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This is part of a series of bloody matches to the death. Show support for your favorite game so it will do better in the fight. You can support it by writing why you think its the better game and more importantly by betting (i.e. voting for) it. Please make it clear for when I check the bets later. You have until Friday when I tally the bets and declare the winner. I will reserve my bet for any tie-breakers.
Although you should be familiar with both games, there is no rule that says you have to have played both of them. The only rule in Trashdome is this;
Two games enter! One game leaves!
Trashdome: Speculation edition - Acquire vs Modern Art
In one corner we have The Good Doctor Reiner Knizia defending his satirical take on the modern art world as he faces off against Sid "the kid" Sackson with his clean and concise take on property expansion. Superficially both games are in different genres but at their heart they are both about looking at your hand, placing some strategic bets and manipulating the board/table into making you the richest one at the table.
It's time to place your bets; what's the best way to speculate? If you want me to count your vote make sure to include the title of the game you prefer in bold in your post.
My preference is slight but clear, consider this a vote for Modern Art.
Modern Art, on the other hand, is a thing of beauty. It's one of those rare games where I wouldn't change a blessed thing. It's true that it's easy to throw the game out of whack by over-bidding, but to me that's part of the soul of the game. The whole idea is to manipulate people that way. While Acquire has a very approachable core, Modern Art asks you to play the people around you to a much greater extent.
So this one isn't hard for me: Modern Art.
Acquire I own and love, though Chartered is a nice spin on it.
As has already been mentioned, when I get screwed in Modern Art, it's usually by another player, while in Acquire I sometimes get screwed with noone to blame.
Today I vote for Modern Art, but that could change any minute.
I’ll commit to playing the winner ASAP.
Sagrilarus wrote: The Cellar Games podcast would like to thank you for drawing attention to Acquire the day after our episode on it went live.
It's fixed now: www.cellargames.com/episodes/acquire
Bonus points for anyone who opines on the best version of both games. I'm partial to the CMON version of Modern Art even if treating the art as real modern art with artist histories downplays the satire, I think it's a knockout production in all other dimensions. The Oink German version is super portable and easy to play with some excellent paste up files available on BGG (yes, I own two versions of Modern Art).
For Acquire I landed on the 3M bookshelf version with plastic pieces from the 70s. I have no idea if it's the best version but it's very good, only cost me £20 and is eminently playable.
Legomancer wrote: Acquire I own and love, though Chartered is a nice spin on it.
When trying to track down a version of Acquire I considered picking up Chartered but decided (without trying it) that the extra rules overhead would detract from the pure simplicity of Acquire. Thoughts?
Acquire: 3M bookshelf edition with the brown cardboard mat with clear overlay. I have the wooden tile version 3M as well, but strangely the tiles don't work as well. The giant AH version is pretty, but the tiles are too large and impractical.
Modern Art: The original Amigo(?) version with the Lichtenstein-esque airplane on the cover. The cardboard chits are truly awful, but everything else makes up for it.
Bonus points for anyone who opines on the best version of both games.
It's kind of like Doctor Who. Your first is likely your favorite.
sornars wrote: When trying to track down a version of Acquire I considered picking up Chartered but decided (without trying it) that the extra rules overhead would detract from the pure simplicity of Acquire. Thoughts?
It's not considerably more meatier than Acquire. The main difference is that payoffs happen even without mergers, so you don't get that dead time when nothing is happening because mergers aren't happening.
But, I find it hard to imagine it would top Modern Art for me.
It's all about the players. When I haven't played it for a while, I start to forget. In my mind I start thinking, all those different types of auctions, it's a bit clunky like that, it's a bit unstable or whatever..... then I play it again and remember why it's so great. One of those games that transcends its rules. It starts with nothing on the table, no situation, no information. IMO the very best games do this, or close to it. Everything that comes after is created entirely by the players. A whole organic economic little system of values that can't exist without the players creating it and navigating it. And then you overlay the satire over it, which is genius. I mainly play this with teenagers and (because!) they eat it up, and get so in to it. They get within minutes that that's where the joy of it is. YES, someone overbid and fucked it for everyone. That's not a bug that's a feature, it's hilarious. WHY DID YOU DO THAT?? Because it's Christian P dude! Look at it!
I won't vote, it would be unfair to Acquire which I need to get played. But I really don't think it would beat Modern Art.