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Adel Verpflichtet

1. Adel Verpflichtet board.
2. Meredith displays her valuable artwork (apparently some cheese dated 1934).

Seattle Cosmic has quickly abbreviated Adel Verpflichtet, Klaus Teuber's unpronounceable game of hijinx in high society, to "Adel V". This game has been compared to Rock_Paper_Scissors? -- unfairly, I think, because there is a fair amount of strategy.

Players decide whether their lawds and ladies are going to make an appearance at the Auction House or the current Castle. If the Auction House, they may play either a Check or a Thief. The highest Check buys the bidder's choice of one of the two artworks up for auction; the strongest Thief played, if any, steals that Check. At the current Castle, a player may either display an Exhibit, play a Thief, or play a Detective. The winning largest and second-largest Exhibits enable their owners to move a number of spaces around the board, as specified by the current Castle space. The Thieves get to steal one artwork from each Exhibit, the strongest Thief going first -- but any Detectives present get to throw them into jail. The players who played successful Detectives then get to move forward a number of spaces equal to their position in the game -- for example, the player in fifth place moves forward five spaces. Eventually, when the Dining Hall is reached at the end of the board, the final Exhibit takes place. All players exhibit their artworks, and the first and second players move forward a number of spaces according to the number of artworks in their Exhibits. The player who has moved farthest into the Dining Hall is the winner.

P.S. According to the 'German' Game FAQ, it is pronounced "AH-del fer-FLIKH-tet".

--Ron_Hale-Evans?, adapted from SeattleCosmicGameNight20030222

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