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Gryphon Games - High Society

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  • 55 Money Cards
  • 10 Luxury Possession Cards
  • 3 Recognition Cards, Instruction Booklet
  • 3-5 players over 10 years old
  • 30-45 minute game
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GRY101083N High Society Boardgame by Gryphon Games

It is one thing to be the richest family on the block, it is quite another to flaunt it successfully. High Society pits you against your neighbors in a race to reveal the most blue-blooded family in your midst. To win, you must acquire all the trappings of great wealth, avoid as many pitfalls as you can and still walk away with a huge pile of cash at the end of it all. This Reiner Knizia classic makes a great travel game and an easy one to introduce to friends and family.

Originally published in 1995, High Society gained sufficient popularity to see it through 3 re-prints but none of them as beautiful as the latest FRED Edition. Artist Paul Niemeyer has done an outstanding job creating a theme to reflect the most elite fineries of the Gilded Age, combined with FREDs commitment to quality components and card stocks, this edition of High Society will stand as the pinnacle of its production.

For 3-5 players over 10 years old, this 30-45 minute game can be played as a light filler between longer games, but to be honest with you, this one is very hard to put back in the box! The cards tells an exciting story and feature beautiful artwork from well-known Eagle Games artist Paul Niemeyer.

Game Summary: Players bid against each other to acquire the various trappings of wealth, namely the ten luxury possession (positive-number) and three 2X multiplier cards; while avoiding its pitfalls represented by three cards altogether, including the gambling (-5) card; the thief (lose a possession) card; and the calamitous fire (lose one half the value of all your possession cards) card. While bidding, though, players must keep an eye on their remaining cash. At the end of the game, even though all those positive-number cards might add up to a win, the player with the least money is not even considered for victory.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches ; 15.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001PE1F9K
  • Item model number: 1249
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,256 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By the rob on February 18, 2009
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High Society is a fast and fun auction game by Reiner Knizia. Players take turns bidding on wares as they appear (by flipping over the top card from the deck) until 3 "negative" wares have been revealed, then the game is over. The player with the highest value of wares wins the game.

Games take about 10-15 minutes each. It goes quick but is incredibly fun! It's my all-time favorite auction game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on June 28, 2012
High Society is another established auction game that has stood the test of time, and already has a proven track record of success as a solid filler. I'm not overly crazy on the theme, and in that regard I personally prefer artwork that offers a caricature of luxury possessions. But I doubt that people take the theme seriously, and more important than the theme or the artwork is the game-play.

High Society is a brilliant bidding game, and offers a lot of tension and fun for the 20 minutes of time it takes to play. Both the Misfortune cards as well as the rule that the player with least money at the end is ineligible to win help create deliciously difficult choices. In the final analysis High Society is slightly more complex than For Sale, and is a great quick auction game for more hardcore gamers, but it can be enjoyed with non-gamers as well.

If you're look for a quick and tense filler with some meat on it, grab the Gryphon Games edition while you can! It's not quite as accessible as For Sale, but it's arguably more tense and skilful, and provides some agonizing but satisfying decisions and exciting game-play. For Sale is probably better value and gets more table time since it's a game for all ages, but as a gamer I'd rather play repeated games of High Society - highly recommended as an auction game. This classic Knizia auction game is a super filler for gamers, and guaranteed to please. - EndersGame @ BGG
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Seriously amazing game! I've shared it with several friends and they all love it. I only wish I could make more cards and/or have expansion packs to add to the game play. But games are quick, competitive, and super fun. Also, the fact that up to five players can play is perfect, since most games have a limit of up to four. Would recommend use of a top hat and/or jewelry with a fancy glass of wine while playing. Silly accents are a must.
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