Review – No Thanks!
An auction/push your luck game.
Title: No Thanks!
Year Published: 2004
Designer: Thorsten Gimmler
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Game Time: ~20 Mins
Set-up Time: >1 Mins
Mechanic: Auction, Push Your Luck
How to win: Get the lowest score.
This game was originally published in Germany by Amigo as Geschenkt …ist noch zu teuer!, meaning Even given as a gift, it is still too expensive!
Give each player 11 tokens.
Shuffle the deck, remove 9 cards from the game face down. Choose a first player and turn over the top card of the deck.
The start player can either take the card from the middle and put it in front of them, or ‘Pass’ by putting a token on it.
Then the next player has the option of taking the card, plus all the tokens on it, or passing by putting a token on it.
If a card is taken, the next card is revealed and the player that took the previous card starts this process again.
When all the cards have been taken the game ends.
Players add up all the cards they have, counting the lowest number of an unbroken sequence as one card, deduct 1 point for each token you have left.
The lowest total wins.
This is a very fun and tense game. I’ve never played this without everyone enjoying themselves and really getting into it.
You can improve this game with table banter, make sure someone knows you have more tokens than them, tell the player with 19 and 21 and 20 isn’t in the deck and add to the whole experience.
Quick, easy, fun.
I give it 6/10