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How to make a decent playing set of cards

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jaimedragon
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Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows about a good website or program that helps u in making a good template to create my own TCG to play with my family and friends. I know there are a few but I don't want to do mine from a copy of Magic, YU-Gi-OH or Pokemon. I hope you can help me.

SiddGames
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nanDeck

nanDeck is a robust card creating program, but it does have a little bit of a curve to learning the script-like markup language it uses. It gives you pretty granular control over placement of card elements, and you can embed images, etc. as well as read input from files (CSV files and RTF files).

http://www.nand.it/nandeck/

schtoom
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Nandeck is pretty incredible

Nandeck is pretty incredible and fairly powerful once you get past the learning curve. I can't think of a better editor.

Jaus LXXIV
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Thanks for linking to that!

Thanks for linking to that! I've been planning card templates with pencil and paper in my spare time; nanDeck looks WAY better than that.

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http://plaincards.com/ has

http://plaincards.com/ has printable cards you can print and punch out from the sheets. They also have their own software for card printing which integrates pretty well.

Don't know how much money you're looking to invest but their products aren't bad.

schtoom
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The cards from Plaincards are

The cards from Plaincards are okay for playtesting purposes, but I wouldn't count on them holding up over time very well. Artscow will print decks of 54 cards starting at $15 I think (and going lower the higher the number of decks you buy). While I haven't actually bought any of these yet, I've read that the quality of the cards is pretty decent.

Cost-wise, I think they work out to be about even once you include the cost of your own ink when printing. Someone feel free to refute me on this one, though.

521 Promo
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Templates

I'm not sure if you are just looking for a standard playing card template but you can download all 54 face cards, backs and a tuck box template here http://libertyplayingcards.com/ArtTemplates/tabid/426/Default.aspx.

There are also a few companies that print custom playing cards I've personnaly used this one before http://www.custom-playing-cardss.com and they were great. Similar quality to bicycle playing cards.

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Custom Playing Cards

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