The Networks: TV from Public Access to Prime Time

Economic strategy board game
1-5 players
60-90 minutes

You and your opponents are new television networks , and you need new programming. For this, you’ll need Shows, Stars, and Ads.

Shows need Stars and Ads. Stars give you bonus viewers (points), and Ads give you extra money. You’ll need everything you can get; you’ll have a small amount of resources and time, and you must grab the latest hot show before your opponents.

And some Stars will only give their best effort if you put them on in the proper conditions. For example, some Stars only want to be put on dramas. Other Stars want to be the only Star on the show. And your Ads will only give you the most money if you put them on in the correct time slot.

Finally, Shows age and viewers lose interest, so you have to keep your lineup fresh by canceling shows and sending them into reruns. Fortunately, you can get viewers from your reruns, and the player with the most viewers from reruns each season gets a bonus. So timing your reruns will be important.

If you need a special push, there will be Network Cards available that can give you special powers. But will a Network Card be better than another action? You’ll have to make that call.

The player with the most viewers after five seasons wins!

Note: This game was previously called Prime Time.