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I'm thinking about submitting for

https://mensamindgames.com/about/general-information/

I'm not quite sure how likely I am to do well there, or really what the benefit will end up being, but may be a good use of 15 copies of my game.

Anyone here have any experience with the Mensa board game competition, or what the effect is on your sales if you win? (I'm pretty sure it would be a good way to get into, say, Barnes & Noble)

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I don't know anything about

I don't know anything about it, but good luck if you do submit! The page itself is a bit vague, but I glanced at past winners (Azul, Clank, etc) and alot of the titles seemed familiar, so I think it's safe to assume winning would give you alot of clout.

It looks like a great

It looks like a great competition to enter, as long as you have a completed game. They say that prototypes aren't accepted, but do you think if you have everything finalized, but no publisher, you could still do it?

No, it needs to be for sale

No, it needs to be for sale in the US.

However, they do this every year, and the publication window is 2 years wide for each competition, so there's some flexibility here.

Against my better judgement

As there are no "categories" per say and that probably the games that will be submitted appeal to "multiple" age groups... I would think (against my better judgement) that more "BROADER" games would be only considered. Given their short but previous list of winners (Scattergories, Trivial Pursuit and Taboo) my guess is that a children's game would not necessarily fit the "category" well.

These are all adult games that appeal to Teen and Adult players. Again I'm not trying to dissuade you (You can submit) ... but from what I see and read... The games need to be "mentally challenging" (Trivial Pursuit). You know that your product does NOT appeal to the adult crowd aside from being the Game Master and that's probably a Parent or older sibling.

And then there is the whole "intellectual" aspect. It's not just party games, it's games that encourage mental skill. Rolling a die or following a campaign from a pre-written rulebook, IMHO doesn't fit the category.

Again don't let me be in your way of submitting your game. My gut feeling is that it's going to take much more "meat on the bone" to WIN this award...

Note #1: My gut feeling is that the game winners of this award have to appeal to Teen and Adult players. That's really what I am saying. I don't want to come off sounding like a "jerk"... Like I said, I encourage you to submit your game. But I (personally) don't see it as being the right "fit". Sorry I hope I did not offend you.

Note #2: And since I am NOT the judge of this competition don't let my opinion dissuade you from submitting your game. My apologies, it's just my own thoughts on the matter... Again submit because maybe the judges may feel differently on what is appropriate. No doubt your game is "rewarding" for a younger audience. That may be sufficiently enough, if they consider such games.

Cheers!

^^ Those are some great

^^ Those are some great points. It appears to be geared towards the "intellectual" crown (not saying anyone or your game isn't intelligent!). Something to think about, since it is only being tested by Mensa players.

Yeah, I'm hoping there's

Yeah, I'm hoping there's overlap between Mensa members and D&D players :)

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