Top 5 Auction Based Board Games



There are a lot of great mechanics that we see in board games, and auctioning is one of my favorites! Today I talk about my 5 favorite games with an auction mechanic! Check out my Patreon and become a sponsor! –

I’ve done a few videos on mechanics in hobby board games, including a handful about my favorite mechanics to see. In this video, I talk about auctions – you’re buying items, cards, whatever to the highest bidder. Making strategic purchases are always needed and they can create some really fun chaos in the games!

What about you? What’re your favorite auction games? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Auction Based Board Games

  1. I bought Modern Art from flea market for a very low prize. I knew Knizia but had never played any auction games. I thought ot might be okay but goddam, I fell in love with it. I bought a second copy to my sister. Then I got High Society and everybody who's played it has liked it. Now my dad wants to buy it.

  2. Love Modern Art and Power Grid…which brings a thought: I own neither of these! Why, because everyone in my group own them. Does that make me a bad person?? LOL

  3. I don't play a lot of games that use an auction mechanic nowadays. The only one that immediately comes to mind is Biblios. I'm not adverse to the mechanic, it's just the way it's turned out. And Biblios is not a game that I can get to the table very often (it's not as popular with my friends as a few others that I play). But I do really enjoy it.

    There was this classic computer game that had a boardgame feel that had a fun auction mechanic — you may not be old enough to remember it, but M.U.L.E. was the title https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.U.L.E. The designer was Dan (aka Dani) Bunten. It would be cool to have a board-game version of it at some point. It's considered one of the all-time classics of early computer games. It actually allowed for playing against other humans, which not many games did back then. Unfortunately, because of how long ago it came out, I'd imagine that it won't have a pre-made audience at this point (other than me and some other old-timers).

  4. Felix, The Cat in the Sack (recently reprinted and renamed to Felicity) is a great auction game, but I get the feeling it isn't well-known and hasn't been played by a lot of people.

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