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Dan Poole
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Since a new company cannot earn any revenue the first turn it operates, does the share price always go down during the "Paying Dividend" step that first turn?

Please forgive my ignornace. This is my first 18xx game ever. Thanks!!!
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voynix wrote:
Since a new company cannot earn any revenue the first turn it operates, does the share price always go down during the "Paying Dividend" step that first turn?


Yes, it falls.
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It pays a zero dividend, which means you flip to 'left' as seen from the bottom.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I don't really umderstand the "flip to the left" though?
 
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voynix wrote:
Thanks for the quick responses. I don't really umderstand the "flip to the left" though?


It is a clarification that references the fact that most (1830-branch) 18xx use a 2-dimensional market (looks sort of like a spread sheet), rather than Steam Over Holland's 1-dimension line of values. In games with 2D markets, values can move in four directions (right, left, up, down). The usual movements:

Right: Company paid a dividend
Left: Company didn't pay a dividend
Down: Down one row per share sold
Up: Only if 100% of the company is in player hands

You may notice that there are a lot more ways for share values to decrease than increase. This is not an accident.

The flipping portion is a reference to a fairly standard bit of protocol. As a company operates, its stock market token is moved and then turned upside down to indicate that it has already operated. The Operating Round will end when all stock markers are upside down, indicating that all companies have operated. The markers will then be turned right-side up, ready for the next round.
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wow, I am very new to the whole 18xx genre. I really enjoyed my first game of SoH, though my wife kicked my butt. I didn't catch the above wuestioned rule until afterward, but I think we played everything else correctly.
 
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This game was also my first 18xx, 1,5 weeks ago . We played with 5. Good to know it is ok with 2 players as well .
 
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