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"Big Business" Help

Welcome to "Big Business"


What is "Big Business" about?

"Big Business" is a board game for up to 6 players. Each player tries to increase their own wealth by clever building, purchasing of shares and companies. Each player begins with a capital of 30 million. The player who has the most money in the end wins the game.

Game Elements

The Board

The board consists of 72 fields on which companies are founded with building blocks. During the game, the companies prosper and grow in size.

The Cards

For every field on the board there is a card with the appropriate field number. A card can only be played on the field it belongs to. If there already is a building block on the field, another block is placed on top of it. Apart from the normal field cards there are also floor level cards which can be played everywhere on the board. However, a 2nd level floor card may only be played on a field that already has a 1st floor. A 3rd level floor card may only be used for a field with a 2nd floor etc.

The Shares

AktieFrom each of the 8 companies there are 7 shares available. The value of a share is always linked to the company's value. So if the company is worth 12 million, the share is worth 12 million, too. The minimum share price is 5 million.

The Companies

Dyncorp (USA)

Oil production

Gazrol (Kazakhstan)

Gas gathering

JA Power (Japan)

Geothermic plant engineering and construction

Nucleus (France)

Nuclear reactor plants

Picos (Brasil)

Rape oil technology

Royaloil - (Great Britain)

North sea oil production

Simhrao (India)

Coal-burning power plants

Windkraft (Germany)

Wind energy plants

Game Play

The player take turns making their moves.

part 1

When it is your turn, you can:

a) buy a card (cost: 5 million).

This option is only available if you have enough money.

b) play a card and found a new company or expand an existing.

A newly founded company consists of 3 building blocks next to each other. It is worth 3 million.
By expanding a company, its value increases. You will be credited with the amount that the company is worth.

In case you can't make a move, it's the next player's turn.

part 2

Only after playing a card (case b) you can make part 2 of your move (optional). You can:

I) Buy the company.

You can buy the company that you have just built or expanded. During a game, you may buy a maximum of 2 companies.
Your first company costs 15 million.
Your second company costs 30 million.

II) Buy on or two shares.

When buying shares, you can freely choose from which company you want to buy them.
The value of a share is always linked to the company's value. So if the company is worth 12 million, the share is worth 12 million, too. The minimum share price is 5 million.

Company's Value

The value of a company derives from the building blocks it consists of on the board. A 1st floor is worth 1 million, a second floor is worth 2 million, a 3rd floor 3 million etc.


5 x 1st floor: 5 million
3 x 2nd floor: 6 million
1 x 3rd floor: 3 million
1 x 4th floor: 4 million
Total: 18 million

Thus the company is worth 18 million. A share of that company priced at 18 million as well.

A company is worth a maximum of 50 million. Even when a company grows to be larger than that on the board, its value remains at 50 million.

Founding a Company

To found a company, you have to play a field card. A new company always consist of 3 building blocks next to each other. You can decide where these 3 blocks are placed. However, the card's field must be covered by a building block.

In the example, field card 15 was played and the company was founded on the fields 13, 14 and 15.

In order to build a company, there must be at least 3 empty fields between neighboring companies. A newly founded company is worth 3 million.


By continued expanding of companies, they grow larger on the board. At one point they become so huge that there is only a single space between them. If the card for that field is played, a merger takes place!

First, the player who played the card has to decide to which company this last bulding block should belong to. The company's value increases by 1 million. Then the companies are merged.
The basic rule of every merger is that the larger company swallows the smaller. If both are worth the same, the player who played the card decides which company remains on the board. The other is liquidated and all shares are payed out. The remaining company's value increases by the value of the other. The player of the card will be credited with the amount that the remaining company is worth.

Grand Total

The game is over:

  • once all building blocks are used up
  • none of the players can make a move

All shares that the players hold will be payed out. For every share that a player holds, he is credited an amount equal to the company's value. For every company that a player owns, he receives three times the value of the company.

Every card that remains on the hand will cost the player 5 million.


  • always make sure that you have enough money to buy cards
  • prevent mergers if you have little or no shares in the company that is likely to remain
  • if possible, hold on to floor level cards to be able to expand und buy a company at the right time
  • keep an eye on the other players, notice which shares they buy see you should invest in the same companies
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