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In Princes of Florence, the bugbear is this rule:

A player may move his figure backwards on the fame track at any time during the game. For each space moved backward, the player takes 100 Florin from the bank. (p.10)

What I've seen (and experienced...) a few times is a player sacrificing their chances of victory by spending ludicrous numbers of prestige points to deny other players auctions in the late game.

Basically, I'm trying to find a house rule that will prevent this "taking you with me" behavior.

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An alternative to a house rule is often a good defensive strategy. In this case: try to create a situation where multiple of the auction options would be acceptable; if all the other players bankrupt themselves to outbid you, you win! I believe this is really the essence of the game: to manoeuvre yourself into a position where there is nothing that you absolutely need in order to do OK.

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I don't know that this would solve all of the problem cases I've encountered... but its good enough general advice to accept. :) –  Kevin Montrose Oct 20 '10 at 1:46
And even if you need 1 thing, put on your best poker face and start a bid for something else –  Andrey Nov 1 '12 at 13:04

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