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Rating: 7.3 Good
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 2-6 players
Playing time: 45 minutes

Created by: Klaus Teuber, Leif Åbjörnsson, Tanja Donner, Ritva Hussain-Shahid, Michaela Kienle, Björn Lindsten, Cornelia von Seidlein

Published by: alea, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, Avalon Hill

Alternate Names: Adel Verpflichtet, Adel Verplicht, By Hook or Crook, Fair Means or Foul, Grever & baroner


Eccentricity is what makes the world go around. Well, your world anyways. As a member of the pretentious "Antique Club", you feel inexplicably compelled to outshine your other snobby friends.

What you and your wacko group lack in refinement and true sophistication, you certainly make up for in lack of scruples. You are oddly convinced it is your destiny to become the antique collector with the most valuable collection - by using any means necessary.

Unfortunately, you aren't the only one without a sense of right or wrong Your egotistical friends are also not above bluffing trickery or even theft! Outwit your fellow snobs to become the most "Hoity Toity" of them all.

What do bored English noblemen do with their free time? Well, according to this Spiel des Jahres (1990) winner by Klaus Teuber, they like collecting old junk and then showing it off.

Players buy or steal various pieces of junk in the form of cards, trying to form the largest and oldest collection. Built on a 'rock-paper-scissors' mechanism, this game gives all players a couple of choices each turn.

The trick is in guessing what your opponents are likely to do, and planning your choice accordingly -- only after everyone's decision is revealed do you know for certain whether you made the right one.

Retail Price:$56
Nederlandse Spellenprijs Nominee 2004
Spiel des Jahres Winner 1990
Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner 1990

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