This game has never been played. It is a complete game and includes:
This rare 1980's Schmidt France French edition of ACQUIRE comes with enlarged English
Information Cards and Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE.
Due to a factory defect, the original French Rules are missing, but
they are replaced with Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE. The tiles are still on the
tile trees and the company markers are still sealed in a bag. The box has shelf wear throughout
and there is a sticker on the back of the box on the top right corner.
This edition 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.
- Game Board
- 108 Plastic Game Tiles
- 7 Plastic Colored Hotel Markers
- 25 Stock Certificates for each Hotel
- Play Money
- 6 Tile Holders
- 6 Information Cards (French)
- 4 Information Cards (English)
- Lloyd's Rules of ACQUIRE
However, this French ACQUIRE game had a factory defect that resulted in missing
stock certificates. Because of that, all 25 of the Hotel Airport and Hotel Luxor
stock certificates, along with 11 of the Hotel Continental stock certificates, 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.
This particular game 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.
For the true ACQUIRE
enthusiast, this game is a fantastic and extremely rare edition to add to your
collection. 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."
Lloyd's Rules for Two-Player ACQUIRE
for more information.
Enlarged ACQUIRE Information Cards (English)
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.
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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