How to Publish a Board Game

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Award winning game veteran Colonel Louis “Lou” Zocchi has seen the industry evolve from the inside since at least 1959. He’s played a number of roles over his 57+ year career – including designer, distributor, manufacturer, publisher, lecturer, tester, & of course player. We sat down and talked some of the many tips & tricks he’s learned over the years on how to publish a game.


In this episode we talk about:

  • How to Avoid Annoying Both Buyers & Retail Stores
  • Lou’s Favorite Tip to Manufacturing on a Budget
  • Organizing Your Stock to Save Time
  • What Most First Time Manufacturers Forget Starting Out
  • How the Pros Keep Track of Multiple Games & Parts
  • DIY Distribution
  • How to Avoid Distribution Disaster & His Clever Fix



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Behind the video

In addition to designing respected games like Luftwaffe, The Battle of Britain, Alien Space, and Flying Tigers, Louis Zocchi lead the way in board game history by forming the very first adventure game distributorship and also by becoming the first polyhedral dice manufacturer in America. His 100-sided die the Zocchihedron (named after it’s creator) is one of many testaments he’s created & patented in his passion to provide players with the best in gaming options.

You can often find Colonel Zocchi at major gaming conventions teaching gamers & game developers his craft, the history of the board game industry, as well as explaining the edge the precision Gamescience Dice he offers has over the more common mass produced versions.

Louis Zocchi has been honored for his contributions to the gaming industry with the 1986 Charles S. Roberts Hall of Fame Award, as well as inducted into The Game Manufacturer’s (GAMA) Academy of Adventure Gaming’s Hall of Fame. Lou stands alongside such groundbreakers as E. Gary Gygax, Charles Roberts, Steve Jackson, Sandy Peterson, Michael Stackpole, Julie Guthrie, Liz Danforth, and numerous other gaming legends. Col. Zocchi is also featured in Flying Buffalo’s Famous Game Designers Playing Card Deck as the king of clubs.


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Thanks so much to Lou for taking the time & letting me interview him!


Read more about Col. Lou Zocchi’s Gamescience Dice on his website


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