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Induction Certificate Number:   74020120622-562
Induction Date:   June 22, 2012
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Commander-In-Chief - The Board Game
MSRP:   $39.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.commander-in-chief.com

Commander-In-Chief - The Board Game

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Expert
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  06/22/2012

Commander-In-Chief is a fun fast playing abstract strategy war board game in which a player’s military vehicles work together to “capture” their opponent’s Commander while simultaneously defending their own.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games - Strategy 2011 Consumer/Education 6 Years + Female/Male

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index

Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.

Creative Agenda FunFactor™ Game Structure Marketability Narrative Progression Response Level
5 5 5 4.5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.

Critical Evaluation Information

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UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
7 93573 86414 7 XPP00001Labeled/Appropriate

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U.S.A.WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

Commander-In-Chief puts an entirely new spin on "abstract strategy" board games. In more simple terms, it's gives your brain cells a fresh and constantly evolving challenge! It sets itself apart as a fast-playing game in which a player’s military vehicles, ships and aircraft work together to “capture” their opponent’s Commander while simultaneously defending their own.

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"Commander-In-Chief is a 2 – 4 player combination of Chess, Checkers and so much more. The game puts strategy game play into overdrive with a tank ofNOX to top it off!

A quote from one of our staff members with his "Cliff's Notes" description of Commander-In-Chief

Commander-In-Chief applies the use of basic jumping and blocking moves. This also includes special enhancement that increases the capabilities or function of a playing piece.It will surely capture the attention of the whole family. Commander-In-Chief can turn any event or any happening into one where fun is the name of the game.

As a closing point, Commander-In-Chief is similar to the old Lay's potato chip line, "Bet you can't eat just one!" The only real difference is that with Commander-In-Chief, it's more like "Bet you can't play just once!" If you are looking for a board game that is fun and will stimulate your skills, Commander-In-Chief should be on the top of your list.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

Got game? Well Commander-In-Chief - The Board Game sure does. Out of the entire number of kids, teachers, engineers, doctors, industry brick and stone buyers and general consumers, all but 3 felt thatCommander-In-Chief is a game they would gladly play again repeatedly. 

Commander-In-Chief is a 2 – 4 player board game. It has 30 highly detailed plastic miniatures in black and silver and a double-sided game board; one side dark, grey tones, the other more traditional combat color theme. The miniatures consist of submarines, jets, bombers, tanks and battleships.

"This company has chosen not to follow the rest of the herd in their game design. They have created an entirely new path that will inspire others to follow. 

The game is made in the USA with such superb detail in the miniatures, taking chess and checkers where others have not yet ventured. Endless possibilities are just waiting to be explored with Commander-In-Chief.

The idea of a double-sided game board has been taken to new heights in its use with Commander-In-Chief. You first have the primary game, Commander-In-Chief, then you have the classic games of chess,checkerstic-tac-toe, and even The Triangle Puzzle Game.

Despite such a variety and number of games to choose from, the learning curve is practically non-existent and well worth the effort to become acquainted with. Altogether, Commander-In-Chief puts entirely new dynamics into strategy board game fun with a simple and easy to understand structure.

If all of this isn't enough, just imagine visual appeal in the game box alone, that sitting on a shelf at a store will easily generate sales. At home, it won't be sitting on the shelf...people will be too busy playing the game!
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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Behavior Change Communications Specialist, Ph.D. MEd.
Chief of Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Study 

"Commander-In-Chief is a superb creative strategy board game. Fast-paced and challenging, instinctual thinking players will discover a new form of energizing challenge. The abstract narrative of the game actuates creative strategy development and higher level of interactive social skills."

"For those who are more the average or passive-thinking players, Commander-In-Chief will inevitably push them into developing greater creative strategies to improve their skills with each game.
 The gamerepresents a steady constant of active thought processing and executive cognitive function which contributes to the players developing a higher level of productive thinking processes and self-assurety."

"Commander-In-Chief calls upon the rudimentary elements of chess and checkers, merging those elements with a compound of elements that are more unique and abstract. These new elements constitute the creation of exciting new stimulation responsible for executive cognitive activity in learning and entertainment."

"The strong detail in each of the aircraft, tanks and other miniatures stimulates a reflective memory experience for any members of the Armed Forces whether active duty or Veteran. The familiarity draws them deeper into the game and serves to create a sub-conscious comfort or sense of security.

For many others, a sense of fascination is established in varying degrees, differing with each individual. This takes Commander-In-Chief from being just a simple, average board game into an 'experience' that is recalled from memory and shared often with family and friends."

Professor of Psychology BA., MA. & Ph.D. | Gameplay Engineer MA
Content Development Specialist

"One of the many strengths of Commander-In-Chief is the constant and ever changing narrative development for each player. The challenge from the start with each game to strategize with forward thinking developes the need for the narrative in their gameplay to be in constant progressive change. This actuates the desire of the player to play the game repeatedly."

"Commander-In-Chief employs the use of criteria for completion of a specifically outlined goal in the gameplay through which assured progression and completion is achieved. The creative agenda of the game makes the gameplay not just personally but socially fulfilling as well." 

"In every one of the games with Commander-In-Chief, the creative agenda pulls the players to work together so flawlessly, despite the occasional more dominant behaviour of some players. The increased level of social interaction results in stronger strategy development and repetitive play." 

* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.

Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

It was the experience of a lifetime observing the variety of parents, teens, tweens, and kids at our consumer hands-on evaluation events, each having their go at playing Commander-In-Chief. The most common factor was that everyone was having fun being challenged to beat their opponents. It was especially of great interest to see that many of the kids were beating the socks off their parents!

With Commander-In-Chief, we found that the waiting list for those who wanted to play the game was well beyond the length of any other game we had available at these events. When asking the participants what made this game of greater interest than the others, a large majority of the people said it was the game packaging! The second most common reason was how it reminded them of the "Battleship" movie that recently was debuted.

"I love how the little jets, tanks, subs, and battleships were all so detailed! That just made the game more appealing and fun to play for me and my kids. I especially liked how they were larger than most game pieces I see; easier to play with and maintain my attention."

A quote from an East Coast mom who shared this on her feedback form from our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

When all of the events had drawn to a close and everything was all packed up, we sat down to review the videos, feedback forms, and our personal notes. We found one particular point to be of extreme interest. It appears that many of the participants didn't usually take interest in any games that had anything to do with military or combat yet Commander-In-Chief was an exception. 

Even after careful study of the feedback forms and videos, we were unable to establish a definitive answer as to what the actual reasoning was behind the exception to the rule in the shift of thinking. However, this did serve to further confirm the final results of our evaluation for Consumer Hands-On Evaluation Commander-In-Chief pulled through this evaluation phase with one of the highest scores of all of the products.

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Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
(Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)

CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5an image of 5 gold  stars

As with most of the games that have passed our evaluation, the CREATIVE AGENDA produced in game play with Commander In Chief creates a historical memory function which demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, strategic planning and development, active thought processing, interactive social development, and executive cognitive functioning in learning.  This transitions into application of the newly acquired knowledge, and entertainment combined to develop quick response strategy development.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see thatCommander In Chief achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for CREATIVE AGENDA.

FUNFACTOR™: Rating Level - [5an image of 5 gold  stars

It was of no real challenge for our staff to establish an accurate measure of the FUNFACTOR™ associated withCommander In Chief. With Commander In Chief, the high level of funFactor™ was responsible for plenty of excitement and competitive spirit. With each move by the players, Commander In Chief served as the perfect catalyst to create plenty of smiles and looks of fascination. 

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see thatCommander In Chief achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for FUNFACTOR™.

GAME STRUCTURE: Rating Level - [5an image of 4 gold  stars

Commander In Chief posed an interesting challenge to say the least when it came to establishing the final rating score for GAME STRUCTURE. The reasoning behind this is quite simple. You don't have just one game withCommander In Chief, but rather 4 games at the minimum in addition to a double-sided game board. We determined that the best way to approach this was to address each of the games separately and combine the final rating scores for each into a single compilation of rating scores.

There were so many factors to consider in the evaluation of the game structure from the creative agenda & narrative progression to the psycho-social response levels of the players and the overall process of the gameplay from start to finish.

The narrative progression of Commander In Chief drives a player to continue to compete with the impression of possible domination to win the game. With many other board games we have reviewed, players often times interpret the challenge of a game with a defeatist attitude; never expecting to win. With Commander In Chief, the attention of the player is maintained consistently while stimulating the player's desire to play repeatedly, regardless of whether they win or lose.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see thatCommander In Chief achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for GAME STRUCTURE.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [4.5an image of 4.5 gold  stars

The evaluation category of MARKETABILITY proved to be simple and easily determined. One of the most powerful elements to determine this was the results from the consumer hands-on evaluation. From the results to the packaging and price point to the actual experience of gameplay, Commander In Chief was clearly ahead of the game in regard to marketability.

One of our independent evaluators said it so well: "... a sense of fascination is established in varying degrees, differing with each individual. This takes Commander-In-Chief from being just a simple, average board game into an 'experience' that is recalled from memory and shared often with family and friends." 

Despite the near intoxicating excitement from all of the positive aspects of Commander-In-Chief, there are still other perspectives that must be taken into consideration. The footprint on a shelf at a brick and mortar store and the shipping weight can be factors that can divert a retailer's attention from the full value of a product.

Commander-In-Chief does have a medium sized footprint, yet still lesser than many others seen in the marketplace. It also has some weight that might cause a few more pennies to have to be spent in shipping. These two factors caused Commander-In-Chief to fall short of a perfect rating score by a mere 1/2 a point.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, Commander In Chiefpulled its weight all the way to a perfect score of [4.5] stars for MARKETABILITY.

NARRATIVE PROGRESSION: Rating Level - [5an image of 5 gold  stars

Narrative progression is a different kind of creature to take into consideration when evaluating a product. It is a vital part of the design structure of a game design. In the design of a double-sided board game such as Commander In Chief, a smooth transition in the narrative or flow of the game must be maintained. This means taking on the challenge of maintaining the attention of the player while at the same time delivering content which will inspire a player's desire to come back for more. 

Commander In Chief creates a smooth progression of challenge and strategic development, while encouraging the player to develop a progressive evolution of their strategy development in gameplay and learning simultaneously. After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see thatCommander In Chief achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for NARRATIVE PROGRESSION

RESPONSE LEVEL: Rating Level - [5an image of 5 gold  stars

RESPONSE LEVEL was of the more prominent evaluation categories that Commander In Chief excelled in. In every single testing and evaluation environment, Commander In Chief delivered a response level that was quite commendable. As a matter of fact, we can honestly state that if a retailer were to host demos of Commander In Chief in their store, there would be no question of a strong level of sales coming from it. 

Commander In Chief provides a competitive challenge that players just can't get enough of. Even more important, the players never experience the exact same game twice! This raises the response level of the players well beyond most board games we have tested in years. 

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see thatCommander In Chief achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for RESPONSE LEVEL.

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