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Non-Disclosure Agreement

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ifyoucanreadthis
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Does anyone have a really good non-disclosure agreement they use for games that is downloadable?

Katherine
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yeah ... had to pay for it

yeah ... had to pay for it and found it more a hinderance than a help.

In my experience you have two choices - tell all or self publish.

Dralius
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Do you need a non-disclosure

Do you need a non-disclosure agreement?

For example you are only going to show it to a few people and you don’t want them to talk about it.

Or are you thinking about putting up on the web so anyone can download it. In that case you need a copyright notice.

ifyoucanreadthis
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NDA

I do need an NDA for people who are doing playtesting.

I'm going to go the self-publishing route.

I'm very good with webmarketing so I plan to do my own distribution, etc.

Dralius
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Don't worry be productive

Besides play testing with many independent designers and the occasional ad hock session with miscellaneous game companies I test allot of games with Mayfair, and ElfinWerks. I have been doing this for years and I have never been asked to sign an NDA.

You may have a hard time getting testers if they are required to sign a contract.

MatthewF
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Similarly, I've playtested

Similarly, I've playtested bunches of games from "big name" designers (in the eurogame industry, anyway), and have never had to sign an NDA.

Game ideas aren't worth stealing.

Katherine
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ifyoucanreadthis wrote:I do

ifyoucanreadthis wrote:
I do need an NDA for people who are doing playtesting.

Why would you do that? It is hard enough as is to get playtesters, let alone taking the fun out of it by legalsing the sessions.

The only time I used the NDA was for the graphics and quotes as I was dealing with people outside of the game industry.

I am curious to know how you have decided your game is unique enough to warrant secrecy and protection, ie seach types.

gameprinter
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NDA PDF

I have the NDA we offer to people up on our web site at http://www.delanoservice.com/downloads.asp. It is not specific to DeLano, so feel free to use it with whomever you like. :)

We tend not to worry too much about NDAs, since all we care about to quote the game are the physical specs. (It's hard to violate an NDA when all you know is that the game uses a 20x20 board and has 6 pawns). That, and if we ever DID violate a customer's trust, we'd never print a game again. It's a small industry.

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