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Are You a Wine Tycoon?

Have you ever longed to start a winery?  The process just got a lot easier.  There’s no financial models, pesky bank loans, land leases or Mother Nature issues … it’s as easy as starting up your computer.

For $19.99, from the comfy perch of your desk chair and the soft glow of your PC, you too can build a wine empire playing the strategic role-playing game Wine Tycoon.

The game, in the vein of other strategic role-playing games like The Sims, is based on managing a winemaking operation in France. It will be released in October to coincide with the French harvest.  Your mission in playing the game, should you choose to accept, is (excerpted from the press release):

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From plant to pick to press to pour, run your very own French vineyard in Wine Tycoon. Create the vineyard of your dreams in 10 of the most important wine regions of France. Commanding operations from your very own French chateau, you must build your winery, plant and tend your vines through all four seasons of the year, and hire staff to harvest and process your grapes. Produce 50 French wines such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Pinot Gris and Champagne from more than 40 different grape varietals, all in the ultimate goal of becoming a wealthy wine baron.

In Wine Tycoon, as in reality, each wine region has its own unique style and flavor, not only in appearance, but also in the different traditional grape varieties grown and the wines made. The two levels of game play—Career and Free Play, both with a tutorial for those who want it—allow players to patiently develop their gaming and wine-making skills, or roll up their sleeves and jump right in with just the funds to start a vineyard from scratch. From your chateau hub in “Wine Tycoon”, you must manage operations at other locations around the vineyard, such as at the fermentation building and the bottling plant.

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Now, I’m not much of a gamer … at all.  I’ve always wished I could be more manly and wile away my hours playing Madden NFL 2010.  I even bought an Xbox a few years back which garnered all of 15 minutes of action before becoming an objet d’art.  My video game career peaked with Donkey Kong on the old Atari in the 80’s and I came out of retirement to play 10-Yard Fight on the Nintendo 64 in the early 90’s, but I’m intrigued by this game.  Alas, Wine Tycoon might get me closer to the unshaven sloth I’m sure my wife pines for.

Seriously, it looks like a lot of fun, and will probably pull $20 ducats out of my wallet, but my question is this – I happened across this press release quite by accident.  However, if you do a search for “Wine Tycoon” all of the gaming sites are absolutely teeming with the press release, so how has this escaped the wine press so far? I’m not sure, but I have an interview lined up with the game publisher to ask some questions about the game development back-story and how they developed the game to ensure technical accuracy. Likewise, I want to know if there is a “game cheat” that will unleash an angry mob of French winemakers crying an injustice.  Or, if you can buy sugar to chap your wine, but risk running afoul of the law … if so, perhaps that would be a natural tie-in to other games from the same developer—Prison Tycoon version 1 - 4.



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On 08/18, Blackjack Cheating wrote:

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Really enjoyed it! Good job and keep writing!

On 04/20, ucuz tatil wrote:

I got this game with a Tycoon Games pack and it’s quite pretty cool game for wine lovers smile

On 08/01, toryburchsale wrote:

Really enjoyed it! Good job and keep writing!

On 08/04, perücke wrote:

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perücke sein, müssen Sie die beste Zeit für einen professionellen Stylisten zu sortieren fragen zu bauen.  Sie die Perücke, wenn   Kamm ist besser geeignet Xiece Kamm, nicht eine gerade Kamm, sanft. Einige Leute zu verwenden, wenn das Tragen einer Perücke Haarnadel, wird vor allem an den angetroffen starke Winde, wenn die Perücke weg geblasen wurde angestrebt, ist es sehr peinlich. Aber zu viel Anstrengung Clip Perücke leicht zu Netzen setzen Haken hat einen direkten Einfluss auf den Einsatz, so dass die in der Verwendung einer Perücke g als dekorative Schleife anstelle der Perücke Haarnadel fixiert. Manche Menschen sind sehr besorgt, kann man nicht lieben Haargummi, kann es sein, aber es ist am besten nicht zu binden zu hoch, um nicht Echthaar ausgesetzt war, nicht gut aussehen. Darüber hinaus gibt es spezielle Perücke verwenden Sie nicht Gel Wasser-, Haar-Maske und dergleichen.

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