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Dorset board game hits the shops
Zoe Kleinman
BBC Reporter, Dorset

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Richard Taylor also took inspiration from BBC TV show The Good Life.

Richard Taylor, who lives in Sutton Poyntz, says he was inspired by a dream about his Dorchester-based father-in-law to create a new board game.

Aimed at families, Go Green! has an environmental theme.

Players create a farm by collecting plastic produce and livestock, and must protect it from threats that affect real farmers, like swine flu and foxes.

Wellworths in Dorchester and a garden centre in Poundbury are among local suppliers stocking the game.

"Personally I don't play board games - it's a mathematical challenge to work out how a game works and how long it should last," said Mr Taylor.

"Apparently 90% of games fail (commercially) in the first two years."

He says he got the idea in 2007 from a dream in which his father-in-law introduced him to the game.

"I literally just woke up one morning and told my wife - who thought I was nuts," he said.

End game

After 18 months in development, Mr Taylor took the concept to board game giant Matel, and it was exhibited at the New York Toy Fair.

Eventually former graphic designer Richard Taylor decided to create the game himself after getting financial help from local businessmen Peter Hyde and Dan Thorne.

"I knew it would work but I had to find people who would put money in," he said.

"I often wonder what would have happened if (Peter Hyde) had said no."

After gathering quotes from manufacturers in Britain Mr Taylor realised the game would have to be made abroad to keep the cost down.

Go Green
The board game also includes cards with questions about rural matters.

"It was just too expensive to make in the UK, we would have had to charge £40 per game," he said.

A shipment of 5,000 games is now being distributed among local retailers and one national shop chain.

"I like the idea that family board games are back in fashion - a good board game should keep three generations interested and happy for a couple of hours," said the father-of-two.

However it is unlikely to be played in the Taylor household this Christmas, despite support from three-year-old son Jamie.

"My wife refuses to play it now," said Richard Taylor.

"Jamie is my biggest fan but he doesn't understand it all. He can move hay bales about but he can't read yet."




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