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Your game design lab

mikeb wrote:

Hey Bookgnome or anyone who'd know... these scrapbook stores... do you know any names for them. I'm in Victoria in BC and I don't think I've seen something as such around here. Do you think that Michaels the craft store might have the circles puncher thing?

Just curious.

I'm not sure about Michael's...I've seen them at Hobby Lobby and another store called A.C. Moore that's similar to Michael's. You might also try online and just look for scrapbook supply sites.

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Michael's has all kinds of punches, and a big scrapbooking section.

-- Matthew

Anonymous
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I am currently sitting in front of one of my 2 labs...my computers. I have Vassal loaded on both, as well as Cyberboard, which I use to prototype games for use on the network. I also have a variety of old board game pieces (money, pawns, meeples, etc.) scattered about my game room shelves for use when inspiration strikes. I do my graphic arts with a variety of programs...Inkscpae, Photoshop, etc. Not that I am very good at using them :?

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I hate it when I have inspiration for a design, but I don't have the material to put a prototype together, so I ordered a huge amount of colored wooden bits in all shapes and size from Lorenz-Bedi spiele, which I received last week. It cost me a pretty penny, but I'm very satisfied with what I now have. I got hundreds of small wooden cubes in six colors, bigger wooden cubes, little wooden cards, meeples, sticks, markers, cylinders, etc, etc. Just looking at all the material gives me a lot of inspiration. "What game can I design with these big white cubes, hmm..."

Besides that I also always have lots of white and colored paper, card protectors for making cards, cardboard for making tiles and boards, a dozen or so six sided dice, cardboard chips and a bunch of ziplock baggies. I design cards and other stuff on my PC, and spend a lot of printing ink printing the various cards and rulebooks :)

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I've got an office/studio at home, where I do my illustration, painting, writing, and game designing. For me, keeping all the bits in the right places is huge. You never know when the impulse to design a game might strike, so I've got tons of the tiny utility multi-drawer thingies they make for screws and such filled with future game pieces of all kinds (stones, pawns, dice by the bucketful, etc.). For a good source of such things, try teacher's supply stores. They've got some great stuff for much less than game stores charge.

The second most important thing for me is the ability to store finished designs. I've got a closet for that, though, in the studio.

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I've not written in a while, but read often, so forgive my lack of posts lately.

I just recently moved into a 2 bedroom apartment. I'm married, but have no kids, so the 2nd bedroom is my office/game storage/component storage (I have 3 long rows on a shef just of components)/game room.

Before, I would design maybe an hour or 2 during the week, but now I do about an hour a day (hope to increase this to 2 hours soon.) It's wonderful to have my own room to do this in.

-Steve

Anonymous
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Nope, no "lab". Not even anything really special, I do have some extra dice and pawns laying around, but most of my work is done on the computer, and when it is in a somewhat playable condition, I print it. Note that I am no artist (check out my Survive game if you dont believe me).

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