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I've been designing games as a hobby for about four years now, and have encountered and overcome various issues regarding prototyping, but I wonder: What are the most problematic type pieces for others who are trying to make a decent prototype? I realize many bits, such as hexes, squares, or other shaped tiles can be cannibalized from existing games, but surely other solutions are used.

What are the problem pieces for other designers, and what solutions have they come up with, including cost?

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I have everything done other than pieces. Rulebook is done with nice graphics, board is perfect for prototype with lamination. Dice work good. Playtesting is about over. I just have one huge problem. I NEED MINIATURES. I'm using folded paper right now. It's functional, but I'm scared it will take away too much flavor of the game upon being shown to anyone. The mini's needed are used in only one outdated game, and I would have to locate and buy several copies (10 to be exact) to get all I need. Don't have the money or the time to do this. I AM STUCK!!! Not sure what to do.

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Bushbee wrote:
I have everything done other than pieces. Rulebook is done with nice graphics, board is perfect for prototype with lamination. Dice work good. Playtesting is about over. I just have one huge problem. I NEED MINIATURES. I'm using folded paper right now. It's functional, but I'm scared it will take away too much flavor of the game upon being shown to anyone. The mini's needed are used in only one outdated game, and I would have to locate and buy several copies (10 to be exact) to get all I need. Don't have the money or the time to do this. I AM STUCK!!! Not sure what to do.

Just use carbouard chits like the old AH games.

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I can't help with mini's unfortunately... I went to Wal-Mart to look for anything that could be used as minis for something like, oh, I don't know, Samurai Swordsmen and Archers. I was hoping they might have something like those bags of green army men. I founf that they did have such bags- with different themes. army stuff, construction worker stuff, and far stuff. Mostly the pieces were too large to really be of use to me.

For All For One I have bought some Reaper miniatures, which might be a little too large, but will look a lot better than the wooden pawns I'm using now. Problem with that is the minis are like $3-$4 each.

Anyway, while I was in Wal-Mart, near the plastic discs that Oracle mentioned a while ago, I found a gold mine of prototyping stuff. There was a whole line of "Learning Playground" stuff. I got a Coins and Currency Money Tray with paper bills ($1, $5, $10, $20, $50) and plastic coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, 50 cent, $1). In the toy and game section (next to the army men) there was a similar thing but in a plastic cash drawer. It had fewer denominations of money, but the drawer itself could be very useful in some retail themed game (and of course the money in any game). Each of these things was in the neighborhood of $4.

Finally, Learning Playground also had a "Learn your States" thing with an 8.5x11 glossy map of the US with no text at all. It came with stickers with state names and stuff. I bought one to use as the board for my Campaign game idea- this might give me the impetus to actually MAKE a proto of that game (I was wondering how to go about making the board).

- Seth

Anonymous
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Some suggestions:

For pawns/single colored tiles: Colored buttons work extremly well

For a board: Try making one out of wood. You could make it any size, then draw the grid for your board on that with a ruler (assuming your spaces are square).

For printing cards off the computer: When you are ready to print your cards off the computer, print them directly onto cardstock, you can't see through cardstock unless you put it directly under light, and that is only with the light colors. All you have to worry about now is cutting each card out =(

FastLearner
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There are 10 types of people, those who can count in binary and those who can't.

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FastLearner wrote:
There are 10 types of people, those who can count in binary and those who can't.

Could not agree with you more!

Though I feel bad for those people who only know hexidecimal and octal!

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FastLearner wrote:
There are 10 types of people, those who can count in binary and those who can't.

There's a shirt with that on it...
I've been wanting it for a long time :) Would make the users around my workplace go nuts trying to figure it out.

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