This custom made ceramic tile game of ACQUIRE has been played, but is in very good condition. This rare vintage ACQUIRE game includes:
- Custom Constructed Cardboard Box
- Wood Game Board with Plastic Overlay
- Plastic Component Tray
- 108 Ceramic Game Tiles
- 7 Ceramic Colored Company Markers
- 25 Ea.Stock Certificates (Printed Backs)
- Play Money (40 $5000, 50 $1000, 40 $500, & 40 $100)
- 6 Information Cards (Yellow Card Stock)
- 3 Enlarged Information Cards (Yellow Card Stock)
- 6 Wood Tile Holders
- Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
When I found this wood board and ceramic tiles for sale, I just had to purchase them. I then decided to use it to put together a game. I really don't want to sell this game, but I still wanted to display it on my website.
The box has been constructed from cardboard and then wrapped with brown wrap.
I then cut up a box from a 1962 ACQUIRE game, put the front, back, and left side panel into sheet protectors and taped them to the cardboard box.
The box seems big, but the board is a snug fit and it allowed room for the wood tile holders. The game weighs 7 pounds.
I added a set of never-been-played stocks from the 1962/63 edition of ACQUIRE. They have the printed backs with the 3M Logo. (Please see the Worldwide stock certificate stack in the picture above.)
I also added a set of 1976-style play money that was printed on special colors. This was one of my first attempts at reproducing sets of money, so it does have some curling, but is still an unused set.
The board is a very thick piece of wood with a very nice plastic overlay. It also has four ceramic circles on the bottom of each corner to create feet. I had seen this setup only once before I was able to secure this one. I am at a loss as to who made these or how many there are in existence, but the board and the tiles are beautifully crafted and fit perfectly.
The purchase of the board and tiles allowed me to create a very special and unique edition of ACQUIRE, and as you notice by the price, I really don't want to sell it. I just wanted to let you see it. But who knows where it goes from here.
Included with this game are Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE. 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.