The Fascinating Game of Finance

[finance board]

Procedure for Beginners

Set up the FINANCE board. Shuffle the red cards and place them face down in the corner of the board marked Chance Cards. Place the green cards in the corner marked Community Chest Cards. Put paper money in the middle of the board. This represents the Bank. Each player take $1,000 in FINANCE money and a playing piece or "man".

Appoint one player to be Auctioneer. This in now way changes his capacity as a player. The Auctioneer takes custody of the large yellow cards, which are property leases. These he arranges in numbered order with No. 1 on top (number in lower right corner).

Roll the dice and high man moves first. He rolls the dice again and moves his man a corresponding number of spaces from the corner maked Start toward the corner marked Taxes. If he stops on the space marked Community Chest he cuts the green cards and pays into the Bank the amount stipulated on the card cut. If he stops on Chance he cuts the red cards and does as his card directs. If he stops on 10% Tariff he must pay 10% of all his cash only to the Bank. If he stops on Taxes $20, he pays the Bank $20. If any player stops on Luxury $75 (further around the board) he pays the Bank $75. In moving around the board, play on the inside corner spaces only.

If a man is moved onto any space with a proper name, the Auctioneer selects the corresponding card from his stack of leases (yellow cards) and offers the space, or "property," for sale. It is then sold to the highest bidder, who pays the amount of his final bid to the Bank. The Auctioneer gives the lease card to the purchaser. The owner may collect the amount of rent stipulated in the upper left corner of the lease from every player who stops on his property thereafter.

The players move in rotation, the Auctioneer watching each new property space as it is stopped on and offering it for sale if it has not been sold. This continues until all the properties have been sold.

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Certain properties have a cash value printed beside them on the board. On any of these spaces, owners may build houses and increase their rent income. But before any owner may erect a house he must own a complete series of properites.

A COMPLETE SERIES of properties consists of all the spaces having the same cash value. All properties in the same series are the same color. A printed list of the series groups appears inside the back cover of this rule book.

A player who owns a complete series of properties may erect a house at any time. The cost of a house is the same as the cash value of the property it is built on (printed on the board and on each lease).

A house owner collects higher rent according to his lease card. For example, on WAYBACK (lease No. 1) one house raises the ordinary $2 rent to $10, to be paid to the owner by all who subsequently stop on this space; two houses bring the owner $30; three houses bring $80; four houses bring $160; five houses bring $200. (See under "House Rents" on WAYBACK lease card.) Each property has corresponding increases as shown on its lease card.

No player can build more than five houses on one space. Each owner can have but one house more on one space than on any other in the same series.

A player may buy, sell or trade property with another at any time, provided his man is not in motion and his debts are settled.

A player is forced to withdraw from the game when he cannot raise sufficient funds to pay a legitimate rent. When a player is put out, all his property is withdrawn from the game. The leases go back to the Bank and cannot be sold again.

The last player to remain in the game is the winner.


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