A game for 3-5 honest employers
by Andrea Meyer und Friedemann Friese
Grafik: Stefan Balogh und Sebastian Wagner
artwork: Stefan Balogh and Sebastian Wagner
1st edition (1000 copies, October 2003)
Price: 4.90 EUR add package and postage
Are you always having trouble with your workers? Do you have difficulties
in getting your work done because all of your workers are organized in
trade unions? And are you angry that everybody else seems to earn loads
of money by "friends' services", while you are paying more and
If so, it's about time you played "Schwarzarbeit".
Here we go. Uncle Sam is waiting for you to blacken the names of those
committing the sin of tax-evasion all day and night. Sure, you too have
two or three skeletons in the cupboard, but there's no need for the others
to find out about that ...
Germany. 2003. Game publishers are suffering from depression. Not to
speak of game manufacturers.
The labour market. No security anywhere. Hardly have I started to blacken
a moonlighter's name with the government, when another player grabs the
guy by using his private eye. Has competition ever been harder?
The only thing I want is to collect points to prove I am an honest employer.
Who could oppose my running down as many moonlighters as possible (except
my own, of course) and employing honest citizens? Maybe my lawyers, sent
to help innocent employees, get me more money in the end. But how could
I succeed if everybody else is playing against me? Poor me!
But what is that? The owner of the game shop on my right side admits
shamefacedly that he may only offer jobs to three of the people on the
labour market. Let me combine ... oops, Peter Panning, you're doing quite
a few friend's jobs, right?
Tz ... Sorry, Peter, but that's the end. I could have offered weekend
jobs to Virginia or Sid in my game manufacture, but this is something
Uncle Sam should know about!
So, let me blacken your name fast, before another little private eye
comes to spoil my action. Now, there's a need for new blood in the labour
market. But suddenly, the government agrees to introduced "Me Ltd.".
Everybody withdraws from the labour market to think about founding businesses
of their own. Soon my left neighbour, who was pretty good at memorizing
everything that happened, has a problem. Bad for him ...
A quick look to my skeletons in the cupboard, see: OF COURSE I can offer
jobs to everybody in the labour market. Did you expect me to tell you
anything different ...?
66 cards, of which
60 are employees
5 are shops (games café, games archive, game shop, game publisher,
1 card shows the "Ich-AG" (Me Ltd.)
10 lawyers (wooden cubes) in five colours
5 private eyes (octogons)
1 rule of the game
Rule for 2 players
- Each player gets four illicit workers.
- There are six people in the job market.
- In your turn you have to take two cards and decide whether you want
to employ the people or report them.
- Beside that, the rules for 3-5 players are valid.