I need some help from the BGDF community. I'm considering releasing a game in a Print and Play format but I've never done so. Can anyone give me some tips on a good way to set up the files; such as file types to use and good sites to distribute them through? Any overall tips?
If you can print the files and use them to play the game, the odds are that others can do so as well. Pdf and doc are good formats for the files, pretty much everyone has a software which can print them. Zip is not the best format for packing the files, but I suggest you use it anyway, because most people will be able to extract it without downloading any additional programs. Board Game Geek is probably the best place to find players for your game, it doesn't really matter where you host your files.
It might be worth taking into account that some people have black-and-white printers though. If color matters in your game, mention that a color printer is required if you can't think of a way to make it work in black-and-white.
I sell my PnP games through www.RPGNOW.com
After an initial few months sales tend to drop off to a trickle.
http://www.boardgamesnow.com has started to do PnP but doesn’t have any up yet.
For selling, I use DrivethruRPG which I think is the same than RPGnow but with a different face. I also use wargamesdownload.com.
Drivethru have the best system in place for publisher. You can manage almost everything online.
There is only 1 file format you should use: PDF.
1. It will increase the chances that the files always get printed the same way what ever the printer and software.
2. DrivethruRPG can watermark the downloaded file with the user name if the files are in PDF. Some sort of anti-piracy protection mechanism.
I have written 2 web guide, regarding print and play.
PNP board game construction
PnP graphic design guide
Some information in theses guides could be useful to you.
Hope it helps