Here's the problem. A Kickstarter backed game usually has a few hundred backers. Some of the more popular project will have 1,000 to 2,000 backers but most have a few hundred.
Printers who print board games usually operate at a minimum level of 10,000 copies. A game that cost $5 to print x 10,000 copies needs to raise at least $50,000 just to cover printing. Not counting shipping, Kickstarter Fees, artists, etc.
So how does a bunch of small indie board game publishers find a way to print their game without paying large per unit costs and shipping costs.
There isn't a magic answer here but I believe we are getting closer to one. Eric Salyers, from Break from Reality Games, is my guest on this episode of Funding the Dream on Kickstarter and has been searching for such a solution and may have some answers.
Join Eric and I on this episode of Funding the Dream as we talk about how to successfully find a way to print your game in the US to save thousands on shipping.