First thoughts: Intelligensspillet Investor

Posted by Jørgen S. Kjølsen on Sunday, July 6. 2014 in Boardgames

Just before I will go to my boardgame event at Café Ama'rdillo, I want to give you a "First Thoughts" about one of my older games: Intelligensspillet Investor.

About the game:
Intelligensspillet Investor is about real estate trade; In the game you start with DKK 50,000 which you use to pay for the house that you are randomly being given (by drawing a card with a the number face down) - meaning the deed and the mortgages of this. The value of the houses is between DKK 30,000 and DKK 150,000 in... 1960s values I would estimate (could be mid-late 1950s). You then pay either some of the house' value - or the whole value.
An example; House 1 cost 40,000; with your start money on 50,000 you can pay all 40,000 and thereby not having to pay mortgages for it anymore. Your investment is therefore secure but your money is now low and maybe you can not buy a new houses to invest and maybe earn more money. Option 2 is to pay Buyout of DKK 10,600 and later pay the mortgages in the house.

The game is moving on by spinning a roulette which is divided into six large green spaces (H) and six smaller; These are again divided into one black (?) and five red (S, T, D, S, T - seen clockwise from Black ?). If the ball lands on Green H, you get rent for your house. If we still use House 1 as example; DKK 240. If it goes to Black ? you have to pay the latest mortgages in the house (this be, for House 1, DKK 4,800, 6,400 or 8,000). If it lands on Red S, it means you have to pay Tax (Skat in Danish - hence the S); for house 1 it means you pay DKK 160. If you land on Red T your loan is due (Termin) to be payed, for House 1 it means you payout DKK 390 plus you need to pay the loans in the stated on the mortgage letters (3rd Priority; 320. 4th and 5th; 250). If you land on Red D you are lucky; that is miscellaneous or diverse (Diverse in Danish, too) - this means you pay miscellaneous fees for things like sewer, garbage, road, etc - DKK 20.
A player have to pay immediately! If not, then his house will be set at foreclosure and the player gets the money minus what he had to pay. The new owner also takes over the loans etc. By any luck the unlucky player still have money to buy a new house which he might be more lucky with. If not he either have to wait for another player to have a foreclosure or wait till the game is over and the money is counted up.

At the end of the game the bank buy the houses back and the player who owned it gets the original price (for House 1 it was 40,000) minus the loans still left in the house. The winner is of course the player with the most money.

There is a bit more into it than this, but let's keep it simple and get back to why I am writing this:

First thoughts
This game is clearly not for the younger players - or players easy bored with money cases or adult life. The game is said to be very realistic, but since a roulette can give you two times Dues before you get your Rent there is a bit more action going on in the game in the real life. But yes; it is clearly a grown-ups game, so if Grandpa is tired of playing Bridge or Wrist this might what he would bring to the other Old Boys at the Club.

When this is said, I think it could be an interesting game to try - and despite it is somewhere between 50 and 60 years old, I also think it can be quite educational; after all it is designed by a man who's everyday was about this as he was a real estate broker (= one the guys who always wins every time you buy or sell a house). It might not never be my favorite game.

The components are simple; The money is made of paper and have different value and colours; 5 (gray), 10 (yellow), 50 (pink), 100 (light green), 500 (red). It also have checks of 5,000 (blue), 10,000 (yellow - lighter than the 10-bill) and 15,000 (green).

The roulette is made of plastic - one of the reasons that I think 1960 instead of 1950, as they might have used Bakelite for the roulette in the '50s(?). As you see on the previous picture my roulette is unfortuantly broken during the years.

The house numbers and house cards are made of cardboard of good, solid quality - so far lasted at least 50 years!
The deeds and Priorities are made of some thin, glossy paper, also in a good quality.
The game contains no board.

This is a vintage game - and may or may not live up to modern standards. The game is (as far as I know) only made for the Danish marked, where it was issued by Generalagentur C.V. Bentzen, a printer which was located in Copenhagen. The game is designed by state authorized real estate broker Aage Eliasen, also from Copenhagen. No years is printed anywhere making my age estimate a mere guess. The instruction also have a print saying it is illegal to make reprints.

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