What does it cost?
The single player and multiplayer versions of the Beer Distribution Game are free. If you sign up for a free account, you get access to your game results history and the premium Multigame feature for sixteen parallel games (up to 64 players).
Do I need an account?
You don't need to have an account to play the Beer Distribution Game. If you create an account, you get access to your past game results and can thus track your improvement. You can then also facilitate the Multigame with 1-64 players.
How was the Beer Distribution Game built?
The Beer Distribution Game was build with the Business Prototyping Toolkit, our Open Source Framework for building interactive simulations. You can find our Beer Game repository on GitHub.
What is the the multiplayer version of the Beergame?
In the multiplayer version you can play the Beergame in teams of 1-4 players. The player who starts the game becomes the game admin who can invite the remaining players to the game. Each of these players takes on one of the roles in the beergame supply chain (either the brewery, or the distributor, or the wholesaler or the retailer) – the game admin can assign the roles freely.
Do I need four players to play the multiplayer version of the Beergame?
No, you can assign artifical players (AI players), so you can play with 1-4 players. If you play with just one player, you can choose which position you would like to take in the supply chain. If you choose to play the retailer, the multiplayer game is behaves exactly like the single player game.
The single player version is too easy for me - how can I make it more challenging?
Play the multiplayer version against 3 artificial players. Instead of playing the retailer, play one of the other roles. Or play the Multigame with just 1 player and choose an advanved preset.
What is the multigame version of the Beergame?
The multigame version of the Beergame let's you play multiple single or multiplayer version of the Beergame in parallel. The game is set up by a beergame facilitator, who typically does not take part in the game herself. Upon starting the game, the Beergame facilitator receives a lobby code, which she passes on to the players. The players can then join the games using the lobby code and the facilitator assigns the players to the games and to their role. Once all player slots are filled, the facilitator can start all games. Once all games are finished, the facilitator can compare the results of the individual games.
How can I play the multigame with more than sixteen games?
Currently the multigame is limited to sixteen parallel games of 1-4 players each. If you need more, please let us know.
How many players do I need to play the multigame?
Each game in the multigame needs at least one human player. Therefore, you can play the multigame with just one player.