This rare 1980's Schmidt France shrink-wrapped
French edition of ACQUIRE comes with large Information Cards and Lloyd's Rules
of ACQUIRE. I was able to purchase 14 of these games from Portugal, and 12
of them were still shrink-wrapped with varying degrees of tears in the shrink
wrap. This Schmidt France French game of ACQUIRE includes:
This edition of ACQUIRE is played on a large, light blue, plastic board.
The board illuminates the square designations quite well. The tiles are
dark blue with white lettering that makes seeing the designations very easy.
Tile holders are included and add a very nice touch to the game.
- Game Board
- 108 Plastic Game Tiles
- 7 Plastic Hotel Markers
- 25 Stock Certificates for each hotel
- Play Money
- 6 Tile Holders
- 6 Information Cards (French)
- Instructions (French)
In this French edition, Airport and Festival are the lower priced hotels,
Oriental, Imperial, and Luxor are medium priced hotels, and Prestige and
Continental are high priced hotels. The stock certificates have printed
backs with a picture of the "ACQUIRE Man" that was displayed on the 3M and
Avalon Hill game boxes. These games will generally include five blank
This edition of ACQUIRE is a mirror image of Hotel Haie (Grand Hotel) that was
produced by Schmidt Spiel in Germany during the 1980's, except this edition
actually uses the name of ACQUIRE. There is also a Dutch edition of
ACQUIRE by a company called Selecta that has the same format of game components.
I never knew that this French edition existed until I noticed these games for
sale from a person in Portugal. This is a fantastic and extremely rare
edition for the true ACQUIRE enthusiast.
When I purchased these games, I kept one that was already opened for my own
collection. I have included pictures of that game to illustrate the
contents of this shrink-wrapped game. Some games have shrink wrap that is
more torn than others. These games are shrink wrapped, but not totally after 35
years of storage. It is a first-come-first-serve basis as far as the
quality of shrink wrap you will receive.
I am also unsure of the completeness of these games since I don't want to remove
the shrink wrap to check them. I would rather allow the customer to open
this game for the first time. This is absolutely a cool edition of the
game of ACQUIRE and it is more aesthetically pleasing than ACQUIRE games made in
the United States.
The Information Cards in this game are written in French, but with the hotel
names being in English, these Information Cards are beneficial in either
language. Even so, I am including three enlarged Information Cards with
this game that have been translated into English. These enlarged
Information Cards allow for easier readability to determine hotel values and
payouts at the time of merger. They are printed on card stock for greater
visibility and durability.
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE are included. These rules were designed to help
eliminate the one-sided games that can occur during game play.
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
ACQUIRE is a fantastic game, and a huge tribute to
the intellect of Sid Sackson. Yet, after my first experience with the game,
I felt that the rules needed some adjustments to increase the ability of the game
to attract new players.
I wanted the game to have a broader appeal to more of my friends. The more
friends I could get to enjoy the game, the more chances I had to play the game.
I accomplished this by creating a way for players to stay involved in the game even
if the didn't have any money. I also created a level playing field for obtaining
stock while at the same time increasing the strategic maneuvering of stock purchasing.
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE allows trading of stock when a player is out of money.
The player can get rid of stocks that do not help the player and trade them for
stocks that are more important within their portfolio. It allows these players
to try and maintain majorities in the companies that are most important. It
also allows the ability for players to invest on every turn, to potentially increase
their portfolio, without the fear of being "stuck" with those purchases when they
are ultimately out of money.
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE eliminates the 2- for-1 trade rule when companies merge.
In the corporate world of hostile takeovers, is is very seldom that the conquering
company offers the shareholders of the vanquished company a cut-rate bargain for
the stocks of the conquering company.
The 2-for-1 trade creates the possibility for a person who holds majority in a conquering
company to lose that majority to numerous shareholders because they decided to sacrifice
their small company. It decreases the strategy level of obtaining majorities
and skews the game into more of a factor of luck. In Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE,
the players of the vanquished company are given payouts for their companies, and
their shares, and they can invest wherever they choose when it is their turn.
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE are printed into a convenient 10-page booklet that is printed
on yellow card stock for long lasting durability and fits neatly into the original
versions of this timeless classic. This booklet can be used to replace old,
worn, or lost rules as they conveniently have the original rules of ACQUIRE fully
printed with Lloyd's changes to the rules printed in red.
This 10-page booklet also includes a Stock Price Extension chart. This chart
helps when figuring payouts at times of merger or at the end of the game.
This chart helps eliminate the need for a calculator or a math professor.
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE can be used in all editions of ACQUIRE from 1962-2008.
They can also be used in the International versions of ACQUIRE. They can be
used with the Special Powers Variants that were found in the 1993 Schmidt Spiel
edition and the 1995 Avalon Hill Edition. They can also be used with the Wild
Tile Variant and the 1963 World Map Conversion Kit.
If you are interested in additional information, visit the
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE page on our main website.