The Wonderful World of Promos + New Acquisitions June 2017

Thanks to a couple of old friends I have been pitched into the universe of Promos that promote games. They are usually a modest item. Many card games have Promos that consist of just one card. Example: The Verfluchte (The Damned in English) for the game Mascarado. Boardgames often have a Promo of just one tile. And sometimes Promos appear as a short complete game (Germans call it a Schnupperpack) with the intention of ‘hooking’ people into buying the full game in due course.

When I put the unwanted Promos on to eBay there is usually terrific interest, particularly from ‘completists’, those people who want The Damned Single Card Promo everything put into print for their interests. This could be just the game but there are also collectors who want everything for a genre.  Two examples might be someone who collects games that are set in the Medieval era or someone who collects games that rely on co-operation among the players rather than competition between the players. The list of other passions would be endless.)

I have duplicate Promos for some games. One is the Dungeon Twister Purple Dragon. Now, I would not rate Dungeon Twister, very good as it is, to be a top seller but I get loads of bids for this Promo of two Dragon tiles. There are closet-Dungeon Twister fans out there somewhere.

Some games have lots of Promos. Zooloretto, by Abacus, has lots of them, mostly a single new tile. The bidding on these is very competitive. I even sold one for over 50 Euros!! Normally they fetch around a fiver. Zooloretto is a game that could now call itself a ‘Staple’ in Germany. This means it will always be in print (for example, Monopoly, Scrabble and Game of Life are all ‘Staples’.)

And, of course, I cannot ignore the effect of Spielbox magazine. For some years now they have included a promo with every issue. As that is now the highest rated games-magazine in the world, it has put more Promos on the market than from any other source. A modern designer of games now has to think of a card or tile that would be waiting to be published soon after the release of their game. Thus, Spielbox never has a shortage of Promos for months ahead.

Now to a list of New acquisitions in June 2017 (not many this month);

Archipelago: Krieg & Frieden

Ludically

2014

High Voltage

Post Scriptum

2006

 

Wibbly-Wob, The New Football Game

Chad Valley

1900

Double Cro$$ing

Lionel Trains Inc

1988

Scripture Text Making; The New Sunday Pastime for Old & Young

Unknown Publisher

1900

Tuareg

Adlung

2011

 

Dorf des Grauens

Schmidt

1993

C-23 Steamroller Deck

Wizards of the Coast

1998

Capt'n Clever

Zoch

2003

Fascination

Parker

1968

Snapshot

Parker

1972

Favoriten

Walter Müller's Spielewerkstatt

1989

Scoop

John Waddington

1955

Darkover

Eon

1979

 

Fettnapf

Amigo

2005

Elektric-Blitz

Gordon

1960

Sorry

W H Storey

1929

Snakes and Ladders

Spears

1970

Who Knows?

Jaques

1930

C-23 Firestorm Deck

Wizards of the Coast

1998

Tell Me

Spears

1960

 

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