If you could only carry 15 games at your shop, which ones whould you carry?
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Situation: Your local game store is stocking a kiosk at the mall down the street with a small selection of games, about 12-15. The goal is to introduce games not generally found at TRU or Wallmart to the general public. Which game (or games)would you carry in this limited space? Why?
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1. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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The one game I'll add to the list will be Blokus. While Blokus is slowly starting to crop up in a variety of places, if you have limited space and really need to attract attention, you'll be hard pressed to find a game that is as visually eye-catching, easy to teach, and quickly gives a prospective gamer a taste of games beyond Monopoly and Sorry.
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2. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:577]
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Sure, there are some games that are classic "Introductory" games such as Carcassonne, Settlers, etc. But I'd go with Formula De for a few reasons.

1. Accessible theme. Everyone understands racing, what the goal is, general tactics (straight line through the corner).

2. Interest. Most people have at least a passing interest in motor racing, be it motorcycles, stock or F1.

3. Attention. The box for Formula De is pretty attention grabbing, and tells you what its about right off the bat (cars on the front with dice jumping around in the background).

4. Expansions. It's possible to add to the game with additional tracks, possibly even local ones depending on what part of the country you live in.

It's a pretty potent package, and minus any Demo Days or having someone to teach the rules, I would think it would sell a lot better to people not familiar with non Hasbro games. Carabande would be another choice, but I believe its high price would put off "spontaneous purchases".
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3. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Extremely easy to learn, plus the graphics are nice.

And just rereleased, too, so could be considered "hot."
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4. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Extremely easy to learn, plus the graphics are nice.

And just rereleased, too, so could be considered "hot."
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5. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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This is easy.....especially if there is a neighboring realty/morgage lending kiosk.
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6. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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especially when there is an art show happening or there is and art gallary in the mall.
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride is my suggestion. Days of Wonder game, nice components, nice eye-pleasing box. Will bring people back if they buy the game and like it.
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8. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1018]
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Pirates, baby!

Seriously, this would work great for the general public. Irresistable theme, easy to play. Biggest drawback might be the price.
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9. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3320] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
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A total no-brainer... which makes it perfect for mall shoppers.
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10. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Gee... you think someone might buy a copy of this?
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11. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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This one will sell. This one always sells.
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12. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1039]
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A&A is still a popular American style "take over the world" game. I'd add this to help balance out the Euros and abstract games on the list.
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13. Board Game: Hisss [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9726]
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I know, it's for very young children, but when we break it out (airport, pool, waiting somewhere) we could sell a copy every time.
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14. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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Same reasons as Blokus (good game, good for multiple ages, looks accessible, box covered with award stickers). Mensa may be a particularly good sticker for the mall kiosk context because it'll appeal to some adults as well as to parents/grandparents eager to buy something "educational." That said, I wouldn't stock mediocre games that have won Mensa awards, but the endorsement is useful when you want to sell a good game that isn't familiar to most people.
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15. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2001]
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I have a French friend who calls Brookstone "the man gadget store." Polarity fills the same niche -- if you can display it, it'll attract attention and it's the kind of thing a desperate wife might buy when she's stumped re what to get her hubby for a gift.
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16. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4473] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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Sure, many of us have our gripes about this game, about gameplay issues. And, it takes a few turns for there to be enough tiles (and zombies occupying them) to look impressive...but when people see a city filled with dozens of zombies, and the unfortunate few survivors facing them...along with the wonderful card art..you'll have a hit with everyone above the age of 12.
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17. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1647]
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This is popular among my not-quite-gamer friends, which I think would be the target audience for a mall kiosk. The box is small and demonstrates the theme, and the game is inexpensive but has good quality bits.
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18. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
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Nondeluxe.

Small, cheap, LOTR recognition, Stratego as comparison.

It will sell.
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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If you have any room at all to set up a few tiles for demo purposes, this one is a shoe-in. We sell it over and over and over to non-gamers and it's also a big hit when we do presentations at the local Elementary School. Most new players even come back for the expansions.
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20. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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How about this one? A light, nice looking game about farming with good player interactions and the potential to really screw your opponents.

Add to that a bunch of really nice components and a couple of palm trees
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21. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:381]
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Easy to explain, cheap, and not bad looking. A great game to appeal to mall shoppers.
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22. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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I love For Sale, but if I was to select one ~$10 card game for the list it would be this one.
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23. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6635] [Average Rating:5.69 Unranked]
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Fluxx is a total no-brainer. Fun to play, easy to learn, and always a new game every time you play. Throw in a pack of Fluxx Blanxx and a Sharpie and you can personalize this game to make it match your interests and personality.

This is also a game loved both by casual and serious gamers.
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24. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3320] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
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I would add this one, it sells well, looks attractive and can always bring people back like crack whores needing their fix
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25. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3349] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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This game would be my first choice. It appeals very well to non-gamers, has plenty of expansions for them to come back and buy more, and instructions are a snap.
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