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Promotional Standees

Standees can be a very effective way to promote your new board or card game. Often times when you are working on a new board game, all your attention goes to that. Making the game the best game it can be. Having great looking components together with stunning artwork. But once the game is finished being printed and on its way to you. It is time to start thinking about the next step of publishing a game. How am I going to sell it? And where am I going to sell it? One of the most important parts of the board game industry is conventions. There are great conventions being held all over the world all year long. In Europe we've got the Essen Spiel, the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse, the UK Games Expo. In the United States there's Gencon, PAX Unplugged, Origins and more. These events draw tens of thousands of fellow board game lovers to them. All of them eager to find new games to buy and play. As a result, a lot of publishers set up booths at these conventions to promote their newest games. But how to make your booth visually appealing and attract the attention of the convention guests?...

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Boda Games @ Essen Spiel, H1B143!

Essen Spiel: how many years have you all been going? For us here at Boda Games Manufacturing, we can't even imagine how many years we have been attending Essen Spiel. In our opinion, the best board game and card game convention in Europe. And don't just trust us, the 200.000 visitors and more that Essen Spiel attracts every year seem to agree with us! We love attending Essen Spiel to meet all our fellow board game and card game loving industry friends and fans, so we are super excited that after skipping last year, Essen Spiel is back again this year! And Boda Games will be having a booth all of our own to welcome all of you guys to come and hang out with us! Talk board games! And more importantly, discuss your next board game project and how we can help you manufacture it.   What can you expect at our booth?   What can you expect at the Boda Games booth this year? First of all, all your favourite Boda Games staff members! But in addition to this, we are bringing our newest sample boxes (it doubles as an actual game!). Our latest brochures, packed with more games and information than...

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Boda Games European Conventions Schedule Fall Winter 2021-2022

Conventions for board games: who doesn't love them? With all the things that have been sweeping the world in 2020 and 2021. It seems like something from a galaxy far, far away. But as the world is slowly starting the recovery from the pandemic. The board game conventions are also slowly starting to begin again. And that is great news for every one of us in the board game industry! Board game fans can finally sit down again to play the latest games with fellow enthousiasts. Board game publishers can finally show what they've been working on the last year. At Boda Games we are super excited that conventions are happening again. We can't wait to see all our industry friends again and catch up on the latest games that are releasing. As such, we are happy to announce that we will be attending these conventions and bringing all the new stuff we have been working on as well. Boda Games will be attending the following conventions in Europe in the fall and winter of 2021 and 2022: Essen Spiel 2021 Convention When: October 14-17, 2021 Where: Essen, Germany If there is one convention in Europe you cannot miss, it would the Essen Spiel! Hosted at...

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Fulfillrite Guest Blog Post: How to Fulfill Your Board Game Kickstarter Part 2

Fulfillment - what is it, and how do you make sure you've got the right type? Brandon Rollins from Fulfillrite wrote a guest blog post for us to help explain it. Fulfillrite works with all types of Kickstarter campaigns, including a lot of board games, to help make sure that the products arrive safely at the backers, while making things easier for the people running the campaigns. In this 2 part series, he will take us through the various steps involved when fulfilling a Kickstarter campaign. And explaining the common mistakes, pitfalls and what to watch out for when you are fulfilling your Kickstarter projects. You can find part 1 of this fulfillment guide here. How to Fulfill Your Board Game Kickstarter – A Step by Step Guide   Step 3: Customs clearance Whenever you are shipping goods across the globe, you are likely to incur customs charges, as well as other taxes. These are levied when your games cross into another country’s borders, and you have to pay the fees in order for the games to go any further. The first and most important thing about customs clearance is to account for two things: Figure out how much you are going to be taxed...

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Fulfillrite Guest Blog Post: How to Fulfill Your Board Game Kickstarter Part 1

Fulfillment - what is it, and how do you make sure you've got the right type? Brandon Rollins from Fulfillrite wrote a guest blog post for us to help explain it. Fulfillrite works with all types of Kickstarter campaigns, including a lot of board games, to help make sure that the products arrive safely at the backers, while making things easier for the people running the campaigns. In this 2 part series, he will take us through the various steps involved when fulfilling a Kickstarter campaign. And explaining the common mistakes, pitfalls and what to watch out for when you are fulfilling your Kickstarter projects.  How to Fulfill Your Board Game Kickstarter – A Step by Step Guide Kickstarter is the go-to place for new board games. In the year 2020, amid a once-in-a-century pandemic, tabletop games raised over $230 million on the crowdfunding platform. Thousands of games are funded into existence every year. The only problem: almost every Kickstarter ships late. While Kickstarter campaigns might be especially slow to ship lately, it’s not a new problem. As far back as 2012, 84% of Kickstarters shipped at least a month late. So what’s going on here? Turns out, fulfilling a Kickstarter of any sort is...

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Create cut lines – Boda Games Tutorials

Cut lines: what do they do and how do you create them? Cut lines are one of these things that seem very simple at first, but they can cause a lot of delay when not done right. In order to make sure you don't lose a lot of time. Emailing back and forth with the graphics department, trying to understand what is wrong. This tutorial will explain to you how to prepare your cut lines the right way.     First of all, what are cut lines? When a cardboard component of a board game gets made. It will need to be cut to size. This applies to both complete game board, as well as tokens. Whether they are already punched out or not. In order for us, the manufacturer, to know what part is the artwork. And what part is where it needs to be cut. For that, we need the cutting lines. These cutting lines should adhere to the minimum distances required for bleed and margin. Also check our Punchboards article for more information on bleed and margin. Common problems A problem that the Boda Games graphics & artwork department encounters a lot. Is that we will be sent a .PDF that includes...

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How to curve text – Boda Games Tutorials

Curve text: what does it mean and why is it important? One of the great things about a board game, is that it is literally a blank slate. Game designers and artists take this blank slate and fill it with artwork, bringing the paper components to life. When you have a great theme and beautiful artwork, the next step is to use a font for all the text that matches with it perfectly. A lot of game designers and artists look beyond the standard font types available in programs like Adobe Illustrator to find the perfect fit for their game. Custom fonts Custom fonts can be found and purchased online, or even created by the artist himself. Using custom fonts can, however, lead to complications when preparing the files for printing. Boda Games has prepared a video tutorial showing the problem that can occur when using custom fonts. After that, we show you the solution to this problem. By curving the text before exporting the file as a .PDF file, you can avoid this problem. And ensure that your files appear the same way at our graphics department as you originally made them. Problem: font not available A common problem with preparing artwork files....

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Interview with Solarflare Games’ Dave Killingsworth

Solarflare Games is launching their latest project at the end of this month, QUESTS: Heroes of Sorcado. Dave Killingsworth, the creator and designer of the game, took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us. With over 10 successful projects under his belt, Dave shared with us his experiences developing games, running crowdfunding campaigns and of course some more details on Solarflare Games' exciting new project!   Hi Dave, thank you for taking the time for us! Solarflare Games has a new project coming up called QUESTS: Heroes of Sorcado. Could you briefly introduce the game and the gameplay mechanics to us? Quests is designed to incorporate the elements of a campaign story (written by a best selling fantasy and sci-fi author) combined with light Fantasy RPG, choice driven adventure elements, d20 combat, cards, and dice. The game is designed to have to read the story campaign part and every so often the story will have to encounter an adventure zone. The adventure zones are random card draws that the heroes face and resolve. These can be monsters, traps, events, side quests, and more. When you encounter a monster it indicates how many heroes can work to defeat it....

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Boda Games launches a Youtube Channel

Boda Games launched a Youtube channel! One of the main goals we set out to achieve at Boda Games was to be more than a board game manufacturer. Of course manufacturing your favourite card and board games is what we are known for. But we feel very passionate about the board game industry. And we want to do our best to help new and existing game developers and publishers create the best games. The latest step we have taken is to launch our very own Youtube channel.     Resources for game developers We first started with our Board Game Resouces page as a source of information for aspiring board game developers and publishers. As we built up content, we started to look for other ways we could help provide more information. From our many discussions with developers and publishers we have learned that many things that are normal to a board game manufacturer. Can be difficult to understand for game developers and publishers. After bundling all the essential information for preparing your artwork files for printing in our Artwork Guidelines PDF. We went a step further and made a template generator. No longer will you have to email us asking for a template. Now...

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Preparing for a quotation

It’s taken a great deal of effort and energy. But after many months of writing ideas in a notebook. Printing out pages and pages to make sample versions of your board game idea. Asking all your family and friends to playtest your game. Adjusting game mechanisms, adding new elements. Getting artwork done for all the different components. The time has finally come: your game is ready. All the effort, all the nights have paid off and you have a great looking, fun game. After the design and develop stage of your board game is over, what's next?   The production stage The next logical step is that you want your game to be printed. No more print and play versions, you want the real deal. Generally, there are two ways to proceed from here on out. You can start pitching your game to publishers. If you are successful and they like your game, they will take on the responsibility of getting it manufactured and published. But the other way is to publish it yourself, therefore becoming a publisher yourself! If you decide to go down the self-publishing path, what is the next logical step? To get a quotation for the manufacturing costs. So...

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