Auction is a fast-paced card game involving multiple players. The entire goal of the game is to both not be "sold" and to "sell" someone else. Often, games of Auction can become very loud as players attempt to "sell" their friends.
What you need to play Edit
- 4-10 players. (Anything more becomes a hassle.)
- 1 or 2 decks of cards.
- Mixed drinks or beer.
Setting up the game Edit
Before the game begins, the dealer lays out 6 cards in the pattern shown below. Each row corresponds to a multiplier of 1, 2, and 3 respectively that is explained below.
Row 1: █ █ █ Row 2: █ █ Row 3: █
At the beginning of each round, the dealer flips over one card, starting with the first row. After all the cards in the first row have been used, the dealer moves on to the second row and so on.
After 2 rounds: ░ ░ █ After 4 rounds: ░ ░ ░ █ █ ░ █ █ █
After cards have been dealt to players and the card from the pyramid has been flipped over, the dealer flips over the top card on the deck and places it on the table next to the pyramid. The purpose of these cards is explained below.
- Each player starts every round with 5 cards.
- The player may play any card whose suit matches the suit of the current pyramid card or whose value matches the most recently played card. (In the case of the first player to play, this is the card the dealer played from the top of the deck.)
- Whenever a player plays a card, he or she chooses another player to "sell." The player who played the card then begins to count by saying "<name> going once, <name> going twice, <name> going three times, <name> is sold!"
- If any other player plays a card during that time, the count ends and that player begin the count again on a player of his or her choosing.
- If the player is "sold", the round ends and the number of cards played is counted. That number is then multiplied by the row that the pyramid card is in. (For example, a card in row 1 yields a x1 multiplier, while a card in row 2 yields a x2 multiplier.)
- When a player is "sold", he or she drinks for an amount of "seconds" equal to the number of cards time is multiplier.
- Seconds is in quotations here because the other players count up to the number. Because of this, sometimes a player may drink less than if it were actual seconds or, in most cases, a lot more.
- If the drinking player finishes his or her drink prior to the count finishing, the person following the last person to say the count must finish the number remaining. This can continue on multiple times if multiple people finish their drinks.