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Promotional games - the job of game desiger
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Many game desigers frown at the idea of making games on commission for promotional purposes - to promote a product, an idea, a message. They make a living out of games done as they like, as atists, or at least done how they feel they better suits the tastes of the gamers market.

But there are designers who also make promotional games. In some times and places, as last century Italy, it could even be the onlty way to make a livig out of games for most of the designers, except for a happy hadful of them. Who may anyway make some promotional games every ow and then, or give a promotional content to their games for the market to help visibility and sales.

Some promotional games are only, or also, give for free. Some are only, or also, on the market. Some are used as gadgets with other products.

Maybe those games are not the best these desigers (me included) made, but some are interestig anyway in my opinion.

I left out the games that are just designed after a movie or book or tv show or famous character. That's merchandising, making a new indipendent product from the same setting, more than promotion of the movie/book/tv show/whatever. I also skip games to promote other games, as the great "bosai games" (one card only!) by daVinci.

I know other promotional games by desigers such as Radolph, Albertarelli, Maggi & Nepitello, Colovini, De Toffoli, Doadoni again, or publishers as daVinci, but they are not on BGG... yet.

Sorry if several games are mine, but for the reasons above - and for the fact that not every promoptional game is presented as such here on BGG - it is difficult to find more examples. So... Please add!!!
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26. Board Game: La Grande Opera [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Finally is on BGG.
La Grande Opera (italian for "The Great Work") is a game which may be found only in a giant-sized version in two museums, in Tuscany, both dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.
• Museo Ideale, Vinci (near Florence)
• Museo del Bigallo, Florence (city)

Players choose actions in order to build inventions and collect victory points. Each invention is a step to complete the "Great Work", the never-ended deviation of a river near Florence.

Other actions may include the making of artworks, pledging the Medici family for gold and resources, or just project new inventions.

Many schools and tourists came to the museums to play the game, that is in fact a diceless, strategical eurogame, the first one setted up inside a public and cultural place such a museum, at least in Italy.

The game is up to 4 players/teams.

The art design is by ICT Solutions, and the images are all original drawings of Leonardo, provided by Museo Ideale's archive.

sorry for pictures, they will be online soon, you can find some of them here (text in italian): http://www.creatorididivertimento.com/index.php?option=com_c...:golv&catid=1:ultime&Itemid=50
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27. Board Game: Trashumantes [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Authors: Jep Ferret & Oriol Comas

Year: 2009

Circulation: as a promotional gift.

Purpose: a game published by the Spanish project "Pastor", focused in raising awareness on the now endangered centuries-old task of trashumance, the seasonal migration of herds to better pastures.
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28. Board Game: Hea une mäng [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Author: Me

Game of good sleep
Promotinal game for Hilding Anders Baltic.
Hilding Anders today forms the largest bed manufacturing group in Europe.
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29. Board Game: Discovery [Average Rating:3.90 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Promotinal game for Paulig - the Coffee Manufacturer
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30. Board Game: Kalevite Maa [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Authors: Asko Künnap & Priit Isok

One older promotinal boardgame for Kalev Chocolate Factory
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31. Board Game: Saaremaa [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Authors: Asko Künnap & Priit Isok

Promotinal Boardgame for Saaremaa Vodka
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32. Board Game: Metsa Peremees [Average Rating:4.20 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Authors: Asko Knnap & Priit Isok

Promotional Boardgame for RMK
(RMK is State forest management centre in Estonia)
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33. Board Game: Drupal: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
Andrea Angiolino
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Author: Rustan Håkansson

Year: 2010

Circulation: for free at conventions and on the http://nodeone.se/blogg/matts-hilden/drupal-the-card-game site.

Purpose: promote the Drupal software to create websites.
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34. Board Game: 1099: Domus clari Geminiani [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
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Produced to promote Modena, I think. I leave it to you Andrea to complete the info...
 
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35. Board Game: Uskumatud Seiklused Energiamaal [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Boardgame for Eesti Energia (Estonian Energy)
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36. Board Game: Starmäng [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Promotional game for Starman (Starman is one the largest provider of cable-TV and internet services in Estonia)
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37. Board Game: Eduard Vilde kaardimäng [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Cardgame for Eduard Vilde Museum at Kadriorg, Tallinn, Estonia
Vilde was a famous Estonian Writer.
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38. Board Game: Dieci [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
Andrea Angiolino
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Authors: Eligio Cazzato, Domenico Di Giorgio, Luigi Ferrini, Silvano Sorrentino and Andrés J. Voicu

Year: 2011

Circulation: Out of commerce, 1000 copies printed and used as gifts.


Purpose: "Dieci" means "ten", and this is a game made by some famed daVinci authors to celebrate 10 years of dV Giochi.
 
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39. Board Game: 1886 Loures [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
Nuno Silva
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Sponsored by the Loures Municipality

It's a game about the municipality's history

Gil d'Orey has done so far a few promotional games
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40. Board Game: S. Jorge Trophy [Average Rating:4.68 Unranked]
Nuno Silva
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Sponsored by the Lisbon Municipality

It's a game about the city's castle

Gil d'Orey has done so far a few promotional games
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41. Board Game: Kratz Die Kurve [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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from the BGG description:
A board game designed by two employees of Robert Bosch (automotive parts supplier). Players race through the countryside trying to be the first to arrive at the finish. The board contains various terrain like mountain passes, dry deserts, and crowded cities. Players must equip their car with various BOSCH systems (ABS, stability control, etc.) in order to pass through these areas most effectively.

The game was published a year later (2001) by Piatnik with all of the BOSCH-specific notation removed.
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42. Board Game: Levi [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Promotional board game for ELISA - one of the leading telecommunications provider in Estonia
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43. Board Game: Camel: The Game [Average Rating:3.72 Unranked]
Meelis Looveer
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Promotional games for tobacco manufacturer
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44. Board Game: Don't Push Your Luck! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Rob Bartel
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Sponsored by Bayer, Don’t Push Your Luck is an educational game, designed to incite discussion between the players about the hemophilia, as well as help youth that live with the condition learn how to make decisions that are in their best interests.

Designed by Matt Tolman of Undermining and Gavan Brown of JAB: Realtime Boxing (he's also the artist).
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45. Board Game: Offshore Oil Strike [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Very actual.
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Fascinating list and one I've been following for a while.

I've taken a slightly different approach in that I've designed a line of 9-card sports games from the ground up with the promotional market clearly in mind and am now seeking clients for them after the fact. By deliberately inverting the design process that way, I can create a stronger and more compelling game, retain greater ownership of the product, sell it to multiple clients, and focus my attention on other important challenges like achieving a convenient form factor and optimizing the cost structure.

Now that the games are complete and all of the manufacturing complexities been hammered out, I'll be seeking out sport sponsors, equipment manufacturers, sports leagues, beverage companies, and other corporate clients who want to brand and customize the games for use as in-store and in-pack promotions, event handouts, sweepstakes prizes, freemium mailouts, hospitality gifts, autograph sessions, and the like. If anyone here has needs or contacts in those areas, feel free to drop me a Geekmail.

In the meantime, a batch of samples will be going up on the BGG promo store Aug. 1 (2012) for those wanting their own copies. Enjoy!
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47. Board Game: Neste Oil Lauamäng [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Promotional game for Neste Oil.
Neste Oil Corporation is a refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels.
www.nesteoil.com

Made by me in 2012 Christmas
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