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In Acquire, are players required to show how many shares of each hotel they have to the other players (prior to an acquisition occurring)? Thanks.
 
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I can't remember if the rules say or not, but we just decide befere we start. Open usually plays quicker, but closed is more intense! Either way, this is one of my favorites.
 
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I think the original intent was that shares and cash are secret, but it was not stated in the rules. When Hasbro published the game, they specifically said in the rules that it is your choice.

If people want to play with everything open and they play quickly it's okay. It's the people who want to play with everything visible so that they can have analysis paralysis who bug me.
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This is actually a commonly disputed house rule, ...

yup, why there are a ton of threads on this already in this game's forums
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I have a copy of the AH/WotC rules from the 1999 edition and an actual copy of the game in its most recent printing. The 1999 rules say to choose whether stocks and/or money are open and closed before playing whereas the new edition does not. Still one shoulddo so.
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I have only played the game once with open holdings. I estimate that the playtime was double that of closed holdings. Never again.
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I have found closed stock holdings make for a faster game, but I have found it less strategic. Basically, you are guessing what people have, rather than counting (or at least, I am). YMMV.

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Barticus88 wrote:
I think the original intent was that shares and cash are secret, but it was not stated in the rules. When Hasbro published the game, they specifically said in the rules that it is your choice.

If people want to play with everything open and they play quickly it's okay. It's the people who want to play with everything visible so that they can have analysis paralysis who bug me.

Actually, if you're playing with my group, having stocks and money secret would be tantamount to even more rampant AP! The prevailing thought is that keeping secret what is already known can only benefit those who are best at memorizing, and the act of recollecting is much slower than that of seeing. So, it speeds things up to have everything open.
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Trust me. Increased playing time due to people constantly saying "how many of X do you have? Ok. How many of X do you have? Ok. How many of X do you have?" is not enjoyable or irrelevant.
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So, in the end, the answer is, "Whatever you agree to at the beginning of the game."

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At my group we like to have open stocks, but secret money.
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Trust me. Increased playing time due to people constantly saying "how many of X do you have? Ok. How many of X do you have? Ok. How many of X do you have?" is not enjoyable or irrelevant.

I'm thinking of replacing the paper stocks with colored discs, so everyone can count everyone's holdings from across the table.

I'll accept closed money. But stocks must be open or I'll sit out.
 
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rmercado wrote:
At my group we like to have open stocks, but secret money.

Yes, we too. Stocks are clearly displayed, so there is no need to keep asking, everyone's stocks are evident, making decisions quick and easy. Money is hidden, so not until the end will the winner be known. (We play most games this way, unless the rules clearly state otherwise.)
 
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In the "real world," assuming these hotel chains would be public stocks, holdings would be transparent, while money, of course, would not.
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grimstuffed wrote:
In the "real world," assuming these hotel chains would be public stocks, holdings would be transparent, while money, of course, would not.


Just played this for the first time tonight and I kept thinking exactly the same thing!
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dcorban wrote:
Trust me. Increased playing time due to people constantly saying "how many of X do you have? Ok. How many of X do you have? Ok. How many of X do you have?" is not enjoyable or irrelevant.

When we play (open stocks / closed money), we have everyone stack their stocks in an overlapping fashion with one edge sticking out, similar to how most people stack Monopoly deeds. Blocks of 5 are stacked solid and turned sideways. This makes it much easier to count them.

Admittedly, this may work better with some versions than others.
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I have played easily a thousand or more games of Acquire over the last thirty years. The game was designed to have hidden stock, however I have always played with the house rule of open stock since you can perfectly track it which means it adds an element of memory which to me reduces strategy .
 
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