Vampire: The Masquerade – Vendetta
30m - 30m
2 - 5 Players
This mechanic requires you to place a bid, usually monetary, on items in an auction of goods in order to enhance your position in the game. These goods allow players future actions or improve a position. The auction consists of taking turns placing bids on a given item until one winner is established, allowing the winner to take control of the item being bid on. Usually there is a game rule that helps drop the price of the items being bid on if no players are interested in the item at its current price.
Hand management games are games with cards in them that reward players for playing the cards in certain sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping may vary, depending on board position, cards held and cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means gaining the most value out of available cards under given circumstances. Cards often have multiple uses in the game, further obfuscating an "optimal" sequence.
Maneuvers that directly attack an opposing player's strength, level, life points or do something else to impede their progress.
Variable Player Powers is a mechanic that grants different abilities and/or paths to victory to the players.
Variable Player Powers
Variable Player Powers
In the end, I don't think I did anything more than randomly deciding a card to put down at random locations. I ended up only a few points behind the winner, with all the scores being within 5. With some players trying to come up with a strategy and figuring out exactly how much blood to spend vs my method of just plopping down a card on a location without much thought, I don't think this is that good if we can come so close points-wise. All the clever play, backstabbing, subtle strategy goes out the window if my random play can give me enough points to come in second. It's filler-length, but my gut says that they were trying for something a bit more than just a filler. The theme is not my bag, but one of the other players really liked it.
Variable player powers, good bidding mechanism, hand management with some elements of surprise. Plays fast, I love the art.
Quick to learn, hard to master and some fantastic artwork. Playtime hovers around the 20 - 40 minute mark as well.