I realize the answer to my question is out there for me to find if I search the net long enough, but perhaps you can offer me a shortcut, point me to some good resource or give me advice for my specific game.
Though I’ve have played a decent amount of games it is only now that I’m ready to pitch my own design that I realize that I’ve payed too little attention to different publishers. I couldn’t tell you the publisher of most of the games I’ve played. And now that I need to figure out which ones to contact I find it quite overwhelming to visit the hundreds(?) of publishers’ websites out there and sift through their products trying to determine which ones might be interested in my game.
I’m hoping to be able to book a few meetings in Essen. I may be too late for this but I think it could be worth a shot. Any advice on how to find the right publishers? I found this thread here on BGDF which gave me some direction but there must be many more companies than that (not that the list wasn't helpful). How do you all find out which publishers to contact for your own games (assuming you’re not self-publishing)? Is it just a matter of going through them one by one, one website after the other. Or do you have some other advice?
My game is a family game that focuses on adventure and exploration, from about 8 years.