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Congratulations on inventing a game

We at Green Board Games know that this is an exciting time for you as we have also experienced the euphoria of inventing a game and of being proud of what we have done.

Green Board Games are regularly contacted about our policy regarding idea submissions and inventor support, so we thought it may be useful to provide some general guidelines for you. We no longer accept out of house design.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Price is key - you need to consider what someone will pay for the game in a shop alongside all the other games that are available. We set the price on perceived retail value and work back from that to the trade price and then to what we would need to pay to cover our costs. Remember, a game which sells in the shops for £20 will need to cost a lot less than that for everyone to make the required margin!
  • You won’t get rich from one game (unless you are very lucky!) - inventors don’t make much from games unless they have a large number of games on the market or a major hit on their hands. With 5-8% royalties on the trade price, it’s not big money until you are selling lots and lots of units!
  • The game MUST be FUN to play - we only develop games which are genuinely fun to play, preferably which offer multi-level play so that players of all abilities can play together on a level playing field.
  • People will not sign an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement). This is simply because they may already have a similar themed game in development and they do not ever want to get into any dispute whatsoever as to whose idea came first. The only winner in this instance is the legal profession.
  • Protection - before seeking a development partner, make sure you have taken adequate steps for yourself, i.e., copyright protection, filing a Trademark Application for the name of your game or lodging a Patent Application. Green Board Games recommend that you fully explore all of these options before taking your next step. It may be useful for you to look at the following website which explains what you have to do: http://www.ipo.gov.uk
  • The deal - please consider what you are looking for.
  • Speak to other inventors - there are a lot of people out there who have great experience in these matters, we recommend you talk to them. One good place to start is http://www.playtest.co.uk/