A consolidated pre-ordering platform tailored to the tabletop industry

As part of Tabletop ID’s suite of tools, Tabletop Gateway optimises the ordering process, and reduces workload and lead times with a consolidated, industry-wide solution.

A shortage of logistical data and lack of inter-party communication can cause problems in several areas. Example of this include:

  • Publishers not knowing the demand for their game, and miscalculating print run size due to a lack of data. Optimistic guesses can lead to having cash held up in stock. At the same time, due to long lead times for additional print runs, being cautious and printing small numbers can be a big missed opportunity if a game is in high demand.
  • Retailers over-ordering copies of a game, placing orders with several different distributors, hoping to receive a fraction of their total order due to undetermined allocation numbers. Or, if a game under-performs, retailers may end up with a large quantity that they can’t sell, due to an initial over-ordering.

This can cause uncertain cash flow and a potential loss of profit for all parties involved. With inadequate data to help with the next print run, the problem persists.


Tabletop Gateway is available for all games utilising Tabletop ID. Read more about Tabletop ID here.

Publishers

Live ordering details enables quick and accurate decisions on print run sizes and when to reprint.

Distributors

Opt into available games and receive orders from retailers.

Retailers

Order what you want and receive what you order from your preferred participating distributor.

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“I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS”

And we’re here to answer them for you

How can you GUARANTEE delivery?

Well, technically, we don’t. The publisher and distributors do. As part of the terms of using Gateway, the publisher and participating distributors agree to fulfil all orders received through the platform in full. As the orders are received before a print-run is ordered, a publisher can include these numbers to make sure there are enough copies to go around. Once the print run has started, a cap will be set so that there is no chance of there being more orders than copies.

How does it work?

A publisher activates Gateway for their game, and the game is made available for pre-order.

Distributors can opt into the game, to receive orders for it.

Retailers order the amount they want, and chooses their preferred participating distributor.

How much does it cost?

It’s free to join, and there are no minimum orders.

The cost for using Gateway is a nickel per unit:

Publisher: $0.05 per unit made available for order

Distributor: $0.05 per unit per order received, and order placed

Retailer: $0.05 per unit ordered

As a distributor, can I accept orders outside Gateway?

Of course. You can get orders through Gateway, while also selling the game separately. You must however be sure to order the additional amount of games you need through Gateway. If no additional games are reserved under your name, there might not be enough copies available for your external orders. Note that orders you accept through Gateway must be prioritised for fulfilment. As part of the terms, you are also guaranteed by the publisher to receive copies for the orders you accept, and any additional orders placed for yourself (or for existing external orders) within the time frame of the pre-order, or as long as stock is available on the platform.

Are orders binding?

Yes. All orders placed on Gateway are binding, as they will determine the print run size for the publisher. You may not decrease an order after placing it, though you can always increase it, assuming that there are still copies available.

How is Gateway different from Kickstarter?

All games on the Gateway are ready to go. The art is done, the rules are written, the manufacturer has been chosen, and the publisher is going to print the game. The only question left is how much to print. This means the lead time is shorter (usually around 3-4 months, as print runs go). The cost of using Gateway is much lower than using Kickstarter as a pre-ordering system, and all games will have the Tabletop ID features available.

Do we pay you for the games?

No. You only pay us the $0.05 fee per unit for the service.

A distributor pays the publisher for their copies, and retailers pay who they order from. Your terms with each company are your own, and we do not facilitate payment. Retailers; if there is no pre-existing relationship between you and the distributor you choose, assume that an order will be pre-pay.

Can anyone put a game up on Gateway?

Yes, and no. Gateway is only available to the industry, and will not be open to individuals. Publishers must have a manufacturer ready to put Tabletop ID tags on their games. This is to ensure that all games offered on the Gateway are ready for orders.

Does Gateway accept kickstarter games?

Yes. There is nothing stopping you from running a kickstarter for a game that will be, or is currently on Gateway. But the printing of the game can not be dependent on a successful kickstarter. Having a game on Gateway means that any orders received must be fulfilled, which means you must be sure that you will do a print run of this game, independent of funding from Kickstarter.

Why use Gateway instead of a P500 approach?

The P500 approach will work well for many companies. Our service is different from the P500 approach in that the games are guaranteed to be printed at a certain date, and the lead time is (relatively) set. Gateway is a finished available service, and you do not have to set anything up yourself. More information is also available about each game through Tabletop Generation, and all games will offer the Tabletop ID services. You will also benefit from other companies bringing customers onto the platform. A similarity to P500 is that a publisher can gather followers on Tabletop Generation, which is an indicator of public interest in a game, and that follower number will be displayed on the ordering page on Gateway.