Board games are usually published by one of a variety of different board game publishers - such as Fantasy Flight or Z-Man Games.
My question is - what do the publishers do - and what's the difference between them?
Do board game publishers act much the same way to book publishers do? - ie. selectively publishing games from creators they think will be successful in exchange for a commission - or are their games developed in-house?
For example, I am interested in board game publishers responsibility in:
- Manufacturing components. Do board games publishers manufacture components themselves, or outsource them?
- Designing games. Do board games publishers design games 'in house' or are they merely publishers for external designers?
- Acquiring copyright rights, for example for any games based on franchises (eg Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings), do board game publishers negotiate with the copyright holders themselves, or is that up to the designer?
I appreciate that answers are likely to be different for each board game publisher, so a good answer will give a general overview of what the primary role of board game publishers do, and give some examples of what some of the larger/more popular board game publishers do in respect to these questions.
A good answer might include and example of the size of a larger board game publisher, and outline all the roles each of the staff play.