Oh What a Beautiful Game - High Society Review

Oh What a Beautiful Game - High Society Review

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there's something special about these moments when I get to say this to you so let me just rejoice in it for a little minute hi society is really really good so let me tell you about it in high society you will be the creme de la creme the brûlée the liberal a you'll strap a sock full of cash and you'll have a big need to blow it in this game of twits being towards your objective is to have the best stuff such as a piece of art a boat
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or a sense of meaning in this wasteful existence one of those was a lie let's talk about this game's theme because the easiest thing would be to say this game is just numbers so does not have theme high-society comes from dr. Reiner Kaneesha a man often accused of themelis designs and occasionally referred to as the good doctor no not that one anyway he quit his job as an investment bank
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and then proceeded to design over 600 board games try to contemplate that number and of course he gleefully wears a bowtie no you tell me that this man does not have whimsy in this game your goal is simple collect cards that represent the various wanton objects that bridge people by to make themselves feel better about the status and if at the end of the game you have the most points printed on these cards you win the cup of tea is to represent winning
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because they live in England realistically this is where the fun ends and a mathematical puzzle begins each of you has a hand of curves that represents money in each round you will reveal a new fancy object that you will be all fighting for in an auction if it's your turn you can bid any amount of money that you like with as many cards as you wish as long as it is higher than the previous bid all you get to pass taking
02:07
all the money you've bid fall back into your hand and being very very grateful because and here's the thing if you are the person with the least money at the end of the game that's sayonara because you are a bum amongst Lords and you have lost the game and all sense of perspective by the way I explained all of the rules to this game which is an NPI first and probably
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makes it the lightest game we have ever covered what I love about high society is that it's a game from 1995 so it predates most modern board games but its sense of purchasing is more accurate than modern board games and more representative of real life let me show you what I mean with an illustrated example in most games you make a decision to buy something you spend the money on it and then you are happy in this game however you decide to buy something you blow your budget out of the water and
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then you go let's look at some of the things you can buy in this game this is an object of art aka 7 points I find this so funny because it's not even you're not buying a Rembrandt or a basket or duchamp's fountain you're just buying 7 points and you might say that doesn't feel very fanatic but that is exactly the point because from the perspective of the character you play in this game well to them it doesn't even
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matter what matters is to have and to buy and how many arbitrary high-society points this thing gives you and of course not to overspend but since everyone on the table is playing the same game not overspending becomes impossible let's say that everyone on your table agrees that one point is worth about 3000 francs great the game begins somebody flips the top card and oh my god it's 10 points your first instinct is I must buy this your second instinct
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and one you absolutely promise yourself you'll keep - do you know what no everyone's going to want to win this so I'm not going to hi and winning I'm just gonna raise the price with a few careful bids so you start bidding hi putting down a twenty your first opponent is not messing around and raises it to 25 second opponent quickly ups the bid to 30 and then you realize that you cannot let them have it for 30 so you put down 32 it eventually comes back round to you at
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35 and then you think to yourself if I just bid a little bit more Oh No eventually you buy it for 43 which is too much and that's like half the cards from your hand as well and since you can't make change that's another resource storm' it's obviously a terrible mistake but wait till we flip the next card okay so I lied I haven't actually explained all of the rules to the game but that's cuz I
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wanted to keep these free cards as a surprise because when you play the game even though you know they're in the deck they still feel like a surprise when you draw them a horrible horrible surprise like winning a holiday to Tahiti only to find out you're gonna have to share your beach hut with Nigel Faraj three times in a game a card will be flipped that nobody wants you could win yourself a wonderful minus five points be forced to discard one of
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you good cards or literally half your score at the end of the game which is devastating okay so why bid for any of these because when you draw these cards the auction is turned upside down this isn't really working now each person begrudgingly bids money not to take this card and everyone's bids will be collected at the end of the round then they will lose that money
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apart from the one person who passes they get to put their money back into the hand and they get to take good ole nice home what a treat let's review the situation you spent 43 money on this 10 points which is great it's a lot of point but this 4-part card came out and then you would have to bid at least another 25 not to take the fall part which would make you immediately discard the 10 points and by the way 65 is more
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than half the money you have in this entire game so you could like I can't afford that and you decide to not pay and take the full power which makes it discard the time and you've just spent 43 money for nothing and you thought being rich was easy only if you think they're being balanced game exposes greed and over condition and I have good news for you because being good this game also exposes greed and over ambition because you can be patient conservative never overspend and just be
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very sensible and then you'll find out at the end of the game that you're losing because you simply haven't bought enough I'm sorry about the banana just scam makes me really happy high society is never really a game about math even though all this game is it's numbers it's about finding a balance between greed and impulse control it's about riding that razor blade edge of frivolity it's about looking your opponents in the eyes and asking them if they press the self-destruct button will
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you press an even bigger one and let's for a second take a moment to appreciate the art in this new edition from Medusa doll maker because the original version looked like this and I guess this video needs no conclusion because obviously we're gonna go and tell you to borrow in society except that maybe we won't his name I am over the moon in love with high society but unlike other auction games that are like other Reuter Kenichi of auction
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games like raw and modern art there is nothing in high society that isn't an auction there's no other mechanism stringing it together and giving someone who doesn't necessarily enjoy auction games that space to enjoy other gaming elements this is just pure auction so if you don't like auction games you are not going to enjoy our society and it's not going to change your mind but if you don't mind them this is this is just
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