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La Soupe à Gertrude
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La Soupe à Gertrude is a bidding game in which players want to collect vegetables for their soup; be the first to hold three different types of veggies and you win.
The deck consists of three types of cards: money (which varies from 1 coin to 5), actions, and veggies (in four types with two cards of each type). Each player starts with four coin cards in hand. On a turn, one player looks at three cards from the deck, then places one card face-up and the other two face-down while announcing an opening bid. All players then bid on the lot simultaneously, including the player who looked at the cards; the highest bid wins the lot, and that player then distributes coin cards as evenly as possible to the other players until he's paid out his bid. Note that the buyer must distribute the cards as evenly as possible, not the coins, so if you win a lot with a bid of 12, you can give two "5 coin" cards to one player and one "1 coin" card to the other two players. That might not be a smart play, but you can still do it...
"Some action cards will bring chaos by letting you do things like steal vegetables from other players," says Courtil. Specifically, the mouse card lets you demand a type of vegetable from another player, giving him some trifling card in exchange, and the Gertrude card lets you grab three random cards from another player and keep one of them. The opponent can discard a Gertrude card, which itself is worth five coins, to prevent either of these attacks.
Play continues until someone has the trio of veggies needed for their soup, or until the deck runs out, in which case the player with the most valuable collection of vegetables wins. Rules and cards for a variant are included, with a turnip that spoils someone else's soup and a fly that keeps you from winning as long as you hold it.
Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com