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Web versions of new games: Help or hindrance to sales?

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Hedge-o-Matic
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In another thread the topic of whether web-enabled versions of games made available for free over the internet helped or hindered sales of the physical game sets.

Input from people with direct experience would be welcome, but this is something many of us have considered in the past for our designs, so there's got to be a lot of good input on the subject.

sycross
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For Reference

Just for reference, the conversation about this was started in this thread: http://www.bgdf.com/node/135. Some fresh insight would be appreciated.

MatthewF
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Whether online versions of

Whether online versions of boardgames actually help sales or not, a large number of German publishers certainly believe they do: BSW (BrettSpielWelt) is completely free to play because publishers actually pay them to put up electronic versions that anyone can play for free to their hearts' content. Heck, some games appear on BSW before you can get the physical version, to help generate excitement. I think it's likely they've done a fair bit of research before spending their money that way, and continue to monitor its effectiveness.

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Settlers of

Settlers of Catan
Tikal
Jamaica
Mr. Jack
1960: The Making of the President
10 Days in the USA
Kill Dr. Lucky
Blokus
Citadels
Hey! That's My Fish!
Kahuna
Guillotine
Vegas Showdown

All games I have purchased AFTER having first played them online or with a software version.

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