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J Holmes
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If the game has a cd or dvd required to play the game?

I know Monopoly Tropical Tycoon requires the dvd to play, and I imagine some of the Atmosfear games do as well.

However it seems the media adds something to the game


I ask because I purchased a 'boardgame' today that seems to be an ecnomy simulator, and it does have a die, 6 tokens, and a board, but seems like its really meant to be a "computer" game and had the board tacked on to either allow multiple players, or meet some requirements for publishing.

I think it should be added in, but dont want to waste time taking photos and documenting it, if its going to be rejected.

 
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So this is a CD/DVD-Rom that needs to be loaded on a computer? Audio CDs (e.g. Space Alert) and Video DVDs (e.g. Scene-it) are definitely OK.
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Sorry, yes, that is a key distinction, with Monopoly Tropical Tycoon and others, it seems you just need a device that plays cds or dvds.

As far as I can tell, the game I'm refering to does need a computer to properly play it, along wth the board, die, and tokens.
 
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I would say that requiring a computer would make it a computer game, not a board game. Just my personal opinion though.
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And it ABSOLUTELY needs this DVD? Or just is greatly made easier by using this DVD? After all, I can think of some games that are made easier by spreadsheets and such. If that's the case, then definitely include it. If not, then... I'm not sure.

I would include it, personally. If it's a game that everyone still sits around together, with a board and such, and has one machine (computer?) needed to run it, then let it go. What's the difference between an interactive DVD and a basic computer program?

 
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Bill Plumley
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On second thought... I also say to include it, just because I wanna see what this game is you're talking about.
 
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Bill Plumley
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On second... er... third thought... I think the ultimate litmus test for this is...

Let's say I lost everything for the game except the disc. Can I still play the game? Or does it really need all its components as well?
 
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Submit it as a new game entry and be very clear about how the game plays and the need of the computer to play. Then let the mods decide if it is acceptable. If it is not, I bet you'll be able to add it to video game geek.
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Bill Plumley
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Another other other question...

What role does the software component actually play?

If it's a matter of spitting in a little information, and then letting it crunch and present the data to you, then it's probably still a game, and they just gave you a bit of software to let you skip over tedious number-crunching and turn-by-turn maintenance, kinda like, as mentioned earlier, using spreadsheets for some games to make it fast and easy.

But if it's something where all players sit in front of it, take their turns on it, and so on... then you might not call it a board game anymore.
 
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Bill Plumley
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Is there a name of this game we could Google-search for and look at some more information, perhaps?
 
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billsayswow wrote:
On second... er... third thought... I think the ultimate litmus test for this is...

Let's say I lost everything for the game except the disc. Can I still play the game? Or does it really need all its components as well?


I agree. I think this should be the deciding factor.
 
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