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Before you roll the dice in the board-game market, learn some key rules.

By Nichole L. Torres

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If you believe there's nothing like playing a competitiveround of Monopoly, you have fond memories of guessing the murdererin Clue, and your mind spins wildly with ideas for the nextgeneration of board games, game manufacturing could be for you.

In fact, you might already have an idea for a game that could bethe next big thing. But before you have 1,000 copies printed, dosome serious play testing--and not just with family and friends."There's more to it than creating a game and getting itpublished," says John Kaufeld, communications manager with theGame Manufacturers Association. "If you're going to[start] a serious game company, [you also need to think about] whatyour next game will be."

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