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Game boxes/tubes: Where to get printed and made?

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lucasAB
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Well, I've been running into a lot of walls lately, and here's another one... where to get boxes made. So far, the decesion is to have canvas maps printed instead of game boards, so I will need a tube that can fit all of the game components in, as well as having some graphics along the side. What's your advice on this? Where can I buy tubes? Who could print on them? Should I print stickers and apply them myself? WHAT SHOULD I DO?

For your information, the tube will need to be about 20" in height, I don't care how much the width is, it just needs to fit some wooden components, some dice, a pack of cards, the rules, and the canvas map. I know this sounds ambitious for a self-published game, but we'll see if I can finish it in time for June.

Thank you for your advice!

Katherine
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Use one big sticker to wrap

Use one big sticker to wrap arround the whole tube? a local print shop can help you with that.

lucasAB
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I kinda like that idea

I kinda like that idea, but where do I get the blank tubes? This is still the big question. Also, the other thing I like about tubes is that I won't have to shrinkwrap them!

Katherine
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shop around - there is

shop around - there is hundreds of suppliers, ie

http://www.marshallpapertube.com/tubes.html

lucasAB
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Okay, it's not hard

Okay, it's not hard to find tube sellers, but what company do you think would be the best to have labels printed? What do you think is best, a label that covers all or part of the tube? What would be the most appealing to gamers?

Thanks for your help!

Katherine
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Lucas, That company prints

Lucas,

That company prints the tubes and will do custom made. Might be expensive though.

coco
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laminated

lucasAB wrote:
I've been running into a lot of walls lately

I'm running into the same walls. :-)

Be sure the labels are laminated!

coco
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Boxes

Hi again.

I'm spanish. What is the english term for a hard box (not folded) like the carcassonne one? 'Hard box'?

Thank you.

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half-sized labels

Just a knee-jerk answer, but I'd say go with a label that only covers half of the circumference, and most of the height of tube (assuming a clear plastic tube.)
The half-label would have 2 benefits. Easy alignment reduces the danger of putting out an obviously flawed product. And the transparent part of the tube gives buyers a sneek-peek at the goods. If the components inside look nice, that might help to sell the game. (but if your components stink, it would be a turn off.
That's a big advantage/drawback of a tube over an opaque box (depending on your point of view.)

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coco wrote:Hi again. I'm

coco wrote:
Hi again.

I'm spanish. What is the english term for a hard box (not folded) like the carcassonne one? 'Hard box'?

Thank you.

Most games these days are packaged in ridged telescoping boxes. I think that's what your talking about.

coco
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ridged telescoping boxes

Thank you, Dralius :)

For those interested, I've just found a full colour ridged telescoping boxes manufacturer here in Spain that has a minimum print run of 100! And they are quite cheap!

I'm receiving a sample next week. I'll tell you about it.

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Dralius wrote:Most games

Dralius wrote:
Most games these days are packaged in ridged telescoping boxes. I think that's what your talking about.

I believe you mean "rigid" rather than "ridged."

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