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Subject: Leaders Split Payout rss

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Stephen Michael Hickey
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This variant adds more interest to the scoring, especially when there are fewer players.

It rewards players with larger shareholdings in a company, at the expense of those who only hold one share.

When scoring each Airline, if there is one player who leads by more than one share, they can treat any excess shares as another scoring opportunity.

Example A:
If the red airline is scoring 6-3-2-1 and player A has 7 red shares and player B has 2, then player A can split their shareholding into 2 amounts: one of 3 (that is 1 more than their nearest opponent) and a second holding of 4 red shares (that is whatever remains: 7-3). Player A thus scores 9 (6+3) for having the first and second largest holdings and player B gets 2 points for third.

Example B:
If the red airline is scoring 6-3-2-1 and player A has 4 red shares and player B has 2, then player A can split their shareholding into 2 amounts: one of 3 (that is 1 more than their nearest opponent) and a second holding of 1 red share (that is whatever remains: 4-3). Player A thus scores 8 (6+2) for having the first and third largest holdings and player B gets 3 points for second.



Any split is only notional and only happens if there is one player leading by more than one share.

Players with a minority holding in an Airline will now have more incentive to increase their holding, even when they can't get a majority.

After the scoring round any notional split in shares is ignored and shares are merged back into one stock holding again, until the next scoring round.

See the Files section for a formatted pdf of this variant.
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Marco Paccagnella
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Very nice, have to try it out!
Though I fear it might make the game a little bit too complex (at least for my mates' tastes)
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Phil Hendrickson
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So, if I understand this idea, the split of shares would remain permanent for the remainder of the game? Then could the player with split shares choose to add more shares to either (or both) sets of shares for that airline (to respond to another player's additional investments)?

This might encourage players to go ahead and play large shareholdings at once, so they can split them later. It also would make it less advantageous to jump onto a one-owner airline late in the game with just one share. (The freeloader effect.)

Would splitting shares take up an entire turn action? Or would it be done as part of the playing shares action?

Perhaps a way to do this would be to only allow a player to do this when playing a share of that airline from their hand. When they play the share into their portfolio, they can use it to start a new holding group, and transfer shares of that same airline from their existing portfolio to the new holding group.

That would also limit the ability to split shares. If all shares of an airline are played on the table (or known to be in-hand or discarded), you would know that another player cannot split their shares of that airline anymore.
 
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Stephen Michael Hickey
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Only saw this question four years after it was posted.

The splitting of the shares is only a notional thing done during the scoring rounds. After scoring a player gathers together all the stocks that they own in a particular company until the next scoring round. They can split their holdings up again providing by doing so they will still own the largest amount of shares being 1 more than any other investor in that company. Any residual stock can be treated as a second holding.
 
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