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How many cards is too many cards in a standard "board" game?

As a young child, MONOPLOY had too many cards to keep up with but as I got older there were not enough properties. For a card movement based game, SORRY seemed to have just enough.

Since I am designing a board game with cards in card protectors, handing the cards seem bulky even though I have 100 different event cards in the game.

zaiga
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Too Many Cards?

Z-man's new release Parthenon comes with over 400 cards. Trivial Pursuit comes with several hunderd question cards. The Apples to Apples crate comes with several hunderd cards, etc.

You need as many cards as the game needs. Basically, you have too many cards when you can achieve the same effect with less cards. Do you really need 100 different event cards? Is the game less fun with, say, just 50 event cards? 25? Maybe you want even more than 100. Only you can answer these questions.

Production wise it is most economic to produce cards in multiples of 55. That's why you see a lot of card games with 55 cards, or 110 cards, but not so much games with 80 cards or so, because that means a lot of cards would be "wasted" during printing. I wouldn't worry about this too much when creating a game though, unless you are specifically trying to create a compact card game.

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Too Many Cards?

zaiga wrote:

Production wise it is most economic to produce cards in multiples of 55. That's why you see a lot of card games with 55 cards, or 110 cards, but not so much games with 80 cards or so, because that means a lot of cards would be "wasted" during printing.

Ok, then adding 10 more cards will actually do more good than harm.

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zaiga wrote:

Production wise it is most economic to produce cards in multiples of 55. That's why you see a lot of card games with 55 cards, or 110 cards, but not so much games with 80 cards or so, because that means a lot of cards would be "wasted" during printing.

This is a slight overgeneralization. It depends on the sheet size of the manufacturer really. Many have 110 card sheets, but not all. It is really useful to do a game in multiples of your sheet size OR to fill out the unused sheets with promotional cards that you save and handout at a later date.

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Too Many Cards?

The number of cards you need depends on the circulation of the cards in your game. A good way to know this is how often do you need to reshuffle the cards OR how much card are left at the end of the game if not shuffled.

For example, a munchkin game has 168 cards. Generally you need to reshuffle the dungeon cards once in a game. It can be acceptable. If you have too much cards, like combiing all munchkin games together, you'll end up that too many cards are not used.

Of course, the production process also has some influence. You must now how much cards are printed on each sheet. More cards can also raise the price of the game.

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Too Many Cards?

Larienna wrote:
Of course, the production process also has some influence. You must now how much cards are printed on each sheet. More cards can also raise the price of the game.

Ok, what are the standard card dimensions for most "game board" cards? Because the cards within my game are 2.333 by 3.333 inches or 6 by 9 cm.

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