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kt123
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I've been unable to source suitable playing figures for my game, so instead i considered having cardboard cutouts of the images standing in a card stand, this is proving trickier than i imagined though so i don't think that's an option anymore. My latest idea is to use round plastic playing tokens with artwork stuck on, unfortunatly to have a token big enough to show the image clearly also means it obscures the artwork of the square you've landed on, is there anyway you can think of to have the token stood vertically (i'm thinking on some sort of stand, similar to the cardboard figures i had in mind)
Any thoughts gratefully received.

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If you don't mind looking cheap, stick the cardboard in a blob of blu-tac or plasticine or play-do which in turn could sit on a counter or coin?

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Have you tried a piece of eraser?
A 1x1cm square of eraser, with a cut half its depth to insert the cutout should work. A bit larger if the cardboard is too big.

Mine's a bit rough, but with a brand new eraser and a clean cut, I think you can acheive a nice result.

Seo

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Along with an eraser Binder Clips will also work. You can even get them in different colours and at any local Office Supply store.

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I tried to post an image here but apparantly couldn't figure it out. How'd you do that?

Ken

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Binder clips are decent, and you can even remove the little handle dealies,
like this.
Unfortunately I don't have a better pic of them. Here's a top view of a few of those figs on a board

And here's how to make them. Follow the how-to link for good instructions, and scroll down for some good files you might be able to use for various games.

Finally, I got good game pieces from some woodworking place linked from these forums, they come painted in various colors (that is you can order as many as you like in whatever color you like). I got like 10 each of 10 different colors. They were pretty darn cheap. If I find that link I'll edit this pos and include it.

- Seth

[EDIT: I think I found it. The linked page is not what I got, but has more variety. What I got was I think what they're calling 'baby'.]

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Perhaps using foldovers would work? Foldovers are simply pieces of paper, printed on both sides, and when you fold them they stand upright.

Here's an example: http://www.bgdf.com/files/foldoversample.gif

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Binder clips! How did I miss that? Definitely better than my eraser idea. :)

Seo

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Here is an example:

The clips shown here are 3/4" but Seth turned me on to the 1/2" clips which are much smaller and easier to use.

-Darke

Anonymous
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If you're looking for parts for a finished game that you want to distribute, there are a few options available to you:

the Game Parts Inc. website has clear plastic bases on this page of their catalog.

Spielmaterial has the same thing here.

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Alternatively, Rolco has some nice pawns to which you can affix stickers with your artwork on them. They have the advantage of having a relatively small base so that more of your artwork will show beneath them.

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Wiki fodder... *ahem*.
-Darke

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Steve, can you tell us if the space on the bottom of the rolco pawns is large enough for artwork as well? might be a nice way to associate hidden info with a pawn.

peace,
Tom

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I got a sample pack from Rolco, and I'd have to say that the base bottom on those types of pawns would probably not work very well for holding anything other than, perhaps, a small colored dot. They aren't very big (3/8-inch, perhaps, from memory), and they're slightly concave.

(I'll take another good look at them sometime this weekend to confirm what I've just posted here.)

-Bryk

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nosissies wrote:
Steve, can you tell us if the space on the bottom of the rolco pawns is large enough for artwork as well? might be a nice way to associate hidden info with a pawn.

Great idea, that's what I call thinking outside the box!

Bryk's comment sums it up nicely, the bases are large enough for a smallish sticker containing as much info as you can pack onto it. I don't have one with me to measure, but 3/8" sounds about right. The bottom also has the mold line going accross it, so it's not an ideal spot for a sticker, but it would work (especially for prototyping).

kt123
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Those Rolco games pieces look like the sort of thing i need (especially the red one in the middle), do you think they'd fit a 20x20 board and 6.5x 4 playing square well?
I've had a look on their website and it's got a button at the bottom of the page saying 'Request Sample' however when you click on it, it's just a strange picture of people and no contact details! There is a seperate email address so i'll have to use that.

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Hey kt,
If you have a access to a good gaming store, you might want to check with them first. One of our local stores here in Austin sells these pawns for 5 cents apiece -- no waiting for the mail!

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Was wondering what the name of that place was..... I'm a bit from Austin, but would love to get a hold of some of those pawn w/ out buying 1-10k of them!

kt123
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I don't have a gaming shop near me (that i know about anyway) What exactly do you mean by 'gaming shop', do you mean a shop dedicated to selling game componants?
Does anyone know any places in the UK that sell these pawns? Even online UK stores would be an advantage in regards shipping costs and mailing time.
Failing that, any other online store that dosen't have a mininum order of 1000

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Hi kt,
By "gaming shop", I mean a shop that specializes in selling games. The shop near me sells everything from poker and go supplies to miniatures wargames. They also sell a limited number of "generic" supplies like blank counters, glass beads, etc.

Hope that helps.

K.

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Shrike wrote:
Was wondering what the name of that place was..... I'm a bit from Austin, but would love to get a hold of some of those pawn w/ out buying 1-10k of them!

The place is Great Hall Games. Their selection of prototyping components is limited mostly to blank dice and counters and plastic and wooden pawns -- but that's much better than nothing.

Another great Austin resource is King's Hobby. They have a wide selection of games and more heavy duty prototyping materials like casting and molding materials and wood and styrene stock.

K.

kt123
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Hi Kreitler, thanks for the info, do you happen to know how big the round middle section (where you'd stick the sticker) is? I have a feeling it could be a little small to see my artwork properly.

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kt123 wrote:
Hi Kreitler, thanks for the info, do you happen to know how big the round middle section (where you'd stick the sticker) is? I have a feeling it could be a little small to see my artwork properly.

Going from memory, I'd say the circular pawn is about 1cm in diameter. I'll try to get out and look at it this weekend, but I'm at home sick today and may not feel up to it for a day or two.

The store doesn't carry the vertically oblong or horizontally oblong pawns, so I can't give you a good estimate of those.

K.

kt123
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1cm?! I'm looking for something about an 1 inch big. How else would you be able to see the artwork properly?

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Foamboard Token

If you want a horizontal token like a checkers piece, you can use foamboard.

Foamboard is about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch thick. There is foam in the middle and some thin cardboard on the top and the bottom. Print your tokens on regular paper. Then use a doublesided adhesive tape to stick them on the foamboard. ( You can also print them directly on auto-adhesive paper ). Then cut the foam board the size and shape you want.

kt123
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Thanks for the suggestion, i've never used the stuff before though, so have you got any pictures of how the finished piece should look? Or a link to where to buy the foamboard from?

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Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera. I have plenty of letfover foamboard that I had taken from my job but I can't show it to you.

Look in an office supply store, they might have some. Else you can go in a art store, ( where you can buy paint, tools, etc ) they might have some too.

I think it won't be that hard to find. I am thinking of an common example of foamboard usage but I can't find any. We are using foamboard to stick poster on it. It make them more solid and we can place them easily on a shelf or against a wall.

There is generally 2 colors, black and white. Beside the color, the quality is different. Black foam board is more expensive but much more solid.

I got it! Have you seen 3D puzzles? Some of these puzzles use foam board. They stick the images on the foamboard and cut the pieces the shape they want it. It's the best example I can find for now.

I think foamboard is an interesting material to make game board too. I intend to make my "Dungeon Crawl" tiles with foamboard.

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kt123 wrote:
...do you happen to know how big the round middle section (where you'd stick the sticker) is?

In the sample pack I got from Rolco, the circular token had a sticker area of 3/4" diameter (possibly a little alrger, more like 7/8" but I'm not sure offhand).

I wrote to the email address and requested a sample, great kit, LOTS of different pieces in it, great for ideas.

The local gaming store by me (Rochester, NY) has a similar jar of various game pieces for very cheap! Great for prototyping.

kt123
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Thanks SiskNY, an area of 3/4 inch or 7/8 inch could be a big enough area to work for me, unfortunatly there's no way i want to order a 1000 pieces, i'd have to check the minimum order of that website from Austin, another user posted, if that's unreasonably high, i don't suppose anyone wants to sell a small amount through paypal?

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