Pizarro is a game where you just bid on a bunch of dudes, and they're worth victory points, and the game is over. Modern Art, you do that six or seven times. Medici, I think, is also another game where it's just auctions all the time.
Now, it amazes me how often we'll play auction games. So, as players, how to be good at auctions? Actually figure out what things are worth.
Come up with some way to value these items. And think about it. Do you know how many times we play Modern Art, there's a painting that's up. We're playing with someone who's played the game before, they know the rules. It cannot be worth more than $30 play blackjack here.
$30 is the most it could possibly be worth. And some kid will be like, "I bid $35." What's wrong with you? I don't know what to do about that.
And many of you might be doing that too. I've done it on occasion. Auctions, it's really hard to value stuff.
So, get good at auctions, and you'll be able to win pretty much any game that involves auctions in any capacity, because every other player will be terrible at them. And the biggest difficulty of auctions is that you have to value something in terms of something else. So, you might know exactly, that's 5 victory points, that's work 6. But you're not buying them with victory points, you're buying them with coins. And you have to know how many victory points is a coin worth. Well, in something like Seven Wonders, there's n auctions but you know- 3 coins, I think, is a victory point?
Yeah. Modern Art coins are victory points. In Puerto Rico, early in the game a doubloon is worth multiple victory points. Late in the game a doubloon is worth less than a victory point. So, you have to know what turn it is, and on that turn, figure out how many victory points is a coin worth right now.
Not easy to figure out, in addition to evaluating whatever it is that you're buying. Psychology also is a huge component on auctions. We used to play games with this guy in upstate New York years ago, where he was very... Scott could troll him to a point that was legendary. So, any auction game, he'd think very carefully and be like, - "I bid 14." - "15."
And then he'd sit there for another minute like, - "I bid 17." - "18." This would infuriate him and he would not let Scott beat him in the auction. And the reason I was able to do that is because before it even started, I had said, "That is worth $26."
And I would just bid up, exactly by one, to pay as least as possible, and if it got to $27, I'd say I'm out. But simultaneously, Scott isn't bidding his value, because he knows the guy hasn't figured that out. The guy is calculating. This is kind of the psychology. You watch him calculating. He hasn't figured out what he's going to bid.
So, when Scott is immediately saying what the next bid is, the guy is thrown off. He doesn't have time to calculate suddenly. He feels pressured. He feels like Scott knows something he doesn't.
And he didn't like Scott. I wonder why. Sometimes Scott would just bid him up until he'd spend all his money on something worth nothing. And it's like you might think, well, I don't have to calculate anything. I'll just keep bidding up by one until everyone else stops, then I'll have the right number.
No. You'll be over by one. You'll lose that way.
Don't do that. If you've played Power Grid, if you're off by one in the second round, you're probably going to lose the game, if everyone knows what they're doing. I like Mr. Sleepy over here. Okay. So, if you are making games, when do you put in an auction?
Usually when you put in auctions, it becomes an auction game. It's one of those mechanics that sort of dominates everything else. It's like putting chocolate in something. The chocolate flavor overpowers all the other flavors. Right, because basically what happens is, even though you might cut a lot of other things in the game, like Power Grid has tons of stuff in there besides just the auction. The auctions matter so much in determining who wins, that the other parts matter less.
Like where to put your houses in Power Grid, you put them in the cheapest spot you can. Maybe you deny someone a spot, it's not really the.... Right? How much resources do you buy in the market?
You buy what you need to power your buildings. Do you buy a turn ahead? Maybe if there's a lot of cheap resources. Not very difficult.
Most of determining who wins Power Grid is the auction for the power plants. Now, you also use auctions if, as a game designer, you're lazy and you don't want to figure out what your widgets are worth. Think about magic cards. When you make a magic card, if you're a magic game designer, you have to put, in the top left corner of that card, how much mana it is to play that card. Which means it's up to you, the game designer, to get that right. If you're off by one, you could break the game.
Someone will be like, "Yes, this is so cheap!" Boom, boom, boom. "I win!" That's why there's no Moxxi's around anymore. So now imagine if every magic card was just sort of like, "?" We do an auction for that magic card.
Now, it's up to the players to balance your game for you. That would be a cool variant. A mana auction. Cards come up and you auction, you bid with your tapping mana to play the cards from a central pool.
There are countless online games available to play, that too free of cost.
Now not every game requires a strategy to win. Some of the games need strong coordination of hand and eye and some demand high level of patience to win. Apart from the player’s instinct, you will need a great deal of time, patience and effort to gain expertise in a particular game or genre. Also a veteran online gamer should be aware of both the pros and cons of playing these games so that he or she can keep on playing unaffected by the shortcomings.
Here are certain tips and tricks that will help you become an expert in online gaming:
Training: Most of the popular online games are available to play in various modes. If you find a Training mode, almost choose it as a first-timer. The beginner level is as good as the training mode. Once you are able to understand the nitty-gritty of the game, you can move on to further levels. It is equally good to go through the detailed game instructions about strategies and controls.
Practice: Like anything else in life, practice can make your gaming skills even more polished. If you intend to participate in online game tournaments with hefty prizes on offer, you have to practice on regular basis. It will enhance your intuitive control over the game and at the same time let you understand the various critical aspects of the same.
Goal-setting: Goal-setting is a must-do when the aim is to become a proficient gamer. Do not plan to take over the game within a few hours. Instead, take your own sweet time to learn the basics. It will help you master the game in the long run. Self-control: There are plenty of online games that could be fairly addictive. While gaming, you must keep in mind that you do not get so addicted to the games that it starts hampering your day to day life.
Video games will portray things that should not happen in real life, and it is fair to hold the opinion that this is a shame. However, the same moral standards do not seem to apply to classic works of literature and film-making, or indeed to depictions of real life. In video games, you can indeed do things that are wrong, but it might be more productive to concentrate on the people who are doing things like this for real, without needing the encouragement of a video game.
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Hong Kong one of the most beautiful places in all of Asia. And it is no wonder that Hongkong attracts millions of tourists each year. People from all over the world as well as Hong Kong locals themselves (often called “Hongkies”) are attracted by the impressive structures, the peaceful and meditative destinations all around the region, great shopping opportunities as well as loads of fun to be had in various theme parks. Here the most exciting attractions of Hong Kong, prepared by Eleventy traveler blog.
The Po Lin Monastery
The Po Lin Monastery, otherwise known as the Precious Lotus Monastery is perhaps the most popular Buddhist monastery in the world. People come to Po Lin to look at the beautiful and serene gardens as well as to send their prayers up to the heavens.
It is a great place to relax in and it offers its visitors a chance to meditate and take some quiet time alone away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The Monastery is also home to one of Hong Kong’s most popular sculptures and that is the copper statue of the Big Buddha. The statue stands at a staggering 34 meters.
The Hopewell center is an impressive architectural creation. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Hong Kong and is the very first ‘circular skyscraper’ in the locale. This 214 meter tall building is made up of 64 floors. The structure stands on a slopping hill and is the reason why its rear entrance is accessible only from the 17th floor; a fact that makes it even more popular to Hong Kong’s crop of tourists.
It has always been said that no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to Victoria Peak. Tourists come during the day in order to see to the Hong Kong harbor glimmer under the sunlight. They then continue to remain until the sun has set so that they can witness one of the most famous cities in the world come to life after dark. Victoria Peak is home to tourist attractions such as the old summer residence of Governor MacDowell, Peak Sky Terrace, Bubba Gump restaurant, EA Electronics and the world-famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum-Hongkong. Shopaholics can while away their time in the Peak Tower or in the Peak Galleria. It is accessible via the Peak Tram or by the bus services that go to and from the locale.
Community tourism is a type of tourism whose objective is to involve and benefit local communities, especially aboriginal people in the Third and Fourth World.
For example, villagers host tourists in their village, managing the operation communally and sharing the revenue. There are different forms of community tourism, including some in which the community works together with a commercial tour operator, but in the end the locals should get a fair share of the profits and have a say as to how tourism is managed.
In general, a few guidelines should should be instated when it comes to community tourism.
First of all, it should be run with the participation and consent of local communities, give a fair share of benefits back to the community, involve the entire community as opposed to single individuals, be environmentally sustainable, respect traditional customs and social structures, help communities cope with the impact of western tourism, work with small groups to keep the cultural and environmental impact at a minimum, educate tourists on proper behaviour in advance, not make local people perform inappropriate ceremonies, and last but not least, if a community does not want tourism to begin with, respect their decision.
The Dark Continent has always been a favorite destination for tourists, due to its many natural attractions.
However, tourism can also provide a means of interacting with the people, and not just with nature. For example, the Bulungula Lodge in the Eastern Cape is a platform for outsiders to gain access to one of the poorest communities in South Africa. This lodge is located in one of the most remote beaches in the country. The best part of this type of tourism in Africa is the fact that visitors can do a lot more than just sightseeing, and actually help a community in need. Visitors can spend their time making bricks, stamping corn, brewing beer or catching crayfish. They may also share their knowledge in their area of expertise with the community. In this manner, tourists can learn from as well as teach the community.
Community tourism in Africa can also involve visiting different tribes and communities in the continent.
This helps people to understand the daily life of the natives. It also includes visits to National Parks and Reserves in Africa and the opportunity to become privy to the co-existence of human beings and wildlife. An example of this scenario is the Masai tribe of East Africa co-habitating with wildlife inside National Parks and Reserves. East Africa comprises the states of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania with the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba islands, and is a melting pot of community, culture and tribes. Each communities with its tribes has its very own particular culture and traditions. Community tourism has become a way to take from but also give back to Africa, an experience that will leave an indelible mark in both the African communities and the tourists, even after they leave.
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On a game drive out of Chitabe Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta we came across a female cheetah, obviously hungry and on the lookout for possible prey. We followed her in our game drive vehicle for some time and were rewarded with action when she chased down and killed an impala.
The spotted cat managed to kill the impala quickly, but her appearance startled other creatures nearby such as francolins, starlings and monkeys, who in turn began making noisy alarm calls. The cheetah was nervous, as they normally are after making a kill and kept looking around, obviously aware that all the noise being made could easily attract unwanted attention to her and her hard-won kill. The cheetah ate as fast as it could and when a spotted hyena showed up, we thought she was about to lose her kill, but the hyena failed to notice exactly where she was and moved off.
We watched the cheetah as it relaxed a bit and ate more and more of the impala and we took pictures of the beautiful cat.
Hyena steals a cheetah's kill - Copyright © Grant Atkinson
An hour later the hyena returned and this time it made no mistake and charged in, driving the cheetah off in an instant. Fortunately cheetahs are adapted to eating hastily and the female cat moved away with a full belly whilst the hyena finished off the remainder of the impala.