What is a Negotiation Game?

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A negotiation game is a game in which players must negotiate to move the game along and bring it to an eventual conclusion, ideally by resolving a dilemma or problem presented at the start of the game. Negotiation games may lack clear winners and losers, depending on how the game is structured, and they can be designed in a number of formats including live action role playing, board games, card games, and so forth. Many stores which stock games carry some negotiation games, and people can also design their own.

Some people simply enjoy using negotiation games in recreational gaming. These games do require strategy on the part of individual gamers as well as a group, and it can be a fun challenge to try and “win” the game by working with, or against, other players. These games also tend to accommodate large groups, which can make them good for parties. The structure of the negotiation game can also accommodate younger and less experienced players as long as other players are willing to help them out, for at least the first few rounds.


Negotiation games are also used as team building exercises. Playing a game can break down barriers between people, and when the game requires people to work together and to coordinate their efforts, it can help forge bonds between members of the team. A negotiation game might be used at a conference or other event as an icebreaking exercise. Using negotiation strategies can also help people sharpen skills which may be useful in settings such as the business world, where the ability to negotiate is key to success.

People undergoing negotiation training may also be given an opportunity to play negotiation games to practice their skills. These games also integrate a dynamic aspect into the training so that people have an opportunity to interact with others and to learn by doing as well as learn from lecturing, texts, and demonstrations. Some people find that this facilitates learning, and they may grasp the course material more quickly when they are allowed to apply it immediately in a negotiation game.

Many Internet websites have exercises which can be used to build a negotiation game for a team or group. These include exercises specifically described as negotiation games along with things which are designed to get an entire group of people involved in an activity which integrates negotiation. Many of these games are easy to teach and learn, allowing players to get started right away with the exercise.


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Post 2

I have played some negotiation games in the past and always thought they were a blast. The problem is that they are often complicated and expensive.

I have my kids at home a lot and I would love to play some negotiation games with them. I think it would light up their little brains in a lot of healthy ways. The problem is that I really don't have the money to go out and buy a game.

The article mentions that many people have made up their own games. Does anyone have any examples of free negotiation games that I could set up easily in my house? Maybe there are free online negotiation games somewhere? Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

Post 1

I love negotiation games and would almost always rather play one of these than a traditional board games.

Most games rely on chance, as in the role of the dice or the flip of a card, or thet rely on simple skills like being able to recite synonyms or remember mundane trivia. They are not fun because they are engaging you on the most basic level.

But negotiation games require you to invest yourself completely. Players have a real presence in the game and their own thoughts and actions have real consequences. They are so much more immersive and engaging than Monopoly or Sorry. Unfortunately a lot of people are looking for easy entertainment and so imagination based games often collect dust on the top shelves of the toy store.

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