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Noel Tiangco
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I got this game thinking I could use it as a Pit replacement. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed. After reading the rules, the basic mechanics are the same, but there are a few differences.

1) a set in GSE is composed of 8 cards, Pit is 9 cards.
2) GSE can be played by 6 players max, Pit is good up to 8.
3) you can trade up to 2 cards at a time in GSE, up to 4 in Pit.
4) in GSE you continually HAVE to trade the "Telegram" card which acts like a reverse "Bull" card in Pit.
5) in GSE you are awarded points for partially completing a set.

Of course one could ignore the GSE rules and use Pit rules, turning the the "Telegram" as a "Bull" and the title card as a "Bear" - but a set is just 8 cards instead of 9 and only a maximum of 6 players could participate.

The GSE card quality is much better and the tin is a nice touch but I'm not yet sold on the graphics. In my highly biased opinion, if you are thinking of getting this game as a better Pit, make sure you could live with the differences.
 
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Re:Not a Pit replacement
tiangco (#45116),


Hi Noel,

I kinda think you miss the point of Gavitt's Stock Exchange.

You write "I got this game thinking I could use it as a Pit replacement. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed. After reading the rules, the basic mechanics are the same.."

Well PIT was based on Gavitt's Stock Exchange so obviously "the basic mechanics are the same.."

As for the following

1) a set in GSE is composed of 8 cards, Pit is 9 cards.

So? You have one extra card does it make the game that much more exciting?

2) GSE can be played by 6 players max, Pit is good up to 8.

Some of the best card games are played by less then 8 players. I find having 7 people screaming at me
at the same time a little more irritating then 5. Also it is easier to sit 6 people around a table to trade then 8!

3) you can trade up to 2 cards at a time in GSE, up to 4 in Pit.

To quote a review by Patrick Korner*
"Some have commented that the trading of threes and fours in Pit makes the game more chaotic and fun, but I feel that’s primarily a personal preference. My games of GSE felt just fine chaos-wise to me, thank you very much."

4) in GSE you continually HAVE to trade the "Telegram" card which acts like a reverse "Bull" card in Pit.

If you read the rules you actually don't have to play using the Telegram Card at all. It's just a variation and it is not a wild card as the Bull and Bear cards are in PIT. It is actually an "invisable" card.

5) in GSE you are awarded points for partially completing a set.

OK to quote Patrick Korner* once again "That said, I think that GSE is a pretty good game. I do like its scoring system better than Pit’s (where only the winner of a round scores any points, everyone else gets nothing) and the Telegram card is a nice time bomb-type addition."

You write "The GSE card quality is much better and the tin is a nice touch but I'm not yet sold on the graphics".

This is the heirloom version that came out in 1903 so you're playing with a game that is over 100 years old using the same graphics. I think people cared more about how to keep themselves entertained in 1903 then how pretty the cards were considering over 1 million Gavitt's games sold when it was first released. Also if you want to pay the same price for a cardboard box along with photocopied rules then go ahead.

I suggest you pack your game of Gavitt's up along with your "In my highly biased opinion" and either get a refund, sell it on ebay or give it to someone who appreciates the game for what it is. A reproduction of a classic American game and not a replacement for the imitator PIT! Most people I know prefer both games you better stick to PIT.

* http://www.gamefest.com/news/review_detail/1065_0_2_0_C/






 
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