Modern Art: My favorite betting game

Modern Art

Modern art was a game I had heard some raving about, and figured should be on our shelves. But it was a luck and betting game, so there was little enthusiasm about it’s arrival.  Luck and betting games are games like Monopoly, Shoots and Ladders, and even Poker. Not the kinds of games I get worked up over. But when I finally gave in, sat down, and played this game I was really surprised by its depth of play.

One of the signs that a game is awesome is when there are multiple strategies to achieve a victory, and this one has that.  This idea that you can choose different strategies to win keeps a game fresh, and allows for much more individualism.  This also helps keep the game from being a “roll and move”, or some other similar style of game, that really plays itself and you just help by moving the pieces where you’re told.

MA also is very easy to teach new players.  Usually within five to ten minutes the new player is rolling with it, making deals and hosting auctions like a pro.   Yet, the game isn’t so simple as to be unexciting. Actually the game is all in the nuiances.

The game consists of auctioning off paintings and attempting to buy other peoples paintings for the lowest amount.  Unlike real art, the artist that is most prevalent on the table is worth the most money.  So you want to buy low, and sell high. This tends to cause people to buy for cheap the kinds of paintings that they have in their hand, because they know they can make it worth more in the end.

Two major strategies have emerged while I’ve been playing.  The first one strikes me as rather traditional:  Hoard all of a single type of card until a round where you can make it worth a ton, then do double auctions to really rake in the dough.  The second I find much much more interesting:  Don’t bother to buy paintings, simply sell at the highest price you can manage.  By never purchasing any paintings you are never taking a risk that they will be worth nothing.  Instead you just sit back and rake in the dough.  Of course not everyone at the table can play this second strategy, because someone has to buy them.

So, I think it’s obvious now what my opinion is on this game, however, hopefully the reason why is now a bit more clear:  Ease of learning, intricate manipulation of game play, and a plethora of strategic possibilities make this game one of my favorites.

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