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Subject: Negative Scoring rss

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Chris Valk
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In "Tech Bubble" as published, players’ investments may never fall below zero and are untouchable after they leave the market. Therefore, if the bubble is small there is no real danger to staying in, plus you always have an accurate sense of your overall standing since Total Earnings only increase. This was not the case in the original design, which our gaming group play tested. Earnings were never completely safe, even after getting out, and the possibility of dropping into the red added a difficult wrinkle to the decision whether to stay in the market. We strongly recommend playing with this variant adapted from the original rules:

Negative Earnings:
Players begin each round with 5 on the Current Investments Track rather than zero. If a player’s Current Round Investments drop below zero, the balance is deducted from their Total Earnings at double the rate. If the shortfall cannot be covered, the penalized player may “raid” the Total Earnings of other players to cover it.”
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