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Admiral Lazarev
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How much would it cost to make a game around 100 cards and 75 plastic cubes.

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It would cost you: $9 USD for 100 cards and $6 USD for 75 plastic cubes... But then you need to factor in the following: a rulebook (or rulesheet), a box (those are not cheap)... Let's say $5 USD for the box. So far that's $20 USD + the rulebook... say another $3 USD. So your COST would be $23 USD.

You could probably SELL the game for $29 USD and make $6 USD per game sold.

Now that you have a one-off production quote... You should be good to get quotes which depend largely on VOLUME and MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity).

Most manufacturers require a minimum of 1,000 Units. Some have a 500 Unit minimum. At 1,000 units expect the price to be around $6,500 - $8,500 (that would be my guesstimate). But don't "quote" me (pun intended! LOL)

I'm not a manufacturer, I've just received quotes for 500 units at around $10.00 USD and for 1000 units at around $6.50 USD... I had 85 cards + some dice and rulebook... So I'm just approximating. You might get a better price... IDK - you omitted the box which costs more and the rulebook which is essential to any game.

You can use that as a baseline - since each game is DIFFERENT.

Admiral Lazarev
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Thanks :)

Thank you SO much! :) This is SUPER helpful for me and it really encourages me because i thought it would cost upwards of 20k.

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Vac-Tray + Mold

Also you didn't include a "Vac-Tray" + Mold fee. The Vac-Tray is one of those Black INSERTS you put in a box to keep things from moving around... It comes with a Mold fee of about $400+ USD.

That also is something to consider ADDING to production costs. a Vac-Tray adds professionalism to a packaged box and is really "nice to have". It may not be ESSENTIAL ... but it still is important.

I'm sure you have other games with Black custom trays - everyone has seen then even if you've only played games like Monopoly or Clue, etc...

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Not enough info .. but ..

Without getting a quote from a manufacturer, all anyone can do is give you some guess work or examples.

You also will need a lot more detail than "about 100 cards and 75 plastic cubes"

For example, a quote from ONE manufacturer, for my game with these components:

Retail box (255 x 255 x 55mm, 157g c2s paper + 1.5mm grey board, 4/0c, matt pp lamination)
134 Mini cards (44 x 63mm, 280g blue core, 4/4c, gloss varnish, rounded corners, shrink wrap)
16 Large cards (90 x 120mm, 280g blue core, 4/4c, gloss varnish, rounded corners, shrink wrap)
24 Bridge cards (63 x 88mm, 280g blue core, 4/4c, gloss varnish, rounded corners, shrink wrap)
76 tiles (50 x 50mm, 2mm grey board + 250g duplex board paper, double sided, 4/4c, gloss varnish)
47 tokens (19mm dia, 1.5mm grey board + 250g duplex board paper, double sided, 4/4c, gloss varnish, punchboard)
2 six sided dice (standard 16mm acrylic, white with black pips)
15 custom dice (16mm acrylic, 6 sided, silk screen on various sides, 5 different colors)
24 cubes (8mm, acrylic)
39 meeples (16x8mm, wood, various colors)
Cloth draw bag (8 x 15cm, drawstring)
Cardboard Tray (to fit box, 400gsm CCNB)
Rules (250x250mm, 20 pages, 128g c2s Paper, gloss varnish, 4/4c, stapled)

Came to approximately;

500 copies = $15.56 per unit
1000 copies = $11.10 per unit
2000 copies = $9.82 per unit
5000 copies = $8.84 per unit

Plus freight, duties, taxes (where applicable), etc.

So really, for 100 cards (assuming standard poker size) + 75 cubes (8mm acrylic), tuck box, single sheet of rules .. I would guess approximately $3 to $5 each in quantities of 1000 copies if manufactured in China.

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Manufacturer?

I'm really curious what manufacturer that is, because that sounds low, particularly with all those custom dice (which certainly can't be less than $2 alone @ 1000 units)

I ask mostly because I have a decent quote for my game (which includes dice, tiles, tokens, etc.) and I'm looking for second opinions :)

The only thing that stood out for me there is the box being 1.5mm.. I had thought 2mm was more standard for a box with a lot of stuff in it and was going that way.

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Jay103 wrote:I'm really

Jay103 wrote:
I'm really curious what manufacturer that is, because that sounds low, particularly with all those custom dice (which certainly can't be less than $2 alone @ 1000 units)

While the dice are the most expensive component, they come in at around $0.85 to $1.50 per set of 15 in each game. Not too bad really but;

The dice are silk screened, not engraved so that reduces the cost substantially (we had these dice made prior as a stand-alone at a door-to-door all in cost of $0.20 per die, 15000 dice (5 dice per set, so 3000 of each die)).

I've got quotes from several manufacturers and they all come in at similar pricing but the manufacturer I've used for several years now is HCH Gameland.

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The only thing that stood out for me there is the box being 1.5mm.. I had thought 2mm was more standard for a box with a lot of stuff in it and was going that way.

1.5mm + 157gsm ends up as 2mm. If you quote for a 2mm box + wrap/print you'll end up with more like a 2.5mm box which is REALLY sturdy but probably overkill.

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Ah, good point. I’ll bear

Ah, good point. I’ll bear that in mind!

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