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Any help on creating a physical map for game?

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AoWMapEditor
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I'm creating a board game and I need information on how I can create the board. Not the back of the board but more the map on the board. Where or how can I get a legitimate looking board?
-Chad

Dralius
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There is map making software

There is map making software some of which is especially made for games.
What kind of game is it?

AoWMapEditor
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Risk: The Game of Global Domination. Thanks that'd be great if there was something specific like that. I'm a bit worried on how I can get this map printed out though.

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Just go to your local

Just go to your local printer, where you make photocopies, they'll know :) Unless you're talking about mass production, in which case you'll have to find a supplier.

Graphics for the board you either have to make yourself or find someone with design skills to put together the artwork for you.

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If you've got the designed

If you've got the designed drawn up digitally, even places like Walgreens can print good-quality board.

If you're still just drafting ideas, just use a white board or foam art/craft board before you spend lots of time and money on a final prototype.

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I have

I have even used MS publisher to create a test board, printed it out, and glued it to a foam core board for early play testing. That used the poster setting on publisher to test it before I ordered the cloth prototypes.
Then once you have a board you like you can go to the next stage

RyanRay
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For my most recent game

For my most recent game board, all I did was print off 8 separate letter-sized pages with the board's pattern printed on them and taped them to a 2'x3' craft board. Very simple, and will work fine to playtest until I feel the need to have a more "professional" version.

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Cool Beans

I'm not really interested in using rough drafts printed from my own printer and just tape them to the board but thanks haha. I might have to find a local printer or even check with Staples (good idea). I have a final draft but I don't think its going to look legitimate without the look every board games got. You know like the paper is stretched around the board and folded, that's what I'm looking for. Thanks for the ideas. Feel free to post more if any :)

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I don't understand what the

I don't understand what the purpose for what you're making is - well that's cos you didn't state it.

Do you want to make it just for yourself?
If so, do you just want to make it pretty? Then go out and buy hard board and print onto other material and do the sticking and assembly yourself.

Do you want to make it to show other people?
If so, who? If you wanna show publishers and things, making it up to the point that it demonstrates your game is enough - even if your game gets a deal most Publishers are going to take your game and rework everything anyway. So any ol cardboard, even hand drawn, is fine, provided you lay things out properly. Or print on some big piece of paper. And stick it on some cardboard.

Do you just wanna have fun with it yourself?
Then make it however you wanna.

Do you want to have it FOR TESTING?
This is important, if you're testing, make it out of any old thing you can. Cardboard. Markers. Whatever. What you want to do is make them fast so you can make new ones fast, cos you're PROTOTYPING, and that basically means you'll be making a bunch of them. You'll NEVER just go with one and viola it's perfect. NEVER.

Do you want to self-publish and sell?
Then you need to get in touch with manufacturers and printers.

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