I am new to this forum and I am currently in the phase of preparing my game to be manufactured.
One of the companies I am having quote me is Panda Game Manufacturing, but I am curious if anyone has used them before? Any comments on these guys?
They have a good rep and many small companies have used them. They come recomended. I'm getting a quote from them right now in fact.
You can also try LUDO Fact in Germany. But I find they are the most expensive. Panda is usually 15-20% less but they do manufacture in China - just under strict supervision. Then there are other China companies which is basically a crap shoot (with odds against you) which are usually 25% or more cheaper.
Yep, I've already talked with Ludo Fact, nice people. Still waiting on them to get back to me.
I've seen a couple anecdotal comments on Panda, but no one that has actually had a game manufactured.
As for other Chinese manufacturers, I've read some of the other posts hear and elsewhere, so I am definitely aware the quality is spotty at best and you really have no recourse if things go awry..
I can't attest to the quality, as I haven't printed with them, but I can say that Panda is very competitive for pricing, and they are great at communication. I have sent them several quote requests, and every time they have a quote in my inbox within 2-3 weeks. They are very clear about what that quote includes, about pre-press and production time, and will help you a great deal with recommendations if you aren't quite sure about specifics for parts for your game.
So I guess based on that, I would highly recommend them..check out their website and portfolio..they have done games like Pandemic and Tales of the Arabian Nights. High quality stuff.
If I have my druthers, they are my printer of choice.
I'm also awaiting a quite from Panda. Some of the games they show on their site seem decently made. But other than that I can't say more.
Have you looked into 360 Manufacturing? http://www.360manufacturingservices.com/
They are based in the US. So that'd probably cut down on shipping and importing costs. And I believe they allow smaller runs as Panda had a minimum of 1,500 (if I remember right). And 360's quality seemed top notch from what I saw on the site.