Sample Game Product Budget
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Based on Jeff Tidball's Game Project Budget Template v1.1. Thanks to Paul Ference, Renee Knipe, and Ruth Tillman for reviewing drafts of this resource. Any green cell's contents can be changed, but unformatted cells auto-calculate; avoid changing them. Italics indicates notes; any can be changed. The sample entries in the green cells bear no particular relationship to what's advised or reasonable. They're just numbers taking up space until you spawn your own copy and start building your project. Please spread the word about this resource! The easiest URL to distribute is jefftidball.com/gamespreadsheet. Have a question or comment? Drop an email to jeff at jefftidball dot com.
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Expenses (Not Including Royalties)
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Wordcount Expenses
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Word Count0
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Words Per Page800
Assumes a page without any illustrations
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Art Density (%)12.50%
Percentage of average page covered by illustrations (e.g., a quarter-page illo per spread is 12.5%)
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Total Art Page Count0.00
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Non-content Pages7
Title pages, credits, ToC, index pages, etc.
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Total Page Count7
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Writing Pay Per Word$0.05
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Other Pay Per Word$0.02E.g., Editing
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Other Pay Per Word$0.01
E.g., Proofreading
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Written Material Exp.$0.00
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Illustration Expenses
CountCost EachExtentionPage % EachExtentionNotes
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Cover1$1,250.00$1,250.000.00%0
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Size / Type 140$150.00$6,000.0025.00%10
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Size / Type 210$200.00$2,000.0050.00%5
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Size / Type 30$250.00$0.0066.00%0
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Size / Type 40$300.00$0.00100.00%0
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$9,250.0015
This sum should match Total Art Page Count
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Hourly and Flat Rate Expenses
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Hours Low Est. Hours High Est.Hourly RateExtention LowExtention HighNotesFlat RateNotes
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Administration310$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Concept824$15.00$120.00$360.00$0.00
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Design00$15.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Writing00$15.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Development10160$15.00$150.00$2,400.00$0.00
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Art Direction40120$15.00$600.00$1,800.00$0.00
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Producing2080$15.00$300.00$1,200.00$0.00
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Editing00$15.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Art00$15.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Layout00$15.00$0.00$0.00$1,250.00
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Proofreading00$15.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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Playtesting00$15.00$0.00$0.00$0.00
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$1,170.00$5,760.00$1,250.00
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Production Expenses
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1,0002,0005,000Notes
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Prepress$250.00$250.00$250.00
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Printing$5,000.00$7,000.00$9,000.00
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Shipping (Inbound)$500.00$750.00$1,000.00
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$5,750.00$8,000.00$10,250.00
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Other Expenses
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ExpenseAmountNotes
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Prototype Supplies$250.00
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Expense 2$0.00
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Expense 3$0.00
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Expense 4$0.00
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$250.00
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Contingency5%
As a % of Total Expenses
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Total Expenses Low
$18,553.50$20,916.00$23,278.50
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Total Expenses High
$23,373.00$25,735.50$28,098.00
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Crowdfunding Revenue (and Royalties)
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Crowdfunding
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TierBacker Est. Low
Backer Est. High
Backer PaysShipping CostAdd'l Exp. PerRevenue LowRevenue HighStock Use PerStock Use LowStock Use High
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Basic Domestic100200$10.00$0.00$0.00$1,000.00$2,000.00000
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Basic Int'l3060$15.00$0.00$0.00$450.00$900.00000
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Standard Domestic150400$25.00$5.00$0.00$3,000.00$8,000.001150400
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Standard Int'l50100$35.00$20.00$0.00$750.00$1,500.00150100
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Premium Domestic20100$50.00$5.00$15.00$600.00$3,000.00120100
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Premium Int'l1035$60.00$20.00$15.00$250.00$875.0011035
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360895$6,050.00$16,275.00230635
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Royalties (of Crowdfund Campaign)
Royalty LowRoyalty High
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Royalty % Revenue5.00%$302.50$813.75
E.g., Kickstarter Finance Fee
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Royalty % Revenue3.00%$181.50$488.25
E.g., Stripe Card Processing Fee
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Royalty % Revenue5.00%$302.50$813.75
E.g., Designer Royalty
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Total Royalty13.00%$786.50$2,115.75
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Crowdfunding Revenue Net of Royalties
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Low Estimate$5,263.50
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High Estimate$14,159.25
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Post-Crowdfunding Revenue (and Royalties)
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Retail Pricing by Sales Venue
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MSRPDiscountRevenueStock Use Per% of Sales
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Sales Venue 1$40.0055.00%$18.0015.00%
E.g., Amazon Advantage
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Sales Venue 2$40.0059.00%$16.40115.00%
E.g., Traditional distribution
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Sales Venue 3$12.0030.00%$8.40070.00%E.g., DriveThru
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Sales Venue 4$40.000.00%$40.00110.00%
E.g., Direct sales
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Sales Venue 5$0.00100.00%$0.0000.00%
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100.00%
This sum must be 100%
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Unit Sales by Sales Venue
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1,0002,0003,0004,0005,0006,0007,000
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Sales Venue 150100150200250300350
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Sales Venue 21503004506007509001,050
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Sales Venue 37001,4002,1002,8003,5004,2004,900
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Sales Venue 4100200300400500600700
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Sales Venue 50000000
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