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I want to give away my game idea...

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I created a prototype for a unique boardgame and playtested it a bit with various friends. It can be a real riot.

So, I don't have the time and resources to go the distance. But, I would like to give it to a company (big or small) that would take a serious look at it... FOR FREE... And, if they like it and want to run with it, I really would just want some very minimal credit and/or profit; like really minimal if anything at all. I am just interested in someone who has the means to actually produce something to take a look at it (versus just posting it for anyone to grab).

Any companies that do that? I'd maybe like to protect my game idea, but I really have no money to spend on that sort of thing.

thx,
Josh

wwphx
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I want to give away my game idea...

Can you simplify the design so that people could download a PDF and make their own copy? I would consider that path. In fact, that's what I'm doing, but for different reasons.

I have a game called Karaoke Screams, it's basically the same as Apples To Apples, but one deck is songs and the other people. The players submit the people card whom they think would be the worst/funniest singer of any particular song. I contacted Out of the Box Games, they weren't interested though they liked the concept. Problem is, A2A is patented. Rare, but some games are. So I asked them if I could release it for free on my web site, they said yes. I'm ready to release it, I'm just waiting for a hard-copy letter from OotB and the patent holder saying that I can release it for free.

www.sparebrainsgames.com is where it'll be lurking.

Good luck!

Anonymous
I want to give away my game idea...

interesting. actually, yes, the game contents and instructions are currently packaged up in a pdf. The end player would have to make cards with backings else play with flimsy paper. I hadn't thought to release it in that state on my personal website. I'd rather see it made into a real nice game with a nice deck (its all card based... though very unique cards)

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Take a look at my site and how I tell people to print Karaoke Screams. I'll have two PDF sets: one for printing on Avery 5371 business card stock, the other for printing on to 2.5x3.5" copier paper. The advantage of the second is to take them to a copier center and have them copied on to 120# stock and cut with the high-quality hydraulic cutters that good copier centers have. That way they have nice, thick cards. I include a cutting guide so that alignment isn't an issue.

I will also have card back PDFs so that they can have their set copied double-sided if they so desire.

I don't know the size of your deck (Karaoke Screams is over 200 cards), but if it's the size of a normal deck, they could conceivably just use plain paper and card protector sleeves.

Dralius
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Want to give it away?

Get some quotes from manufacturers that will include fulfillment. Once you have established a price point per game that will cover the costs you set up a pre-order system on your website. Then when you have collected the necessary orders to cover yourself you have the print run done. The manufacturer makes the game and sends it to the customer.

Game over!

Anonymous
I want to give away my game idea...

ah, thats a nice idea. hadn't heard of pre-ordering quotas before manufacturing. i'll look into that.

Anonymous
I want to give away my game idea...

wwphx, thanks, i saw your instructions for printing on thick card stock. excellent. good game idea too.

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