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We at The Game Crafter are getting ready to launch print on demand tiles for your production and prototyping needs. We plan to offer several sizes and shapes of tiles, but we want your feedback about what sizes would be most interesting to you.

Which shape is most interesting to you? Square? Circle? or Hex?

What size would you want the shape you chose to be available in?

Any feedback you can provide would be greatly useful to us. Thanks in advance for your time.

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Square and Hex would be much

Square and Hex would be much more popular than circle, I would think.

As far as size goes I think somewhere around 2 inches is the sweet spot for me (give or take half an inch).

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I would like to add octagon!

If you are making a game where tiles get moved or flipped over, squares and hexes are a pain to remove from a tessellated pattern. If you make octagons and treat them as squares in a game, the empty space allows people to grab them easier.

Hexes and squares are sure to be your most popular, though.

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If you are making smaller

If you are making smaller tiles, you could use Carcassone as a standard square tile which is 1-1/2".

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I agree with the others.

I agree with the others. Square or hexagon.

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larienna wrote:If you are

larienna wrote:
If you are making smaller tiles, you could use Carcassone as a standard square tile which is 1-1/2".

1-1/2 would be great for hexes too.

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It depends how well the hexes

It depends how well the hexes fit on a page. I would suggest settlers of Catan size or TI3 size.

By the way, did you know there was a way to cut hexes by using only straight lines if the hexes are arranged in a certain way?

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Hex tiles

Hex tiles for sure. Settle of Catan size.

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For squares...

For square tiles, the two sizes on my wish list would be something around 0.5 inch (usable as chits or markers), and around 2 inches (usable for tile placement games).

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I agree with the size choices.

Oh man.. You guys are making me rethink the design I've been rolling around my notebook for the past couple days! I'm voting for squares and hexes, but all three shapes could be nice, though the current sticker chips are pretty good circles.

Size wise I agree with the above post. 1.5 to 2in AND a smaller size too to use as counters.

If these are going to be die cut from heavy stock board (like most cardboard chits) will it be possible to also order larger tiles, like the mats, made of this material?

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Thickness? D/S?

What thickness will these tiles be?

Can they be printed double-sided?

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Louard wrote: If these are

Louard wrote:

If these are going to be die cut from heavy stock board (like most cardboard chits) will it be possible to also order larger tiles, like the mats, made of this material?

We will be offering that as well, but not right away. Our goal is to put out two or three tiles initially, and then keep adding to that list as we gauge popularity.

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bonsaigames wrote:What

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What thickness will these tiles be?

Can they be printed double-sided?

They will be printed on 60pt chipboard (which is 0.06" thick), the same thickness as Catan or Carasonne tiles.

Initially we'll be doing single-sided, but we will likely add double sided options if we get enough requests.

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The Game Crafter

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What thickness will these tiles be?

Can they be printed double-sided?

They will be printed on 60pt chipboard (which is 0.06" thick), the same thickness as Catan or Carasonne tiles.

Initially we'll be doing single-sided, but we will likely add double sided options if we get enough requests.

If the single sided tiles would be unfinished chipboard on the non-printed side, I would rather have the option of double sided tiles even if the back side was just a printed logo or pattern.

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bonsaigames wrote:The Game

bonsaigames wrote:
The Game Crafter wrote:
bonsaigames wrote:
What thickness will these tiles be?

Can they be printed double-sided?

They will be printed on 60pt chipboard (which is 0.06" thick), the same thickness as Catan or Carasonne tiles.

Initially we'll be doing single-sided, but we will likely add double sided options if we get enough requests.

If the single sided tiles would be unfinished chipboard on the non-printed side, I would rather have the option of double sided tiles even if the back side was just a printed logo or pattern.

I agree. Though double sided custom art would definitely be preferable.

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double sided?

have you started doing double-sided tiles yet? any chance that's in the near future?

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4 x 4 in square

4 x 4 in square would be a personal preference of mine. it would allow a 3.5x2.5 card to be placed nicely on the tile without interfering with other tiles and cards.

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No double sided tiles yet.

Not yet. We don't want to release them until we're sure we can do them perfectly.

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Circles Please...

... I am amazed at how rare Circle Tiles/Tokens are but ppl use them all the time to track things. They are so rare there is a How to make your own on BGG. Square Tiles, 4in x 4in would be awesome too, just ordered some of your smaller tiles. "If there is a nitch/gap, fill it and watch the money rollin" :)

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larienna wrote:It depends how

larienna wrote:
It depends how well the hexes fit on a page. I would suggest settlers of Catan size or TI3 size.

By the way, did you know there was a way to cut hexes by using only straight lines if the hexes are arranged in a certain way?

I do. But if you´re going to use a die cutter ¿how do you make the blade cross themselves? I have done it by hand. The pro is less cuts and more tiles per sheet, and small triangles that could be recycled for tokens or counters. The con, a minimum error affects more than one tile.

I have recently made 150 hex tiles for a second proto. The first one was cut by aluminium ruler an cutter. The error is over 1mm.
For the second proto i used scissors and no rule. The result is almost perfect, less than 1/2 mm error. (apart of a certain pain in my fingers).

Anyway, for using a die cutter i thinks it´s better separate hex because you can include small circles or squares in the free space and get more pieces per sheet instead of waste.

I think that depending of the game, there should be no more than three sizes.

2,5cm for small hexes used as pawns

5 cm for hexes used as terrain tiles over a 60- 70 cm board, and many tiles

more than 5 for terrain tiles without board (Catan) and a few tiles.

The thickness of the tile is only important if you have to flip it during the game, if once placed you don´t touch it again, there´s no need for a 2mm cardboard.

But it´s true that a 2mm cardboard is near a DM fiber chipboard and so it´s more waterproof.

Once, a full glass of coke an bourbon fell over my Carcassone. I used a blanket and a hair dryer and the tiles remains perfect. You wouldn´t be able to say which ones were affected.

But is it worth for an autoedition?

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markwallace wrote:have you

markwallace wrote:
have you started doing double-sided tiles yet? any chance that's in the near future?

I discussed this on the thread "Three die machines wich best". It seems that with good cardboard and paper you get sure the dimensions are perfect and so if the image is centered they should be perfectly aligned back and front. Other forum members confirm this by experience.

I have done it by hand, one by one with a home method, not difficult. If you want I can explain. The result was perfect. No bleeding needed. Of course only for protos, not for shot runs.

So, I think that TGC should be able to offer it soon. Other proto makers already do it. Of course it results in a more expensive tile.

In my case, the back is also used in the game, so it has to be photo paper and 150ppp. Nothing to see with the back of carcassone that is only for stetic and is done with two inks and cheaper paper.

It would be interesting to know both prices. A back in one or two inks is a different product than a back in full color.

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I agree with the 1.5 inch size, similar to Carcassonne. Big enough, and small enough - long as they're thick enough. And ANY back-side printing is better than none... although full-color would be a wonderful option.

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Circles

I'd love to have something like 1" to 1.5" diameter circles to use as custom counters for things, if they end up being not too much more than your wood and plastic pieces per unit. If they're cheaper, even better.

Thanks for all you do - I love TGC.

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Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for the feedback everyone. We'll see what we can do to add a few more of these suggested tile sizes.

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double and tripple hex

besides squares and hex, double-hex (Ingenious) and tripple-hex (Taluva) would be great.

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In case you are not offering

In case you are not offering them, I am over using 8"x8" tiles because that is the biggest board tile you can fint on a letter page. So if you do not support this, that could be a good idea.

Another thing I use is to split a letter page in 3 or 4 parts. In 3 parts it gives something like 8"x3.5", in 4 parts I think it's something like 5.25"x4".

I mostly use this for player/character sheet so they don't need a hard back necessarily.

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New tiles

Please tell me when the Catan hexes and Carcassonne Blank tiles will be ready.

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The Game Crafter wrote:We at

The Game Crafter wrote:
We at The Game Crafter are getting ready to launch print on demand tiles for your production and prototyping needs. We plan to offer several sizes and shapes of tiles, but we want your feedback about what sizes would be most interesting to you.

Which shape is most interesting to you? Square? Circle? or Hex?

What size would you want the shape you chose to be available in?

Any feedback you can provide would be greatly useful to us. Thanks in advance for your time.

My preference would be for either hexes or octagons. Is there anyone else that does octagons? If not, then that might be a growth niche for your company. An octagon tile would allow for north, south, east, and west directions, and for northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest directions, also. Because it doesn't seem to be all that common of a game tile, that would make it all the more unique, I think, and allow for more variety in the types of board games produced.

Even still, hexes would work fine, for me. I would much rather have hex tiles, than square tiles. That said, of no less importance to me would be to have some kind of mat or tray that can serve as a base for me to lay hex tiles on top of, and which would prevent them from sliding around. They wouldn't have to be all that big, as long as I could connect more than one of them, together, if I want to create a large playing area for a map/board game.

My personal board game design interest doesn't really lie with trying to create board games for profit. I don't have a desire to become an independent board game company. Rather, my interest is largely confined to trying my hand at creating some board games from scratch, for me and my son (and perhaps a few others) to play, together. Thus, I am more interested in what, from your perspective, might be viewed as prototypes, rather than in sizable production runs.

An inch or an inch-and-a-half tiles are probably too small for me. Why? Because, I feel that smaller tiles work better for games between adults, rather than for games where kids are participating. Also, because I am interested in miniatures/figures, larger tile sizes can better accommodate either a greater range of miniature sizes, or multiple game components placed within a given tile space.

Lots of companies make tiles, it seems. To me, what's really needed is a company that focuses on a base or foundation, whereupon tiles can be placed. Who likes a shifting board, particularly if the intention is for the various tiles to stay next to one another? If you can make such a thing, then perhaps you can make it fix with tiles produced by other companies, too, if there is anything resembling an industry standard, where tiles are concerned.

There are some really nice looking tiles on the market, already. There are also some fairly expensive tiles on the market, already, too. The actual material, I am flexible on. It is price and quality that will ultimately dictate my decision on what actual product from which actual company to buy.

Tiles less than two inches have virtually no appeal to me. Three inch or four inch tiles would likely be my first choice. It could be metric, as long as it is close to three or four inches. Most tiles that I see currently offered by companies tend to be lacking in choices, in the art department.

A little after the fact, I guess, but a little input, just the same.

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