Hasbro is hoping you'd be willing to share your best party game idea ever(!) with the company and has launched a search for the "Next Great Game." The mechanics are simple: just go to the project website and submit an entry -- along the same lines as Monopoly, some variants of Trivial Pursuit and Funny or Die -- until September 30th, 2015. After that, sit back, cross your fingers and hope that you're among the five finalists announced on October 30th. Now, here's the twist: you're not getting any prize money even if you end up as one of the five. Instead, you'll be invited to launch an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for your concept.
While you can very well do that on your own, Hasbro promises to use its web presence to promote your project. Both the toy company and Indiegogo will also work with you to build the crowdfunding campaign page. The fundraising phase will end on December 1st, 2015, after which a team of Hasbro game developers will scrutinize every finalist and announce one grand winner later that month. If you get the top prize, that's when the company will part with $10,000 to go straight to your pocket. More importantly, it will fly you to Rhode Island between December 5th, 2015 and January 31st, 2016 to make your idea a reality.
This isn't Hasbro's first attempt at getting the public involved with its game development -- just earlier this year, it asked people for help in deciding on a new Monopoly board design and adding a new word to Scrabble's dictionary. If you're wondering, the contest website's ToS says "you retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in the Submission... including any associated copyrights, trademarks and/or patents." It's still best to read the whole thing, though, just to make sure you're down with how Hasbro plans to treat your winning game.
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