Rating: 8.2 Very Good
Popularity:6
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2015
Players: 2-5 players
Playing time: 45 minutes
Age:13+

Official Site: Nauvoo Games


Created by: Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden, Jacqui Davis, Ian O'Toole

Published by: GoKids 玩樂小子, Nauvoo Games

Alternate Names: 縱橫股海

Description:

Stockpile is an economic board game that combines the traditional stockholding strategy of buy low, sell high with several additional mechanisms to create a fast-paced, engaging and interactive experience.

In Stockpile, players act as stock market investors at the end of the 20th century hoping to strike it rich, and the investor with the most money at the end of the game is the winner. Stockpile centers on the idea that nobody knows everything about the stock market, but everyone does know something. In the game, this philosophy manifests in two ways: insider information and the stockpile.

First, players are given insider information each round. This information dictates how a stock's value will change at the end of the round. By privately learning if a stock is going to move up or down, each player has a chance to act ahead of the market by buying or selling at the right time.

Second, players purchase their stocks by bidding on piles of cards called stockpiles. These stockpiles will contain a mixture of face-up and face-down cards placed by other players in the game. In this way, nobody will know all of the cards in the stockpiles.

Not all cards are good either. Trading fees can poison the piles by making players pay more than they bid. By putting stocks and other cards up for auction, Stockpile catalyzes player interaction, especially when potential profits from insider information are on the line.

Both of these mechanisms are combined with some stock market elements to make players consider multiple factors when selling a stock. Do you hold onto a stock in hopes of catching a lucrative stock split or do you sell now to avoid the potential company bankruptcy? Can you hold onto your stock until the end of the game to become the majority shareholder, or do you need the liquidity of cash now for future bidding? Do you risk it all by investing heavily into one company, or do you mitigate your risk by diversifying your portfolio?

In the end, everyone knows something about the stock market, so it all comes down to strategy execution. Will you be able to navigate the movements of the stock market with certainty? Or will your investments go under from poor predictions?

Prices:
Retail Price:$46
Amazon:$43
Ebay:$42
Expansions:
Stockpile: Continuing Corruption
Stockpile: Investor Card Promo Pack #1 – Opulent Oprah and Royal Robins
Stockpile: Investor Card Promo Pack #2 – Moneymaker Mitt and Socialist Sanders

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Stockpile is a fast-paced economic game of corporate investments, insider trading, and market manipulation. Each player acts as a private investor with the goal of amassing the greatest net worth.

Components

  • 1 Turn marker
  • 6 Stock tickers
  • 6 Company cards
  • 6 Forecast cards
  • 100 Currency cards
  • 5 Player boards
  • 7 Bidding meeples
  • 1 First player token
  • 60 Stock cards
  • 12 Trading fee cards
  • 8 Action cards

Object of the Game

The player with the most money at the end of the game wins.

Setup

1 Pass out a Bidding Meeple, Player Board, and $20,000 in Currency Cards (three $5K and five $1K bills) to each player. Place the remaining currency cards next to the board. …



  • Raise the Bid - Most players tend not to be aggressive enough during bidding in their first few games of Stockpile. Stockpiles that contain more cards in them can often be worth surprisingly more than other stockpiles with fewer cards.

    While it is possible to pay too much or be caught by trading fees, the typical new player settles on a 'safe' stockpile too early.

  • Aim for Majority Bonuses - Don't underestimate the $10K bonus given at the end of the game for the majority shareholder of each company's stock. If you gain an early lead in one stock, don't relinquish it so lightly. …



We suggest playing Stockpile at least once with more than two players before trying the 2-Player Variant. The 2-player variant plays similar to a 4-player game. However, there a few changes to the round's phases.

Setup

Each player will start with $30,000 in money, instead of $20,000, and still receive only one starting stock. Each player also receives 2 Bidding Meeples (red or blue).

Information Phase

Each player is randomly dealt two pairs of Company Cards and Forecast Cards.

Note: Keep them in separate piles. These cards may not be swapped or substituted with each other. …



We strongly suggest not playing with the Investors expansion or the "Advanced" side of the board for your first game. It is helpful to realize the worth of Stockpiles in the Demand Phase without having the investor abilities take effect.

Advanced Board Expansion

When playing with the second side of the board, each stock follows a different value track. If a stock goes bankrupt, return the value of that stock back to its original starting position, the darkened circle.

If a stock splits, return the value of that stock to the value in the octagon. Stanford Steel is unique in this version because it pays additional dividends based on dollar signs ($) on its stock value track. …




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