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I haven't been on this forum for a while as I've been busy moving, but I wanted to plug my new method of printing medium quantities (100-300) of cloth game boards. Previously, I had been buying bolts of felt, having them cut at one place, and silkscreen at another place. It worked pretty well, but it was very time consuming.

Somebody somewhere suggested a bandana printing company, and I found one at bandanaman.com. It's a hell of a lot easier, and it looks sharp and crisp. The printing area was bigger than my local silkscreener. Minimum is 300 bandanas. At those quantities, cost is about $2 per board.

Eventually I'll post pictures.

Anonymous
Cloth Boards made easy

Are those images of the new bandanas on your website (for Warp 6)? They look nice!

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No, the new ones are larger and the printing is crisper. Notice that the dice are a bit crowded on the playing surface in the middle. In the next generation of boards, there will be more space. The printed area can extend out to the edge of where the old board's cloth ends.

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Good idea

Hello
Yes good idea.
Are the bandana cloth thicknesses all one thickness or can you get varying thicknesses? You did your own artwork? I need a good artist to do artwork on some cards but finding these peopel is a flippin nightmare.
I emailed boardgamedesign.com about prototypes but these people have not replied yet perhaps they are on holiday?

How much profit are you adding on to the game Warp 6?
Thanks
BGG

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I like the bandanna idea too my only question is how well do they hold up to wear and tear? I work with felt ( i'm a fiber artist and painter) and make my own so i know it's verry durrable. I also know that sometimes inks run with printing on cottons(if the bandannas are made of cotton) you might want to do a wet test. just be carefull.

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The bandanas are thin relative to the felt. You don't get any choice in that. As to how well the color holds, time will tell. Coming out of the box, they look great. The ink isn't in the cloth, it's on top of it, if that makes sense.

Maybe I should put a warning in the instructions not to get the boards wet... or feed it after midnight.

I do my own artwork. You just send them an image file. I sell my games for $14.95. They cost about half that to make considering components, printing, and time.

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I would think that, being bandanas, the boards woiuld be printed with materials that could withstand machine-washing if necessary. I know I have put a few cheap bandanas through the wash and never had problems.

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Cloth Boards made easy

Can you get multiple color printing? I did not see anything besides one color printing on your site.

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Yes, they can do up to four colors. Here's the link to their custom printing page:

http://www.bandanaman.com/Custom_Printing/custom_screen_printing.htm

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