Miniature Games

Tips for Designing Games

While it’s tempting to just have everything shrunken to a smaller scale when making miniature games, this is not always the best way to go. That’s because some parts of board games, especially the pieces, are harder to keep hold of when they are shortened without changing the design somewhat. Therefore, you may need to change your piece style to ensure playability at the smaller size.

One of the best ways to do this is to make the tiny pieces “knobbier” than the originals. This will provide more gripping points and keep them from getting dropped and lost. Boards that have a lot of printed instructions should also be simplified. When miniaturized, the printing may become impossible to read. Put the instructions into an accompanying booklet instead.With above mention simple adjustments, these games based on big ones will remain fun and easy to play.

 

Cost Estimation:

So without seeing the specs of the miniatures – their size, color, level of detail, weight – I would throw here an estimation by quantity.

1)  Up to 2000 pieces a miniature of 28mm can come out to around 0.25$ per piece and larger miniatures even up to 0.6$.

 

2) 2000-5000 pieces, a 28mm will go down to about 0.15$ and larger miniatures to around 0.3$

 

3)  over 10,000 28mm will drop to 0.03$ and larger ones to 0.1$.

Therefore, if you are planning a new board game and are debating between having multiple types of miniatures or having similar types, consider these prices. Try to combine a couple of them making them similar in shape. This way the quantity for each type will grow and you can get a cheaper price on them. Otherwise you might end up with a game that is slightly too expensive to manufacture and then to sell.

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