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Istvan Beregszaszi
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Hi folks,

My girlfriend already makes custom jewelry and we thought about selling handmade unique card and board games. The technical instructions on this site are excellent, and we could beat a photo editor until simple start-to-finish boards come out on the other end -- although starting with free Print And Play games seems much better.

I've looked at a few, but found the license too restrictive in most cases. It is often either unspecified, in which case the author automatically reserves all rights, or it is Creative Commons with the Non-Commercial clause which we intend to fully respect.

Our country is not very keen on board games, so only a few sales are expected.

Can you please point to a game or two that could be printed and sold for a little side income?

Thanks in advance!
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Robert Beachler
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I would suggest joining the print and play guild and checking out all the lists and forums. There are tons of print and play games you can make.
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Hi Istavan,

Welcome to BGG.

I should point out, Andrew Tullsen of Print & Play Productions does this already (http://printplaygames.com/)! Which is to say, it can be done.

One (very good) thing he does is give back to the game designer. It is always possible to contact designers of games and negotiate a license for you to do what you want to do (just because a game is listed as "non-commerical" doesn't mean you can't get a special exemption from the author!) -- offering them 10% of each sale is a good place to start.

No one expects to get rich off a free PnP game, but everyone appreciates recognition, exposure, a genuine interest and a tip (in) the hat.

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The important part is to make sure you ask permission from the game's designer first. Some designers will be OK with the idea and some will not. Just follow their wishes. It would be considered very bad form to make money from something that is meant to be free to everyone.
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Hi Istvan,

As I guess from your name you can read hungarian, so http://boardgamegeek.com/article/6126871 has a lot of ideas to make games at your home; also there is a small community of DYI people.

For others: I linked a hungarian DIY forum post.

Let's see your work, maybe I am interested to buy some.
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Istvan Beregszaszi
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Excellent responses, many thanks for the warm welcome!

According to good ethics and your suggestions we plan to develop strong relationship with designers we borrow games from.

In the short term, however, I guess we'll just go with the simplest dicerolling scheme and custom boards just to get a feeling how this is done and whether we can reach less 'geeky' players.

I'm also happy to see fellow Hungarian players on this great site.
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I'm happy to see that you are respecting the licenses set by game designers/publishers.

There are some geeklists for free games and creative commons games, eg:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33151/creative-commons...

You might have some luck asking here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/566

(Note that not all my games are creative commons though.)

If a designer has used a license that allows you to do this, eg cc-by or cc-by-sa (but remember to share-alike in that case!) you should of course not waste time on asking them first (they already told you it is ok!) but I think most would be happy to get a message with a link to what you are doing (I know I would!).
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BoardGameGeek » Forums » Gaming Related » Do It Yourself
Re: PnP games to print and sell?
Regarding strong relationships with designers... if is of course not unheard of that those making substantial amounts of money off creative commons works also donate some back in some way. If nothing else giving a discount to buy someone's own game is probably a good start to a great future relationship (and an easy sell for you, probably).
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