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It is one thing to be the richest family on the block... it's quite another to flaunt it successfully. Reiner Knizia's classic High Society pits 3-5 neighbors against each other in a race to reveal the most blue-blooded family. To win, you must acquire the trappings of great wealth, avoid fiscal pitfalls and still walk away with more cash than at least one of your fellow barons.
High Society is another established auction game that has stood the test of time, and already has a proven track record of success as a solid filler. I'm not overly crazy on the theme, and in that regard I personally prefer artwork that offers a caricature of luxury possessions. But I doubt that people take the theme seriously, and more important than the theme or the artwork is the game-play.
High Society is a brilliant bidding game, and offers a lot of tension and fun for the 20 minutes of time it takes to play. Both the Misfortune cards as well as the rule that the player with least money at the end is ineligible to win help create deliciously difficult choices. In the final analysis High Society is slightly more complex than For Sale, and is a great quick auction game for more hardcore gamers, but it can be enjoyed with non-gamers as well.
If you're look for a quick and tense filler with some meat on it, grab the Gryphon Games edition while you can! It's not quite as accessible as For Sale, but it's arguably more tense and skilful, and provides some agonizing but satisfying decisions and exciting game-play. For Sale is probably better value and gets more table time since it's a game for all ages, but as a gamer I'd rather play repeated games of High Society - highly recommended as an auction game. This classic Knizia auction game is a super filler for gamers, and guaranteed to please.
I am the harshest critic of board games. I love board games, in general, but most of them tend to be only so-so. I find that even the games on this site which are highly rated by players are all-too-often not nearly as good as their ratings would suggest.
So, its quite a surprise when I do find a game that lives up to its ratings. Medici and Pizzaro are such games. Add High Society to the list. I generally enjoy more complicated games, this one is quite simple and despite the fact that it looks a bit silly, its great fun.
I can only recommend very few games, and this is definitely one of them.
High Society entertains, torments and finishes in under 20 minutes. An upper crust fun/time ratio.
The game is easy to learn and non-gamers can be competitive right away. The auction portion inspires much humorous taunting, while torturing both sides of a player's brain. How much is the item worth obtaining (or worth avoiding) in context with your financial situation, the other players' holdings and tendencies, and the items remaining? You may never know, but it's sure fun justifying (and then lamenting) your decisions along the way.
Save your money? The game might end quickly. Spend your money? You may watch 8 more items go into undeserving hands for bourgeois prices.
If bidding escalates every time, you can't just sit back and sneer at oy, such ridiculous prices, because only one of those free-spenders will lose at the end of the game. And second-to-last just doesn't cut it. Therein, the game's elegance and charm. You want bargains, but you can't be miserly. You can't not HAVE stuff. High society forbids.
And how do you handle the negative cards? You've blown half your wad on the 10, and now the thief arrives. Keep him at bay, and you'll sit on your hands for the next 10 cards and still have the lowest cash.
Three to five players can play. I think it's enjoyable with 3, but I like how the intensity increases with more people. More competitors competing for limited resources.
I love the art work on the cards; they evoke the simultaneous lightheartedness and covetous competition of the game itself.
Great game for the price.