With these business board games, you take on the role of a businessperson, with profit as the goal. Are you creative enough, focussed enough, and ruthless enough to make it in the big bad world of business?
"Business in the New Economy is a civilized version of war. Companies, not countries, are battlefield rivals." ~ FastCompany
First released in 1962, Acquire has withstood the test of time. In Acquire, wealth is the goal. Players place tiles to found, grow, and merge hotel chains. As these chains grow and merge, so do the investment opportunities and stockholder bonuses which can be reinvested into other hotel chains. Players can trade and sell their stock in the hotel chains, or can simply hold their stocks. Whatever they feel is the healthiest move for their bank accounts. After many turns of heated selling, trading, and chain building, the game ends when either one player declares that all the hotel chains on the game board are safe, or when one player declares that there is a hotel chain of size 41 or more on the board. Greed is king in Acquire and in the end, the player with the most dough wins!
This game may sound and look familiar at first, but don't be fooled. This real estate trading game presents an exciting twist where players choose free enterprise or monopoly - and play under different rules as a result. In addition, this fun and intriguing game comes to you after making its way through a fascinating, real-world legal battle. Decide for yourself: who wins? Is it the Competitor who charges fair market value for rent? Or is it the Monopolist who amasses control over whole regions and can charge much higher fees?
- Bean Trader
Bean Trader is a complete, highly interactive board game based on the classic card game: Bohnanza. You and your fellow players take the roles of the famous Bohn Hanse, a trade union of cities and merchants in the middle ages. As you drive your wagon from town to town filling orders on your way to Edinburgh, you will be able to trade with other players who are in the same town allowing you to acquire needed beans and get rid of unwanted ones. It sounds simple enough but the roads through Bremen or Groningen lead to high tolls and you still need a red bean to complete the order and collect your thalers! With luck, your business will soon start to run itself and at the end the player with the most bean thalers wins!
Brass is set in 18th century Lancashire at the beginning of what would eventually be called the Industrial Revolution. It starts at the beginning of the Canal Age and ends after the development of railways. Players take the roles of entrepreneurs attempting to make the most money from the various industries of the time. Cotton dominates the game but players ignore the other industries such as coal mining and engineering at their peril.
- Buy Low Sell High
Dump retail! Buy technology! Buy it all! No, wait? sell technology!! Sell! AAARGH!! In The Motley Fool's Buy Low Sell High, players try to outtrade, outmanuever, and outplay their fellow investors on their way to riches and fame in the stock market. Who will be the richest Fool on Wall Street? Stocks rise and fall according to demand -- and other less predictable factors. The player that makes the wisest? ahem, the most Foolish choices will win the game and perhaps go down as the greatest investor that the world has ever seen. Or, at least... your game table. Remember: Buy Low and Sell High. It's just that simple. Whoever is best at doing this will, as in our world at large, have more fun!
- Decisions: A Stock Market Money Management Game
Decisions is a money management game played in the context of the stock market. Players attempt to increase their wealth through strategic decision making in buying and selling stocks. The emphasis is on accurate computation and record keeping. Players practice communication skills because each move requires players to explain how they arrive at their answers. Play is open-ended. The game may end after a certain time limit has been reached or a predetermined number of times around the board has been achieved by each player. At the end of the game, compute the Value Balances for each stock, add the Value Balances, count the cash on hand and add it to the Value Balance sum to determine net worth. The total is the net worth of the player. The player with the highest net worth at the end of the game is the winner. For 2-4 players.
- Empire Builder
In Empire Builder players can rediscover a modern American classic that celebrates one of America's greatest loves - railroads. Use your initial investment to build tracks, pick up commodities (mined or manufactured), and deliver them where there's a demand. When you complete a delivery, you make the money you need to buy larger, faster trains and expand your railroad empire. Win the game by building the most effective railroad empire! With over a million variations, Empire Builder never grows old. Capture the entrepreneurial spirit of America and learn geography while you play.
- Fifth Avenue
In Fifth Avenue, the skyscraper boom has begun and everyone wants to get in on the act! Players try to build their skyscrapers near businesses to gain both value and victory points. The more prestigious the location of your building, the more points you'll receive. As each building commissioner finishes his tour of the city, the players bid for the right to build their skyscrapers in that district. Players may be penalized (allowed to build fewer buildings) if they bid too much, but if they bid too little others will win the right to do the work instead! You'll need careful planning, sharp tactics, timely cooperation with your opponents, and wise placement of skyscrapers to find success on Fifth Avenue!
- Galaxy Trucker
Build your own space ship from the available prefabricated components, and fly it to the Periphery. Of course, you may have to eat a loss, but any profits you make along the way are yours to keep, and Corporation Incorporated will pay you a bonus for quick delivery. It's possible that you will end up with an insurmountable debt and finish your days panhandling on the streets of Deneb III, but if Lady Luck should smile upon you, you just might find yourself among the 10 billion richest people in the Galaxy!
- Gavitt's Stock Exchange Game
Gavitt's Stock Exchange is one of the most exciting and popular games ever invented. Deal and trade your cards to corner the railway stock market. Be the first to get all the cards of one railway line, call out "Topeka" and you'll win the hand! First printed in 1903, Gavitt's Stock Exchange rose to become the top selling game in America. This faithful reproduction includes the original rules and marketing literature.
Players compete to become Master of the Hanseatic city-states during the 14th Century. They criss-cross the Baltic Sea in a merchant ship, always on the lookout for a chance to acquire valuable wares. They also set up networks of market booths within the cities, which permit the goods to be re-sold at the right time and a players power to increase. At the end of the game, the player with the most establishments and the greatest profits, is the winner. Hansa is an addicting, tactical travel and trading game for the whole family.
- I'm The Boss
I'm the Boss is a game of deal making and negotiation where you are an investor just trying to make a deal. Through intelligent negotiations, temporary alliances, and cutthroat bargaining you will rake in millions. But watch out for the other investors at your bargaining table who meddle in your affairs and try to take over your deals. As the boss, you stand to gain the most, but you can find yourself quickly cut out of a deal. In the end, the winner is the investor with the most money.
- La Strada (Which Road Leads To Riches?)
As the proud owner of a northern Italian trading company in La Strada, you must dispatch carts and wagons to find new customers for your goods. But times are hard and competition is fierce. Establish new markets by creating unique routes that bypass your competitors. Naturally, the larger towns are more lucrative, but profits will be greatest where you can keep the market to yourself. Competition will only hurt sales, so even a small village can be a valuable destination. A monopoly, however modest, is still sweet. Find the best way to reach your goals and bar your opponents from success by building a trade network across the variable board. Your opponents will quickly claim their routes, so plan your strategy with care!
- Made for Trade
Made for Trade offers a fun way to personalize history by putting children in the shoes of a conlonist. Players get to experience a time and place that's all-American, the beinning of the country's very existence. The game also offers a first-hand try at living in a barter community. Unlike today, money is scarce and so players must trade home-made goods for necessities. You get a chance to journey through the colonial town on the gameboard and live the early American life.
Everybody remembers the Monopoly game - that's why it's still the most popular, most widely played, and best selling board game in the world! Across the generations and around the globe, what other game brings back so many memories of wheeling-and-dealing family fun? Whether you're discovering the fun for the first time or reliving the carefree days of youth, get out there and buy, sell, mortgage, build houses and hotels, and collect rents! Be sure to check out our complete collection of Monopoly Games.
- Owner's Choice
Owner's Choice is a board game in which players buy and sell stocks in 4 different companies in order to make a huge profit. As an investor in a company or companies, you can make money with dividend payouts or by selling stock for higher than you purchased it. However, when you have a controlling share of stock, you become that company's president and make the decisions for that company. Either you can roll dice to benefit all shareholders of that stock or fatten your own purse. That's the choice you have to make -- stay an investor, or become president.
Payday is the classic game of making and spending money! Buy groceries, fix the car, pay the doctor, start a business, and see just how much fun managing household finances can be. You'll make money every month, but you might spend it just as fast! The action takes place on a calendar playing board where something happens every day, just like real life. You may go on a family fun day, participate in a charity walk, or celebrate your birthday. You'll receive all sorts of mail - some good (postcards), and some not so good (bills). You'll get the chance to make money on deals, and you might even get rich by playing the lottery! Play as many months as you want, and pay off all your bills and loans at the end to see how much cash you have left. The player with the most money wins!
- Portobello Market
It's 1901, and shopkeepers are setting up their stalls at the world-famous Portobello Market in London. You are determined to set up shop in the most profitable districts and snatch the best lanes, hoping to draw the wealthiest customers. Place a Market Stall in any lane where the Bobby is on duty, and set a customer onto an empty Square. Move the Bobby, if you like, but it can cost you. Action Tokens determine how many actions you perform during your turn. Gain or lose victory points for Stall placement, Customer class, Bobby movements, and scoring a District. Keep an accurate tally of your success along the perimeter Scoring Track. When a player places their last Market Stall, everybody gets a chance to close up shop before the final scoring. The player with the most Victory Points wins. An interesting Variant Rule is included for shopkeepers who prefer a less random game.
- Power Grid
Power Grid is an energetic economic game! The object of the game is to supply the most cities with efficient and reliable power. In this new edition, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection and then compete against each other to purchase the plants that are used to supply the power. As plants are purchased, newer, more efficient power generating technologies become available. Players must acquire the raw materials like coal, oil, garbage, or uranium, to power their plants while having enough available funds to upgrade their plants for maximum efficiency. The player with the best strategy and ability to expand their network quickly will succeed in the end!
- Power Grid: Factory Manager
Power Grid: Factory Manager is the stand-alone follow-up game to Rio Grand Games' popular game of competition between energy producers. Make important decisions to improve your own factory, and fight against competitors for the best equipment available in the market. Use workers to buy machinery and robots and to run the machinery in the factory. Keep an eye on rising energy prices. Make the most money to win the game.
You've got to watch your back (and all other parts of your body) when you're swimming with sharks. In Shark, players buy and sell shares of stock in hopes of acquiring the most wealth. Players invest in various stock exchanges, each trying to buy low and sell high. But the individual prices of the stocks are determined by where each player places stock markers. Players can choose to protect stock, making them less vulnerable to other player's destructive motivations, or try to choke other stocks, making them disappear from the board. The player to make the most money before a single stock reaches maximum value or all the counters of one stock are used wins the game.
- Silk Road
A game of bartering and adventure along the historic Silk Road Around the time of the Han Dynasty from 200 B.C. to around 8 A.D. an overland trade route from the Mediterranean Sea to China developed called the Silk Road. This 4,000 mile (6,000 KM) route ran from the Mediterrean Sea to the early Chinese capital of Chang'an. Not only were goods traded from various European ports to China and the citeis in between, but this route played a major role in the diffusion of Buddhism into China. Silk Road is a strategy game for 3-5 daring adventurers wanting to make their fortune on the Silk Road. Bribe your way to move the caravan to the city of your choice to maximize your return on trades. Only the most astute trader will prevail.
- Stack Market
In today's market, companies grow at a rapid rate. But if they grow too rapidly, they may become unstable. You are investing in these companies and aiding in their growth by stacking cubes that represent the headquarters of each company. The higher the headquarters the more that company is worth -- and if you don't have a steady hand or a smart investment, the company can become unstable and crash, reducing its worth, and your assets, to nothing. An original dexterity game with an investment angle.
- Stock Market Tycoon
Stock Market Tycoon captures all of the excitement, uncertainty and reality of the real stock market into one strategic game. The same forces that affect the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ apply to Stock Market Tycoon. Become the first investor to earn over $1 million, and attempt to close the market. But make sure your stocks are up when you do or the real tycoon will emerge and retire to the Tropical Island of his/her choice. How will you win? - Strategy, Luck, Day Trading? - the choice is up to you but follow the Golden Rule of Economics: "Buy Low, Sell High". Ages 8 and Up. For 2 to 6 Players.
- Take Stock
Invest in the future with Take Stock, the power-brokering card game where players are the movers-and-shakers manipulating the stock market. Will you put all your hopes and dreams on one big winner, or play it safe with a variety of investments? But, look out! The market can close early, crash, or freeze depending on the clever play of your opponents! Each player collects stock certificates in five stocks, (Crispyflake Corn Cereal Co., Glittering Gems Ltd., Zeta-Chip Technology Ltd., Arctic Oil Drilling Co., and Movie Madness Distributors), that they hope will have a high price when the market closes. The goal of the game is to accumulate the highest score after four rounds of play.
- The Construction Game
Dig Into Some Fun. This bulldozing, dump-trucking version of the Farming Game lets players buy vehicles, businesses, and properties in order to build their companies into big-time financial successes. As in Monopoly, strategic trading and buying yield the best results. The Construction Game contains over $5 million in construction cash, $20 million in equipment and property, and plenty of IOUs.
- The Farming Game
In the Farming Game, players start with 20 acres of land, a line of credit at the bank, and hopes of independence! As you move around the board, plant and gather your crops as you deal with weather and other hazards. Whether you are a real life farmer or an apartment dweller this game can make you laugh at some of life's calamities! Players harvest crops with the roll of the dice; dodge droughts, uncertain markets and insects; buy land and cattle; wheel and deal. Always different and always a challenge. Build the best farm in the county. A truly rewarding time that entertains, teaches and is just plain fun.