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Ready to pitch your game, but don't know where to start?

Having a hard time finding the right publishers to pitch?

Ready to save weeks (or months) of time researching publishers?

Discover over 350 publishers with the Dossier.

Dossier: a collection of documents about a particular person, event, or subject.

Sure, making games is a lot of fun… but researching publishers? It’s one of those tasks that gets put off until next week… Maybe you’ve heard of a few publishers accepting submissions, or you’ve reviewed your own shelf of games… but you might be wondering how many others are out there.

In this case, it’s a database full of researched details and insight into publishers across the board game industry. This is essentially the same exact database of publishers I’ve used to pitch my own games, just with confidential items or items related to my own games removed. I’ve also added insights into the games a publisher makes, and will be adding or updating information as time goes on.

What does the Dossier include?

A publisher’s listing has the following details, as based on public information and personal insights:

  • Basic info
  • Contact info
  • Social media
  • Convention presence 
  • What sort of games they make
  • Other notes and insights

 

Here’s how a listing looks:

Live look:

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Lifetime access to the Dossier - carefully curated info to save you weeks of research.

About me

Chris Backe here – you might know me from Entro Games (where I make games), Virtual Playtesting (where I help to run one of the biggest online playtesting groups), or any number of Facebook groups that talk about making board games. If we haven’t met yet, I’ve been making tabletop games since 2016, and currently have five games in pipelines at four different publishers. My goal for 2021 is to sign five more games.

Part of pitching is researching, and I used to hate researching because it took so long. I got better at it over time, mainly because I realized just how important it was to pitch correctly… especially as an unpublished designer. Once you have some published games and a reputation, sure… but until then, you’ve got to prove yourself… and that means pitching correct. 

Sort and filter away!

Everything in the Dossier can be sorted or filtered. Say you want to find publishers that attend Essen and are looking for kids games.

Boom. Four clicks, about five seconds. Go from over 350 publishers to 54:

 

…or say you want to find the publishers that go to Gen Con and make family games….

Four clicks. Five seconds. Narrowed down. Done.

$49.99
Lifetime Access

Lifetime access to the Dossier - carefully curated info to save you weeks of research.

What makes the Dossier different?

  • Sort and filter to your heart’s content.
  • It’s up-to-date, and will stay up-to-date since it’s the same database I use to pitch my own games.
  • It’s comprehensive but curated — from big publishers to small, across North America, Europe, and Asia, and beyond.
  • Behind the scenes, I use a paid web monitoring service to automatically monitor hundreds of specific pages for changes — when there’s an update, I get an e-mail to check it out.

Get lifetime access for a one-time fee.

What else do you get?

  • A Google Sheets template to help you track your pitches: who you pitched, when you pitched them, and their responses. Here’s how it looks:

  • A post detailing the best practices of pitching in a step-by-step process.
  • A warm, fuzzy feeling from supporting an independent small business.

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Now, to the legal disclaimers (read the full terms of service here):
The information contained in this site is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness. Any actions you take upon the information are strictly at your own risk. I assume no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in this information, and I am not responsible for the content of other websites. Consider this a foundation or your own research, not a substitute for further research.

You are free to use this information to help you pitch your own games. You may not copy this database, resell, give away, or otherwise redistribute the collection of information inside. Your access may be restricted or blocked if you do, or if you spam people.