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Each time stocks of a certain chain are purchased, one share of that type of stock is set aside as a market share. When a merger occurs the market share total of the chain acquired counts as an additional player (without money), eliminating or halving a majority or minority pay out for another player(s). When available shares for a chain run out market shares are sold.

Credit the old DOS PC version of the game from the 90s.
 
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Do you set aside one share for each share purchased, or just one share total? In other words, if I buy three shares of Tower, do I put one or three shares of Tower in the market?
 
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It's one only.
This variant may be a relief for those players that start to find counting shares a dominant part of any strategy used. A similar variant would be to find a way to obscure all (player and available) share counts.
I believe the old PC version also allowed games with hidden share counts.
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Thanks! I do have another question though. Do you put a share in the market after the first free share for founding a company is awarded? Or is it only after a player actually purchases shares?
 
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cptwacky wrote:
This variant may be a relief for those players that start to find counting shares a dominant part of any strategy used.


It's supposed to be a dominant part of any strategy used.
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NateStraight wrote:
It's supposed to be a dominant part of any strategy used.

Very true. However, in the two-player game, this is a bit of a non-issue anyway. It's simple enough to count your own shares and the shares in the bank, and know how many your opponent is holding. I'm looking at the market share variant as a possible alternative to the "official" two player rules (i.e., draw a random tile). Any thoughts on how this works in play with two?
 
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I've found it plays nice with two and it feels like something new, but still Aquire. Card counting isn't abolished but it is altered for something different.

I'm of the opinion the variant may be considered "official" since the rule was published, albeit in a video game version of the same game.
 
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Sorry for the delay...its for purchased shares only.
 
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