Questions about the business, legal, and packaging aspects of making a new game.

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Where can I find a printer for a budget game board?

I'm trying to get a board printed for a game I'm making. Are there any companies/websites that can provide this service relatively cheaply? Ideally, each board would cost $5 or less. The material ...
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Where online can I post my (free) rules and materials for games I've created?

I'm looking for websites that specialize in providing rules and digital resources for card/board games online. Recently I've been creating lots of simple games for my design classes and I would like ...
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Implementing a map exploration mechanic cheaply

I'm building a game in which players explore and steal from a castle. There needs to be an element of surprise and risk, so I've been considering a tile-based system like that used in Carcassonne. ...
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Board game boxes

It seems like most commercial board games come in the same kinds of boxes. Where can you buy such boxes (without labels already on them)?
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What is the duration of copyright on a board game map?

If copyright on a board game map exists, how long will it last? When does the map become public domain? For example, there are plenty of Sokoban maps on-line. Some of them were created by Thinking ...
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Formal Format for Documenting the Game Design Process

Is there a formal format for documenting the game design process? Before you answer with "The Game Design Document (GDD), of course!", in my opinion (and lots of people's opinions as well, I think) a ...
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A game for two. Should I make it playable by more?

I am developing a strategy game for two players. It is something somehow in the line of 1960: The Making of the President (but less complicated and with a quicker gaming rhythm…) Both the theme and ...
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Playing Risk in an arbitrary graph

A Risk board represents the map of the world, or of Europe. Thus, it implies some constraints for example on the connectedness of a territory. I would like to explore how graph theory could help your ...
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Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?

Recently I saw the Star Trek chess game in a serial and looked it up on wikipedia. It exists as a real game, but it seems it's not too popular, too tricky, too unwieldy to carry and play everywhere, ...
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Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?

Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it online or physically ? I see that there were patents filed in 1923 . Can I create an improvement on the existing game and sell it online ? ...
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How Would I Get A Modern Diplomacy -“Like” Game Produced?

Some years ago, I created a modern Diplomacy "takeoff" game (with a new name to be determined). The five "countries" are U.S., Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East. The pieces are fleets (F), ...
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What set of attributes can be used to describe, compare and contrast various board games?

A recent question about a good mix of board games got me thinking about how one could even objectively define "a good mix". My idea is to try and define a set of attributes that could describe, ...
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Where I can buy good resources to build games?

Where I can buy boards, cards, dice, fake money, figures, and any sort of pieces? It would be nice if the store sells on the internet. Another good reason is to buy replacements for damaged or lost ...
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How do I become a professional game designer?

How I can become a full- or part-time professional developing games? Are there specific courses? What specific knowledge should I be looking to learn? How do I enter the industry?