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Where do I go for 3'x3' blank game board?

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The Magician
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I am designing a fantacy RPG style board game that has two large game boards, one 3'x3', and another similarly large. Where or what manufacturer should I go to for such game boards? I would like blanks or someone who would print them also. This is no family game.

Katherine
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Hi, I had trouble getting a

Hi,

I had trouble getting a large blank board so made my own to start with.

If you intend to publish it may pay to shop around - the Chinese quotes are a quarter of those I hav received from the USA and Aus, but they require a higher minimum run order.

The Magician
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the prototype

Thanks for the reply!

I am creating the prototype, and also resurching to find a place to go to get a small run made. I will be selling this game at first to my friends and people in my community. I'm thinking 50-100 games first run.

I'm thinking for the prototype I will use thin plywood, and cut it up into four 18" squars to make a 3'x3' quad folding board. It's cool, a big maz with moving and changing walls.

Anyone who can help me with finding a company who will do large game boards please let me know.

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Can't be done

No one (in the US, at least) can do a 3 foot x 3 foot standard game board as a single piece. The max size is going to be about 23 x 33 as a single piece. Of course, you can do the board in sections, but it can't be done as a single piece due to the limitations of the machine used to wrap the board edges.

Now, suppose you say to yourself, "Self, I don't want a traditional board with wrapped edges." Unfortunately, most sheet fed presses have a max. sheet size of about 28" x 40", with a printable area of about 26 x 38 (+/- .5"). I'm not sure what the max size is on the cutting/folding equipment you'd need, but it's likely to be 28x40 as well.

GMT games makes oversize card stock maps for some of it's war games, but I'm not sure of the dimensions or if they are multi-piece boards.

How would I do it if I were wedded to the idea of a really large board? I'd do two 18 x 36 sheets of 24pt C1S.

Disclaimers: My knowledge of printing is not encyclopedic, so there might be a guy in China who runs 36 x 36 game boards all day long, but I'm not aware of anyone who does it. Heck, in China, they might just do the whole thing by hand and think nothing of it!

Katherine
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I have not heard of a

I have not heard of a publisher that will do 50 - 100 games in China, or anywhere else. The minimum quotes I received were for 1000 - 1500.

swannanoaconsumer
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ordering from CHina

HEy,
Do you have contact info for Chinese publishers? Website etc?
Thanks,
Jerry Pope

Katherine
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Hi Jerry, this is not a

Hi Jerry,

this is not a recommendation and I cannot tell you much because I have not seen any of their products yet. They are prompt in answering emails and their estimates have been good when compared to others. The run number is higher than other publishers but that may be because of the board size I am using.

http://www.pandagm.com/

good luck

Hooshima
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Prototype 3' x 3' board

If you are just looking to make a prototype board I might be able to help you with that.
I own a small sign shop and make all my own prototypes. We have a 54" Roland Eco-Solvent printer.
For my protoypes I usually print onto Outdoor vinyl (it already has adhesive on one side), then laminate it and apply it to a blank substrate. In your case I don't think I can find chip board that size but I have several other substrates that might work. Send me a PM if you would like to discuss it further.

The Magician
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Hooshima wrote:If you are

Hooshima wrote:
If you are just looking to make a prototype board I might be able to help you with that.
I own a small sign shop and make all my own prototypes. We have a 54" Roland Eco-Solvent printer.
For my protoypes I usually print onto Outdoor vinyl (it already has adhesive on one side), then laminate it and apply it to a blank substrate. In your case I don't think I can find chip board that size but I have several other substrates that might work. Send me a PM if you would like to discuss it further.

That's not a bad idea! How do I message you? Thanks

Hooshima
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3' x 3' game board

I think you can go to the private message area and write a new message. I've never sent a message through this board, so if that doesn't work you can e-mail me at:

jody@jjgs.com

The Magician
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gameprinter wrote:No one (in

gameprinter wrote:
No one (in the US, at least) can do a 3 foot x 3 foot standard game board as a single piece. The max size is going to be about 23 x 33 as a single piece. Of course, you can do the board in sections, but it can't be done as a single piece due to the limitations of the machine used to wrap the board edges.

Now, suppose you say to yourself, "Self, I don't want a traditional board with wrapped edges." Unfortunately, most sheet fed presses have a max. sheet size of about 28" x 40", with a printable area of about 26 x 38 (+/- .5"). I'm not sure what the max size is on the cutting/folding equipment you'd need, but it's likely to be 28x40 as well.

GMT games makes oversize card stock maps for some of it's war games, but I'm not sure of the dimensions or if they are multi-piece boards.

How would I do it if I were wedded to the idea of a really large board? I'd do two 18 x 36 sheets of 24pt C1S.

Disclaimers: My knowledge of printing is not encyclopedic, so there might be a guy in China who runs 36 x 36 game boards all day long, but I'm not aware of anyone who does it. Heck, in China, they might just do the whole thing by hand and think nothing of it!


Well, I do plan to do the board in sections like you say, not one piece. One piece is just unmanagable for storage. Four 18" pieces or 18"x36" like you suggest sounds good. Now, does having it in four 18" pieces change the fact that nobody will do it? I know printing the artwork is not the problem because lot's of places print big. And also, does anybody know what kind of store would sell 2ply chipboard.....large pieces? Or do I have to find it online? Or something similar? How about book-binders tape? I am going to paint my game boards in oil paint on large plywood or board panels, gessoed. This will be my art piece that I will scan from. Then create the prototype from the scans. Right now I have a clean paper version that I am testing from.

The Magician
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Hooshima wrote:I think you

Hooshima wrote:
I think you can go to the private message area and write a new message. I've never sent a message through this board, so if that doesn't work you can e-mail me at:

jody@jjgs.com


Yah does this place even have a e-mail option. I haven't seen it. Expect a message within a day or two. Thank you! I have to get off the computer and back designing. It's calling me.

Katherine
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umm... isn't the "private

umm... isn't the "private messages" (above the post list, in green font) for email messages?

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