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Valley Games--The Trials and Tribulations of Board Game Publishing Part 2

Valley Games–The Trials and Tribulations of Board Game Publishing Part 2

This is the second part of Valley Games‘  Torben Sherwood series on the realities of board game publishing. If you have not already read part one of this series, do so before continuing. Trask, The Last Tyromancer “Hi! I’m a game designer and I have a great game that I would like you to publish! […]

Valley Games--The Trials and Tribulations of Board Game Publishing Part 1

Valley Games–The Trials and Tribulations of Board Game Publishing Part 1

Torben Sherwood of Valley Games, the English-language publishers of board games (Titan, Container, Stronghold, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Republic of Rome, Die Macher) kindly agreed to do some guest-blogging for Livingdice. Torben’s two-part series on the origins of his publishing company and the difficulties in developing a board game from concept to market are must-reads […]

GAMA Trade Show 2010 Hyperlinked List of Exhibitors and Vendors

GAMA Trade Show 2010 Hyperlinked List of Exhibitors and Vendors

GTS, the Gama Trade Show 2010 starts on March 22, 2010 and here is my yearly hyper-linked list of all the exhibitors. There are 98 exhibitors this year, which is up from last year(76). This is good news in itself, but I am also heartened to see some new participants like Wyrd Miniatures and Collins […]

The Citadel, the Beer Garden and the Bazaar: Three Role-Playing Game Publisher Business Models

The Citadel, the Beer Garden and the Bazaar: Three Role-Playing Game Publisher Business Models

Role-playing publishers face significant hurdles to making money. Role-playing games are niche market in the best of times and within that niche gamer dollars flow to literally hundreds of game publishers. This makes for a very competitive market with relatively few dollars available for the plethora of publishers. In an attempt to garner market share, […]

Cheap Custom Embroidery for Game Club Shirts

Cheap Custom Embroidery for Game Club Shirts

Occasionally game groups or clubs reach a level where they take that final step towards local gamer fame…the club shirts! Most clubs use t-shirts and silk screening or decals for their club shirts.  I did some research for my group (The Dice Templars)  and found a company, Queensboro Shirts that sells very affordable embroidery services. […]

Catalyst RED--Retail Electronic Delivery--PDF Sales at Brick and Mortar Game Stores

Catalyst RED–Retail Electronic Delivery–PDF Sales at Brick and Mortar Game Stores

Catalyst Game Labs, publisher of “Eclipse Phase,” “Cthuhlutech”and “Battletech” recently announced “RED.” Catalyst Retail Electronic Delivery allows  PDF sales at your FLGS. It is currently in Alpha (very early testing) at nine retail game stores across the country. The link above leads to the original announcement, but I had some additional questions. Catalyst’s Operations Manager, […]

On-Demand, Custom Role-Playing Games: The Future of RPGs

I believe that the current business model for role-playing publishers of selling books or PDF files is inefficient and does not satisfy the changing demands of the gaming consumer. For many years, publishers produced games using a base rule book and supplement business model. Gamers purchased the base book, liked it and then purchased supplements […]

Game Design and Self-Publishing– Resources for Aspiring Game Designers

Byron Collins of  “Collins Epic Wargames” wrote an excellent article on the difficulties of getting a board game published, as well as some great advice and resources from someone that successfully published their own board game creation. Normally I do not re-post material from elsewhere on the web, but I thought this article had so […]

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