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Store:  Strategy Games
Theme:  Stock Market
Genre:  Auction & Bidding
Format:  Board Games

Stockpile


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Ages Play Time Players
13+ 45 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Brett Sobol, Seth Van Orden

Publisher(s): Nauvoo Games

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Product Description

Stockpile is an economic board game that combines the traditional stockholding strategy of buy low, sell high with several additional mechanisms to create a fast-paced, engaging and interactive experience.

In Stockpile, players act as stock market investors at the end of the 20th century hoping to strike it rich, and the investor with the most money at the end of the game is the winner. Stockpile centers around the idea that nobody knows everything about the stock market, but everyone does know something. In the game, this philosophy manifests in two ways: insider information and the stockpile.

First, players are given insider information each round. This information dictates how a stock’s value will change at the end of the round. By privately learning if a stock is going to move up or down, each player has a chance to act ahead of the market by buying or selling at the right time.

Second, players purchase their stocks by bidding on piles of cards called stockpiles. These stockpiles will contain a mixture of face-up and face-down cards placed by other players in the game. In this way, nobody will know all of the cards in the stockpiles. Not all cards are good either. Trading fees can poison the piles by making players pay more than they bid. By putting stocks and other cards up for auction, Stockpile catalyzes player interaction, especially when potential profits from insider information are on the line.

Both of these mechanisms are combined with some stock market elements to make players consider multiple factors when selling a stock. Do you hold onto a stock in hopes of catching a lucrative stock split or do sell now to avoid the potential company bankruptcy? Can you hold onto your stock until the end of the game to become the majority shareholder, or do you need the liquidity of cash now for future bidding? Do you risk it all by investing heavily into one company, or do you mitigate your risk by diversifying your portfolio?

In the end, everyone knows something about the stock market, so it all comes down to strategy execution. Will you be able to navigate the movements of the stock market with certainty? Or will your investments go under from poor predictions?

Product Information

Stockpile has the following expansions available:

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Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

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by Tania
Insider trading fun for the whole family!
December 16, 2015

Very fun game that has a good mix of skill and luck. I love that the board is two-sided with varying difficulties so you can play either a more friendly game or a more aggressive game. I classify it as a gateway game, but with it has a lot you can add to make it more strategic and bump up the replay value. It's very easy to teach and once you know the game, it takes less than 45 minutes to play. It plays fast and no one feels left out as there isn't a lot of down time in the game as you try to outsmart your competition with what you know.

I have a feeling I'll be playing this game for many years to come. I give it 5 stars because it's the best stock themed game out there!

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