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I am in the final stages of publishing my first game, and just need a publisher but I am having the hardest time finding somebody. I have gotten quotes from some local invention studios (I live in Seattle) and the numbers end up being fairly high. They tell me this is because they do not specialize in game design, and if I went somewhere else these numbers could be cut in half. If anybody here has worked with somebody to produce a game, I would love a name of the company you worked with.

Background on my game. It is a chance game that includes two novelty dice shaped like dogs, a a popper similar to that in the game of Trouble (the pop o matic). You pop the pups and get points based on how they land. Very simple and easy to understand game. The production of the game includes injection molding for the dice, the plastic dome on the popper, the plastic base on the popper, and a metal spring made of spring steel.
 
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Jon Moffat
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I'd recommend starting here:

http://www.jamesmathe.com/hitchhikers-guide-to-game-manufact...

We have worked with WinGo and Panda GM and found both to be very good.
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James Mathe
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1) it's called a manufacturer or printer -- not a Publisher. A publisher is a person who is more of a project manager and who markets and sells a game for you to retailers and customers. A manufacturer is someone who actually physically makes the game.

2) if you're looking in the USA for someone, give up. It's not really possible. There are a couple just now starting to rev up (Ludo Fact bought a USA box maker and is turning it into a factory. Mayfair Games is starting to open up and expand their assembly plant to the public. Etc) but it'll be a bit before they are full service.

3) most of the manufacturers on my list posted above have been vetted and should not screw you over and can work with new people that don't know the process.

Good luck
James
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