by Jonathan Leistiko
Have the most value in shares by the end of the game.
4 Icehouse stashes (or 60 tokens, preferably stackable ones)
A Share & Share Alike board
A Share & Share Alike share tracker and a pen for each player.
A 6-sided die.
A poker deck (Jokers removed).
S&S is played in rounds. At the start of each round, you must select one company to get a share in. Secretly mark the share you selected in the appropriate row of the column for the current round on your share tracker. Once all players have selected a share, the action phase starts.
You start the action phase with three actions. Randomly choose a player to take the first action. When it’s your turn, you can spend from zero to three actions. If you spend zero actions on your turn, you may not take further actions during this action phase. When you’re done taking actions, play passes to your left. Once all players have spent all actions they wish to spend, the round ends.
The actions you can take are:
Play a card
Cards have two attributes: Rank and Suit. The suit of the card you play determines what its effect is. The rank of the card you play determines how many times you get to apply the effect.
Hearts let you add a floor to a tower. When you add a floor, it must be of the largest size piece available.
Spades let you take a floor from a tower. When you take a floor, it must come from the top of the tower.
Clubs let you spy. You may look at that player’s hand of cards or that player’s share tracker for 30 seconds. You may not write anything down until you’ve returned the share tracker or cards to their owner.
Diamonds let you tempt Chance. Roll on the Chance Chart and take the effect shown.
Rank affects Hearts, Spades, and Clubs as follows:
If the rank of the card you play is 2 through 9, you get to use that effect one time.
If the rank of the card is 10, J, or Q, you get to use that effect twice. You don’t have to choose the same target each time.
If the rank of the card is K or A, you get to use that effect three times. You don’t have to choose the same target each time.
Rank affects diamonds (Chance rolls) as follows:
If the rank of the card you play is 2 through 9, you get to use the effect you rolled.
If the rank of the card is 10, J, or Q, you may adjust your roll up or down a point before taking the effect.
If the rank of the card is K or A, you may adjust your roll up or down one or two points before taking the effect.
You may discard as many cards as you wish face-up to the Discard Pile.
Draw up to 5 cards
To draw cards, you must spend all three actions on drawing cards. You may draw until you have five cards in your hand. If you already have more than four cards in your hand, you may not take this action. You may draw cards from the Draw Deck or the Discard Pile in any combination (ex: three from the Draw Deck and two from the Discard Pile.). Cards you take from the Draw Deck come off the top one at a time. Cards you take from the Discard Pile can come from anywhere in the Discard Pile.
The game ends at the end of the fifteenth round. Reveal your share tracker to all players. Add up the total number of shares you have in each company. Calculate the total number of shares claimed for each company. If you’re playing with Icehouse pieces, the company with the the tallest tower comes in first and so on down. If you’re playing with non-stackable pieces, the comapny with the most tokens comes in first, and so on down. First place gets 1000 points. Second place gets 800 points. Third place gets 600 points. Fourth place gets 400 points. Fifth place gets 200 points. Divide the number of points for each company by the total number of shares claimed for each company (Refer to the value chart for quantities up to 50 shares.). This is the share value for each share of that company. Take the share value for each company and multiply that by the number of shares you hold in that company. Take these products and add them together to figure your score. The player with the highest score wins.
Loose Lips – You may talk about what you’re taking shares in, but you may not show your share-recording sheet.
The Whole Truth – You may talk about what you’re taking shares in, and you may show your share-recording sheet.
On The Floor – When it is not your turn, you may trade shares with other players. Trades do not have to be for equal numbers of shares.
Carnival – At the end of each round, each player gets a share of a randomly-selected company. Randomly select the company for each player individually. Re-select at the end of each round.
I thought of this game while reading Interactive Fiction by Andrew Glassner. I thought of this on or about May 19th, 2005. The first draft of these rules was written on May 22, 2005. It was played shortly thereafter at Monday Night Games Night. Big thanks to Kori B., Mike C., and Frank S. for playtesting.
I’ve kept This game off the site for a few reasons. Most notably: it’s an interesting game, but it’s not necessarily a fun game. I think it’s a little dry, but there may be some simulationists out there that’ll enjoy it a lot. At any rate, I hope you enjoy it, or find a kernel in it to build your own game around.