Games with best online presentation by their publisher
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If you're interested in a game you first visit Boardgamegeek.com to learn about a game (I assume so).
Surely you will visit the publisher website too.
But is there all the information you need?
Or even more than you asked for, like:
- photos from all the material (inkl. list of items)
- interactive demos
- forums (faq)
- download section for rules, new missions or whatsoever
- goodies like wallpapers etc.

This is a list which incorporates boardgames which have a nice and rich presentation on the publisher website.

Feel free to add good examples yourself (explaining why) but do not include online-games.
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1. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Dan Rosewater
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Hasbro did really a good job with that one.
plenty of interaction on their site. You see and learn about everything you need to know. Respect to their marketing department which obviously knows how to attract people for their stuff.

www.heroscape.com
 
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2. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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Avalon Hill has a great range of nice presented games from which you can see an online demo. In addition to BaHotH are these:
Axis & Allies series, Risk series, Nexus Ops, Monsters Menace America and Sword & Skull.

www.avalonhill.com (you will be redirected to wizards.com)
 
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Being not exactly a publisher website but one of the designer Klaus Teuber, you can have an interactive tutorial of most of his games like Settler, Domaine or "Die neuen Entdecker" and new Candamir. Lovely details makes you feel like you're in Catan...

www.profeasy.com/en/index.php?page=profeasy.html
 
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4. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:267]
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No more online demos but still useful and nice designed webpages for each of Fantasy Flight major games like Twilight Imperium, Warcraft, Doom etc.
Downloadable rules, a forum for each games are very useful.

www.fantasyflightgames.com
 
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5. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Each game of Days of Wonder has its own site which is held in the style of the game. So Memoir '44 is just an example of their range with beautiful styled games and corresponding websites.

www.daysofwonder.com

www.memoir44.com has also a community section, new scenarios, a forum etc. to keep players informed.
 
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6. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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As for the CCGs Wizard of the Coasts offers a very rich website for Magic the Gathering.
Tutorials, finding infos about older cards and of course the essential faq and rules clarifications.

www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/splash/welcome
 
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7. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1175]
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Websites from serious wargames are often plain and simple in aspect of design because it is not the look but historical accuracy of the game which is important. It seems that the same idea is relevant for their websites.

However, www.simmonsgames.com has an simple but user friendly homepage. You find all the information you need and many background infos about Napoleon or Marengo. Rules are downloadale as well. A good example for not having necessary tons of flash animations and still offer a decent website.

 
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8. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:2368] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Tom Grant
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Exceptional animated tutorial on their web site.
 
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9. Board Game: Walk the Dogs [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4267]
Steve Oliver
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The demo videos available at the Simply Fun website are very well done. They teach you how to play 90% of the rules in less than five minutes, and give you enough sense of the game for you to see if your group will like it, or not.

http://www.simplyfun.com/
 
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10. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1736]
Martin Ahlström
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http://www.duelofages.com/

These guys has a very informative online site.
All the rules, all stats for every charachter included in the different expansions, tutorial and so on.

Great game too!
 
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11. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2002]
J. Romano
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Denver
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Polarity has a neat website:

http://www.polaritygame.com/

It lets web-surfers read the instructions, ask questions, read tips & strategies, and even enter contests (although I'm not sure how often winners in the contests are supposed to be announced).
 
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12. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
Jörgen Lundberg
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http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ti3.html

Info, complete rules-pdf, rules errata...
 
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