Pret-a-Porter New Edition Kickstarter Launched

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Pret-a-Porter New Edition Kickstarter

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$60.00
Start Date
July 08, 2019
End Date
July 22, 2019
There Will Be Games

A remake of the classic economic board game about running a design company and trying to succeed in the ruthless world of fashion.

Prêt-à-Porter uses the simple mechanism of worker placement to ease players into making decisions, and to foster direct competition between them, during the game. With three action pawns each round, you can choose among all the options laid out in front of you -- except for those already claimed by your competitors.

The game revolves around international fashion shows - special Show rounds in which all players will present their Collections and compete for awards in four different feature categories. Each Show round - four in all during the game - is preceded by two Working rounds.

In every Working round, 3 new Contract cards, 3 new Building cards, and 3 new Employee cards are revealed. These are your means  to expand your business, invest in your company and develop long time strategy.   

Signing a new Contract grants you benefits with no ongoing costs. It is a powerful way to increase your company’s capabilities, but contracts expire during the game. They are very beneficial, but they won’t add to your long time strategy as much as new Building cards will. Renting or building new facilities is expensive and can be a financial burden, but the ongoing benefits  are substantial. The last type of cards, Employees, offer good value for a reasonable cost, they can make a difference and give your company the edge, provided you have enough workspace for them.  

In addition to signing new Contract, building new Building, and hiring new Employees, you will race for trendy new Design cards, buy fabric and materials from different sources (always looking for the best quality and price), arrange financing at the Bank, and make use of other locations as you prepare for the next Show round. 

During the Show round, each player presents their Collection, the culmination of their efforts for the previous two rounds. It’s the heart of the game, the event that separates the winners from the losers. 

During each show, Collections are judged in four different categories (Trendy, Quality, etc.). Each award raises your company’s Prestige and, what’s more, allows you to sell your Collection for a much higher price.   

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Gary Sax's Avatar
Gary Sax replied the topic: #299411 08 Jul 2019 23:54
Anybody with impressions on the original version gameplaywise? Ignacy is big hit or miss with me.
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Erik Twice replied the topic: #299419 09 Jul 2019 05:05
I'm not too interested in the game itself, but I'm glad they are keeping the fashion setting. It was always a shame to see so many be dissmissive about it because it has a "female-friendly (sic)" theme. I actually thought they made a version of it with videogames, which seemed dissapointing to me.
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Legomancer replied the topic: #299424 09 Jul 2019 08:16
I really enjoy the first edition, but the rulebook isn't great and there were some wonky production issues. This new edition addresses both, and I'm on it. Won't be the first portal (Neuroshima Hex) or Ignacy (51st State) game I've bought multiple times.
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Ah_Pook replied the topic: #299431 09 Jul 2019 09:57

Erik Twice wrote: I'm not too interested in the game itself, but I'm glad they are keeping the fashion setting. It was always a shame to see so many be dissmissive about it because it has a "female-friendly (sic)" theme. I actually thought they made a version of it with videogames, which seemed dissapointing to me.


They were working on a video game development retheme for a long time. I'm really glad they are republishing with the original theme, personally. I backed this one, though I might pull out and just wait for retail in the end. Depends on how excited my wife is to play it most likely.
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charlest replied the topic: #299434 09 Jul 2019 10:26
Isn't there some chatter about it not going to retail? Maybe I misheard.
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #299437 09 Jul 2019 10:48
Yeah, the campaign suggests no retail unless the store itself decided to back via KS.
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Ah_Pook replied the topic: #299440 09 Jul 2019 11:04
It's coming to retail, there was just a KS update taking about it earlier this morning
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #299446 09 Jul 2019 11:41
Wow, thanks for the correction, I totally misread the KS campaign materials then.
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ecargo replied the topic: #299482 09 Jul 2019 18:50
I owned the second edition, which still had a terrible rulebook, and played it several times. It's been five years since I last played. Because it was a longer/heavier game (and I'd have to relearn the rules), it didn't come out as much as I'd have liked. I only sold it because I knew of the upcoming reprint and wanted to get that OOP money.

It's a solid economic worker placement game. I like the "putting on a show" competition aspect of it quite a bit. The only other game I know of / have played with that kind of a show mechanic is Dungeon Petz. (I'm sure there are others that do similarly.)

Also, +1 to them keeping the fashion theme instead of going with video games.
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Frohike replied the topic: #299484 09 Jul 2019 19:38

ecargo wrote: The only other game I know of / have played with that kind of a show mechanic is Dungeon Petz. (I'm sure there are others that do similarly.)


I enjoy this concept too. The only other ones I can think of are Colosseum and Trickerion, but the latter was too far in the Euro weeds for me (in the vein of overblown KS stuff like Feudum). I wanted to pick up Colosseum but missed the boat on the original DoW edition and really didn't like the art direction on the re-issue from Tasty Minstrel.
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Legomancer replied the topic: #299512 10 Jul 2019 13:35
It is blowing through stretch goals!
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Gary Sax replied the topic: #299516 10 Jul 2019 15:23
I think Kickstarter is a good fit for this. It'll get it a bigger audience who might be more into the theme with the publicity of a campaign.