This game has been minimally played. It is a complete game and includes:
This 1976/1988 Avalon Hill Gray Box edition of ACQUIRE comes with a Wild Tile Variant
Kit, an enlarged Information Card, and Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE.
The stock certificates and money have been barely used and are in very good condition. The stock certificates
do have some slight yellowing on the edges. The box has shelf wear that is mostly
at the corners and around the edges.
This edition has a gray box with a picture of a prominent Baltimore hotel. It
was produced by Avalon Hill in the late 1980's and early 1990's. This edition
also has tan $500 bills instead of the traditional salmon color, and the board
is tan rather than the yellow board that had been used since 1968.
- Game Board
- 108 Plastic Game Tiles
- 7 Plastic Colored Hotel Markers
- 25 Stock Certificates for each Hotel
- Play Money
- 6 Information Cards
- 1 Enlarged Information Card
- Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
- Plastic Wild Tile Kit
If you want to play a game of ACQUIRE with only two players, I have developed rules that I call "Four Hand Volley."
Lloyd's Rules for Two-Player ACQUIRE
for more information.
ACQUIRE Plastic Wild Tile Variant Kit
The Plastic Wild Tile Kit fits the 3M and Avalon Hill plastic tile ACQUIRE games.
It allows each player to start with a blank tile that can be played on any open
square during their turn at any time during the game.
The Wild Tile Kit includes six (6) blank plastic tiles and an instruction booklet.
The tiles (that have been painted black to hide the designations) are from actual
ACQUIRE games. The instruction booklet is printed on yellow card stock for maximum
durability and readability.
Enlarged ACQUIRE Information Card
The enlarged Information Card provides easier readability when determining hotel
values and payouts at the time of merger. It is printed on yellow 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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