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Pat Braun
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From a publisher standpoint would you appreciate the addition of music to boardgames in order to have a deeper atmosphere?

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Geoff Bohrer
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Do you mean including a CD with the game (or maybe a cheap&cheesy music player with preloaded songs)? It might be a cool idea; has anyone heard of this being done?
 
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Dream Factory included a CD of 30s/40s music.

I have to say it didn't influence my purchasing decision.
 
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I've been thinking this idea through with regards to my latest game. While music licencing is a pain and the free music you can use is extremely hit and miss, I was wondering whether to fill a CD with tracks of a commentator announcing different weather conditions for the day's cycling. The players would put the CD on scramble to make the choice of weather for the game different and random each time and force them to play differently.
 
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gbohrer wrote:
It might be a cool idea; has anyone heard of this being done?


Sure. A while back there were some D&D modules that came with specific background music. I forget who published them. Some of those 'host a murder' type thingies also have specific music.

Quite a few 'semi-electronic' games provide some sort of backbeat while playing as well.

Theres also games that have interactive sound bites and such.
 
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yes as an addition...

but not cheesy rather as a addition from the publisher..

 
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Geosphere wrote:

Sure. A while back there were some D&D modules that came with specific background music. I forget who published them. Some of those 'host a murder' type thingies also have specific music.

Quite a few 'semi-electronic' games provide some sort of backbeat while playing as well.

Theres also games that have interactive sound bites and such.


True...guess I'd forgotten clean about the electronic-component games. Never did hear about the D&D modules with soundtracks...musta been while I was on hiatus .
 
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PatBraun wrote:
yes as an addition...

but not cheesy rather as a addition from the publisher..



Sorry, meant "cheesy" in terms of capability, not quality. You can get writeable "music boxes" (ie, a chip and a speaker) pretty inexpensively, I think.
 
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Midnight Syndicate (www.midnightsyndicate.com) has been publishing great "soundtracks" for horror and fantasy games for years. They've even put out CDs specifically for Dungeons & Dragons.
 
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I play a CD with gregorian chants before starting a Mistery of the Abbey and people love it! Those heavy themed games get people more involved in their characters with some soundtrack in the back.
 
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