The fact that Victor Smith has started Vic-Vincent Corp. may not be great news for the rest of us. Smith apparently thinks there will be a big market for his game, Bankruptcy. "I was on the edge of bankruptcy myself when it hit me," says Smith, 36. "I've had a lot of small-business failures."

The object of the game is to acquire as many com-panies as possible without going under. Sometimes you go under despite your best efforts, in which case you have to play Russian roulette with a toy gun included with the set. If the gun pops, you're out.

Smith says that, in the past 18 months or so, he's sold about 1,000 copies of Bankruptcy from his home in Gulf Breeze, Fla. "I'm not pro-bankruptcy," he insists. "The game is just a statement about my personal economy. If the real economy goes bad, I don't expect anybody will want to buy this game."

-- Joshua Hyatt