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Hi im new to this and would appreciate some advice

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Hi, my mum is quite into this sort of stuff and is developing a board game at the moment and it got me thinking myself. Basically ive come up with a good idea for a game that would actually work much better as a development of an existing game thats really popular worldwide. Is there any scope for doing anything like this? I ask because although i think the game could work very well stand alone but would probably not sell very much. i think it would be much more marketable alongside the existing product in my opinion. Sorry if i sound like a real dunce but i literally know nothing about this sort of thing and any advice or relevant precedents would be really appreciated.

Thanks,

zaiga
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Hi im new to this and would appreciate some advice

My advice would be to not worry about such things just yet. What you have right now is just an idea. First, try to develop that idea into a fully working, well tested, fun-to-play prototype. When you get the design to that stage you can start worrying about how to best market the game.

johant
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Hi im new to this and would appreciate some advice

I see your point.

I would also advice you to keep develop it, ideas are after all just ideas!

I have come up with something that actually has components of an existing popular game set with a new theme, some new mechanics, some new rules and as a whole a new experience. When we are playing it is really much more fun than lots of other games on the market!

Anonymous
Hi im new to this and would appreciate some advice

hi thanks appreciate your advice but was just worried about the direction of my game as i think its great and wouldnt mind selling it but dont really want to get sued should it come to the crunch and if thats going to happen it will alter the direction i take this game in if you see what i mean.

zaiga
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Hi im new to this and would appreciate some advice

It's possible to publish an expansion to an existing game, as long as you avoid using any copyrighted or trademarked material. I believe there were expansions to the original "Axis & Allies" which were not published, nor sanctioned by Milton Bradley. Of course, the trick in such a case will be to get people to know it is an expansion to that game, without using the name of the game (assuming the name is trademarked)!

Another possibility would be to create an expansion (or add-on, or whatever it is) for the game, and then try to get the original publisher to publish it. If the original game is published by a "big" publisher (ie. Hasbro), then your chances of this happening are pretty slim. Smaller publishers in the hobby market might be interested, but I wouldn't bet my money on it. Moreover, you would have to share credit and, more importantly, royalties with the original designer (example: Carcassonne - the Castle).

Finally, you could try and make a completely original game. You could base the design on another game, and then rework it enough to make it your own original design. This will require more work, but it will be less hassle to try and sell the design later on.

Anonymous
Hi im new to this and would appreciate some advice

thank you very much for your advice its really helpful. It is an existing game by a big company and appreciate they probably wont be interested but i really think it would fly off the shelves if they did, as with the marketing aspect of the whole thing it could be really successful. Maybe im just being naive but i think theyd be fools not to go for it!

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