In one of our podcast episodes I described how we may have found a way to save $7500 in the cost of producing a board game with miniatures. I’m going to summarise the main points here because I know not everyone listens to podcasts.
- We approached board game manufacturers to get quotes on the cost of manufacturing our game.
- The manufacturers gave us a cost per game, plus an additional cost of $7500 mould/mold fees.*
- We realised we didn’t need to have unique models for our game, re-using similar models from other games would work fine.
- We asked the manufacturers if they would be willing to use existing moulds from other games to produce models for our game.
- The manufacturers confirmed that they would be happy to use existing moulds as long as the mould owners give them permission.
- Using existing moulds removes the $7500 moulding fee!
- Savings passed on to customers, retail price of game reduced!
Here’s a question for you: As a board game buyer would you prefer:
- A cheaper board game ($5-8) with pieces you’ve seen/used in other existing games
- A more expensive board game with unique pieces.
Let us know on Twitter by tweeting to @tinkerbotgames
Follow up: James Mathe of Minion Games pointed out that Eclipse and Eminent Domain both use ships from Galactic Empires, so clearly this idea has precedent!
*You can find out more about the process of mould making here