Business on the move

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How many players are there in a game?

Usually there are four players and a Banker. Players can ‘double-up’ and share running a business, so nine players would be a recommended maximum per game.

Q2. Who is it for?

Originally we designed Business on the Move with young people in mind, typically aged 9-19 at school or college in the UK.
In practice, the versatility of the game has led to its use with much wider age groups all over the world.
Our game is in more than 75 universities across the world including being played as part of M.Sc. programmes in Logistics!
Companies also see the game as a fun way for new recruits and existing staff to learn about the 'bigger picture' of global supply chains.
Business on the Move can even be used as part of an assessment centre process or customised to become a novel corporate gift.

Q3. How long does a game take?

Allow ninety minutes the first time you play the game at Level One to become familiar with the rules. Subsequently games can be played within an hour or even less. Higher level games last for longer as desired.
We always recommend starting at Level One, adding extra challenges all the way up to Level Seven according to your preferences.

Q4. How can you see the game before buying one?

The options are

• choose from five video clips accessible in the Gallery.
• run through the powerpoint slides that explain the game, available through our 'Intro'.
• attend one of our workshops taking place throughout 2017-18 all over the UK. See the “Events” tab for details.

Q5. What key feedback came out of the trials?

Business on the Move was tried & tested over two years by some 540 Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 5 learners from more than Learners from more than 30 schools across the UK were involved. Of these young people:-

• 91% thought the game fun to play
• 86% preferred the board game to a computer version
• 85% considered it a good way to learn about business

Detailed feedback and testimonials can be found under the “Events” tab on our website.

Q6. What makes Business on the Move “more than just a fun board game”?

With a minimum of 3 games you can access, free-of-charge, a portfolio of learning activities developed in partnership with our business sponsors. These activities enable young people of all ages to connect their classroom learning with the reality of the businesses featured in the game.

The activities are matched to the curriculum from KS2 -5 and cover many subjects including Maths, English, Geography and Business Studies as well as broader themes such as Enterprise and Environmental education.

Visit our “Learning Zone” to sample how activities can be searched and downloaded and to understand how the board game becomes a platform for learning.

Q7. What are the ‘Training Events’ or 'Workshops'?

Sometimes an individual business might host an event where invited local schools, colleges and possibly training providers play the game and receive complimentary copies of Business on the Move.

On other occasions a group of interested companies get together to do likewise, perhaps through their Local Enterprise Partnership.

As the game’s developers, we take participants through the game so they can experience the game’s versatility at first hand. We also demonstrate how to make best use of the diverse learning activities that have been created in partnership with business sponsors.

Many workshops have already taken place all over the UK. Look for new dates and locations under the “Events” tab on our website.

Attendance is strictly by invitation only. If you are keen to attend a particular event, please contact us at in the first instance.

Q8. What does ‘Training’ or a 'Workshop' cover?

In one sense training is not required in so far as the basic rules are simple. The players’ rules fit on to one A6 card. A comprehensive Guide also comes with the game, explaining everything a teacher/trainer might want to know.

A workshop, however, makes a lot of sense for teachers/trainers wishing to realise the full potential of Business on the Move:-

Our half-day session focuses on playing the game at (the 7) different levels, demonstrating how and when various options can be introduced to ratchet up the challenge to learners. We also look at differing ways to judge the “winner” and debriefing possibilities.

The whole day session builds on the half-day programme by giving participants first-hand experiences of the range of learning activities developed with our business partners, available to those with a minimum of three games. The afternoon session will be especially useful to those teachers and trainers who wish to explore how Business on the Move could provide a platform for a topic/theme/module over an extended period.

Q9. Is it too late to become a sponsor?

No; businesses are our biggest customers, using Business on the Move as part of their own in-house training and/or donating games to local schools as part of their CSR programme.

Companies placing 5 or more games into their local school, with training for the teacher included, can have their corporate logo added to the game board and featured on the box lid.

There are also options to customise cards in the game and even the whole board to reflect your supply chain. Please note this latter opportunity is only available for a minimum run of 50 games.

We are currently planning a new "Global edition" for release in 2018. Please get in touch if you represent a global brand and would like to explore the various opportunities for featuring in this new edition of Business on the Move......but be quick as only a few opportunities remain!

Q10. Compared to other board games in the shops Business on the Move is expensive. Why?

Business on the Move is not available in shops. Our prices reflect:

Business on the Move is more than a board game, it is a learning resource complete with many classroom activities developed with business partners for use before or after playing the game.

As a learning resource a more meaningful price comparison would be with other training materials rather than the price of a family board game in a shop. By this measure, especially given its seven levels and overall versatility, Business on the Move offers outstanding value.

With two-thirds of our production run going into schools and training free-of-charge, we aim to raise sufficient revenue from the sale of the other third to underpin a second production run.

Q11. How can I order Business on the Move?

Orders are normally by payment in advance either through our on-line Shop or by invoice.

More details can be found on our SHOP page.

Q12. Are any other versions planned?

We have been commissioned to create locally customised versions for the Humber, Peel Ports, PD Ports, AF Blakemore and Kenya. Such games are ideal for distributing to local schools and colleges as well as using within in-house training programmes or for use as a novel corporate gift!

With global supply chains at the heart of the game, Business on the Move lends itself to different versions. We are already working very closely with a fellow Director in Adelaide to develop an Australian version. See his NewsDesk article for more details.

Given the number of games already purchased from around the world we are now planning a new Global edition for release during 2018. See our GLOBAL page for more details.

Q13. How can the degree of difficulty of playing the game be gradually increased?

Pages 23-25 of the booklet, ‘Guide to Delivering Learning’ which accompanies the game, provide a number of options. Introducing the ‘Productivity Gain’ cards and/or the ‘Green Dice’ (explained on page 25) are relatively gentle ways of increasing the challenge to players at Level 1.

How to progress beyond Level 1 is very much a matter of choice. It is not strictly necessary to graduate one level at a time from Level 1 through to 7.

The two approaches, described below, to making the game more challenging have been found to work well:

(a) The first approach is for those playing the game for the first time and, after the game has been “won”, wanting to carry on and progress beyond Level 1.
(b) The second approach is for experienced players wishing to start a new game at a higher level and progress from there.

Always start with Level 1
Introduce Level 2 (for all) when first player completes their 4 deliveries
Progress next to:
• Level 4 alone (palletisation with/or without extra pallet pooling option)
• Or Level 5
• Or introduce level 4 and then, possibly, also level 5

Start with Level 3
Progress next to:
• Level 4 alone (palletisation with/or without extra pallet pooling option)
• Or Level 5
• Or introduce level 4 and then, possibly, also level 5

More explanatory detail follows about each level in turn:-

Level 2 can grow naturally out of a current Level One game by offering players who have delivered their 4 orders the option to draw another Order card from the top of the pack. They then choose whether to exercise this option at the end of every turn. The attraction of receiving extra orders has to be balanced against the risk of failing to deliver to some customers by the end of the game and incurring penalties that might be imposed by the Bank (recommended to make players think and guard against accumulating orders they cannot possibly deliver in time).

Level 3 works best when players have played the game before and want to raise the bar from having the “equal orders” at the start as in Level 1. Players must decide whether to accept or decline an Order randomly drawn from the pack every turn right from the beginning of the game. This level gives players the opportunity to take on only the Orders that fit in with their “strategy”, perhaps specialising in shorter truck deliveries, in longer-haul deliveries by train for high value orders or (when using Level 4 too) in pallet deliveries.

Level 4 has the advantage of being able to be introduced into a Level 2 or a Level 3 game.
Level 4, best announced by a ‘Newsflash’, offers players the opportunity to deliver any container to any of the 4 Distribution Centres (DCs) around the board. Once unloaded, the player pays £5,000 to the Bank to ‘break bulk’ and obtain three white pallets in exchange for the container. These 3 pallets must be delivered according to the customers specified in the ‘Pallet Order’ cards. The cards can be drawn from their pack in the same way as standard Order cards. The player simply chooses to receive either an ‘Order’ card or a ‘Pallet Order’ card, never both in the same turn. See pages 15 and 16 of the Guide for more details.

An extra dimension can also be applied to Level 4 once the concept of breaking-bulk and palletisation is understood by players. Instead of requiring players to pay £5,000 to the Bank every time they break bulk at a DC, the Bank can offer the option to players of “Pallet Pooling”. In short, players can join the “Blue Pallet Pool” (receiving a blue membership card) and avoid any future £5000 charges. Instead a one-off payment to the Bank of £24,000 is required. This sum is fixed but can be shared by 2, 3 or 4 players. Alternatively one enterprising player may pay the whole £24,000 and negotiate entry terms with other players subsequently.
Membership of the Pool is evidenced in the game by use of the blue pallets instead of the standard white ones.
This ‘pallet sharing’ dimension is explained further on page 16 of the Guide.

Level 5 is another example of a change in the ‘Rules’ that can be introduced into a Level 2, a Level 3 or a Level 4 game and announced easily in a Newsflash.
Level 5 permits players to exchange/trade/sub-contract Order cards. This can be done at any time during play and does not need to involve the Bank ~ transactions are negotiated directly by players. Such transactions may be attractive, for instance, to players seeking to focus deliveries on a particular part of the game board, to players who have over-stretched their capacity to meet all their deliveries and/or to players with a cash-flow problem.
Where the Bank can become involved is in inviting (at a time of their choosing) players to bid against each other to secure a high value Order card. The Bank conducts the auction with the highest bidder receiving the order.

Levels 6 and 7 are a big jump up from Level Five and for experienced older players.

Level 6 requires players to use accounts instead of paper money. This approach is explained in great detail in our Learning Zone. As long as you have a minimum of 3 games and have login codes that give you full access to the Learning Zone, you can download the necessary spreadsheets and accompanying notes. Search for the activity, “Level 6 Accounting”.

Level 7 provides players the ultimate and more realistic challenge of factoring in ‘reverse logistics’ into their plans and strategies. Players must use the ‘advanced’ (A5) Rules card. See page 19 of the Guide.

Q14. Can you clarify the rule about..........?

Remember that the "Guide to Delivering Learning" which accompanies every game should answer the majority of your questions. Other questions that have been raised most often since publication are directly addressed in Question 15 onwards.

Q15. Should the four orders in Level one add up to the same value?

Ideally, yes, but one totalling £84,000 and the other three at £85,000 are as near as we can get! Even more important, however, is the fact that these four orders require the same total dice throw to deliver them. If you wish to be scrupulously fair, then we recommend that you give the £84,000 player either first turn or £1,000 extra in cash at the start.

Q16. Is an order, regardless of value, always represented by one container?

Yes, one order is always for one container in the lower levels of the game. Level four, however, introduces pallet orders when a container can be exchanged for three pallets at any one of the four Distribution Centres around the board.

Q17. In Level one is it just best to invest in one plane and one ship so that 4 containers are landed in the UK?

On the face of it buying more than one ship and one plane will provide enough capacity to deliver four containers and meet the four orders BUT a player could:

• Use the same ship twice and deliver 6 containers….just in case some containers are lost/go missing, are stolen etc !!!
• Use one plane 4 times (avoiding excessive investment in planes) …or 2 planes twice

In their first ever game, many players are naturally cautious and just buy either one plane or one ship. Much depends, however, on the example the first player sets!!
The key advantage of investing in two assets, of course, is being able to use two dice. That’s why most players playing for a second or third time choose to buy either one ship & one plane, two ships or, occasionally, 2 planes. We prefer players to learn by experience

Q18. Are players responsible for paying costs for assets that may be sited on home base and not being used?

Yes, every turn. Regard the ‘stage 2 costs’ on the Rules card as overheads that must be paid every single turn regardless of whether the player uses them or not. The important exception is that this requirement only applies to the relevant assets to the turn being played. In other words, if you are playing an ‘Air & Sea’ turn, the relevant costs are £2,000 per plane and ship ~ there is no charge for trains and trucks because it is an ‘Air & Sea’ turn. Similarly, during a ‘Rail & Road’ turn, £2,000 must be paid for every train and truck whether used or not ~ there is no charge, however, for planes and ships because it is a ‘Rail & Road’ turn.

Q19. When a plane lands in the UK, must its container go to a stipulated customer?

No. Containers can be delivered to any customer; it is the player’s choice in what sequence orders are delivered. Deciding on this strategy is at the heart of the game.

Q20. When a delivery is completed what happens to the transport?.

Whatever the mode of transport when its journey is completed, the plastic token is picked up and placed on the Company Base. Planes and ships can then restart from the China Terminal, whereas trains and trucks restart from the UK. Only in Level 7 (Reverse Logistics) do dice have to be thrown to move back to the departure-point.

Q21. In level 1, do players have to deliver the orders in order (from lowest value to highest value)? Also, are they to work on delivery of all 4 orders simultaneously, or must they deliver the 1st order, then move to the 2nd, etc.

No, the sequence of deliveries is completely at the discretion of the players. Furthermore, to the extent that their dice throw allows, they can deliver multiple orders in the same turn.

Q22. In the higher levels of the game may players choose which orders they want to deliver based on choosing an order card from the pile? If the player passes on an order, do they continue to draw order cards until they find one they want to play? Or is one draw and decision considered a play?

At level 2 and beyond, players receive extra orders by being allowed at the start of their turn to draw the top Order card from the pile. A player may only draw a maximum of one Order card per turn……or choose not to draw any at all, being conscious of potential penalties that can be levied by the Bank at the end of the game for non-delivery and letting customers down. Of course, players may draw an Order card that does not ‘fit with their strategy’ ~ the customer, for instance, may be located in the ‘wrong’ part of the board if the player is concentrating on short-haul deliveries purely by truck. Such an Order card, however, may still be attractive to negotiate an exchange deal or sub-contract with another player. On the other hand, beware of drawing an extra Order card in too many turns and finding yourself over-stretched and exposed to penalties!

Q23. At Level 2 and upwards when players ask for Order cards from the Bank, do they have to pay for them?

No. Players do not pay for Order cards from the Bank but may be liable for a penalty charge at the end of the game if any orders remain undelivered. This penalty can be 5%, 10%, 50% etc and is determined by either the Bank or the the person facilitating the game . Players should be advised, however, at the beginning of the game that this is going to happen. The penalties are charged at the end of the game as can be seen on the balance sheet.

Q24. For Levels 2 & above, should an Order card be requested by a player at the start or the end of the turn?

In Levels 2-6 a player would request an Order card from the Bank at the start of the turn at the same time as the player informs the Bank (as part of Step 1) if they do or do not wish to buy any new assets.

At advanced level Seven, however, where the larger (A5) Rules card is used, the option to receive additional Order cards becomes ‘Step 5’ because of the increased complexity of each turn. The player can then consider how to respond to any new order in readiness for their next turn.

Q25. Can you sell any of your assets back to the Bank?

Selling your assets can make sense if you hit a 'cash flow' problem. You can sell any asset back to the Bank for half price. Alternatively you can sell to your competitors for whatever price they will pay.
Think carefully, however, about selling assets because they are valued at full price in the balance sheet at the end of the game.
There is no depreciation.

Q26. Must trains and trucks always start from their respective ‘UK Rail’ and ‘UK Road’ Starts?

Any train or truck loaded from ‘Container Handling’ must start its journey from this ‘Start’.
There are exceptions, however, in the case of some trucks:
i. An unloaded (=empty) truck can be placed by a player to start from any one of the 3 Railheads. An empty truck can then receive/load one container dropped off by a train and move towards the intended Customer. If both containers have not been unloaded at that Railhead, the train then continues its journey to the next Railhead to drop off its remaining container.
ii. If a player is fortunate enough to pick up an (Air & Sea) card awarding him/her a “container of British-made goods”, an empty truck can be placed to start its journey from the UK Factory. This is a very good card to receive because a relatively short delivery can earn a relatively high income.

Q28. If a player throws a 2 or more with a single dice, can only one truck be moved or could the dice throw be divided and two trucks be moved?

The player has complete flexibility and can divide any dice throw between two trucks. Indeed, during a ‘Rail & Road’ turn a dice throw can be divided between any number of trains and trucks. Similarly, the same applies for planes and ships during an ‘Air & Sea’ turn.

It is also permissible for a player throwing multiple dice to use the total score to move just one asset.

Q29. Can a game be played to a specific time limit?

Yes. In fact, apart from at Level 1where the game can be won by being the first to deliver their 4 orders, announcing a time limit is normal.

Q30. Can the winner be the player with the most cash in hand (i.e. not counting asset value)?

In theory this can be a way to determine the winner.
In practice, we recommend using the balance sheet to calculate the value of all assets rather than merely cash balances. It is quickly done, ideally by requesting players initially to move all their assets on to their respective company base. Assets (including undelivered containers) can then be speedily valued and the cash added.

Q31. Do the clouds, boxes in the sea, on the road and on the railway represent a single spot on the dice?

Yes. Don’t forget a plane has to land at the Terminal and will therefore require a total of ‘5’ on the dice to complete its journey through the clouds and receive one container from the Bank.

Similarly, a ship requires a cumulative score of ‘10’ on the dice to dock at the Terminal and receive its three containers.

Q32. If a player is running several orders by rail and truck at the same time, how do you know which customer order is in which vehicle?

It does not matter. Any order can be assigned to any container, even ‘magically' changing its contents at the last second to suit a particular dice throw! Keep the game simple.

Q33. Do you have a question about the rules that is not currently explained in the FAQs ?

If you do, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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