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Multiple Editions Of Board Games

Aug 29, 2008
Many different board games allow themselves to be periodically updated, with new editions coming out every once in a while. These new editions often feature slight redesigns to the components of the game, such as player tokens, board design, or even a new style to the cards that the game may use.

Sometimes, classic games are even redesigned along different themes, from a special edition to commemorate a certain movie or television show, to special events that may be happening around the world. These games usually maintain the same rules as the traditional, but offer fans a special chance to own a different copy, usually in a limited release, of a beloved game.

Monopoly is one game with many, many different editions. Most popular films and TV shows have a Monopoly edition, with everything from Star Wars to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Simpsons, Disney, and Family Guy are all represented. Fans greatly enjoy these, as it combines a classic game with the novelty of having one of their favorite entertainment sources being featured.

However, Monopoly takes the range of their editions even further. An updated "Here and Now" edition was recently released that doesn't focus solely on Atlantic City properties. By buying either the USA or World edition of "Here and Now," players can purchase and charge rent on famous location both over the United States and the World. This edition of Monopoly is especially popular with players because, before the release of the game, the general public was allowed to vote on the locations being chosen, making these editions of the game have a personal touch.

The Game of Life released another variation of itself, called Life: Twists and Turns. This game presents a unique twist on the classic game and not solely because it works primarily on an electronic base. At the beginning of the game, players are each given an electronic "lifepod," which controls not only the length of the game, but all of their money, foregoing all of the paper bills that were once used. The length of the game can be determined in "years" before the game starts, letting players live out different ages of a life during a traditional game.

The game also works differently as the amount of money that a player ends the game with isn't the sole determining factor of who wins. In this edition, players compete for different "Life Points" and the player with the most Life Points in the end of the game is declared the winner.

Scene It is a popular DVD based game that normally features clips from different movies and encourages players to have a wide base of knowledge in all things cinema in order to compete. This format, however, lends itself easily to many different editions of the game. Scene It can be found not only for a general movie category, but special Harry Potter, Friends, and Disney editions can be found, among many other varieties.

With many different forms of media available, games often lend themselves to different variations and even themes that can be played through them. This is important for the board game industry, however, for the public loves re-invention and if things stay the same for too long, the games can grow boring and fade away.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures. You will find all these things and more if you visit editions of board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures.
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