In Adel Verpflichtet, players assume the roles of art-loving members of the noble class engaged in a friendly competition. Through purchase and theft, players try to amass the largest art collection and thus win the admiration of their fellows (not to mention the game). Each player begins with four randomly dealt works of art, four checks ranging in value from 1,000-25,000 marks, two thieves, and a detective. At the start of each turn, players must decide where they will spend that turn-- a castle or the auctionhouse. They do so by secretly choosing an appropriately marked card and playing their choice face down. Everyone's location is revealed simultaneously and the second phase of the turn begins.