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Marcel-André Casasola Merkle
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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Jun 2009*
One of the dynamically most interesting games out there. Theme fits perfectly. Great timing game. (Played the designer's final version as submitted to publishers.)
2009-06-14
Mike Dommett
United Kingdom
Ipswich
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9.5
Oct 2013
I have played Black Friday many times now, and it really is a gem of game design! The system of counters in a black bag achieves the goal of introducing a limited randomness that can be mitigated very successfully by the experienced player. The way that the market rises and then is forced down towards the end of the game works very well, and does trigger a race to "get out" which is really fun to be caught up in.

I like it for a similar reason to Modern Art and Container, i.e. the purity of the economic simulation - even though it takes a different approach to those two (you play a market that "exists", rather than creating a market between players). Credit to FF on this one - I think he has succeeded in simulating something quite difficult to model and, in doing so, he has also created the first pure economic game that plays as well with two players as with five!

It is criminal that the poorly written rules seem to have undermined this game's popularity. Get hold of the re-write on BGG if you buy this game.
2014-04-28
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Shiy M.

Ohio
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9.4
Dec 2011
My favorite board game! Sadly, some less than stellar explanations in parts of the rules, but once it's ironed out, it's a blast.
2011-12-26
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Uwe Rosenberg
Germany
Gütersloh
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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9.3
Nov 2010
I love the game. But the rulebook is awful. Look at the examples in the rule.
2010-11-26
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Jeff Feuer
United States
Long Island
New York
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Apr 2009*
This is a cool stock market based game. Watch out for the crashing market! Lots of laughs when the stocks plummet late in the game. Our group had the pleasure of playing this with Friedemann himself teaching it to us and everyone who played enjoyed it and laughed along the way.
2009-04-14
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Sep 2009*
A little dry, but an excellent game with a very realistic feel to the stock market process.
2009-05-15
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Feb 2012
I rather liked this one. It has a very clever and interesting market mechanism that makes for an interesting game of evaluation and timing. The rules are not as bad as their reputation; this is just a quirky game that takes some time to suss out, and if you want to teach your group, do yourself a favor and pull everything out and go through the motions of a game to learn it before trying to teach. It's not hard, but as I say, it's quirky and unusual and hard to intuit.
2011-02-05
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Gil Hova
United States
Jersey City
New Jersey
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9
Nov 2010
Being a Friese game, it has a fiddly exception here and there. Sadly, the rulebook seemed written for brevity instead of clarity, and looking up these exceptions was very tricky indeed. I think that's one reason the game's gotten a bad rap so far.

I adored this game. I love stock market games, and I thought this one did a better job of modeling a crashing stock market than Tulipmania 1637, which seems prone to stalling. I'm looking forward to buying it and playing it many times.
2010-11-22
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Jean-Francois Charette
Canada
Montreal
Québec
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9
Feb 2011
Yeah i know rules are not easy (it's not a game who is easy to learn by reading... he !) , but when you know the rules, the game is easy and super funny !!!
2011-02-16
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Brian Leet
United States
Montpelier
Vermont
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Nov 2011
Okay, so the rules are a bit technical and there is some piece manipulation you need to get right. Still, this is an excellent buy-low/sell-high and try to get in ahead of the rush type economic game. Glad to have in my collection.
2011-04-25
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Marshall Jansen
United States
Ballwin
Missouri
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9
Jun 2011
My favorite stock game. Don't read the rulebook, get someone to teach it to you. Easily the worst rulebook I've ever read in my life.
2011-06-27
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Christopher Fritel
United States
Austin
Texas
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Aug 2011
3 or 4, 60
2013-03-15
Adam Porter
Wales
Cardiff
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Jan 2014
I think Black Friday has had a slightly tragic introduction into the BGG world. The awful rulebook seems to have sealed its fate as a bargain-bin title, held in pretty low regard. I've played it several times now, and Black Friday has proved itself more exciting, interesting, and downright fun than 90% of the new titles I play. What a shame that it's so derided.
2013-06-11
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oystein eker
Norway
Unspecified
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Jun 2013
Best Stock game. But pick the right rulebook
2013-06-13
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Bewl Bewl
United Kingdom
Leeds
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9
Nov 2014
Excellent stock market game. The rulebook is atrocious.
2015-02-12
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Joe Mclean
Canada
Beaumont
Alberta
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8.78
Jul 2015
This is probably the best stock market game in the market... BUT!!! The rule book is not well written. The rules (for me) are simple enough .... when you finally understand them, although a gamer friend described this as a heavy game.

Set up......
. Fill the sell markets with two of each color. In a two player game add two of each color beside the board to form a market... any other number of players add four of each beside the board.
Place 10 of each color in the bag plus one more of each color for each player (12 in add two player, 13 in a three). Each player pulls five stock and places them behind there player board. Then draw 20 and added them to the market beside the board. Place addddll black stock on the black spots on the board.
Place the start rule tile on the board. Separate everything else into piles beside the board.

Play..
You get to choose one of four actions in the game... buy stocks, sell stocks, buy silver, or pass.... you can also take as many subsidies as the rules alow (you can never have more subsidies than the current rule max limit), and play your additional action once at some point in the game, then discard it.
The amounts you can sell or buy are governed by rule cards that change as the value of stock go up. The rule cards also let you know the max subsidies you can have, as well as how many stocks will be drawn out of the bag when an adjustment is triggered.
When you buy a stock (or stocks when the rules alow) you add one stock to the buy market. The stock must be the same color as one of the ones you bought if possible...or any color if not.
When you sell you also remove one stock from the sell market (same color as one of the ones you sold if possible, any color if not). The sell markets are preloaded with 10 stocks, two of each color.
When you buy silver you add a stock of your choice to the silver market. You do the same if you pass... add a stock to the silver market.
When ever there are five stocks in a market (not including black) an adjustment is triggered, and the following four steps are used.
1. Pay interest on all your subsidies (if you can't pay, turn one over and you must pay for them on your next turn or you are out of the game).
2. Reset the silver buy tracker to zero increasing the price of silver by one for every three silvers bought since the last adjustment.
3. Draw a number of stocks indicated on the rule tile (the number at the bottom of the tile next to the black briefcase symbol). And adjust each stock.
For each black stock that comes out you will increase the price of silver by one
If only one black stock comes out you will place it back in the bag. If two or more come out each black stock will count negatively against each color, and then are placed beside the board.
4. You will then look to see if any stock has passed into a higher zone than the current rule tile (there are ten zones.... start and then 1 through 9). If a stock has passed into a high zone you will reveal the rules for that zone. For each zone you had to increase you add a black stock to the bag.
The stock drawn from the bag then is placed in the market beside the board...And the stock in the market that triggered the adjustment is placed in the bag (including the black stock next to the sell markets).

Additional rules... when ever exactly three of the same colored stock is in the same market the value of that stock is advanced one space to the right. When ever a colored stock is depleted in the market move the coresponding stock one place to the right
When ever you sell a stock, you must move one stock in one of the colors you sold one space to the left... you choose if you sold more than one color.
Once all three selling markets are depleted, refill the middle sell market and use this market repeating as needed.
The game ends the instant silver is worth 100.
Take all the subsidies you are alowed... sell all your stocks... buy all the silver you can.... the person with the most silver wins (gold = 5 silver).
Send me a message if you have any questions
2015-07-13
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8.7
Dec 2014
복잡성 20/20 (2어렵다 10보통 20쉽다)
재미 24/30 (10재미없음 20할만함 30엄청)
리플.다양 10/10 (2 반복 5보통 9다양자주)
시간 10/10 (4시간위 2시간이상 한시간이내)
인지도 5/10 (인기없는500위내100위내)
컬렉션 0/5 (있다 없다)
퀄리티 13/15(5망 10볼만 15폼남)
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2014-12-28
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Henrik Spalk
Denmark
Århus
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8.5
Mar 2011
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Harley Yang
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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8.5
Oct 2013
A little less fiddly than PowerGrid, plays in shorter time though. You just have watch and time a) when to buy/sell b) when to pass, c) when to buy silver (when it's middle .. 30-60 $?) Overall, like it
2013-11-01
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Matthew Bearden
United States
birmingham
Alabama
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8.5
Aug 2013
This game has been a surprise hit for me, I have loved power grid for my first play and have been looking for the next great game by the designer and this is it for me.

Everyone I have showed this game to have really injoyed it as well. It's play is simple and engaging with lots of depth. All you really need is one player that knows the games market shifting macanics to get by any initial clunkyness you may find in the organic nature of the market. If you want a good stock market game that realy focuses on just the tention of a ever changing market ,you get no better than black Friday.
2013-08-31
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Jose antonio Picos avila
Spain
Jerez
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8.5
Jul 2015
Un juego sobre el crak de la bolsa. A mas jugadores mas partido se le saca y la compra-venta de acciones es constante. Encima de ser un juego "serio" te echas unas risas con los colegas con las bajadas y subidas de precios.
Un juego muy recomendable.
2014-11-26
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Darryl Ferster
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Feb 2015
I paid $44.99. A neat stock market game by Friedemann Friese (the designer of Friday, Power Grid (which I don't own), and Turbo Taxi). And of course it comes in a green box. Neat components. I like it.
2015-02-06
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Lee Chen
United States
Manhattan
New York
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8.25
Nov 2013
English language rules are abysmal but the Deutsche is just fine. Add in the clarifications in the forums and anyone will be fine.
2013-11-20
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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8
Dec 2014
I played this game more than 10 times while it was a prototype, and it was already a winner. I made my own copy by using the files Friedemann posted on his website. It simulates stock market fluctuations (panic buying followed by a crash) with less external influence than any other stock market game I know.

I now own the commercial copy of the game and have played it a number of times since it came out.

The rules are a little tricky to learn, but the game works well and provides variety from one play to the next.
2013-05-24
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Tero H
Finland
Vantaa
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8
Sep 2013
Played (first) home-made proto version. There is definitely some nice ideas here... but I wasn't sure if this is going to be hit or not. After the second game AND this time with final version I have to say, that Black Friday rocks. One of the best stock manipulating game there is. More you play it, more you like it. Just be ready for some luck and surprises...
2013-09-25
M Lang
Andorra
La Massana
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8
Mar 2011
Black Friday is about stock trading, nothing else. Good news is that its market mechanism is more interesting than in any other economic game I've ever played - it rewards calculated risk taking, diversification, careful planning of your liquity, requires well thought out timing decisions and so forth, just excellent stuff.

There is one major downside to Black Firday. The game requires players to remember many minor rule details of how the market is adjusted. This is a problem, because a) playing even a minor rule wrong may wreck the game completely and b) the rulebook is awful to the point that it is pretty much impossible to play the game correctly from the original rulebook (download a better one from 'geek files section)
2014-02-02
Chaddyboy
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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8
May 2011
I love me some stock games, and this is a stellar entry into the arena!

Black Friday is a totally new twist on the market system that really hits it out of the park. The market is handled in such a way that players can gamble on the odds, which really makes it a fun game in a gambling sort of way. You have a feel for when the stocks are about to crash, but the odds may not always play out as you thought, which makes nothing a sure thing.

The game also has a really sweet timing element to it. In Black Friday, you can invest in either silver or stocks. Stocks are what makes you money, but silver is what wins you the game! In the early game, stocks rise like crazy, making them the solid investment. However, silver starts out cheap, but rises throughout the course of the game. The real crux of the game is deciding when to get out of the stocks, before they crash, and when to get into silver, before the silver price gets meteoric.

A pretty crazy good stock game here. It's a real shame that the first English rules were absolutely butchered, leading to many poor reviews which really killed any momentum Black Friday had. The rules are fixed now, so don't hesitate to pick this one up!
2011-05-23
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Andrew
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
May 2011
This is a great stock market speculation game; I'm not sure there's anything like it.
2011-03-17
Matt Dodor
United States
St. Paul
MN
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8
Oct 2011
It's a horrible rulebook and an the board is not without its share of green and white. But from this mess arises a rather intriguing economics game. BF reminded me of shark, but the volatility is really increased in this title, and the spatial element of Shark is completely gone. After one play, I think this one has the potential to be a great stock game.
2011-10-10
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Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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8
Apr 2011
A very fragile game, missed rules (as exemplified by the fiasco regarding the rules in early copies at Essen) will kill any interest the game has.

But I like it - there are a lot of games that try to model a stock market type of situation. I admired the intention behind Tulipmania, but something about it just didn't feel right. I also like the bluffing and open/hidden information in Hab & Gut. But this one feels unique, even if the physical production of the game is bland. The board is very uninspiring (a big grid of numbers!) and they don't even try to theme the stocks beyond a few icons on the board that everyone ignores.

But the rise and fall of the stocks has the right blend of planning and luck (which is more luck than planning) to provide enough of an illusion of control. I also enjoy the way players are encouraged to cash out early, due to scarcity of money and need to buy silver.

We'll see if the game has long term staying power, but for now it's fun.
2011-04-13
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Chad Weaver
United States
Denver
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2013
Gets an annual play at WBC each year. We always seem to get a rule wrong each time! Rule book is not easy to follow.
2013-08-05
Andreas Krüger
Germany
Krefeld
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8
Feb 2015
The game is well designed but every action is followed by some board adjustments and moving pieces. Our game at Essen needed a lot of rulebook referencing. Our second game went much smother and fairly quick (rating went up from 6 to 7), but it will probably take one more game to develop a strategy.

It is purely stock trade and manipulation, so the theme may appear dry to many (and to me as well...) The price changes are influenced by interesting mechanics. If you like the economy engines of Friedemann Friese and do not mind the fiddlyness, this will be a great game for you. This is the pure essence of a market.

Teaches more about market dynamics than you might think.

The more I play it the more I appreciate how different the market dynamics play out and how each group responds differently. Frequently, one player starts selling or buying and the whole group follows in a panic, driving the stock rates up and down.

Rating increased again (now 8).
2015-02-01
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Arne Hoffmann
Germany
Essenbach
Germany
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8
Nov 2010
This pure economic "betting" game is a whole lot of fun and offers tense gameplay - ONCE you get past the terribly structured rules. What did Kosmos do here? It took us three games to finally play with the exact rules. And this where your options per turn are limited to only
i) buy shares
ii) sell shares
iii) buy silver
iv) pass.
However, share prices can be effected in several ways which are explained all over the rules. A summary would have helped immensely.
2010-11-07
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Twan Spee
Netherlands
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8
Oct 2010
Fun game: it's always an exiting moment when the stock prices change.
The rulesbook has some issues, check out the forum for help. It took me 3 plays to get it right...
2010-11-13
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Gerald Rüscher
Germany
Paderborn
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8
Oct 2010
Rating after one play with 4 players:

A fine game of stock trading with a nice, new twist: players buy and sell stock which will more or less automatically rise for the first 2/3 of the game. The game has a built-in market-crash mechanism which sends all stock prices down the drain at the end. The players need to anticipate when it is best to sell stock and buy silver & gold. Tricky, interesting game which nicely captures the more cynical aspects of capitalism
2010-10-27
John Sizemore
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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8
Nov 2010
My rating could drop with more plays, but very enjoyable first impression. Nicely simulates an equity-versus-metals market using an 18xx-style share price grid. Lots of fun luck-pushing throughout. Like Union Pacific in that the most valuable commodity in the game is actions. Tempo is also extremely important, so that different numbers of players will likely provide very different games.
2010-11-08
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William Bussick
United States
Reno
Nevada
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8
Feb 2011
A very interesting market simulation. I can hopefully look forward to many more plays of this, as it's not complicated and has a good length. Tense too. Unfortunately, the rules are fairly unplayable as-translated, even the Rio Grande ones. I uploaded a player aid that should help, and there are other aids around here too that should help you play it.

I would be surprised if more than 25% of players are playing this with Friedemann's intended ruleset right now.

Update: Upgraded to an 8. I think about this game a lot, always with fond thoughts.
2011-02-21
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Jason Matthews
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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8
Mar 2011
One of the more interesting stock market simulations to come hit the table in some years. Balances the need for gamey predictability, with the simulative value of stock market chaos almost perfectly. Would have been nicely themed for the most recent crash, but a missed opportunity there. Glad to see FF with something meaty this year.
2011-03-06
Lionel Meister
France
Marseille
Unspecified
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8
Mar 2011
Unfortunately for this game, rules are awfully written. Thanks to BGG user Rucky who wrote a short aid for rules that rocks! http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/60884/short-rules-for-...
One of my favorite games these days
2011-03-16
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Banjo McCardel
United States
Ridgefield
WA
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8
Mar 2011
On first play, I really liked this. It is a bit fiddly to set up, but it plays quickly and has an interesting interaction mechanic. I like games where choices you make impact later turns, and this definitely has that.
2011-03-22
Terry
United States
carlsbad
California
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Apr 2011
I think in general the market mechanics are pretty good. Prices increase with purchases and decrease with sales. The "crash" element is also cleverly done... the later the bull market goes, the greater the probability of a crash. Also, the potential for an early game crash stops a player from trying to hold on for the entire game with minimal selling.

The one part that doesn't quite feel right is that gold buying allows you to place a color of your choice into the bag. You would think that such anti-market activity wouldn't support price increases in that manner. Still, that's the rule.

Overall a very good mix between pushing your luck, taking advantage of price increases, and buying gold at the right time. Near the end of the game the market movements became a little too predictable because there were only a tiny number of cubes in the bag.

A good game, rating 8 initially, and certainly one of the better stock market simulation games out there. Far better than the weak Tulipmania.
2011-04-05
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Viktor Bozó
Hungary
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8
May 2011
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Jared
United States
Berthoud
Colorado
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Feb 2013
The rules are some of the worst-written I've seen, but once you figure it out it is surprisingly intuitive and clever. Handling adjustments, shifting briefcases for sales, etc. is also a lot less annoying and fiddly in practice than expected.

The flowchart in the files section is a great references for learning the game - much better than the actual rules.
2011-06-05
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Darren Hron
United States
Huntingdon
Pennsylvania
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8
Oct 2011
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2011-07-07
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Luis Paulino Mora Lizano
Costa Rica
Asunción de Belén
Heredia
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8
Oct 2011
Pure speculation game of buy low, sell high and know when to do both. Simple in mechanics, deep in gameplay, it is without a doubt one of the jewels of a genre that is full with great titles. Just to complaint about something, perhaps it is a little bit fiddly in its "burocratic" aspect (where and when to put briefcases, when to change prices, what makes a price to change...), but not to the point of spoiling the gaming experience.
2012-02-07
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Sarinee Achavanuntakul
Thailand
Bangkok
Select a State
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8
Aug 2011
Awesome stock market game that simulates uncertainties in the market quite well. Good timing and a willingness to take risks are key to winning in this game, just like in the real stock market :-)
2011-08-10
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Aphicha Phawapaphawin
Thailand
Rat Burana
Bangkok
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8
Jul 2011
Very nice Stock Market them game.
The mechanic make this very balance and simulate the stock market feeling.
2011-11-20
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Joshua Gottesman
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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Mar 2012
The more I play this game, the more I enjoy it. While the players can definitely influence the market, the random draw "simulates" the masses out there that have more of the buying/selling power and the black briefcases, the overall economy. A fast playing time helps this one hit the table a lot.
2012-12-26
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Toby Merida
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Sep 2011
To win the game, you have to have a close look on what the others do to be in the position to sell the highest share at the right time, to get the most money, but the silver/gold price will raise, too and you can also winn by buying silver/gold early in the game.
2011-11-28
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SC Shin
Canada
London
Ontario
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8
Sep 2014
This game teaches me how hard i can foretell stock price changes... I really enjoy the simulation.
2014-09-20
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