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GAMA 2017 - Insights for New Game Companies

June 27, 2017 — The Game Manufacturers Association held its annual conference and trade show, GAMA 2017, in Las Vegas, March 13 to 17, 2017.  Their mission is to "promote the general interest of all persons engaged in the buying, selling, licensing, and manufacturing of hobby game products". The members-only conference drew 1600+ attendees; basically everyone looking to grow their game industry business—be they...

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In Debt to Monopoly

February 28, 2017 — (by Jamie Doran) Let me summarize a century of  articles about the game called Monopoly; It's great!, It sucks!, Wow look at those sales numbers! Repeat. Without fail, most people roar about how much they hate this game because it’s the game that makes enemies of friends.  It’s about greed and propels the evils of capitalism! Yet, Monopoly is the...

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Roll Again! The Top 20 Factors That Make Games Fun

January 26, 2017 —  (by Jamie Doran) [ Download the PDF Version ] There are so many game titles out there to choose from, how do you find the ones that consistently deliver the fun? Depending your preferred in-game experience, you might align with old style board games, strategy games, two-player games, role-playing games, word games, or party games.  But essentially game play 'fun'...

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