This episode provides some guidelines for the situation where multiple publishers want to sign your game and how you handle it, both from the designer and publisher perspective. Specifically, we cover:
- submitting your game to multiple publishers at the same time
- handshake deals
- bringing copies to a convention
- bigger publishers vs. smaller publishers
- asking for exclusivity
- doing your publisher homework
- changes to contracts
- should I have a lawyer look over my contract?
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
Brian makes a list of the top 10 mistakes new designers make from the perspective of a publisher and we all debate about it. This covers things like the design decisions that will make a game harder to sell. Jeremy will share his list from a designer perspective in the next episode!
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?
What’s the best way to get noticed by a publisher at a convention? What annoys them? What excites them? We talk about our experience and lessons learned as we cover these topics:
– Making Appointments
– Sell Sheets
– Elevator Pitch
– Finding a Publisher that Fits Your Game
– Publisher Speed Dating
– Follow-ups After a Pitch
Audio/Podcast version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP027.mp3
We give our top 5 tips for convention preparation from the designer and publisher perspective. We also cover these topics:
– Smaller conventions vs. bigger conventions
– Should we go to non-gaming conventions?
– Matching conventions to your theme
– Reusing signage and supplies
– How many copies to bring?
– Packing for a con
Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP025.mp3
Today the topic is getting ready for a convention from the perspective of someone playing games, publishing games, and designing games. How do you get your design in front of publishers? How do you get buzz going for a booth? What are the booth-goer “use cases”? How do you make the most of your convention? We discuss some of these options for getting people into your booth:
– promo cards
– advertising in convention guides
– coupon books
Audio/Podcast Version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP023.mp3