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Dralius
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Protospiel is celebrating our 10th year and we've got a surprise! But we're not giving anything away. That's right! You're going to have to work for it!

We are holding the first ever Protospiel Contest!

We know that every designer hopes to be published. And we know how hard it is to get published. So, with the generous assistance of our sponsors Alliance Game Distribution, Delano Services, and ElfinWerks, we are offering the Protospiel Card Game Design Contest.

So break out your most creative thinking caps and send us the very best card game ever. The best designer will see his creation published!

Go to http://www.pyromythgames.com/ps_contest.html for the details.

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FAQ added

I have added an FAQ to the contest page because I was getting allot of questions mostly about the same things.

I hope this clears it up. If not you can always ask. I'll update the FAQ if new topics arise.

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30 days

I just wanted to remind everyone that there is only 30 days left to register for the Protospiel Card Game design Contest.

If you’re planning on entering put Oct 15th on your calendar so you don't miss out or go to www.pyromythgames.com and register now.

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Register vs Submit

Just for my own clarity -- we must register by 10/15, but have until 10/30 to actually submit our game (rules + cards), right?

Also, it says "image files for all cards" -- may we submit PDFs with multiple cards per page for this stage of the competition (e.g., 14 pages of 8 cards) or must we submit 110 individual JPG/PNG/etc files?

Thanks!

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PDFs

Registration deadline by Oct 15th. We are asking for one PDF for the rules & one for the cards by the 30th.

Keep in mind if you make it to the second round you can send in an updated set of rules with your prototypes if you have tweeked your design. You just need to note the changes for the judges.

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Card Size

How exact do we need to be on the card size? I've been printing my prototypes in the past to poker cards via Artscow, which are 64x89mm, while 2.5x3.5" is more like 63.5x88.9mm. Is being within a half mm close enough for contest purposes? I suppose if I make it that far it would be easy enough for me to rerender the images at 63.5x88.9 if required (I just want to make sure I won't be disqualified in round 1 if someone gets a ruler out and measures my card image and I'm a half mm short, heh).

Thanks!

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Content is key

The winning game will be printed in standard Bridge format 2.25 inches x 3.5 inches. Please make sure your cards will work in this format, i.e. enough room for text, icons, etc.. It’s not that much different from poker’s 2.5 x 3.5. So for your prototype you can just cut an eighth off each side unless you need to go full bleed.

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Thanks

I misread that, I thought it was 2.5 x 3.5, not 2.25 x 3.5. I always leave a 5mm gutter (is that the term?) on each side anyway because the registration on Artscow cards isn't very precise/consistent, so that leaves just under 2mm gutter if these were printed to bridge card size.

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just a little

If you’re using Artscow and feel you will be missing something from the face if the registration is off more than 2mm i would suggest adjusting the cards a little.

Is it possible to shrink the face image by a few % and not lose clarity?

Remember we are not looking for finished artwork. If it looks a little funny but still functions that's ok.

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Yeah, I'm just a little anal sometimes, haha. Also, lazy -- so if I know what sizes these might eventually come out at I'll generally try to make one layout that works in every case, even if the odds of them ever being used that way are slim, hehe.

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Variable Setup

Can we vary the number of cards actually used in a game based on the number of players? For example, if the 110 cards includes 6 suits used in a 4-player game, but in a 3-player game you remove 1 suit (15 cards) and in a 2-player game you remove 2 suits (25 cards total)?

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That would be fine as long as

That would be fine as long as the game plays properly when all 110 cards are used.

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2.5" x 3.5" templates?

i think i may have seen one here before, but does anyone have any templates for 2.5" x 3.5" cards?

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template

I found one on this site: http://www.newtscards.com/design_a_card.asp

You'll have to scroll down a bit to find the link to a pdf file. It lays 6 cards out on an 8.5x11 page. Hope that helps.

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nanDeck

Although there is a learning curve, I highly recommend nanDeck for making prototype cards.

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

Once you get this down, you can rather easily type up your cards in a spreadsheet (or whatever), export to CSV and feed it to nanDeck to spit out a full deck of custom cards, including export to PDF.

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