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I'd like to make it short: Just for fun!
Our game production is a hobby, we are no professional game designers. We invent games just for fun and when we think that one is good, we just love the idea that more people get a chance to play it. Well of course we love mail by fans ;-)
It's a cheap hobby cause for a hobby you don't measure the time spent and actually we really get a few bucks back from it, instead of simply investing like its with most hobbies.
We've been publishing our own games since 1989 ( our first game ), we do not plan to buy licenses yet. The main reason to publish a game yourself is that the normal way to publish your game with a big company takes a whole lot of time, your system or your artwork might get changed. So we publish our games, cause we're impatient.
Anyway we wouldn't mind if some of you big companies (where are you) will buy a license from us every now and then. For example our 1991 game Vendetta would have been impossible to be published by ourselves, since we didn't have the money and the high prices for little wooden cubes would have made the game very expensive in a small print run. Also card games a very hard to publish, cause the price rapidly goes down with the number of copies ;-)
The following resources are what we rely on. This might be different with other small companies. In roughly decreasing importance.
Many essentials, those small shops and magazines, are due to the pionieering first generation of German small game producers like Reinhold Wittigs Edition Perlhuhn, Johannes Trannelis , Walter Müllers Spielewerkstatt, Bernd Brunnhofer and Kalle Schmiel and many more. All those who demonstrated that good games can come from small companies.
Some other things are getting harder with the time. For example the attendence to the Essen game fair with a 10 square meter stand raised about a factor of 3 in price between 1991 and 1997 For example small shops feel, that German people haven't got as much money left as a few years ago.
The above is probably incomplete. But in short, you need many, many people help, but many, many people are what keeps the enterprise being fun. You can find a few of our friends on the People page .
Here you can find some more information about us .