So don’t be worried about speaking to them, they are lovely beautiful people just like yourself and whether they like your game or not, it’s just business.There are dozens of lists out there telling you what to bring to a publisher speed dating event like this, and I read most of them before I went on this adventure.Even if it doesn’t work out, I learned a lot and had a ton of fun doing it! I remember the speed dating scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” in which running into an ex and experiencing a nip slip were just a couple of the things that happened.” No matter how prepared I tried to be, nothing could prepare me to stand up to the all powerful publishers. ” 3) Publishers are just people like you and me, and most of them are at the convention to have a good time, meet people and do what we all love — play board games.Towering over me in their expensive suits, shaking their heads when they realized that the copy of my game was printed a little too dark. But then I spoke with my first publisher, lean guy with a dark red beard wearing a backpack a t-shirt and jeans. Almost every single publisher I met was kind, humble, thankful, and super eager to learn all about my game, whether or not it was something that would fit their catalog.5) I would strongly suggest you have someone sit and take notes for you during the speed dating if you are able.
That is essentially 20 publishers, so expect to be talking a lot.
I organized my components from left to right; starting with the box I gave an overview of the theme of the game, followed by the objective where I displayed the agenda cards, then the character cards, etc.
Due to the limited time of each pitch — six minutes — I chose to omit an explanation of some of the components but I still prominently displayed them to encourage the publisher to ask the burning question — “what are these cool looking things?
I found myself multiple times leaning in and even asking the publishers to repeat themselves so I did not miss anything they might have said.
Furthermore, with a two-hour duration, my voice quickly grew tired which leads me to my first tip: 1) Be sure to bring something to drink, so to keep you hydrated.