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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 ever! Samples of some of your and our favourite games that we have been fortunate enough to be the manufacturing partner for. And lots more that you’re gonna want to see, feel and touch for yourself in terms of production samples, new manufacturing techniques and more.

What are the things we can help you with?

Are you looking for a board game manufacturer to help you bring your latest board game project to life? Are you in the process of creating a board game. And you’d like to have input from a manufacturing point of view. To help you narrow down the different components? Are you planning a Kickstarter campaign in the near future. And you need a manufacturing company that can help you make sense of the various stretch goals and unlockable items that you have in mind? For these and many other things. Coming to the Boda Games booth was the right call. We are super excited to sit down with you and discuss any of your board and card game related topics.

How to make sure we have enough time to really talk to you and help you?

We are always happy to have visitors at our booth, regardless of the day and time that they come. But as everyone who has been to Essen Spiel knows, things can get hectic. In order to make sure that we have enough time to sit down with everyone properly, we always prefer to make appointments ahead of time. So that when we sit down to discuss your passion board game project, we know for sure that we have the time to cover everything with you. And help you realize the best version of your next project. So if you are interested in talking to us, we would really appreciate it if you could make sure we all have the time we want and need. By contacting us and setting up a meeting in advance.

See you there!

 

Are you going to Essen Spiel 2021? Do you have a board or card game project that you have questions about? Or are you just looking for the right manufacturer for your next game? Let’s meet at Essen Spiel 2021! Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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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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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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Boda Games Chinese New Year Announcement

As we enter February, a very important Chinese national holiday is approaching: Chinese New Year. Thus, we enter the final days of the Year of the Rat and start preparing ourselves for the new year ahead, the Year of the Ox! The Chinese New Year or the Chinese Lunar Year begins at sunset on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice (21st December). Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2021 will be the year of the Ox. The Chinese New Year will begin on the 12th of February. Office and factory schedule So, what does this mean for all of our customers who are not in China and not celebrating it? There will be some adjustments to the working days of the factory and the office. For Boda Games, our factory and our offices have the following closing and re-opening dates: Boda Games Factory: close February 5th,  open February 27th Boda Games Office: close February 10th, open February 18th.  Please note that the periods the factory and the office are closed may cause delays in our staff replying to your messages. We thank you for your understanding and will be 100% ready to support you after...

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“What Board Game” Blog interviews Boda Games director

When we're not busy manufacturing board games, on of our other favourite pastimes are talking about board games! So when Jim Cohen from What Board Game asked if we would be interested in doing an interview with him, we immediately said yes. Boda Games' director, Jeff, talks with Jim about the history of Boda Games. Some of the past projects we have had the honor of working on. The finer details of board game manufacturing and much more. We had a great time trying to come up with the clever questions we received from him, and hope that you guys will enjoy reading it and learning more about Boda Games and board games manufacturing in general. Click here to read the full interview on the What Board Game website. What Board Game? What's that? Jim runs the "What Board Game" website. He is a massive fan of board games who wanted to share his hobby with the world. Or, in his own words: "I am commited to only featuring the greatest of games, especially ones that have not had as much press elsewhere. Get in touch if you would like to be a part. Or head on over to the forum to start right now! I would like...

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Box Markings and Labels for Board Games

A board game or a card game needs to have the right markings on the outside of the box. Some of these markings are mandated by law, such as health related matters. Other markings are for stores and retailers their benefit. And some of these markings are for potential buyers of your game! What's important to remember is, all markings serve a purpose. Not all of them, however, are compulsory. Then, which markings are necessary for your box? This depends on a few things. Kickstarter or retail? First of all, Kickstarter has disrupted the traditional way to publish a game. Not all published board games  will be sold in retail stores. A game that isn't sold it in retail requires fewer markings than one that is meant to be sold in retail. Be sure to check the specific regulations and rules of the country / region that you are planning to sell your game in. For example, once at Essen Spiel publishers were taken by surprise when convention staff visited their booths. And informed them that all games sold at the convention must have an address printed on the box for contact purposes. What markings are often on game boxes? All games need a...

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