What Games SHOULD Walmart have?
Isaac Milton
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I was at my local Walmart last night and took a stroll down the board game aisle. As expected, it was a depressing experience. They carry so much junk. As a BG Geek I know there are so many better games out there, ones that even the average Walmart shopper could enjoy.

What are the games that Walmart SHOULD carry at their store? Think price, box art, theme, difficulty, etc.

So, $70 Agricola would not work.

UPDATE: I'll try to keep them ordered by number of thumbs.
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Isaac Milton
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Walmart price, easy to play, beautiful artwork and theme. This is a no-brainer.
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Isaac Milton
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I'm surprised this isn't there yet. This is game that is on the verge of mass market awareness. The box is still very nerdy (although better than the last edition).
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Again, possibly too expensive. However, it has a very attractive theme and gameplay. I think it could work.
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Easy to teach with an attractive theme. Throw a sticker on that says "nature chess" and I think it could sell.
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The cool bits and easy game play should make this one that catches a gamers eye as they walk by.
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Probably too expensive. $35 would be right, but the attractive box, simple rules and "Over 500,000 sold" could work.
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Is this already at Walmart? An amazing party game with a great price, appealing box, and simple rules.
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There are quite a few games, given a Walmart purchasing agent that knew games, that would do well on Walmart shevles. This was the first one that came to mind.
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Perfect family game, scales well, plays with two, cooperative or nasty, etc. Not too expensive either.
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I haven't played this one, but the theme, box art, and rules seem like they would be a good match.
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Certainly this. My kids love it, it's challenging, and it's educational.
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This is a fabulous game. We play it often.
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The title speaks for itself. or maybe Trailer Park Gods
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This game is easy and fun enough. It might be a big hit it if were sold at a larger chain of stores...Plus the miniatures would attract kids and collectors, since they are very well made, and make the game look great on a tabletop!

The price range is about right for Walmart too...(although some would argue the miniatures are too pricey, but I think for the craftsmanship put into them, plus they include an extra deck of cards, they are worth it.
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Inexpensive, great little game.
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This is a game that could become a fad if it would hit the mass market.
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The rules of this game are simple enough for the mass market. I think it deserves a chance.
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Okay, perfect world scenario, you would want to leverage Wal-Mart to introduce boardgames to the masses.

I would propose a four game set. Publishers would come together to market them in a similar format. Each box would contain literature on the other 3 games in the series as well as an address to a special portal designed on BGG. Newcomers would have a special landing page designed to welcome them to the world of boardgaming. The prices would be kept artificially low and be used as loss leaders. Try to hit the $20-$25 retail price point ('cuz very few people are going to drop 45 bucks on a game called Princes of Florence sight unseen.)

The four games would be:

Pandemic: Coop, easy, striking, scaleable
Hoity Toity: (renamed as Bid, Show and Steal or some such): easy, teaches a variety of gaming concepts
Dominion: The card game representative. Again, fast, light and easy
Small World: The conflict/wargame intro. Very accessible; kids would go for it as well.


Maybe if you buy all four, you get a free certificate for the flagship of our hobby (uh, that would be Puerto Rico).
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