Submissions

prototype card game

Have you designed a game and would like to see it published? Maybe we can help.

Sinister Fish is now open for submissions of original card and board games from first-time and established tabletop games designers. We can help you bring your game to market with the benefit of our experience in game design, publishing, logistics, and distribution to retail.

The Basics

Artwork

We don’t need you to submit a polished looking game in a shiny box, but nor do we want to have to build your complicated masterpiece ourselves from scratch. Finished artwork is certainly not a necessity; placeholder art is fine, but don’t break your back over it. More important is simple & clean graphic design so we can understand & play your game as easily as possible. It doesn’t have to be beautiful, but it does need to be functional.

Contracts & Payment

If we like your game enough, we’ll offer you a deal and hopefully sign an agreement with you. Details will vary, but in all cases you will be paid for your work, and be given appropriate credit for it. It’s very unlikely that you will receive a large advance payment – we’re more interested in profit sharing, and we will be completely transparent with you about the details of this at all times.

We are VERY interested in:

  • Card games of approximately 50-150 cards, possibly with other components (eg. tokens, coins, dice).
  • Medium weight thematic Euro style games.
  • Thematic games with strong narrative elements and low reliance on luck.

We would PREFER submitted games to:

  • Be playable by 2-5 players.
  • Have a working set of rules than can be followed without your input.
  • Be submitted to us as a physical prototype, although exceptions can be made.
  • Be suitable for translation into other languages.
  • Be socially inclusive in theme and language.

We’re NOT currently looking for:

  • Games with lots of miniatures.
  • Abstract games.
  • Children’s games.
  • Collectable card games (CCGs).

How to submit your game

We don’t accept unsolicited submissions. In all cases, contact us first, and we’ll take it from there. Just drop us an email telling us about your game. There’s no need to include rules or images initially, just tell us why your game is so awesome and why we should work on it with you!

If you are able to send us a physical prototype of your game which we ultimately decide to pass on, we would be happy to return it to you at your cost. We are based in the United Kingdom but will accept submissions from anywhere, as long as the rules and components are in English.