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On The Board Game Business Podcast, we discuss the business side of the tabletop gaming industry. We don't review games or tell you which ones we like, but instead focus on how to price, distribute, design, develop, and market your game. Richard New hosts and sits alongside Jeremy Commandeur, a game designer, and Brian Henk, a game designer and publisher with Overworld Games.

Board Game Business Podcast Richard New, Brian Henk, Jeremy Commandeur

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    • 4.8, 28 Ratings

On The Board Game Business Podcast, we discuss the business side of the tabletop gaming industry. We don't review games or tell you which ones we like, but instead focus on how to price, distribute, design, develop, and market your game. Richard New hosts and sits alongside Jeremy Commandeur, a game designer, and Brian Henk, a game designer and publisher with Overworld Games.

    Top 5 Predicted Impacts of COVID-19 on the Board Game Industry - Ep. 88

    Top 5 Predicted Impacts of COVID-19 on the Board Game Industry - Ep. 88

    Jeremy and Brian discuss how we think the board game industry will be impacted by COVID-19. This was recorded in early April of 2020.
    Resources:
    Good Cop Bad Cop Online - https://gcbc.arantius.com/ Tabletopia - https://tabletopia.com/ Tabletop Simulator - https://www.tabletopsimulator.com/ Board Game Arena - BoardGameArena.com Roll20 - https://roll20.net/ BoardSpace - boardspace.net

    • 26 min
    Top 5 Time Savers for Game Designers - Ep. 87

    Top 5 Time Savers for Game Designers - Ep. 87

    In this episode, we are going to cover a bunch of tips for you game designers to SAVE YOU TIME.
    Resources Mentioned
    Google Drive - https://docs.google.com Dropbox - https://www.dropbox.com Card Creatr - https://cardcreatr.sffc.xyz/ Component.Studio - https://component.studio/ Paperize - https://beta.editor.paperize.io/#/ Multideck - https://semicolon.com/multideck/multideck.html Pages - https://www.apple.com/pages/ The Game Crafter Art Store - https://www.thegamecrafter.com/design-assets  

    • 24 min
    Top 5 Tips for Advertising Your Board Game - Ep. 86

    Top 5 Tips for Advertising Your Board Game - Ep. 86

    We give you our top 5 tips for advertising your board game and how to learn which sources are best for you and your game. This is a little more focused on ads for a Kickstarter campaign, but is applicable to any type of advertising for a board game.
    References:
    Bitly Link Shortener - https://bitly.com/ Google Link Shortener - https://goo.gl/ Google Analytics - https://analytics.google.com/ Facebook Ads - https://www.facebook.com/business/ads

    • 24 min
    Mailbag on US Manufacturing, Recovering from Disaster, and Component Cost Considerations - Ep. 85

    Mailbag on US Manufacturing, Recovering from Disaster, and Component Cost Considerations - Ep. 85

    Today we dig into the Patreon mailbag and answer these questions:
    How do you recover from being punched in the gut? What is a unique enough selling point for a game? What are some component cost considerations to take when manufacturing your game? Should I fulfill my Kickstarter campaign myself? Is it possible to manufacture games in the US?  
    Thanks to Mark Edwards for editing this!

    • 32 min
    Top 5 Biggest Changes in the Board Game Industry in the Last 5 Years - Ep. 84

    Top 5 Biggest Changes in the Board Game Industry in the Last 5 Years - Ep. 84

    How has the board game industry changed in the last 5 years? Brian co-founded Overworld Games about 6 years before this was recorded so it's also a view of how things have changed between when he started publishing games and now.
    Here is the top 5 list:
    5) More games in big box retailers
    4) It's easier to make games
    3) Kickstarter explosion
    2) Growth of games at conventions
    1) Distribution is harder
     

    • 32 min
    Top 5 Ways to Deal with Scope Creep - Ep. 83

    Top 5 Ways to Deal with Scope Creep - Ep. 83

    Patron Andrew van Ingen suggested this episode on how to deal with scope creep. Here's the list we go through!
    5. If some people don’t hate it, you are doing it wrong.
    4. Don't let experiments linger.
    3. Determine the scale, audience (learning time), price point and play time of your game.
    2. Have an "always pruning" mindset. Always be thinking about the parts that aren't SUPER DUPER fun.
    1. Understands that hobby gamers (and many designers) will ALWAYS ask for more.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

tols_banon ,

Practical and Informative

I’ve been listening to various podcasts about game design for years before I found this podcast. After only two episodes I feel like I’ve learned more from this than I have across all the other shows. The advice is so practical, well worth subscribing!

Darinbyu ,

Required listening

This should be required listening for anyone in the industry or considering entering the industry! The topics are extremely helpful for anyone designing or publishing a board game. Hard to find this good of information in audio format. An easy 5 star rating.

SaBooDa ,

Copyrights and trademarks

I love the show! These will definitely help save me from making some mistakes. I’d love to hear more about copyrights and trademarks. When should A designer get this done and how much does it cost for each country you plan to sell your game in?

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