Posted by: gschloesser | April 1, 1972

Adel Verplichtet

This Klaus Teuber German Game of the Year suffers with less players than five.  Austrian game designer Gerhard E. Kodys has suggested a ‘fix’ for three or four players.

Klaus Teuber, best known for his design of the immensely popular Settlers of Catan game, also had a ‘hit’ back in 1990 with Adel Verpflichtet, which won the German Game of the Year award.  Avalon Hill negotiated the rights to release Adel here in the States, and released it under two different titles:  Adel Verpflichtet and By Hook or Crook.

The game does suffer somewhat if played with less than the maximum number of five. 
Gerhard E. Kodys, a prolific Austrian game designer, has suggested the following variant be used if played with 3 or 4 players:

1)  You no longer play only one card during the first phase.  Instead, you play 2 cards.  You could play both an Auctionhouse and Castle card, or one of the two and any other appropriate card.  If you choose the latter, make sure that you lay the card with the ‘1’ on its back on top of the stack so as to conceal the identity of the second card.

2)  A player only playing during one of the phases gets bonus points to move.  The amount that the player moves is equal to the number of players who opted to play during both phases PLUS 1.  For example, if during a three player game you are along in going to only one of the two locations, you get to move ahead a total of 3 spaces (2 players + 1).

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