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Subject: Game submission to a publisher and open beta test rss

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Maxim Steshenko
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Many publishers accpet submissions and have detailed instructions on their sites. But I didn't find any mentions about situation when I've conducted open test of my game and then send prototype to a publisher. Of course open test give me chance to improve my game, but large group of people will have prototypes of this game and can spread them further. Is it okay for a publisher or I should finishing my game in cooperation with publisher only?

*I know it's strange question but I'm confused and realy worry about it. Sorry. blush
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John "Omega" Williams
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Long as the game isnt posted on the net or allready been sold in some format. Then most publishers have little to no problem with playtesting. In fact some require a game to have been playtested before submission.

And if in doubt. ASK!
Send the potential publisher a question on this. Easy enough and its better to ask now than find out later.
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Patrick Rael
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ditto. i've read a range of responses from publishers over the year. some prefer there to have been no previous exposure of the game at all, while others actively encourage it. i glean from this that going so far as to create a game entry on BGG may be too much, but that vetting a design here is not necessarily a negative. i would add, though, that to expose a design here and get little useful feedback may be to take a slight risk that does not pay off. good luck.
 
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