, and I would like to either sell my design, or find an inexpensive way to produce them and sell sets myself. I am also worried about how much I should show my designs around, in case someone steals them.
First, a little background. Shogi
is basically Japanese chess, with the main difference that when a piece is captured, it can be turned around and used by the other player. To make this work, instead of little figurines, the pieces are basically stubby tombstones/arrows, with the name of the piece written on it in kanji
This presents a problem to me, because the necessity to read the letters to understand what the piece is, imho, adds a detrimental step in the decision process of playing the game. Therefor, I created a more figurative set, where each piece looks significantly different, and is quite easy to understand without having to think "This piece is the gold general, which means it can move..... here".
Now my questions:
First, I am worried that I should not post any pictures of my pieces on line in case someone steals them. Is this something I should worry about?
Secondly, I hear that is is almost impossible to sell things to game companies if you are not already in the industry. Is this the case, or are there handy addresses I could send a letter to that would actually get a reasonable response?
Finally, in lieu of selling the idea, is there an easy way I can produce these myself and sell them like the guy who makes this shogi set does
? (note my pieces do not look anything like his.) I do not think I could do it by carving crappy-quality pieces out of basswood using an X-acto, and I don't have any budget or room for any type of machinery, but I would not mind paying someone else to do it for me.