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Subject: Private equity solo variant rss

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Chris Stoakes
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You are the CEO of a private equity house. Your job is to buy businesses and combine them to create synergies. Each game is a financial year.

Deal 3 corporation cards face up. This is the market.
Deal yourself 5 resource cards.

The normal rules apply plus the following.

Each turn you can buy corporations in the market. Any you do not buy are put into a discard pile. You cannot buy them for the rest of the game.

You can reorganise as per the usual rules.

You can choose to do nothing in which case you must discard a card from your hand (the ‘Discard Rule’).

At the end of the turn deal 3 more corporations to the market (having discarded those you didn’t buy) and deal yourself 2 resource cards.

A profit card is acted on immediately. You do not get another card to replace it. Nor does it count as a discard for the Discard Rule.

The game ends at the end of your turn at the beginning of which the final 3 corporation cards are drawn (there are 54 so you get 18 turns per game).

Add up any interim profits and your final profits. The game counts as one financial year. Continue playing games. If you get three years in a row of diminishing profits you are sacked.

Notes:

This is a swingy game. If either or both profit cards don’t turn up you’re in trouble.

The Discard Rule makes for tense decisions: buy a poor corporation or discard, say, $10 million. However the Discard Rule means you can use the 1x and 1½x proxy cards, which are otherwise useless in a solo game, to meet it.

To make the game tougher, deal yourself a single resource card at the end of each turn instead of 2.

I find the interesting decisions are around when to sit out the market, discarding a card each time, until some good corporations come up (usually 2 or 3 at a time) and then hoping I have in the meantime amassed the funds to buy them all; and – the corollary – when you don’t have enough money to buy a great corporation that has just come up.

None of this is sacrosanct. Make your own rules where you find these suck.
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Mark Gilbertson
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... neat, Thanks! Love "Venture" opposed, should love this solo variant too I reckon,,,,,
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Chris Stoakes
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Additional variant: a market of 4 corporation cards and a starting hand of 7.

Additional (optional) rule: if you need to discard a card (because you haven't bought from the market) you can discard any corporation you own (thematically it's an MBO you've part-funded).
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