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How to respond to publishers when they ask for rules?

Send the rules. Fear of having your idea copied/stolen is a uniquely amateur mentality. Daniel Solis (designer) and Gil Hova (publisher who references other publishers) cover the topic well in their ...
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Sharing Yu-Gi-Oh! card ideas

Konami has general contact information for their offices. However, I highly doubt that they will accept unsolicited card suggestions. There are a couple of reasons for that: They are already paying ...
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How do I (self) publish a pencil and paper game?

If your game doesn't need any materials (or those would be more easily to come by on their own, such as graph paper), I would suppose the elements of your game you're trying to ship would be the rules....
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Do board game publishers design games 'in house', or do they merely publish games by external designers?

There's publishers who only have in-house staff, there's ones who farm projects out to freelancers, and there's ones who buy games off designers. Some companies only use one of these models. Some ...
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Board Games development online course

Here are a couple EdX options. The first is about game design (both board and computer games). The second focuses on games meant for education. https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-game-design-...
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Recommendations for making board tiles

My first published game has a map of seven hexagonal tiles, so I have some experience with this. If you must have hex tiles (e.g. a case where the board layout is user-generated as in the 4x game E C ...
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which software to use to make the rules's game?

As a fellow aspiring Game Designer, I stick with word or excel for initial content. Use anything you are familiar with, as content is the only thing you should be worried about. Unless you plan to ...
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Publishing a board game with an existing game company

That deal doesn't seem very likely. You plan to cover any expenses they may incur during production, marketing, and distribution, but I do not believe you have considered their opportunity cost for ...
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Can I create an online version of a game?

Sort of. Maybe. What you definitely can't do is to use the name "Rick and Morty", any art from the game or anything else which is covered by copyright, trade marks or any other form of ...
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How to respond to publishers when they ask for rules?

Search for a case where this happened. A lot of game designers have this fear and it seems totally unsupported. Publishers would kill themselves if they did it, because nobody would give their rules ...
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Publishing a board game with an existing game company

You're far better off trying to kickstart your game if you don't think a publisher will go for it. But then you should be asking yourself why don't you think it's good enough? And if it isn't good ...
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How to make a hexagonal board?

Instead of drawing a hexagonal board where you move between spaces, you could draw a triangular board where you move between vertices. This map perfectly represents the adjacency graph of hexagonal ...
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Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?

Summary 3D games are not fundamentally different, but are less common because they are usually harder for people to understand the basic game mechanics. The main problem with 3D chess is that spaces ...
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Publishing a board game with an existing game company

You might want to consider the equivalent of a Print on Demand service like Lulu. I've looked at The Game Crafter but have not used their services. You could certainly find a few other options out ...
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What tools are being used by companies producing connectable floor tiles?

Graphics on printed tiles (like Settlers of Catan) are done with the same technology as static game boards -- printed on thin paper, which is applied to the backing board with adhesive. For tiles ...
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How do I (self) promote a board game?

First you'll want to build up a fan base. To do that, you could: Introduce it at board game meetups and conventions. Send print and play files to interested people over the internet. Show it off on ...
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"Poker size" cards: layout for easy printing

US Poker sized cards are 2.5" x 3.5". Of course, your art should be slightly larger than that if you want to have printing to the edge of the card. How much larger will depend on your print house, but ...
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How can I add a taste of adventure games to my game?

Eldritch Horror has several types of complex encounters like this, where you usually have a characteristic test (or a decision to make) and then it splits to "pass" and "fail" sections with another ...
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How can I add a taste of adventure games to my game?

D&D's Lords of Waterdeep board game has a similar mechanic - you draw a quest card, then 'withdraw' coloured blocks which represent quest characters; white for priests, orange for warriors, etc. ...
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How can I add a taste of adventure games to my game?

This is an interesting scenario. The first idea that sprung to mind would be to have a set of cards that relate to each other specifically. Each card in the set needs a certain criteria to be met to ...
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Game design and review?

I've found Playtesting groups through Meetup. Depending on your location someone might be running a local one. Otherwise Boardgamegeeks has a section.
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Recommendations for making board tiles

When I needed to do this, I printed my hex tiles onto a full page shipping label. Then I stuck the label sheet to foam board and cut the tiles out with a knife. I recommend 1/8" foam board. The ...
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How to respond to publishers when they ask for rules?

I think Chaz 2.0's advice is quite sound, and this is only to supplement: Make sure that you're creation of the game is well documented I go so far as to suggest formally copywriting the rules (...
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Self-publishing options for a card came with box

DriveThruCards now offers tuck boxes. Daniel Solis gives a great review of them here.
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Do board game publishers design games 'in house', or do they merely publish games by external designers?

You might get better answers from Tom Vasel of Dice Tower fame. He does weekly live Q&As on his youtube channel. I even feel certain he's talked about it on Board Game Breakfast at one point. You ...
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Are There Any Good Tools For Developing CCG Or Other Card Games?

I recently found https://dulst.com which bills itself as a platform to create card games.
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