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1963 World Map ACQUIRE Game W/Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE


This 1963 "Test Market" World Map, WOOD tile, game of ACQUIRE has been played, but is in very good condition. This rare vintage ACQUIRE game includes:

1963 ACQUIRE Wood Tile World Map Game
1963 ACQUIRE Wood Tile
World Map Game
  • Game Board
  • 108 Wood Game Tiles
  • 7 Wood Colored Company Markers
  • 35 Festival Stock Certificates
  • 33 Imperial Stock Certificates
  • 31 Worldwide Stock Certificates
  • 29 American Stock Certificates
  • 26 Luxor Stock Certificates
  • 24 Tower Stock Certificates
  • 22 Continental Stock Certificates
  • Play Money
  • 6 Information Cards
  • Instruction Booklet

World Map Stock Tray
World Map Stock Tray

This original concept game of ACQUIRE is played with staggered amounts of stock for each company. These games were "test market" games and were only sold in 8 cities in the U.S. from December of 1963 until the fall of 1964, which makes them very difficult to find and obtain. A quantity of 60 assorted stocks are shuffled and dealt to the players before the game begins. Players' decisions when opening hotels are based on cards received in the distribution, and disclosure of players' holdings are only done by choice. This concept allows for the inability to know what an opponent has in their portfolio, and what it would take to acquire or lose majority shareholder in a particular hotel chain. All stocks begin at a cost of $200 and only one stock certificate can be purchased per turn.

This particular copy of the World Map Edition is in played, but very good condition. Stocks and money are in very good condition.

The wood tiles have the Fleur-de-lis printed on the backs of the tiles. The pictures on this page show the information cards, which display the stocks that are distributed at the beginning of the game, the original style of artwork on the stock certificates with the printed backs, and the original style of the designations on the tiles. You can click the pictures on this page to obtain a closer view.

1963 Components
1963 Components
The World Map Editions also came with inner boxes that did not include tops. The inner box of this particular game has been taped on all four corners. There is shelf wear around some edges which is heaviest at the corners. There is also a price written in blue sharpie in the top left corner of the box from an earlier thrift sale. The box is in very good overall condition.

This edition of ACQUIRE is hard to find and is the ultimate edition for a collector of a fantastic game.

Included with this game are Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE, which 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.

Vintage ACQUIRE Games with Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
Vintage ACQUIRE Games with Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE

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
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
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 reading more about Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE, please visit the Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE page on our website.

If you are interested in reading about the various versions of ACQUIRE that have been produced over the years, please visit our History of ACQUIRE pages.

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Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
Stock Price Extensions
Stock Price Extensions
Stock Price Extensions
Stock Price Extensions

  • Shipping Weight: 4lbs

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