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Derak Morrell
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I'm going to send my first game to press soon and I have room for two translations in my rule book. English will be the main language, but I would like to know what the best two would be to accompany it.

What are the most popular language translations?

Anyone know?
 
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German... and uh... no clue about the other. French? Spanish?
 
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If you're going to try to sell in Canada, French may be mandatory. Not sure of the laws and the requirements. If that's not required, maybe Spanish.
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I'd opt for French as well (and offer my services ninja )
but Spanish could indeed be a good second choice.
As others have said, it probably depends on your target market. French players tend to drag their feet with anything not translated in their own language (generalisation... YMMV). Games like MTG only really took off when the cards got translated. Can't say about others.
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I'd say it also depends on the type of game and theme you are aiming at. Also the channels of distribution are of importance here. German offers a huge market, as there are many gamers in Germany, but if you have no proper means of distributing the game in Germany OR the theme is too war-gamey, I'd go for a different language.
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