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Marshall Miller
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I am a big follower of the following philosophy:

"If you have a great idea that will make people happy or healthy, but you have no desire to produce/market it, then you should pass it on to someone who will."

It is much better to have a good idea benifit everyone and not get credit, than to copyright/patent it and never get off the couch and produce it.

What ideas do you have that you really want to see executed, but not by you?
 
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I would really love to see a good area majority game based on Gerrymandering where rather than moving the pieces, you move the area boundries. Each round players could add population tokens and then shift the boundries of adjacent constituencies in which that player has a majority. Scoring could be every couple of years/rounds. Fitting with the current trend, you could put out boards for many countries!
 
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Mease19 wrote:
I would really love to see a good area majority game based on Gerrymandering


Nice idea! Especially if you throw in some backstabbing, manipulation and other aspects of politics.
 
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That sounds very cool.
 
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Mease19 wrote:
I would really love to see a good area majority game based on Gerrymandering where rather than moving the pieces, you move the area boundaries. Each round players could add population tokens and then shift the boundaries of adjacent constituencies in which that player has a majority. Scoring could be every couple of years/rounds. Fitting with the current trend, you could put out boards for many countries!


I've had a similar idea... I was just talking with a friend of mine yesterday about difficulties in implementation.
 
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Mease19 wrote:

What ideas do you have that you really want to see exicuted, but not by you?
 
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Another product I'd love to see is a small cylindrical container that is either run by CO2 cartriges or electric refrigeration. You could put a single can or bottle in it and, in about 5 mins, it would chill your drink. That way you could pick up a drink/beer/bottle of wine on your way home and drink it immediately w/o having to let it sit in the fridge for an hour(or, more commonly, putting it in the freezer and then forgetting about it...). This might also be good for instant pudding! Anything that makes instant pudding more instant can't be a bad thing!
 
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Mease19 wrote:
Anything that makes instant pudding more instant can't be a bad thing!


I agree
 
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But what about the following situation:
You have developed and alpha and beta tested, oh, let's say, two games. Both games have been well received and almost all playing agree that they should be introduced to the market.
Thus begins the daunting process of getting said games onto the shelves. Where do you draw the line between pursuit of an idea and the point at which you realize it will never happen?
Do I then give my idea to someone who will make it happen, or do I keep it to myself? In terms of games, why does my game become worth publishing because the name, for example Alan Moon, is put on it? Does that make it a better game?
I would like to see my ideas executed, but I have serious doubts that they actually will. So do I then hand them over and be satisfied that at least my idea is out there?
 
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Mease19 wrote:
Another product I'd love to see is a small cylindrical container that is either run by CO2 cartriges or electric refrigeration. You could put a single can or bottle in it and, in about 5 mins, it would chill your drink. That way you could pick up a drink/beer/bottle of wine on your way home and drink it immediately w/o having to let it sit in the fridge for an hour(or, more commonly, putting it in the freezer and then forgetting about it...). This might also be good for instant pudding! Anything that makes instant pudding more instant can't be a bad thing!


I'm pretty sure something like this already exists although without the nice refrigerant gas idea. At least I've seen constantly refreshing tubs of cold water at Whole Foods grocery stores in which you can chill a bottle of wine in a few minutes.

It's also rather simple to do this at home. Fill a small tub about half full with ice cubes from your freezer; fill the remainder of the tub with water. Insert wine bottle or one or two beer bottles. Grasp each bottle by the neck and proceed to spin the bottles. In 3-5 minutes your beverage will be cold enough to enjoy.
 
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I think that if you have put enough time into an idea that you have done any type of testing, but especially if you are past alpha testing, then this post may not apply.

I have ideas that I would love to see done all the time, but I really don't care to go to all the trouble for each one. My real purpose in this post was to share good ideas that might spark others to follow through. Why dream about the game/product that you'd love to play/use for the rest of your life snore when someone could make it for you now .

On the other hand, if I had a beta tested game that I couldn't sell/self publish after say, 5 years; then I would consider epublishing a bare-bones print and play. After another 5 years, if people liked it, I'd start talking to publishers about a souped up version with good art and bits (and perhaps some new varients and expansions I had developed during that time).
 
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Mease19 wrote:
I would really love to see a good area majority game based on Gerrymandering where rather than moving the pieces, you move the area boundries. Each round players could add population tokens and then shift the boundries of adjacent constituencies in which that player has a majority. Scoring could be every couple of years/rounds. Fitting with the current trend, you could put out boards for many countries!


When I played Terra Nova I couldn't help but think of it as a Gerrymandering game.
 
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I want a Fallout board game. Plus more games where criminals break into buildings to steal stuff.
 
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bop517 wrote:
A pillow with a cool core.


http://www.chillow.com/chillow.html
 
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Mease19 wrote:
Another product I'd love to see is a small cylindrical container that is either run by CO2 cartriges or electric refrigeration. You could put a single can or bottle in it and, in about 5 mins, it would chill your drink. That way you could pick up a drink/beer/bottle of wine on your way home and drink it immediately w/o having to let it sit in the fridge for an hour(or, more commonly, putting it in the freezer and then forgetting about it...). This might also be good for instant pudding! Anything that makes instant pudding more instant can't be a bad thing!


I've seen something like this (but big) in a liquour store. After the checkout counter was a container of swirling chilled water. You could drop your drink in there and get it could in a few minutes.

Having cold water as opposed to air is the key to chilling quickly (conducts much better). Having it swirl around helps even more. Really fancy would slowly rotate the bottle itself to help stir up the contents (but without creating fizz).
 
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Steve Werth wrote:
I want a Fallout board game.


Me too. And I want a good Discworld board game. And I want an X-COM: Ufo Defense themed strategy game that covers the whole Earth and Mars.
 
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Aarontu wrote:
And I want an X-COM: Ufo Defense themed strategy game that covers the whole Earth and Mars.


Oooh. Yes and no. I love that computer game and curse you I am now itching to fire it up again. The only problem that I can see with a board game is that the PC game is a comination of strategic and tactical which doesn't usually work well in a single board game.
 
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Steve Werth wrote:
I want a Fallout board game. Plus more games where criminals break into buildings to steal stuff.


Break the Safe

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/7824
 
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I'd like to see some kind of facility on this web site where Geeks from different locals can work out a house trade for a week or two.

This way a vacation would not cost so much. Lord knows we can only afford so much with our boardgame habit being what it is.

So let's say I would like to see some area in the UK or Italy. I could go to a page here and see if any geek from those places has registered their house. If they were interested in visiting northern California we might be able to work out a trade. We would loan each other our houses and cars. We could see the sights from another part of the world and visit with their geek friends to play games.

Just a thought.
 
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I want someone to come up with a Zillions type game, for ALL boardgames, that only managed to ref the game. It didn't need to have an AI that actually played it. It should also come with an easy editor to design and port as many boardgames and cardgames as possible.
 
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Mease19 wrote:
I would really love to see a good area majority game based on Gerrymandering where rather than moving the pieces, you move the area boundries. Each round players could add population tokens and then shift the boundries of adjacent constituencies in which that player has a majority. Scoring could be every couple of years/rounds. Fitting with the current trend, you could put out boards for many countries!


The game Domaine/Lowenherz can be used as a basis for this. You could use action cards to mess around with things.
 
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I started a thread on just GAME contributions here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/134362
 
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