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LordBrand
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Greetings! This is actually my first post to BGDF, so I'm pretty excited.

I've been working on a game since mid-July, and had been using Nandeck to create the cards. As the core mechanics have hammered out and we are starting to build more advanced prototypes, I'd like to start including card backs into the test decks that I print.

I know NanDeck has a "DECK" directive that includes "card back" as one of the options, but I was curious if anybody here had any experience with how that works. I'm not 100% sure what I expected. I guess I was originally envisioning that nandeck would know the spacing and create even numbered pages that were made up purely of backs so that when I printed two-sided prints, that would be that. When I've printed to PDF with the card back set, that didn't seem to be the case.

Do I literally need to create a deck of just backs, and then take all my printed fronts flip them over, and then run it through again?

How have others using Nandeck taken care of backs? Did I miss something really simple?

Thanks!

nand
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Hi,The DECK directive is

Hi,

The DECK directive is useful with the virtual table, for printing front-back cards you need DUPLEX and PRINT directives. Look at this example:

font=arial,36,,#000000
text=1-18,"Front {§}",0,0,100%,100%
text=19,"Back",0,0,100%,100%
duplex=1-18,19
print=duplex

This script creates eighteen cards, from "Front 1" to "Front 18", another card with "Back" (the 19th), then (the 4th line) tells the program that these 18 cards must have the 19th as back. And finally, only duplexed cards must be printed (the 5th line).

The result are four pages, one with cards from 1 to 9, nine copies of 19th, cards from 10 to 18, and another nine copies of 19th.

Note that the cards doesn't need to be multiples of nine, this works as well:

font=arial,36,,#000000
text=1-10,"Front {§}",0,0,100%,100%
text=11,"Back",0,0,100%,100%
duplex=1-10,11
print=duplex

And this is with different backs:

font=arial,36,,#000000
text=1-18,"Front {§}",0,0,100%,100%
text=19-36,"Back {§-18}",0,0,100%,100%
duplex=1-18,19-36
print=duplex

And welcome to BGDF! ;-)

LordBrand
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Thanks! This is very

Thanks! This is very helpful.

Will this work with larger cards being scaled with Zoom (4 on a page), or will I need to manually size?

Since the larger cards aren't centered, will they be appropriately spaced to be on the back when I print on a duplex printer?

Thanks again.

Zag24
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Also center on the page

Well, nand would know, but maybe has overlooked a step. My experience with the duplex command and print=duplex is that you also have to center on the page, so that they line up when you turn the paper over and print on the other side. You do this with the PAGE command.

UNIT=INCH
PAGE = 8.5, 11, PORTRAIT, H

This says that my paper is 8.5 x 11, in inches; to print in portrait, and to center horizontally.

LordBrand
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Perfect! Thanks

Perfect! Thanks

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