Tulip Bubble

Tulip Bubble

Published: 2017
Category: Economic, Renaissance
Mechanics: Auction/Bidding, Card Drafting, Commodity Speculation, Set Collection
Rating: 7.1

3 - 5
Players

50 - 70
Minutes

15+
Age

Description
In 1637, the tulip craze fueled one of the first speculative investment bubbles. Coveted tulip varieties led to skyrocketing prices with tulip bulbs costing more than houses in Amsterdam. Then just as suddenly as it started, the bubble burst when investors could no longer afford even the cheapest bulbs, leaving economic turmoil.

In Tulip Bubble, players buy and sell on a fluctuating market, trying to earn the most guilders. The game flow includes a preparation phase, buying phase, and selling phase, with these phases recurring until the bubble collapses or someone manages to outwit the markets by purchasing a black tulip for 120 guilders before that collapse occurs.