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FREE MARKET is a social board game based on worker placement & resource management, involving cartoonish characters and humorous twists
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FREE MARKET: NYC  is a competitive and strategic board game based on the principles of a free market economy, presented from a humorous and ironic perspective of life, making it both a social and fun game!

In this game, you will find yourself managing a group of people who work together in different assignments, aiming to grow their fortune according to your vision.

Worker Assignment

Throughout the game, you will purchase merchandise at the auction, deliver goods to shops and factories, establish partnerships in shops and factories, or possibly take over other players' business and capital.  

Politician Panel

You will also attend events, influence politics, win awards, and garner all kinds of influence to help your businesses, partnerships, and assets flourish as you move forward in the game.

Awards Panel

The trick is simple: buy when the market is low and sell when it's high to make the most profit before your opponents do. The most successful businessman wins the game.


FREE MARKET is played with 2-5 players, ages 12+ and 90-180 minutes long. The rules booklet is in 6 languages, but the game board is completely multilingual. 

This game is not language dependent - since the game board itself is fully generic (multilingual), any player regardless of his or her language can directly play this game, after a brief explanation.

Please be aware that this is a work in progress rules booklet. Rules may still be tweaked and changed, layout and graphics may still be altered. 

 Nox' Spellenzolder - English 

"Free Market is a great game to play because there is so many ways of playing it, so many roads that leads you to a victory…" 

 Man VS Meeple - English 

"The market price in Free Market NYC constantly fluctuates, either player controlled or not, forcing you to adapt your strategies and try new things in an interesting way." - MvM 

La Mazmorra de Pacheco - Spanish

"The Fundraiser stage is brilliant too because it depends on how the tower goes.. The first player to gamble on the tower end up getting the goodies" 

 Nox' Spellenzolder - Dutch 

"This is an excellent game and I really looking forward to the final product..." 

 Overview Video

"Another unique thing about this game is the Politician Panel... If we have a politician in our pocket, he can help us do a better business, improve sales and trade with shops..." 

 Gameplay Runthrough 

Background

By the mid-1930s, the United States was still struggling to squeeze its way out of the Great Depression. These difficult times were characterized by hunger, crime, high unemployment, major wealth inequality, limited social mobility, and political strife that tested the fortitude of the American economy.

The government intervened, establishing new economic policies, which eventual led to reviving free market principles. By the early 1940’s it had become apparent that the US had pulled itself up by its bootstraps, restoring a stable and growing economy defined by the opportunity that a free market provides.

This game aims to mimic the spirit of the free market: To profit by investing, selling, trading, taking risks, paying attention to market trends, anticipating opponents' strategy, cooperating with others, but also profiting from them as well, all in the spirit of making the most money.

Objective

The game consists of 4 rounds of play. In each of which you are responsible for managing a group of people working together in different assignments aiming to grow their fortune together.

You will then have the option to invest in the stock market to further grow your assets, at your own risk of course, as well as a chance to participate in a fundraiser, attend events, influence politics, win awards, and garner all kinds of influence to help your businesses, partnerships and assets flourish as you move forward in the game.

One of the interesting aspects of the game is the emphasis on choice. Even at unexpected turns and twists, at any given moment there is usually a wide array of decisions that can be made in response.

Action Zone

Although all players begin at the same place, the often beneficial options of playing in different zones and different actions, adds a layer of complexity to the game that makes it unpredictable and further reinforces the value placed on optimal decision making. From management and worker assignments, to selling and delivering merchandise in the action zones, the ball is in your court.

There are multiple ways to get the biggest piece of the pie. Whether through retail, partnerships, by owning infrastructure, acquiring others' enterprises, making many small deals or few big ones, or some combination of them all; it is clear that the game accurately depicts the cutthroat and unexpected nature of a real life free market.

By the end of the 4th game round, each player will calculate his total accumulated wealth and assets. It's very simple: the wealthiest player wins the game.

Attractive features & Innovations

The Auction Phase

One of the attractive aspects in the game is the auction. The fully unrestricted gameplay of this feature, which relies on decision making alone and doesn't depend on a draw of a card or a roll of a die, adds a real element that creates endless possibilities and tests the players' risk evaluation skills. This phase contributes to the game atmosphere, adds a humorous element and enhances social interactions.

Donation Tower

The Donation Tower is an off-board element that brings the game an additional interesting value. Throughout the game, players contribute to the funds that are concealed within the tower. Alertness and timing are key. Wait until the sum is large, but don't wait too long to grab it before others have the chance. Either you hit the jackpot or you waste your opportunity.

Truck Design

A creative feature is the innovative design of the truck that can physically carry workers into other areas of the board to overtake opponents' businesses. 

This project is EU and US friendly. You will pay for shipping in the Pledge Manager after the campaign when we know the precise rates. However, although this is only estimates, there will be no additional cost than the maximum estimated shipping cost below! 

Special thanks:

Special thanks to my boys Peleg, Afik, and Kfir who were truly an inspiration for their countless days and weekends discussing and testing the game with me. Their great advice helped me improve the game and make it fun. I know that my youngest Elad will grow up to enjoy it one day just like his brothers.

Risks and challenges

UBG Unique Board Games LLC is an American company.
We have successfully launched, funded and delivered an additional Kickstarter project: "Heropath: Dragon Roar", which is rated 8.5 on Boardgamegeek.com. We attend international game fairs, including Spiel Essen on an annual basis.

The shipping is US and EU friendly, meaning that the shipping fees won't exceed $13 for the US, $14 for the EU. For all other countries, shipping fees will be $10-25 (not includes taxes).
Note: All shipping rates are for one game box only. There may be a discount in bulk, but we cannot guarantee it at this point.

The game and all its components will be produced in China. We are fully devoted to creating an amazing experience, so you can rest assured knowing that we're doing our best to take care of every aspect of the process. Please note that the actual product may vary due to product materials.

This game does not aim to make any social, historical or political claims. All related background, context, drawings and content shown here or on the game itself are for entertainment purposes only.

We're extremely confident about our product. However, if you're not satisfied for some reason, you can return our product for a full refund. Note: shipping fees not included.

©2019 All rights reserved to UBG Unique Board Games LLC, ⓇFree Market registered trademark owner.

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