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Anonymous

I need some help.

I have been reading the forums and some great advice, but I still need some direction on printing my game board.

My specs are a 19.5 in X 19.5 in image.

I went to The Printing House and they quoted me $50 for an image on an adhesive!

I plan to purchase a 20 in. X 20 in. plain game board (the 4 folds) and then glue my image on top.

Can someone tell me another options for printing (the kind of paper I should request, printing places and adhesives) as well as where I can find cheap already made game boards (the 4 folds).

thanks.

kt123
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Printing the Board Game Image...

i'm trying to find out exactly the same things in a thread i started called 'how to hand make your games'
I still need to learn a lot, but there's some useful info in that thread.
The threads still active here (in the game production forum)

Anonymous
Printing the Board Game Image...

The best place to get a 20 x 20 quad fold baord is in the Protoparts store.

As for the image, there are a variety of ways to get your image onto the baord. For just prototyping, tile your image to fit onto as many 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper as you need. Trim them and use spray adhesive to mount them to the board. If you don't like the idea of spray adhesive, you can print your image tiles onto a letter-sized label (Avery makes some, I think they're called correction stickers or something) that will already have the adhesive on the back.

For a more finished product, your options are a little more limited. You can still tile and print your image, but the quality may not be as high as you want. Since the image will need to be scored for the quad fold board, you can have the printer print 2 half-board sized images (if that would be cheaper). Another cost savings would be to have your printer skip the adhesive and use spray glue on your finished trimmed artwork.

Best of luck!

kt123
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Hi SiskNY, could you explain what 'tileing the image' means?
Also, i'm a bit confused on the differences you mention in methods for prototyping and a more finished product.
You mention skipping the adhesive and using spray glue. What's the difference between the two and why is spray glue superior?
Also, i had a look on avery.com and i couldn't find any adhesive paper, any chance of a link?

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Printing the Board Game Image...

kt123 wrote:
Hi SiskNY, could you explain what 'tileing the image' means?
Also, i'm a bit confused on the differences you mention in methods for prototyping and a more finished product.
You mention skipping the adhesive and using spray glue. What's the difference between the two and why is spray glue superior?
Also, i had a look on avery.com and i couldn't find any adhesive paper, any chance of a link?

Tiling would be priting sections of your board onto several sheets of paper so that when you arrange them (like floor tiles) in the right order you get the whole board.

To print your whole board on a single sheet, Kinko's has a large format printing machine. They charge $8/square foot though so you're looking at $24-32 for your board.

CafePress.com has an on-demand poster printing service. Their idea is you upload the artwork and create a store and they give you a web store. When a customer orders from your store, they produce the item and ship it. They do t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.

A 23x35" poster is $18 each or $12 when you buy 15+.

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