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nosissies
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Hey folks,
I just discovered this vendor online http://www.plaincards.com/, their site is pretty terrible (lots of broken links) but they have in interesting product. Does anyone here have any experience with them? They also have a spray coating which supposedly was designed specifically for their product.

peace,
Tom

jwarrend
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Blank Card vendor

Hey Tom,

There've been a few discussions about PlainCards in the past; here's one thread, but a forum search on "plaincards" will probably reveal a few more. I believe the consensus is that they aren't good enough for production, but may be ok for prototyping. I haven't heard anyone give a head-to-head comparison of PlainCards with the prototype cards available in the Protoparts store, and lacking that, I'll probably buy more of the protoparts cards when I run out of mine. (which probably won't be for a while; I've found that it's generally easier to just print on normal cardstock and cut, since I find that smaller cards generally handle better with the thinner stock...)

-Jeff

Kreitler
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Re: Blank Card vendor

nosissies wrote:
Hey folks,
Does anyone here have any experience with them? They also have a spray coating which supposedly was designed specifically for their product.

peace,
Tom

I just got ahold of some of their cards and the spray coat, and am in the process of printing my first deck. I can tell you from initial tests that you have to let color inkjet ink dry for quite awhile to avoid slight smudges and smears. I have yet to test them in laser printers.

The card stock is nice and heavy (I don't know the exact gauge), and the surface is relatively low-friction when compared to printable business cards (which I have used in the past).

I think it's safe to say that you would want to use these only for prototyping -- the cost vs quality makes them impractical for production.

I'll post again after I finish my deck.

K.

VeritasGames
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Blank Card vendor

Plaincards are a nice prototyping tool. They are very slightly narrower than poker cards meaning that if you have things laid out for poker cards you will need to shrink things slightly.

The best looking results (and slight variations in registration) are best handled by either having a white border around the card face OR by having a black border which overprints beyond the perforation so that if things are off a 1/16 of an inch or something it's not so obvious.

The backs have a plastic-coated colored pattern, but given that the pattern has gaps in it and given that this is not true playing card stock, the cards are slightly translucent in bright light. This does not impact most play, and has zero impact once the cards are put into opaque CCG sleeves.

They are slightly flimsier than think playing card stock, but shuffle well.

The front of the cards is uncoated, allowing for use in an inkjet printer, but which means they won't print out quite as well on a high end laser printer as they would if they had coating on their faces.

They were relatively inexpensive to use given the vast amount of trouble they save. If I had a custom personal die cutting setup I would recommend color laser printing and cutting them yourself. But if you have no die cutter then DEFINITELY these things are hugely more useful than having to cut things out by hand.

Kreitler
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Blank Card vendor

VeritasGames wrote:
The backs have a plastic-coated colored pattern, but given that the pattern has gaps in it and given that this is not true playing card stock, the cards are slightly translucent in bright light. This does not impact most play, and has zero impact once the cards are put into opaque CCG sleeves.

They are also available with both sides blank. If you order these, you can use an inkjet printer on both sides. If you do that, be sure to let the cards dry thoroughly before running them through again. Inkjet ink tends to collect in certain places on various letters. These collection areas take longer to dry. If you rush the job, they will "squish out" and possibly smear.

K.

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