Designer Resources

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0-art

Board Game Geeks Forum http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/974655/boardgamegeek/board-game-art-and-graphic-design This is a great place to find artists experienced in working with board game designers.

Concept Art http://www.conceptart.org/forums/ Artists looking for work listed in the forums.

Deviant Art http://www.deviantart.com/ A good place to look for an artist. A great range of styles and experience.

Elance https://www.elance.com/ Not just artists, but all sorts of crafty people can be found here.

Elfwood http://www.elfwood.com/ A huge database of artists that do all sorts of different styles, but everything is either fantasy  or sci-fi. There are also a lot of amateur artists as well as highly-skilled ones.

StarCatGames http://starcatgames.com/ This place handles crowdfunding campaigns with a team of artists, voice actors, and a bunch of other services.

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All Us Geeks – The Game of Crowd Funding http://www.allusgeeks.com/category/podcast/game-crowd-funding/ This is a podcast where designers and publishers who are running a Kickstarter are interviewed. Very insightful!

Board Game Designers Forum http://www.bgdf.com/ This is a site that has forums and posts that focus entirely on board game design. It is certainly worth joining.

Card & Board Game Designers Guild https://www.facebook.com/groups/320445024722916/ This is a Facebook Group that is used to discuss and get feedback on design questions. It has over 2200 members and is very useful.

Game Design Graphically http://gamedesigngraphically.tumblr.com/tagged/gdg This site covers a lot of topics including interviews and looks at the concepts and ideas behind board game design.

James Mathe’s Blog http://www.jamesmathe.com/ Very insightful blog with a strong focus on Kickstarter and running a good campaign. Also has some solid lists of resources as well.

KS Best Practices and Lessons Learned https://www.facebook.com/groups/KickstarterBestPractices/ This is a great Facebook Group with over 2300 members and growing. A great place to learn and get feedback.

Stonemaier Games – Funding the Dream http://stonemaiergames.com/funding-the-dream-on-kickstarter/ Very detailed and important information that all KS creators should read before hitting the launch button.

Tabletop Game Design – Reddit http://www.reddit.com/r/tabletopgamedesign/ This is another good resource for gaining advise from other designers if you are a user of Reddit.

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Brimar Packaging http://www.brimarpackaging.com/ Setup boxes 250 min. order (U.S.) This is the cheapest place that I have found that makes standard rigid setup boxes and they are even in the U.S. Their prices really start to shine when you order 500+ units.

My Box Printer http://www.myboxprinter.com/ Any size order. They do all sorts of boxes from small tuck boxes to two piece telescoping boxes. They email you a template based on your dimensions and their prices are great.

Nations Photo Lab http://www.nationsphotolab.com/index.aspx NPL can create image boxes which are essentially book-style boxes that lock with a magnet. They are NOT cheap, but the quality is great and you can make only 1 if you want. They also have other interesting items like metal prints.

Print My Box http://printmybox.com/ Any size order. These guys are very similar to myboxprinter. I almost used them for Plague.

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B-Token http://www.b-token.com/ This place makes custom imprinted plastic tokens. They also make plastic hex tokens as well.

Chessex Dice http://www.chessex.com/Dice/Custom_Dice_Home.htm Bulk dice and custom dice. You can order one dice or 5000! They do custom-faced dice at a decent price. Most importantly, their dice are top shelf in quality.

Crystal Castle http://crystalcaste.com/custom.htm Bulk dice and custom dice.

Custom Mouse Pads http://www.custommousepad.com/ These guys will make large custom printed roll-up mats. I have used them numerous times and they rock!

Game Crafter https://www.thegamecrafter.com/ Any size orders. Huge selection of game pieces. They are also U.S. based so shipping is cheap. They also make tiles, cards, boards, and everything else you can think of. They are a Print on Demand service and a one stop shop for creating your game.

Game Parts.net http://www.gameparts.net/index.htm Bulk Wholesale dice, pawns, and other game parts. This is for very large orders, but the unit prices are amazing.

Litko http://www.litko.net/ Litko makes all sorts of game pieces out of acrylic. From score markers to 2D minis, they make it all.

Lyris Laser Studio http://lyrisstudios.com/laser/ This place makes all sorts of stuff out of wood using a laser. This includes wooden cards, tiles, and boards.

Rolco http://www.rolcogames.com/pages/home/1 They stock all sorts of basic game pieces and are worth looking into. Nice selection of card stands.

Shapeways http://www.shapeways.com/ This place can take your 3D renderings and bring them to life. They also sell some really unique game pieces. Expensive, but a good choice for prototypes.

Spiel Materiel www.spielmateriel.de This place is overseas but they offer a bunch of oddball game parts and custom wooden components. They also have game boards and some box options as well. Worth a visit.

Token Direct http://www.tokensdirect.com/ They produce custom metal coins in all sorts of sizes and using a few different materials. Take note of their stock art. You may be able to find something that will work for your game without have a die charge.

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DeLano Service http://www.delanoservice.com/ 500 min. order for cards/1000 min. order for board games (U.S.) Delano Service does everything that the 3 companies above do but they are based here in the states. I have received quotes from them for both Plague and Zogar’s Gaze but they were a bit high. TGC was able to beat their prices on cards and Brimar Packaging beat them out on box prices.

Game Crafter  https://www.thegamecrafter.com/ The Game Crafter functions as more then just POD service these days. They offer a bulk fulfillment service where they will manufacture and ship all your games to your backers if you are running a Kickstarter. They offer bulk discounts and will work with you if you want to add outsourced parts to a KS game.

Lightning Press http://www.lightning-press.com/ These guys print all sorts of books of every kind. They are an option if you want to upgrade a manual or if you want to write a novel to go along with your game.

Lulu http://www.lulu.com/ The one stop shop for book making. From small booklets to full-size full-color hardcover books. This is a Print on Demand service so you can order one copy at a time.

Ningbo Lijia Industry Co., Ltd. http://nblijia.en.alibaba.com/ These are one of the largest, if not the largest, Chinese Manufacturers that I know of. They have high minimum requirements, but they can make anything.

Panda GM http://pandagm.com/ 1500 min. order (china). These guys can do everything from custom boxes, boards, pieces, tokens, warehousing, and distribution. They headquartered in the U.S. so there is no language barrier. They are known for their high quality. Their priced tend to be on the higher side.

Print & Play Productions http://www.printplaygames.com/ This place offers print on demand services and it appears they will do custom work. They also stock a bunch of blanks and some game parts.

QPC (Quality Playing Cards & Games) https://quality-playingcards.com/ A nice alternative to Panda GM. Lower pricing and they allow for smaller orders (500 units). They are also based in the U.S. but do most of their manufacturing overseas.

Senfutong http://senfutong.company.weiku.com/ 1500 min. order (china). These guys can do everything from custom boxes, boards, pieces, tokens, warehousing, and distribution. Have not used these guys.

Wingo Industry http://www.wingoindustry.com/ 1000 min. order (china). These guys can do everything from custom boxes, boards, pieces, tokens, warehousing, and distribution. Average quality and responsive customer service, but there is a language barrier.

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Identity Links http://www.identity-links.com/ Put your logo on just about anything with this place. HUGE selection of items to personalize. Minimum orders are required.

U.S. Box http://usbox.com/ Large selection of items to personalize. A lot like Identity Links, but they both offer some different items, so both are worth listing. Minimum orders are required.

Vista Print http://www.vistaprint.com/ This is a POD service for a bunch of promotional items like T-shirts, signs, posters, and magnets. Their prices are higher because you only have to buy one item in most cases.

review

All Us Geeks http://www.allusgeeks.com/ All Us Geeks is a fantastic Podcast. They discuss all sorts of geeky topics, but their focus is board games and they review games they have played. They also can do video play-through videos.

Board Game Quest http://www.boardgamequest.com/ This is another game review site that looks like it does a lot of mainstream reviews, but also caters to the Kickstarter scene.

Cardboard Republic http://www.cardboardrepublic.com/ They do a podcast and written reviews. They are open to indie games being submitted.

Crits Happen http://critshappen.com/ Here you will find both written and video reviews. I have not used them before, but I hear nothing but good things. They do a lot of mainstream games, so I do not know how open they are to unpublished games.

Dice Tower Review http://dicetower.com/ The Dice Tower is the premium site for video reviews. They will not review prototypes or unpublished works, but they will “preview” your game for a fee. Somewhere between $100-$200. These previews are quite useful for a KS as the Dice Tower has a huge following.

Father Geek http://fathergeek.com/ Cyrus (aka Father Geek) does a fantastic job with his detailed written reviews. He playtests your game with a few different groups. These include Child Geeks, Parent Geeks, and Gamer Geeks. If your game is liked by all three groups you get the Father Geek Approved Seal!

Gamer’s Remorse http://www.gamersremorse.com/ A fun to watch video review site that reviews a fair share of indie games. They also dress up in themed costumes dependent on the game they are playing.

Life In Games http://www.lifeingames.com/ This looks like a nice review site. I have not sent them anything, but they do appear to review KS games.

Table For Two Show http://tablefortwoshow.com/ This is a video review team of Husband and Wife, and they review games from a two-player point of view. Fun to watch with a quickly growing audience.

The Gamer’s Table http://tgt.t15.org/ This crew of reviewers do video reviews for both mainstream and indie board games. They have a good number of reviews under their belt.

To The Table http://tothetablereviews.wordpress.com/ Dave does video reviews and caters to a lot of indie and unpublished games. He reviews from the family perspective and does a good job describing gameplay.

Watch It Played http://www.watch-it-played.com/ This is a great show hosted by Rodney, and he does perhaps the best walk-through videos out there. He is well spoken and very professional. They also have a large following. Not sure how open they are to indie games.

0-Shipping

Durapak http://www.durapak.net/ Shrink Wrap products. Great pricing on shrink equipment and the wrap itself.

Uline http://www.uline.com/ This really is your one stop shop for all things shipping. They also stock drawstring bags. There simple plain mailers and kraft boxes are great for shipping and or storing parts or for housing a game itself on the cheap. You buy bulk from here so you can cut shipping costs by almost 30% by simply buying your own boxes.

If you know a site that should be added to this list, please leave a comment below with a link and I will investigate it. Thanks!

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