News Phase: In the beginning of the game, each player begins a turn by taking a News Card from the top of the News Deck, displaying it and resolving its effects. News cards may affect market changes, start a bidding war and change players’ income or wealth.
If a player holds shares in the Media, change the player’s News Phase accordingly. (see “Media”, P#). All the news cards are explained in detail in News Cards section.
* A News Card must be displayed and resolved in the News Phase of the turn, with these exceptions:
Campaign news card.
Additional purchases news cards.
Banking Phase: the player receives income according to the player’s location on the Income Track, and then pays the Bank one installment of any standing loan.
Purchasing Phase: a player may purchase one market share per turn, in any open market, provided the player’s corporation meets the market’s Threshold Requirements. When a player buys a market share in a market in which the player already hold shares, the player does not occupy another share slot, but rather replaces the current share token with a share token with the new value. Each player can have up to 3 shares in each market.
PURCHASING A MARKET SHARE
A Player may purchase one share per turn, unless otherwise stated in a News Card, in any open market, provided the player’s corporation meets the market’s Threshold Requirements. An open Market is a market that did not reach its Market Limit, as indicated by the Limitation Token.
Purchasing a share in a new market: When a player purchases a share in a market in which the player’s corporation has no previous shares, the player will place a Market Share Token in the value of 1 on an open Share Slot.
Purchasing additional shares: When a player buys a share in a market in which the player’s corporation already has previous shares, the player will replace the Market Share Token with a token with a value greater by 1 than the previous token. There is an absolute limit of 3 Shares per Corporation in each market.
After the Purchase, move the Influence Token and the Income Token accordingly, adding the new share’s worth to the previous positions.
A player may pay the Share’s price in cash with BGD Banknotes, or turn to the bank for funding, in which case, the player must pay back the Bank Funding Price in 3 equal installments in the consecutive turns. Upon receiving the Bank Funding, a player will arrange the Debt Cards in 3 stacks, as seen in fig#. The bank will approve the funding only if the player’s income, after the purchase, is equal to or greater than the individual installments. A player may only have one open Bank Funding plan at a time, unless the player’s corporation has 3 shares in the Banking Market. The repayment of the Bank Funding begins in the turn consecutive to the Bank funded purchase, after receiving the income according to the new position on the Income Track. When the purchase is carried out via bank funding, the debt has to be paid back to the bank even if the same Market Share has been resold.
The Bank Funding plan must be paid back in exactly 3 installments, no more and no less. In case of inability to pay the installment, for any reason, the player must resell any share to the bank or request a deal from other players.
Limitation tokens define how many shares in total can be purchased by all players in a specific market. After players have purchased all available shares in a market, the limitation token is flipped over to mark that the market is full, and no more shares could be purchase.
The Market Requirements - Symbol Explanation:
Banking - First Market Share requires owning three Market Shares in any one market.
Banking - Second Market Share requires owning two Media Market Shares.
Banking - Third Market Share requires owning two Politics Market Shares.
Politics - First Market Share requires displaying a CAMPAIGN News Card when purchasing.
Politics - Second Market Share requires owning two Market Shares in any one market.
Politics - Third Market Share requires displaying two CAMPAIGN News Cards when purchasing.
Media - First Market Share requires owning two Market Shares in any one market.
Media - Second Market Share requires owning three Market Shares in any one market.
Media - Third Market Share requires displaying two CAMPAIGN News Cards when purchasing.
Arms - Second Market Share requires owning three Market Shares in any one market.
Arms - Third Market Share requires owning two Politics Market Shares.
Pharma, Commodity, Energy, Insurance, I.T. - Third Market Share requires owning one Politics Market Share.
Real Estate and Food - Third Market Share requires owning one Media Market Share.
RESELLING A SHARE TO THE BANK
A player may resell a share to the bank anytime during the player’s turn after resolving the effects of the News Card. A player must not resell during a Bidding War, but may resell to pay taxes.
The bank must buy any share offered by a player for the price of the current cash value of the share, minus 5 BGD. After reselling a share, the player must move back the Influence and Income tokens on their tracks, according to the share’s current value.
A player may resell any number of shares, in one market or more.
DEALS BETWEEN PLAYERS
Players with 13 Influence Points or more may not participate in deals between players.
Players with 12 Influence Points or less may strike any deal, including reselling Market Shares to each other, trading News Cards between them, buying the assistance of another player via the effects of a News Card and even selling the Purchasing Phase of their turn.
Players may strike deals between them anytime during a player’s turn after resolving the effects of the News Card. They may not deal during a Bidding War, but may do so during taxation.
After selling a share, the player must move back the Influence and Income tokens on their tracks, according to the share’s current value, and the buyer moves ahead on both tracks according to the purchased share.
A player may strike any number of deals.
A player may exchange News Cards for money or for other cards only if, at the end of the trade, both players hold the number of News Cards allowed by their Media Market Shares. New Cards May not be discarded during a trade.
Purchasing a Market Share via trade must obey all of the Market Share Purchasing rules, including the Threshold Requirements and Market Limitations.
All deals must be completed and payed for immediately – no future deals or selling future favours!
When a player purchases a Politics Market Share, the player receives News Cards benefits and other benefits as specified below. If a player holds shares in the Media Market, the player does not receive News Cards benefits from Politics.
Losing a Politics Share will cause the player to immediately discard saved cards, until reaching the allowed amount of saved cards, as specified below.
One Politics Market Share: The player wins the option to choose whether to play the news card he/she draw or save it for the next turn. In the next turn the player that saved the News Card has 3 choices:
1. The player may play the previously saved card.
2. The player may keep saving that card without drawing any more News Card in this turn.
3. The player may discard the saved News Card and immediately display the top card on News Card Deck (without looking at it first).
Player may display Bad News Cards and use them on opponent player.
Second Politics market share: The player draw 2 news cards instead of 1.
The player will then discard 1 card, and choose to display or save the other, as explained above.
At the next turn the player completes his/her hand back to 2 cards. The player may play Bad News Cards on opponent player.
When player draw 2 Campaign News Cards, the player may use both of them to purchase third politics market share (instead of discarding one of the cards).
Third politics market share: The Player receives 1 additional Influence Point for every market with 3 market shares, not include politics market share. A player with 3 Politics Shares will also receive this bonus of 1 influence Point in every future purchase of 3rd share in any other market. This benefit is additional to the news card drawing players get at second politics market share.
MEDIA MARKET BENEFITS
Media Market Benefits: The more shares you have, the more news cards you can draw and keep. Each turn, in the News Phase, a player draws cards until the player has News Cards in the amount specified as the New Total in Hand in the table below. The player then displays one card and resolves its effects, and keeps other cards according to the table below.
Losing a Media Share will cause the player to immediately discard saved cards, until reaching the allowed amount of saved cards, as specified below.
BANKING MARKET BENEFITS
WINNING THE GAME
When a player reaches 20 points without any debt to the bank, start the last round.
The last round ends before the next turn of the first player. The player with the most Influence Points, 20 points or more, without any debt to the bank, wins the game. If there is a tie between a few players the winner is:
The player that holds market shares in more different markets.
If they have same amount of market shares in different markets, the player with a higher income wins.
If they have the same income: the played with the most cash in hand wins.
If they are equal, the winner is the first one to shout: “I’m dominating the economy!”