When sending a board game prototype that uses money to a publisher do I include the money or will they want to use their own play money?
— Dr. Wictz (@drwictz) August 7, 2014
I was curious because I am preparing to make prototype versions of Post Position to send to publishers.
Why might I think that publishers would not want me to include play money with the game? Well, I naively thought some publishers prefer to use poker chips over paper money and they would pull out their own poker chips to play the game.
Quickly, other game designers corrected me of this fallacy.
@drwictz Include everything, when possible. Less effort on their end. They can swap out what they want.
— Gil Hova (@gilhova) August 8, 2014
@drwictz include everything. Don't make them search for components.They make a good point. These folks are being inundated with submissions from other aspiring board game designers. Time spent trying to setup my game with their own poker chips is time lost playtesting other games. Even worse, missing an important game component starts the playtesting off on the wrong foot, reducing the chances of my game being picked up.
— Michael R. Keller (@vhgames) August 8, 2014
And if there was any question to doubt other game designers, Crash Games, Dice Hate Me, Stronghold Games, and Tasty Minstrel Games confirmed that they want play money included with the prototype.
To be honest, Tasty Minstrel liked The Cardboard Jungle's idea even more.
@dicehateme @Crash_Games @drwictz @StrongholdGames @jameystegmaier @TastyMinstrel send some actually money too... ;)
— The Cardboard Jungle (@CBJPodcast) August 8, 2014
Tasty Minstrel never said which currency I had to use, so I am going to see if I can get my hands on Zimbabwe dollars. The currency is so worthless that Zimbabwe officially abandoned it, meaning it should fit nicely into my prototype budget.