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Tom Russell
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In the running sidebar of the Mayfair rules, it mentions (forgive the paraphrase from memory, as I don't have the rules handy) that the reason why a full sequence of Operating Rounds is run after the bank is busted in a Stock Round is to prevent a financial swindle too devastating even for 1830. The rules now diffuse this situation, but if it hasn't occurred to the reader, the rules ask them to consider if they are a big enough crook to really make it as a big-time stock racketeer (memorable bit of language there, even if it is probably poorly paraphrased on my part).

It took me longer than I'd like to admit to realize the swindle-- at least, I think I realized it: if the game were to end immediately when the bank was busted, instead of at the end of the next sequence of Op. Rounds, if someone who was significantly invested in several rails sold all the shares they could in one go so that they might bust the bank, they would garner lots of bucks, greatly devaluing the shares held by all other players at the end of the game. Do I have the right of it?
 
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tomrussell wrote:
In the running sidebar of the Mayfair rules, it mentions (forgive the paraphrase from memory, as I don't have the rules handy) that the reason why a full sequence of Operating Rounds is run after the bank is busted in a Stock Round is to prevent a financial swindle too devastating even for 1830. The rules now diffuse this situation, but if it hasn't occurred to the reader, the rules ask them to consider if they are a big enough crook to really make it as a big-time stock racketeer (memorable bit of language there, even if it is probably poorly paraphrased on my part).

It took me longer than I'd like to admit to realize the swindle-- at least, I think I realized it: if the game were to end immediately when the bank was busted, instead of at the end of the next sequence of Op. Rounds, if someone who was significantly invested in several rails sold all the shares they could in one go so that they might bust the bank, they would garner lots of bucks, greatly devaluing the shares held by all other players at the end of the game. Do I have the right of it?


That is the swindle to which they are referring.
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Eugene van der Pijll
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See also:

A financial swindle which is too devastating even for 1830
"A financial swindle ... too devastating even for 1830."
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pijll wrote:


:facepalm:

Great, so now I'm that guy.blush

I swear, I did search the forum for it-- just not very well, apparently.
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To be fair, this site doesn't have the most impressive search functionality.
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cornjob wrote:
To be fair, this site doesn't have the most impressive search functionality.


I strongly recommend using an external search engine to find forum things.

http://www.google.com/search?q=site:boardgamegeek.com+a+fina...

In contrast, the internal game-search is often better because you get a lightweight interstitial search result list that you can use to edit plays etc.

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