"49," created by Mark Corsey, is a little simpler, though. It's a game that combines the aggressiveness of auction bidding with the game of Bingo.
How to play "49"
The object of "49" is to place four chips in a row on a board that is seven by seven, and each space is numbered 1-49. Your row can go left to right, right to left, from up to down, down and up, and even diagonally.
Each player begins with a bankroll of $49 and throughout the game must be hidden from everyone else. At the start of each turn, a player flips the top card of the game deck and reveals a number on the board. The player who flipped the card then begins the round of auctioning. They can either check to the next person or make an initial bid. Then it goes around the table until someone makes a winning bid and pays that money to the bank. That's all there is to it. Sounds simple, right?
Wrong. It's a struggle for domination and all you have is $49. However, throughout the deck are wild cards that provide payouts at $7 per chip you own on the board. There 's a catch, though. In the later parts of the game, the max payout is only $49. It really restricts you on the amount of betting you can do for a spot. This makes the game challenging and a lot of fun. Additionally, the wild spot lets you place a chip on any space that the card allows you to.
Playing "49" at the BFIG
"49" was one of the many games that were showcased at the Boston Festival of Indie Games. Just like the other games, it ran demos all day long. it was very interesting to see the different strategies being applied. Some people were very aggressive in their bidding and others were very conservative. However, there didn't seem to be a dominant strategy. The result of one demo had the person that was neither aggressive nor conservative winning it all.
Where can I get "49?"
The game is currently not available for sale. According to Corsey, he is in talks with a production company in regards to getting an initial run produced. There is no "firm schedule, but [he is] aiming for a publication date sometime in the first quarter of 2014."
"49" is a game designed for two to five players. The age requirement is for ages 10 and up, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to play.
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