Episode #85: Mailbag on US Manufacturing, Recovering from Disaster, and Component Cost Considerations

Today we dig into the Patreon mailbag and answer these questions:

  • How do you recover from being punched in the gut?
  • What is a unique enough selling point for a game?
  • What are some component cost considerations to take when manufacturing your game?
  • Should I fulfill my Kickstarter campaign myself?
  • Is it possible to manufacture games in the US?

Thanks to Mark Edwards for editing this!

Audio Direct Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP085.mp3

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Game Design and Publishing Panel at Gen Con 2016

At Gen Con 2016, we were on a panel to talk about lots of publishing topics. These were the folks on the panel:

  • JT Smith of The Game Crafter
  • Zachary Strebeck, the Game Lawyer
  • Jeremy Commandeur, Game Designer
  • Brian Henk of Overworld Games
  • things like:

Here are some topics we discussed:

  • Forming your business
  • Game manufacturing options (US, Europe, China, etc.)
  • Different ways to sell your game
  • Traditional and alternative distribution models
  • Game awards and contests
  • What should you do yourself? What should you pay others to do?
  • Game publishing contract royalties

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP044.mp3

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Production Schedules

In this episode, we discuss the life of a game, particularly with a crowd-funded game. We go through the schedule from start to finish and a high-level of everything in between! Specifically, we hit on these points:

  • Make sure design is finished
  • The major steps include:
    •     Art
    •     Manufacturing and Proofing
    •     Kickstarter Prep
    •     Review Copies
    •     Informing Retailers
    •     Shipping and Fulfillment
  • Art takes longer than expected
  • Break down EVERY task and element
  • The order of the tasks matters
  • Run aspects by outside eyes
  • Where can we find an in-depth description of the process?
  • What task management tools are available?
  • What is the overall timeline?

Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP040.mp3

Using Chipboard

Here are the chipboard-related topics we discuss:

  • Why use chipboard?
    • Feel
    • Durability
  • Why wouldn’t you want to?
    • Cost
    • Wear
    • Weight
  • 3D chipboard constructions
  • Cost analysis
  • Sizes and custom shapes
  • Standard sheets/thickness/layers
  • Finishes and coating
  • Unpub/Protospiel San Jose

Audio Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP035.mp3

 

 

Manufacturing Quality

Today we talk about manufacturing quality. Here are some of the topics:

  • Print-on-Demand Quality
  • CMYK & RGB Issues
  • Defects and Limitations
  • When are defects worth the risk?
  • Which manufacturer should publishers choose?
  • How to gauge quality
  • Quality for repetitive use
  • Does the manufacturer influence a purchase?

Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP031.mp3

 

Working with a Manufacturer

We cover lessons learned in talking to tabletop game manufacturers so you can better prepare for the next time you need to work with one.

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP022.mp3

 

 

Moving from Print-on-Demand to Manufacturing, Part 3 (Transitioning)

Jeremy explains the structure of a Kickstarter campaign, leaving options for POD and manufacturing open. Brian gives his three criteria for choosing a manufacturer. Richard puzzles over the benefits of different manufacturer locations.

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP009.mp3