From Play This Thing!
Auctions as a Game Balancing Tool:Battletech players should be well aware of auctions in the Battletech universe - the Clans call it the Batchall. As the article describes, actions and board gaming have a long history together.
Auctions are a widely used in the board games as an in-game mechanic or as a meta game. Read this if you want to cross train or at least avoid being a vidiot
From Pulsipher Boardgame Design
No game can be perfect–it depends so much on the audience, the individual player, the mood, the group (if played by a group), even the timing of creation and publication.
From Jon Radoff's Internet Wonderland, where you can view this at full size.