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Jay103
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Anyone here have experience with German distribution?

I'm not positive it's required for the Kinderspiel des Jahre award, but I thought I might try to make myself eligible for that.. My game has several written components (rule book, campaign, reference cards), but no actual playing cards, so I believe I can translate those items and make them available online and meet the criteria.

If anyone has experience with the Spiel des Jahre in general, any insight there would also be appreciated :)

I'm not 100% sure my Heroes & Treasure title qualifies, just because of the RPG elements, and it doesn't seem to line up cleanly with previous winning titles..

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HappyShops is German

You might want to check them out. They are a "Fulfillment" Warehouse. You can send a palet of your game to them for European Fulfillment from within the European Union. I believe this saves the European countries from having to pay customs (since I believe you will pay this amount when shipping to HappyShops)...

I'm not 100% certain about the "customs" issue... But for sure they are in Germany and they can Warehouse and Fulfill orders to European Backers! That much I am certain about...

Cheers!

http://www.happyshops.com

You need to have your BROWSER translate the pages ... because there is no English link to follow (as per my check of the website).

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A massive wealth of information on these topics.

http://www.jamesmathe.com/hitchhikers-guide-to-game-distributors/

This is a great list for distribution, consolidation and fulfillment regionally and worldwide.

That said, I don't think you're required to be in distribution specifically in Germany to be eligible for the Spiel des Jahre but I could be mistaken.

... My mistake ..

Not all games are eligible for an award. In order to be considered in the selection process, the game must meet the following basic requirements:

Rules and any additional texts relevant for game play must be available in German. The game must have been published in the current year or in the previous year. Broadly unchanged new editions or anniversary editions of existing games are excluded. The game must be available at retail at the time of the award selection in May. The jury will not consider prototypes, mock-ups, or short runs. The game must be distributed and sold in German-speaking countries. The game must be playable as a standalone game. Expansions to existing games will not be considered.

The jury does not wish to receive any games which do not meet these basic requirements.

(from https://www.spiel-des-jahres.com/en/faq-publishers)

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Spiel des Jahres criteria

For Spiel des Jahres you need to sell a German version of your game (rulebook, box, cards, ... in German) in German-speaking countries. The idea of this award is to give recommendations to customers.

Having a German rulebook available online doesn't fulfil the formal criteria.

The best way is probably to find a big German publisher for a localized German version of the game.

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For an award

Fobs wrote:
For Spiel des Jahres you need to sell a German version of your game (rulebook, box, cards, ... in German) in German-speaking countries...

Sounds like you would be better off finding a German Publisher who can localize your game and re-sell it in Germany. This may be the reason why some games have "multiple" Publishers (One in Spain, One in the USA, One in Germany, etc.) This is likely to encourage copies translated for each country in question...

Had never thought about this scenario (Award) but more curious about the fact that some game have "multiple" Publishers and I was wondering how that worked...?!

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Fobs wrote:For Spiel des

Fobs wrote:
For Spiel des Jahres you need to sell a German version of your game (rulebook, box, cards, ... in German) in German-speaking countries. The idea of this award is to give recommendations to customers.

Having a German rulebook available online doesn't fulfil the formal criteria.

The best way is probably to find a big German publisher for a localized German version of the game.


Yeah, it looks like that might be the case, even though the rules don't QUITE say that. It's also not QUITE clear whether you need to literally have a German distributor, or are just selling into the German market (which I already am, by mail)

I'm not looking to make a German box for retail, so I think the longshot entry here is probably going to stay in the Impossible Dream category.

Thanks.

If at some point I get big enough to be able to afford to make a full German run of something, I'd try at that point. Maybe my Arena card game in a year or two :)

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For completeness: I heard

For completeness:

I heard back from one of the people in charge there.

It does need to be fully in distribution, on store shelves with pretty wide availability. Which effectively means it needs a German box, since you're not going to get that far in English.

The reason is a good one.. if you win the award, people basically run to the store to buy it and you're selling.. tens of thousands of copies immediately? If I were to win right now (a VERY long shot anyway), I wouldn't even be able to handle something like that.

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