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Chris Zephro
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I own a Costume Company and I pay my Sculptors/Designers on either a payout or commission basis.

For those that know, how do Game Designers get paid?
 
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J C Lawrence
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Either a single flat fee or a royalty on units sold.
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2 cans of coke and Doritos. They also get a discount on one copy of their game.
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In derision or worship
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Gratitude and fluffy bunnys!!!!

Mostly by cheque is what I have heard.
 
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Some are paid quarterly.

Some are paid monthly.

Most are paid weakly.
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Mostly in victory point tokens that designers keep secret behind a cardboard screen. Though the recent trend is to be more transparent and to not actually send the designers any VP tokens, instead keeping them on a VP track.

I have heard that in the old days they were paid in Monopoly money (Hasbro kept the real money).
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Either a single flat fee or a royalty on units sold.


This is most likely the case, though a third option of a combination probably also happens (either as an advance or actually as a bit of both).

There might also be some that just get a set salary working for some of the big people.
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Through either a day job or a tolerant SO.
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My understanding is that designers create their game and then shop it around to a publisher. The publisher either buys it outright for a flat fee or sets up a royalty agreement. From that point on the publisher handles the rest of the process and the designer walks away. The publisher might retheme the game or tweak the rules.

If the designer is well known they might deviate from this process somewhat.
 
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The general pay out is X copies of free games and 10% on gross profit of that game. Sometimes they also get a flat pay out too either in addition to the above or instead of.
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well, as long as there are going to be so few serious answers ...


They are paid under the table. This is somehow considered in keeping with their instructions to place the game board in the middle of the table.

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