1968/71 Schmidt International German ACQUIRE Shrink Wrapped W/Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE


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This rare 1968/71 Schmidt International German edition of ACQUIRE comes with enlarged English Information Cards and Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE.

This game has never been played. It is a complete game and includes:

  • Game Board
  • 108 Plastic Game Tiles
  • 7 Plastic Colored Hotel Markers
  • 25 Stock Certificates for each Hotel
  • Play Money
  • 6 Tile Holders
  • 24 Information Cards (Four Languages - German, French, Dutch and Italian)
  • Rules Booklet (Four Languages - German, French, Dutch and Italian)
  • 3 Information Cards (English)
  • Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE

This rare ACQUIRE game is still shrink-wrapped. The pictures show an opened game, but the game you will receive is still in factory shrink wrap.

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 German 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.

This ACQUIRE game is a fantastic and extremely rare edition for the true ACQUIRE enthusiast. It is absolutely much more aesthetically pleasing than ACQUIRE games made in the United States making it a really cool edition for your collection.

If you want to play a game of ACQUIRE with only two players, I have developed rules that I call "Four Hand Volley." Check out Lloyd's Rules for Two-Player ACQUIRE for more information.

Enlarged ACQUIRE Information Cards (English)

The Information Cards in this game are written in German, 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.

The enlarged Information Cards provide easier readability when determining 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

Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE were designed to help eliminate the one-sided games that can occur during game play and they make the game much more enjoyable.

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 to determine the payouts after a merger or at the end of the game. It eliminates 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, including the International versions of ACQUIRE. They are compatible with the Special Power Variants, the Wild Tiles, and the 1963 World Map Conversion Kit. They can also be used with the 2023 edition of ACQUIRE.

For more information, see Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE.


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