How to Make a Board Game
Making a Sample and Adjustments
Once the specifications have been agreed upon, we move to make a sample. In this step the factory
produces one or two sample games to ensure that the manufacturing will be done in accordance
with your requirements. You will receive the sample game and then comment and make
adjustments as you see fit. At this point, ff the game and specifications are not to your liking,
HeroTime will repeat step 2 and manufacture a new sample game (with your new requirements)
completely free of charge.
So the cards were printed, the paper and cardboard of pieces glued together. Now its time to cut
them into individual pieces, or keep them on one board and ready them for punch out. Cutting is an
essential process that if goes wrong has a direct effect on the quality of the game, and there is no
going back if something goes wrong. The process is simple: the paper and cardboard go into a press
machine. The press machine has a cutting mold attached to it with small knives organized according
to the shape of the pieces. These knives need to be sharp and exact; otherwise, when a customer
comes to punch out, a small part of the paper might come off the piece, or the cardboard will crack
and fall apart a bit.
There are two ways to produce miniatures: one is 3D printing machine, where the factory uses the
STL file directly to print the miniature. And the second is an injection mold, where the factory first
makes a wax sculpture, then creates a mold and then injects the material of the miniature (mostly
pvc) into the mold and dries it right after. Both processes are done by machine, the difference is that
an injection mold is much faster and much cheaper. One machine can do a couple hundred a day,
where 3D printing can do only a couple dozen only. However, getting the mold is quite expensive.
HeroTime cooperates with suppliers in inner cities of China, where the cost for creating mold is
lower by 1000USD or more.
Dice and Other Components
If you want small trays, plastic separators, dice or anything else. There are two ways to go about it.
The first is to find matching pieces that are already in stock at some factories and then buy the
components off the factories for cheap. The second option is to make them from scratch (obviously
it will cost more). Therefore, you need to ask yourself how flexible are you willing to be. Hero Time
will ask over one hundred factories until it finds the piece that most resembles your need.
Packaging & Shrink Wrapping
Have you ever got a game that was missing a board or a piece, did you ever open a game and found some unrelated stuff in it? These mistakes do sometimes happen and can cause a lot of headaches. Avoid it. Make sure the packaging process is well organized and that each employee knows what pieces he puts where. After each game was boxed and closed they go through a shrink wrap machine that puts a thin layer of transparent wrapper around the game to make sure it stays new until the end customer gets it.
Customs, CBM, LCL, FCL, etc. Shipping is probably the most abstract and unknown of them all. How
to calculate the price, who to talk to, which company or forwarded to use etc. Leave it to us. We will
explain everything to you as you proceed with the order. Regarding the price, we will provide you an
estimate price at the start of the project so there will be no surprises towards the end.
If you have Kickstartered your project, you probably have a list of 200 more customers, all with
different addresses. Rather than shipping all the game to one address and from there to the
customers, it is better and cheaper to send from the factory to the end customer. It is a great idea
and will save you A LOT of money. HeroTime works closely with fulfillment and distribution agents,
so all your games will get to their right place without you needing to do anything about it.
Sit & Enjoy the Fruit of Your Labor
Yes. You will get your game; you will hold it, and feel immense satisfaction. YOU HAVE DONE IT.
Well, not quite. Now it is time to sell it and get a return on your investments. If you have no
capabilities for that, do not worry. HeroTime partnered with E Mobility Now, the third
largest distributor in California. They will take your games, promote it online, place it at stores, and