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There's a thread on BGG I wanted to make sure everyone saw. Rio Grande Games is sponsoring a game design contest in which each finalist will have the opportunity to sit down with Jay Tummelson face to face and pitch their game. Last year he agreed to publish 4 of the entries!

Even if your entry doesn't win, the opportunity to get direct feedback from a publisher is pretty good, especially considering there appears to be no or very little cost to enter.

Watch the BGG thread for details on entering the contest, and good luck!

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sedjtroll wrote:There's a

sedjtroll wrote:
There's a thread on BGG I wanted to make sure everyone saw. Rio Grande Games is sponsoring a game design contest in which each finalist will have the opportunity to sit down with Jay Tummelson face to face and pitch their game. Last year he agreed to publish 4 of the entries!

Even if your entry doesn't win, the opportunity to get direct feedback from a publisher is pretty good, especially considering there appears to be no or very little cost to enter.

Watch the BGG thread for details on entering the contest, and good luck!

Is this opportunity for US citizenĀ“s only or for those who are willing to travel to United States? I mean is it possible to just send your game? I guess not?

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tomi71 wrote:Is this

tomi71 wrote:
Is this opportunity for US citizenĀ“s only or for those who are willing to travel to United States? I mean is it possible to just send your game? I guess not?

I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that one.

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based on last year's, it's

based on last year's, it's entirely up to the individual "feeder" events whether they require/prohibit the designer to be there for the "event qualifier" bit. if you do qualify though, you'll have to show up at ChiTAG to "claim your prize" of the opportunity to demo it to Jay.

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FYI

Just FYI

You're all going get OWNED!! >:)

http://www.bgdf.com/node/3207

Mud on yah face... dah dah dah..

(purely satirical...)

Eric

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You definitely must attend

You definitely must attend CHITAG in person if you are a finalist for presentation to Jay. I *think* I saw some of the qualifying groups accept outside submissions last year, but it is entirely up to each of those groups if/how they do that.

Also, for those that care, CHITAG is the same weekend as BGGcon this year. I enjoy BGGcon too much, and find this entry process too onerous, to trade it for CHITAG.

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Southwest USA people

I have been asked to cross post this from BGG... please feel free to respond to Bill Andel at if you're int he Tucson/Phoenix area and interested in participating.

C&P:
If any of you are interested in participating in this year's Rio Grande Games Design Contest (see this thread for details), please let me know no later than Wednesday, 5/19. They might hold a qualifying round locally (Tucson or Phoenix) if enough designers in the area are interested in participating.

Cheers,

Bill

(Note, the thread linked is the same one I linked in the original post in this thread)

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ChiTag Contest

Like SiddGames said, you have to attend ChiTag if you win a qualifier, but attending the qualifiers are upto the local groups. I'm running the contest in Memphis, and we'll accept mail in entries. See our website for more info:

http://www.gameconmemphis.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&...

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Orlando entries

I see that Orlando did well last year. How do I enter the Orlando contest this year?

Harris

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Re: sending your game

Hello,

You can send your game to a hosting site willing to receive and test it, but the prize is something to be claimed in person.

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Hosting Communities
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The following communities will be judging prototypes for the Rio Grande Design Contest:

New York City, NY - http://www.meetup.com/nyc-boardgames/

Washington, DC - http://www.congressofgamers.org

Orlando, FL - http://www.orlandogaming.org

Columbus, OH - http://www.buckeyeboardgamers.org

Memphis, TN - http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/MSBGC-club/

Ann Arbor,MI - http://www.ucon-gaming.org/

Chicago, IL - http://www.chicagoboardgames.com

Milwaukee, WI - http://www.milcog.com/

Minneapolis, MN - http://www.twincitiesboardgames.com/

St Louis, MO - http://www.meetup.com/St-Louis-Board-Games/

Denver, CO - http://www.meetup.com/The-Denver-Boardgames-Meetup-Group/

Los Angeles, CA - http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalPlayTesting

San Francisco, CA - http://www.meetup.com/berkeleyboardgamers/

Portland, OR - http://www.meetup.com/pdxgames/

Contact the community closest to you for their submission and judging deadlines, as they will vary from location to location.
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I'll happily answer any questions that anyone has pertaining to the contest on this thread.

In regards to the entry process being onerous, I'm sorry. I've done the best I can to establish a smooth process. A lot of control is left in the hands of local organizers to prevent unnecessary delays and complications. I've had a lot of positive feedback from the hosting sites about how rewarding this was for both the designers and players alike.

While I wouldn't discourage you from attending BGGCon, I would encourage you to check out these events/groups if they are convenient for you in order to get a better sense of what the contest is like in person so you might consider it for 2011.

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Any prohibition against entering multiple submissions or are you going to leave that up to each host to decide?

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Believe

if you believe that you have designed a board game which will sell., then why not try and sell it yourself rather than entering a competition for someone else to publish it for you?

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ctheodorou wrote:if you

ctheodorou wrote:
if you believe that you have designed a board game which will sell., then why not try and sell it yourself rather than entering a competition for someone else to publish it for you?

Self publishing can be a very costly endeavor. And once you've invested the money to publish yourself, you have to find a way to get it distributed. An established and renowned publisher, like Rio Grande, has the ability to publish more efficiently and has distribution channels in place. If your goal is to get many people to enjoy your game (and if the game is actually good), you are going to achieve that easier with a publishing company than starting up on your own.

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I believe...

ctheodorou wrote:
if you believe that you have designed a board game which will sell., then why not try and sell it yourself rather than entering a competition for someone else to publish it for you?

I believe...

1. That self publishing the games in question is prohibitively expensive for someone of my means.

2. That Rio Grande is a leader in their market and not only will get my game to market if I win but they will do it with style.

3. You can expect to see me self publish a few of the cheaper games, i.e. card games in 2011-2012.

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Dralius wrote:Any prohibition

Dralius wrote:
Any prohibition against entering multiple submissions or are you going to leave that up to each host to decide?

It is up to each location to decide how that is handled. We'll accept upto two entries, but we have a larger pool of playtesters to pull from.

Also, entering multiple entries could backfire on you. Say you have one game that is by far and away the better of the two, but the playtester plays the other first and hates it for some reason (rational or otherwise) they may take that grudge into the next game (assuming they recognize it as being from the same designer).

http://www.gameconmemphis.com/main/34-news/56-gamedesigncontest.html

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woohoo!

Already signed up to take GODS ALONG THE NILE down to Berkeley [only a two hour drive from here]. Looking forward to the Big Fun!

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