Last year, Marcus came across a grate on eBay. A grate with nine rows of twelve squares. Which can only mean, purchase it and convert it into an Acquire board, of course.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, Acquire is a game designed by Sid Sackson which was originally published in 1962. Players compete to accumulate the most money by investing in hotels which grow and acquire smaller hotels. It is one of Marcus’s all-time favorite games, ranking in at least his top 5 (if not his favorite game ever). I’ve heard him call it a “perfectly designed game,” which he is constantly striving towards with our own games.

Marcus hired the talented Peter Cales at Measure Cut Cut to convert the grate into a high-quality Acquire game. We think it turned out pretty awesome!

Acquire buildings on board

Acquire buildings on board

This one-of-a-kind Acquire set has a metal and wood board with nice wooden tiles and a durable wooden box. The box also comes with built-in card and building holders. The wooden buildings can lay flat underneath their share cards when packed away, and then the cards and buildings can be propped up in their respective holders while in use. Marcus also obtained some slick poker chips to use as money (with just a few bills taken from an actual Acquire game so we can remember which color is for which dollar denomination).

It’s also incredibly heavy because of all the metal and thick wood.

Towards the end of the process, I designed the share cards inspired by 1960s pop art and graphic design, and loosely based on the wooden pieces created by Peter.

Artwork of Acquire buildings: Continental, Tower, Imperial, Festival, American, Sackson, Worldwide, and the back design

I had a lot of fun studying 1960s graphic design trends, with their solid, bright colors, simple shapes, overlays, and experimental typography. I feel particularly clever about my somewhat Mondrian-inspired Sackson (which is more 1920s-40s, but…whatever); it’s probably my personal favorite. We like the cards so much that they’ll be available for print & play very soon!

Once everything was complete, Marcus was able to show it off at demos during our local tabletop games convention PretzCon (as well as running demos of our games BEEEEES! and Kingmaker). Fun was had.

So keep an eye out for these Acquire cards on our Games page!

Edit: The Acquire print & play is up! Check it out!

  • Marilyn says:

    Acquire has been our favorite family game since 1962. A 3M Bookshelf game was a gift from my brother soon after I got married. We have played this game with many friends over the years and is still our favorite, our adult children’s favorite and now we play it with our 14 year old grandson. We agree it is the perfect game. We “acquired” the newer version several years ago. Thank you for years of fun.

  • Dave Smith says:

    So, I saw your comment about having the Acquire game now, but cannot seem to find it in your store or any mention of how one might obtain one. I am a woodworker and have a client that wants an Acquire game. I am willing to learn and make it for him, but that will be costly due to my learning curve. If you have one or can make one to sell him, I’m happy to refer him. If not, are you willing to share or sell plans or specs for the game so I can accommodate his needs?


  • I just saw this because of the No Pun Included podcast. Thank you for such a beautiful redesign of the cards. I also own the 3M 1968 bookshelf version, but the hotels are named and colored differently. I will be taking the files you made and changing the names and colors around to match the 3d printed buildings we have and maybe later on, change those paper bills to poker chips!

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