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DiscoverFoods
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I have designed a Food educational board game and have a prototype ready. The prototype was built in the UK by a company called Gamesplay UK. They had the game for a year and showed it to relevant companies, but no avail. I sent the prototype to Amigo & Winning Moves Germany again no taker. The problem is that nobody really gives you the right feedback on HOW IT WOULD WORK if YOU would change a,b,c. Its an educational game, and in todays of child & adult obesity, there must be a company out there to take it on. Any helpful comments would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards Oliver

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In the UK

Hi Oliver. Are you in ther UK?

I'm way down in cornwall and not yet met a fellow UK designer; either that or their not saying so! As to your quiery (never could spell that word) - welcome to the world of games designers headaches! I know of GamesPlay; I cannot comment on how useful or not they are only that I've heard things good and bad. How much did they want to make your prototype? As for the other two, well, theirs the problem of unsolicited mail. did you ask them if you could send it first?

Unfortunately everyone thinks they can invent a board game (no comment on your game!!!!) so very few companies will look at anything as they have their own (rubbish, flat and predictable) inhouse designers. What you need is to find a company that makes a simular product and/ or approach schools direct.

Then of course they say, well, we've already got something like that!

Pass the anadin!

Of course I'd look at it but only a brief synopsis and only if your happy with any protection you have on it.

TT Games

Here's my first published game if you fancy a look.
www.treasuretrails.co.uk/games/chase/

Katherine
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Discover foods Have you

Discover foods

Have you talked to teachers? If you can find a group of 8 - 14 they will be brutally honest and tell you exactly what the didn't like. Some private schools may hold a playtesting night as a funfraiser, this will give you current feedback.

DiscoverFoods
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Hi There. Thanks a million for the reply. And no I am not in the UK but in Ireland. As I can see you published your game by yourself?! Well Done. Hope its going well for you. I will keep trying to find the right avenue. Cheers Oliver

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Winning Moves & Amigo

Well I can tell you why you didn't get a bite from Amigo and Winning Moves, and that's because they don't publish educational games. My best advice, run up to your local game/toy/teacher store, and see which games are similar to your game, and then contact THOSE publishers. Most game publishers have an 'identity' or 'theme' to their game catalog, and they're not about to go turn it 180 degrees for one game.

The other suggestion I have is to start contacting organizations that deal with obesity to see if they would be willing to pick up your game. That might be your best bet.

Just some suggestions.
-Darke

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Cheers Oliver

okicoki
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Need help too

Hi ttgames i too am in the UK (essex) and Hi to Oliver i too am an Oliver and need help!
I have created a game which uses 2cm hollow plastic cubes as pieces which are flicked with the index finger so must be lightweight. Home-made prototype made and have people asking for the game but now cannot get hold of the right plastic cubes anywhere! They seem to be unavailable in UK and US companiies either will not export or are out of stock. I am now persuing manufacturers but they all want me to order huge quantities that i'm not ready to do yet.
I do know ToysRus (USA website only) stock them but i don't know anyone there who could get them for me!
I have just emailled MJScreations/BoardGameDesign.com for a quote. And i'm considering GamesPlayUK (Oliver do you mind me asking how much they charged and what they did for your money?)
Any experience of these companies or advice of what to do would be appreciated?

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Darkehorse wrote:Well I can

Darkehorse wrote:
Well I can tell you why you didn't get a bite from Amigo and Winning Moves, and that's because they don't publish educational games. My best advice, run up to your local game/toy/teacher store, and see which games are similar to your game, and then contact THOSE publishers. Most game publishers have an 'identity' or 'theme' to their game catalog, and they're not about to go turn it 180 degrees for one game.

The other suggestion I have is to start contacting organizations that deal with obesity to see if they would be willing to pick up your game. That might be your best bet.

Just some suggestions.
-Darke


On the same note, wouldn't a publisher be likely to turn down a game if it competes with a game they already have?

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