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Jens Thernström
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I got a question today that I found hard to answer.

Is there a game about running a company or part of a company.
The game should preferably be an gateway or midweight game since the idea is to use the game as a teambuilding exercise in the workplace.
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Jordan Booth
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Ground Floor
Power Grid: Factory Manager
Kanban: Driver's Edition

Oops, those are pretty heavy. I've found the best games for this are ones that have no or minimal components because the focus is on the people not learning and navigating an additional system. Try having them stand around a hoop everyone supporting the hoop with only one finger. The group must gently set the hoop down without it sliding off to the side. (no fair hooking the hoop with a finger etc.).
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Eric Brosius
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Industrial Waste

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Crude: The Oil Game

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Santa Tom Pellitieri
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File 13 came to mind immediately when I saw the topic, but this is too random to be used in a Team Building exercise.

I agree that Industrial Waste would be a good choice.
 
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Arvid
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Terraforming Mars, if you'd like running a company in the future.

Edit: Sorry, read your question a bit too fast. Probably not a good team building game... And mid to heavy rather than light to mid.
 
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Colin Taylor
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There is Power Struggle, but it's probably a little too heavy for your needs.

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Chris Willett
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For running a company, I want to say Food Chain Magnate but that's not a team building game.


I don't have any offhand that fit the theme, but I've always wanted to play Hanabi or Codenames in the workplace as ways to build teamwork and communication...
 
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Ken Kmak
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You might also look at Brew Crafters.
 
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Certainly not lightweight, but John Company would certainly fit the bill. There are others, like Panamax and certainly Arkwright, but again, they're not light.
 
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Xenon Profiteer

A light-mid deck-building game that lets you live the dream of operating a cryogenic chemical distillation facility.
 
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You could make the case that something like Pandemic: Fall of Rome is usefully close, and cooperative. Can't beat a team building session where your trying to defeat one another!

I think Space Alert (with easier limits) could work too. Sure, it's a space ship and not a company but that's more fun!

Something like Captain Sonar or Space Cadets pitch two teams against one another, but cooperating within the teams.

Again, not businesses, but more interesting scenarios and definitely team building.
 
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The Networks

Would/could fall into this category...
 
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Ben Parish
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I've heard Age of Steam explained as a small business management simulator.
 
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Teambuilding imho is supposed to be something cooperative - or at least semi-coop - therefore I would go with Magic Maze, Pandemic, Flash Point and in general escape room or detective-like games.
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Michael Debije
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Pret a Porter
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Dilbert: Corporate Shuffle
 
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Drum Roll and Circus Train (Second edition) are my two favorites on my radar.
 
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wordlyweko wrote:
I got a question today that I found hard to answer.

Is there a game about running a company or part of a company.
The game should preferably be an gateway or midweight game since the idea is to use the game as a teambuilding exercise in the workplace.


You're looking for a game that is about running a company or part of it, and also usable as a teambuilding exercise.

Sorry. Can't find any. I suggest Captain Sonar.
 
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Schoko & Co. though it runs you.
 
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