Fashion Designing Games – Pret-a-Porter Remodelled

 

 

In 2011 Polish board game publisher, Portal Games released a strategic “worker placement,” economic game that was themed around the cutthroat business world of high fashion and competitive fashion shows.  Each player competes for recognition as the best fashion design company and putting out there some remarkable collections.

Only 1,000 copies were ever printed and soon sold out fast, this game soon become known as one of the best thematic fashion designing games on the market at that time.

 

Now, in 2019, after nearly a decade, Portal Games have gone about revising this classic for a stunning new and exciting third edition with all new artwork, components, tweaks and revised rulings by the means of a supportive Kickstarter community campaign.  I have touched briefly on this in a few of my articles, feel free to check them out here or here.

 

 

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Made to Measure

Kickstarter is a global, supportive, community funding website that aims to help all manner of musicians, artists, film-makers, designers and other creators make their ideas and projects come to life and take shape.  Since the launch of Kickstarter on 28 April 2009 it has racked up some impressive statistics.  The likes of for example;

  • 17 million people have backed presented projects
  • $4.5 billion has been pledged towards projects.
  • 169,211 projects have been funded fully successfully.

  

The Kickstarter campaign for the third edition of Pret-a-Porter (which translated means, “ready to wear”) started out on 8 July 2019 and ran until 22 July 2019.  Amazingly and yet not surprisingly the 4,864 campaign backers helped Portal Games to reach their initial $35,000 funding goal very quickly and easily. 

 

In 1994 a movie version of the same name was released and featured a tagline, “Sex, Greed, Murder. . . Some Things Never Go Out of Style.”  Directed by Robert Altman and starring Sophia Loren, Kim Basinger and Julia Roberts.  It features a plot of mysterious circumstances, possible murder and hysteria within the fashion world.  Get it for a button today from Amazon.

 

Being one of the best fashion designing games, even owners of the original 2011 release surely must have been curious about what will be offered up this time around, as well as all the newcomers to the game.  All figures sourced from the Kickstarter campaign screen as of 31 August 2019.

 

'Pret-a-Porter' Kickstarter Campaign

 

Campaign stretch goals were added in order to improve cards and components, create updates and add more value to the finished project.  These stretch goals extended the initial funding to $260,000 and every one of them was met.  It was an outstanding achievement and every Kickstarter campaign backer made it happen no matter what they pledged towards the project.  The Pret-a-Porter Kickstarter campaign was funded in 41 minutes and had a final pledge total of $271,186.

 

There were three tiers of pledge for this campaign in order to get in off the ground and running.  You simply could make a pledge small or large as a fan of unique themed games, a follower of Portal Games or just wanting to make a gesture of support to a worthy project.  The minimum to pledge on this tier was $1.

The second tier was a pledge for $60 or more.  This got you a copy of the complete finished game of Pret-a-Porter and all the stretch goals that were met.  This was the most popular pledge during the campaign.

 

You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.

— Christian Dior

 

Lastly, there was a third-tier pledge which got you everything from the second tier, but also a beautiful poster featuring the cover art of the game and a signed copy of the game from Ignacy Trzewiczek, the mind behind the idea and owner of Portal Games.  The pledge for this neat bundle was $89 or more.

 

 

 

A Change of Outfit

There have been many exciting changes over the original 2011 released game that the team at Portal Games have worked on and incorporated into the new third edition.  These changes have been to the rules and state of play, design changes and component changes.  The box cover art alone drew me in and got my attention.

 

Design Changes
  • Round Track
  • Icons
  • Player Aids
  • Scoring Track
  • Fashion Show Section
  • Many Other Small Changes

 

Rule Changes
  • Advanced Player Order Variant
  • Contract Cards
  • Revised Victory Point System
  • Bankruptcy
  • Starting Design Cards For Variable Setup

 

Component Changes
  • Contracts, buildings and employees cards are a larger size
  • Shows cards are changed to cardboard tiles
  • Game board size is increased
  • All cash, trends, PR and quality tokens in the game are larger
  • Custom wooden pieces now represent fabric resources
  • Upkeep costs tokens are changed from cardboard to wooden discs with stickers
  • The round tracker has changed from cardboard to wood
  • The Kickstarter edition will feature a lot of Kickstarter Exclusives

 

 

 

Portal Games

Portal Games Homepage

 

Portal Games, Swietego Urbana 15, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland

 

Founded in Poland in 1999 and owned by Ignacy Trzewiczek, Portal Games has a strong team of talented individuals and creative minds.  It has its own art and graphics department, a sales department and a strong arm to the EU and US markets. 

 

365games Board Game Range

 

The Portal Games team live by a commitment to producing high-quality board games that tell stories and are currently the publisher for some award-winning titles such as Neuroshima Hex, First Martians, Cry Havoc and Imperial Settlers.  Take a look at these exciting board games and other Portal Games titles at Zatu Games.

 

 

 

Fashion Statement

I’ve never owned or played the original Pret-a-Porter but what I’ve read, seen and watched of this game it looks really well stocked and right up my catwalk.  The box cover artwork is striking and caught my attention with its modern look and good use of colour and style combinations.

 

I’m one of the lucky few campaign backers who wanted a taste of this and I like the idea that the game will include a lot of quality components and improvements over the original release.  I agree, the game is very thematic and strangely some concepts and ideas in the game are similar to what my brother and I had in mind for our board game idea in the corporate world of creative advertising, clients and cash!

 

I’m looking forward to getting this in October 2019, seeing the inviting colours, check out the upgrades and included components and giving this a full, four-player play through. The new edition looks promising and I’m sure will do as well as the first time around.  The successful Kickstarter campaign and its statistics prove it.  Be sure to click below and get your copy from 365games and don’t forget your 3% cashback by signing up to Quidco for FREE from my other post.  These rates are correct as of 23 February 2020.

 

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Thank you for reading this article, I hope you found it of some help or interest.  Please feel free to drop a comment about this title, the Kickstarter campaign, the written content or even your own experiences with this genre of game.

 

8 thoughts on “Fashion Designing Games – Pret-a-Porter Remodelled

  • 25/01/2020 at 19:54
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    I am sure I know a ton of people who would just love to play such a game. The fact that there are fashion projects being fully funded is astounding to me. After all, it is a game, right? Anyway, I know that it takes different strokes for different folks and surely there are plenty that is really digging this sort of game. And it’s been around for a while too. I will keep it in mind when the topic of fashion design comes up, and it always does. 

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    • 25/01/2020 at 20:21
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      HI 2 you Tina, many thanks for commenting on my article.  I enjoyed creating this one and was quite excited at the time backing this Kickstarter project.  I actually own the game now and have played it many times.  There is a lot going on in the game and you only have a limited amount of workers/counters to take actions with.

      As you progress through the working rounds and onto the fashion show, you have to build up your design collection, acquire trend, quality and public relations tokens which get scored in the shows and also make sure you have enough cash on hand for repeated upkeep costs.

      You can buy and improve buildings and offices, you can hire, fire and train staff, get worthy contracts and help from the bank if needed.  The card, board and components are brilliant and the game is really well themed.

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  • 25/01/2020 at 19:56
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    I love fashion, who doesn’t want to look their best? I have seen Pret a Porter around and I love their concept that no alteration is needed. I did not know that they launched their board game before and it sold out! I am sure this new version will be better since they will get the funds they need from kickstarter. Thank you for your review, I will definitely check it out. 

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    • 25/01/2020 at 20:15
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      HI 2 you Nuttanee, once again may I thank you for jumping onboard and commenting on my article.  This board game title is now a part of my treasured collection and I have had numerous games of it already.  It plays brilliantly, so many things to do on your turn and not enough counters to place to secure the options at the time.  It’s colourful, well designed and includes a lot of components which in my case as its a Kickstarter edtion, I’ve had a lot of extras and improved pieces included.

      I did research before creating the post and found out that there was an earlier release of this title, but I’d have this third edition over its previous version anyday.  I’ve also found out that there is a downloadable and printable ‘almanac’ booklet that gives more details and clearer interpretations of all the cards included, unfortunately as of writing this response I’ve haven’t sorted it out yet and it still resides on my smart phone.

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  • 25/01/2020 at 20:05
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    It is difficult to argue that this is actually one of the best thematic economic games. The reason perhaps, why the 2011 edition sold out in a relatively short period. It is unique and even more so the fact that it is centered around an industry with a very high sense of competition. I know just how addictive economic board games can be. I have been a long time fan of monopoly though I haven’t had the pleasure of playing the Pret-a-Porter, I’ll surely take advantage of this new release.

    Thanks for sharing

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    • 25/01/2020 at 20:32
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      HI 2 you Rhain, oh boy are you missing a trick not playing this amazing title.  It’s very strategic does have that element of business competition and is really well designed both from a board, components and game rules angle.  I’ve played it numerous times and because of the interchangeable fashion show tiles, no two games or strategies are the same.  It’s a fight for the powerful cards and limited designs on offer, and with only two working rounds to organize your pawns can get you biting your own lip!  If you get the chance Rhain check out this close up playthrough video so you can get a flavour for it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rzCK1JTHmw

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  • 25/01/2020 at 20:27
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    Move over Monopoly, property is out and high fashion is in. What a great concept for a board game, learning fashion and running a business at the same time.  I love realistic strategy games like this where there are so many different layers and no single way of winning.  And sometimes winning comes down to preventing your competitors from succeeding, just like in a real business.  Enjoy.

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    • 25/01/2020 at 20:39
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      HI 2 you and many thanks for your valued comments on my article.  I really do like the engagement with others regarding my topics and post titles, get other views, opinions and feedback.  I’ve loved this game since the Kickstarter edition was sent to me and have played it numerous times.  It really is very well themed and most likely the reason it keeps drawing me back for another game.  All my components are upgraded versions and I have extra, exclusive card decks, so the game and box are well stocked.

      The fashion show tiles are interchangeable and so there are different strategies per game and different ways of winning,  I like the fact that all cards, scores and tokens are transparent on players boards so you sometimes get that edge when making decisions in play.  All decks of cards are shuffled too so once again the order staff, designs, buildings and contacts can really change up the game.  I love it and still have a few friends and family that haven’t given it a run through yet.

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