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Monday, February 29, 2016

Tycoon (1962)

Tycoon (1962)

Ratings

5.17647 out of 10 with 17 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked

Description

Tycoon is a stock market trading game.

Players move around the board, buy/sell stocks and bond and check rising and falling prices of stocks held.

Originally self-published in 1962, Parker Brothers bought the rights and republished it in 1966. Later self-published again as Arbitrage.

A description of Arbitrage:

Arbitrage (HC Jacoby Inc) Is a stock market and corporate manipulation board game. The board is a Monopoly type with the movement track that goes around the edge and with the middle taken up mostly with price tracks for the 6 corporations in the game. Each corporation has 3 spaces in a row on the outside track that counts as it's home. Then there are a few other spaces that give allow either specific actions like buying/selling mutual funds, or make you draw a random event or a stock manipulation card. Stocks are bought buy mainly landing on one of the 3 spaces of a corporation's home, or buy landing on a mutual fund space. If you own 3 stoacks of a corporation you become its president and can pay out dividends to stockholders, or can merge corporations thus increasing stock prices. Other things that can happen are takeovers - forcing a resident to sell you his shares, options - a chance to buy shares from the bank or another player for 1/2 price. Trading of shares between players at any time is also encouraged. The game ends either after a set ammount of time, or when a player goes bankrupt.

Movement around the board is accomplished with 3 dice ( regular D6, and 1 special die which has symbols on it to move stock prices either up or down. A player's turn consists of rolling the three dice, moving his marker to the new space, manipulating a stock price up or down by the die roll, then performing the action on the space where you landed (if any).

  • Designer: H. C. Jacoby
  • Publisher: HC Jacoby Inc, Parker Brothers, Wattson Games
  • Year Published: 1962
  • Number of Players: 2 - 6
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 10
  • Playing Time: 60
  • Category: Economic
  • Mechanic: Roll / Spin and Move, Stock Holding, Trading
  • Alternate Names: Arbitrage, Tycoon

Reviews

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Wait, why did I buy this? Is this another game to donate?

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good

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Unplayed.

5 out of 10
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Stock market game for kids. Played as kid. (original self-published edition)

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also, Arbitrage

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also, Tycoon

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1986 HC Jacoby edition

7 out of 10
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This game has sentimental value to me, as it is one of the two or three games I played quite often while growing up.

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Thrift store acquisition 2/08. Good condition, believed complete. Arbitrage version (1994).

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rker brothers edition

6 out of 10
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I wish it were better, but there is too much randomness (control in hands of others)

4 out of 10
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I have some really fond memories of this one, but honestly, I don't think it holds up against modern games.

6 out of 10
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Trash pick. Amazing what people throw out.

4 out of 10
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(5.23) Ex Although there is more action with stocks moving up and down and sales offices springing up, this is basically Monopoly. It plays shorter and seems to be more fun but a roll-and-move games with little or no decisions it is nonetheless.

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I've always liked tycoon/business games, so I picked this one up in an eBay auction. Haven't had a chance to play it yet.
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