've found.
2013-01-12
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Steve Hughes
United States
Orlando
Florida
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8.1
Mar 2011
Byzanz --

Played three- and four-player.

Involvement builds as play progresses. In the initial auction, you just want to build your hand -- it doesn't matter much what cards are up for bid. But that quickly changes. Soon you're paying attention to not only the cards on the auction block, but also to the cards being bid, since they'll wind up in the market, where you may be able to get them -- if you can choose first. When is it worth forgoing the auction for the sake of market-selection turn order?

This quickly joined my favorite fillers.
2011-10-11
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Mats Blohmé
Sweden
Simlångsdalen
Halland
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8
Dec 2008*
Really nice trading/auction game. Easy to teach.
2008-10-06*
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Kristof Tersago
Belgium
Sint Truiden
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8
Oct 2008*
A great mini-auction game. Fast gamepaly, some nice twists, easy to explain.
2008-10-25*
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John Mitchell
United Kingdom
Enfield
Middlesex
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8
Jul 2009*
Cards are auctioned using cards as money, with successive auctions being smaller but compensated by earlier pick from the pool of spent cards. Somewhat similar to Die Weinhändler and Knizia's Money, both of which I have owned and traded away, but this is better.
2009-07-21
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Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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8
Oct 2008*
Perhaps I'm exaggerating a little to make it an 8, but Byzanz did make a very nice impression on first playing with 6 players, and 6 players is a tough number to please. Like many games, it is a scramble for numbers through a process involving an auction. The scoring is efficient and the game a smooth one. P.S. After three games of Byzanz, I'm upholding my 8 rating.
2008-10-31*
Tom Hilgert
Germany
Unspecified
Bavaria
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8
Dec 2008*
One of the most elegant card games ever played .Feels like Medici but its totally different
2009-04-08
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Marc Gilutin
United States
Alhambra
California
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8
Jan 2012
Nice little auction game with interesting mechanic. We'll see what kind of legs it has.

(UPDATE!)
After 17 plays, still like it. A lot!
2012-01-22
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László K.
United States
Hopatcong
New Jersey
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8
Dec 2008*
[2008.Dec.26] A fun, set collection, card game that is a light and easy-to-play filler. I will happily revisit the markets of Byzanz again.

2008-12-26*
Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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8
Nov 2009*
(3-6) - 30 Min.
2009-11-02
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United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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8
Mar 2009*
quick filler with a little body
2009-03-17
Tiffany Smith
United States
Portland
Oregon
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8
Aug 2010
This game is a neat auction game. I like card games where the cards are both money and what you need to score points so you have to balance the need to buy cards with the need to keep your high point cards. I'd certainly play this again.
2009-09-04
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Paul
United States
Berkeley
California
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8
Oct 2009*
Undefeated!
2009-10-09
David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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8
Jan 2010*
{many plays • 3-6 players} Well, since I really like Money and Katzenjammer Blues (Hmmm, both Knizia), it stands to reason I'd like a game that's kinda those two combined and reimagined. Part of what's nice here is the length - it just feels right, even with 6 players, but especially with 3... a point where Katzenjammer Blues kinda falls short (that game always feels like it's over too quickly, and I've since added mice to it, in fact, to extend game length). Also, the decision to bid or not bid is nice in that it's interesting, potentially meaningful, but NOT that agonzing. This keeps the game moving at a nice clip - something it really needs to do when playing with the full 6. And that it works well with 6 is a pretty neat trick. Especially since I learned it as a 3, and as a 3-player game, it works remarkably well. A wonderful little game.
2010-01-02
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Ralph T
United States
Signal Hill
California
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8
Mar 2010
A go-to portable game that plays 3-6 equally well in 20-30 minutes. Tough to beat that.
2010-06-02
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Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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8
Jul 2010
Great trading game, although you don't trade directly with others. You bid on available items for trade, so the highest price gets the cards. But if you're first to win the items, you'll be last to go to the market to pick up goods that would allow you to create better combinations of 3's which are necessary for scoring points. Pick the highest card from the 3's and those will be your points. Now go and see what's available for trade again and plan your timing to the market and you'll earn the most points hopefully.

Game goes fast. Nice strategic way of defining your time to get the items for trade and when you want to hit the market. Can you be the greatest trader in Byzantium?? Very nice game.
2010-08-26
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Neil Christiansen
United States
Mount Pleasant
Michigan
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8
Nov 2010
A really unique auction and set collection game. My current favorite filler!
2010-08-09
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Michal Mijal
Poland
Warszawa
Mazowieckie
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The oldest offtop ever: Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam ;-)
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8
Jul 2011
I didnn't expect that a card game with so simple concept would make such a great impression on me. The idea of paying with the cards you have just acquired is not a new one (Money!, Weinhaendler etc.) but it's executed in such an elegant way.

And the graphics is - at least for me - a great one. It adds so much to the flavour of game and to the gameplay itself.

A must-play.
2012-01-15
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United States
Arlington Heights
Illinois
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8
Jan 2012
onus(after 1 5p game) Another solid card game. Not as well known as it is an import.
2012-01-02
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Doug Faust
United States
Malverne
New York
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8
Mar 2011
What a neat little auction game! Each player is bidding on goods with a hand of goods--so players better make sure they're getting more than they're giving up. Losers of a particular auction get to participate in the next auction, which has fewer goods but also fewer bidders. You're trying to make and cash in sets of 3 goods of the same type, scoring the bidding value of the highest-valued card. The game is simple, intuitive, and a lot of fun. A large player range is an added plus.

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2011-03-30
James Torr
United States
Torrance
California
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8
Jan 2012
Nifty game that combines card play with auctions in a very good way. Liked it so much I hunted down a copy.
2012-10-05
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Chester Busby
Japan
Saiki
Oita
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8
Jun 2015
fun game
2015-06-28
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David Thompson
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7.75
Oct 2009*
Has become our go-to game when we have six players and are looking for something shortish. A little too long to call a filler (45 minutes), but it still has plenty of fun decisions and always ends up as a tight race. The fact that you are bidding with the same cards that end up being your points makes for difficult choices. The card artwork is (Doris) great, and the game feels like much more than a card game. A lot of game in a little package!
2010-06-18
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yojiemon 240
Japan
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7.6
Jan 2015
4 ,Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6
2014-10-18
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Uisge Beatha
Scotland
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7.5
Nov 2008*
Fairly simple but enjoyable, with decisions to be made each turn. Works well with three and look forward to confirming my suspicion that it may be even better with more.
2008-09-01*
Michael Schwerdtfeger
United States
Redondo Beach
California
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7.5
Dec 2008*
Card game that has quite a bit of depth. Somewhat novel bidding mechanic.
2008-10-14*
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Phillip Schwarzmann
Finland
Espoo
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7.5
Dec 2008*
Simple and clever, a nice twist on bidding games. A bit long for what it delivered though.
2008-10-26*
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William Attia
France
Paris
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7.5
Nov 2008*
Played several times (strangely enough, always with 5 players, although not always the same ones). A nice longer filler with clever mechanisms, which may appear a bit confusing at first but makes sense after a round or two. I am curious to try it with fewer players (but wouldn't refuse playing with 6 either).
2008-10-31*
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Michael Klein
Germany
Schoenaich
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7.5
Nov 2009*
Very nice little bidding game, lots of luck but somehow it fits nicely here.
2009-05-19
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Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
Attiki GREECE
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7.5
Aug 2011
Fast and plays with 6. Nice artwork and plastic cards. What else can one expect from a small light bidding game.
2011-08-20
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Jason
United States
Orlando
Florida
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7.5
Nov 2011
One of those games that has a clever mechanism that makes you smile. Nice twist on set collecting.
2011-09-23
Bruno Peeters
Belgium
Zwijndrecht
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7.5
May 2013
Opened, unplayed.
2014-10-01
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Ryan Gatti
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7.375
Nov 2009*
Another excellent card game. Some interesting mechanics and decisions. Definitely a game I'd like to play again and put into the card game rotation.
2009-03-30
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Jeff Michaud
United States
Longwood
FL
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7.3
Jan 2011
very good medium length light to medium filler. played with only 4 but the fact it's tested to play with up to 6 is a bonus.
2011-01-09
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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7
Nov 2008*
An intelligent 6-player card game with a well implemented bidding / set-collecting mechanism.
2008-08-22*
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Gregor Jochmann
Germany
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7
Sep 2008*
Fast filler with some nice auctioning going on. Nothing too deep, but has a nice mechanic - you have to use the goods in your hand for bidding on new cards and to discard cards from your hand for victory points.
2008-09-26*
Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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7
Dec 2008*
The mechanisms of this game provide a nice cycle of cards and pleasant trade-off decisions. Very nice, quick game.
2008-10-01*
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Matthias Wagner
Germany
Dreieich
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7
Oct 2008*
Good filler with nice mechanics. A bit too long and repetitive.
2008-10-09*
Maik Hennebach
Germany
Frankfurt
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7
Oct 2008*
An abstract with the game length of a filler, but our trial run hinted at a lot of possible depth. With a small game handling up to six players, this would be very welcome news indeed.
Played thrice.
2008-10-24*
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Dana More
United States
Garden Grove
California
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7
Feb 2010
Quite a bit to ponder on your turn, which comes up often because it's a bidding game. I like it. Not nearly as meaty as Oltermare, but that's okay. It's fun.
2010-02-28
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Andrew Burgin
United Kingdom
Kempston Hardwick
Bedfordshire
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7
Jul 2014
Essen 2008.

Had this demo'ed to us at Essen & enjoyed it a lot. Good card game where the cards are the currency and the goods, so a fine balance is needed between spending & collecting. Sets of 3 goods are sold with the highest card retained as your points score. Highest score wins.
2009-06-29
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Pee di Moor
Netherlands
Rotterdam
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7
Sep 2009*
Very interesting auction game. Would get a lot more play, and higher rating if the length was reduced. Just a bit too long (45 mins?) for what it is.
2009-09-18
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oskari
Finland
Helsinki
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7
Nov 2008*
A clever little bidding card game, and pretty short.
2008-10-30*
Marko Tamminen
Finland
Espoo
Unspecified
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7
Nov 2008*
Quite clever mechanics. Works well at the pub.
2008-10-31*
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Juuso Mattila
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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7
Nov 2008*
A clever little auction game that plays fast. Balancing mechanic functions really well and keeps the game even enough that everyone has a shot at winning and therefore there's a mild amount of positive stress. The sad part in this game is that the art doesn't really have much to do with actual Byzantium.
2008-11-01*

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