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This is a fairly long game for adults or older children. The basic idea is to buy and sell stocks and bonds over a period of ten years. In reality, this takes about 2-1/2 hours--so it is a long game. This buying and selling of stocks progresses from a bull to a bear and back to a bull market.
It is a very involved game, and my family found a calculator essential. I would highly recommend that at least one player take the time to read the directions thoroughly and perhaps set up and practice the game. The directions, even though clearly presented, are long and involved.
On the good side, it is a wonderful way to teach people (even myself) about the various terms and nuances of the stock market. I would say that this game is thematically excellent and the components and presentation are all well done.
This is a strategy game, but there is a definite element of luck involved, because of stock tips and use of the dice to determine yearly fluctuations.
The only critisism that I really have is down time. When other people are making their choices, there is no interaction between other players.
I purchased this game at least 5 years ago, and we play it at least twice a year. It fully supports the reputation of other Avalon Hills games (Rail Baron, Acquire) in its complexity, competitive nature, thematic accuracy and role playing involvement.
As far as value is concerned, I feel that even though a bit pricey for the components used, the theme, complexity, replayability and educational potential make it a good value.