This rare 1980's Schmidt France
French edition of ACQUIRE comes with large English Information
Cards and Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE. This copy was a
factory defect so some of the stock certificates have been
reproduced to create a complete game. This Schmidt France French
game of ACQUIRE includes:
This copy of ACQUIRE has not been played. The tiles are still on
the tile trees and the company markers are still sealed in a bag.
This copy was a factory defect and some of the stock certificates
had to be reproduced. All 25 of the Hotel Airport and the Hotel
Luxor along with 11 of the Hotel Continental have been reproduced.
The backs of the factory stock certificates are printed with a
picture of the "ACQUIRE Man." The backs of the reproduced stocks
are blank. (Please see picture) The original French Rules are also
missing but are replaced with Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE. The box
has shelf wear throughout and there is a sticker on the back of
the box on the top right corner.
- Game Board
- 108 Plastic Game Tiles
- 7 Plastic Hotel Markers
- 25 Stock Certificates for each hotel
- 3 Blank Stock Certificates
- Play Money
- 6 Tile Holders
- 6 Information Cards (French)
- 4 Information Cards (English)
- Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
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.
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 stock
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. This is a fantastic and extremely rare edition for the
true ACQUIRE enthusiast. 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 four
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.
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
If you are interested in additional information, visit the
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE page on our main website.