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joel
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Has anyone had "in house" success in printing color cards for a game?

If so (or if you had ever thought about it ),

1) what would be a quality color printer to use?
2) where could I get quality cardstock to use with it that is perforated or (I don't know the term) pre-fabulated for tearing out poker-sized cards?

VeritasGames
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Most high end EPSON and XEROX printers are good depending on what you are wanting to do with the cards. You should get in touch with EPSON and XEROX vendors locally and ask for samples. If you use an inkjet you may need plastic spray sealant on the cards.

Look on my game design site in the game glossary for the word "microperforation". It'll answer all your questions about microperforated stock, I believe.

http://www.veritasgames.net/cgi-bin/load_page.cgi?content_page=cgi-bin/g...

ACG
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Speaking of cardstock:

I've actually got about 25 sheets of custom-made playing cards for a game, created using QuickCards. They're easy to print out, but I'm not sure how to make "real" cards out of them.

Someone suggested laminating them, but laminating 200 cards one at a time is going to take a while. Furthermore. for some bizarre reason QuickCards doesn't line them up exactly in the same place (maybe because I had to rotate the images 90 degrees in some cases), so the Kinko's person warned me she'd have to do individual cutting -- quite expensive!

Is it worth my while to go to Kinkos and photocopy them onto cardstock? I'd need something stiff enough to not tear yet thin enough to shuffle. I'd still have to cut them out, and I'm concerned they won't be shuffleable. Or is it a better idea to go to one of the online companies and have them do it? I hope not, because most have a minimum of 100 packs and I don't need 100.

I'm very tempted to take a bunch of Magic cards and tape the cut out cards to the front...

Thanks in advance,

ACG

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Heh. I thought I'd be clever and ask them what weight cardstock Wizards of the Coast uses for their TCGs....they weren't happy with my inquiry! :P

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ACG wrote:
Speaking of cardstock:

I've actually got about 25 sheets of custom-made playing cards for a game, created using QuickCards. They're easy to print out, but I'm not sure how to make "real" cards out of them.

QuickCards is a program designed for use with PlainCards (microperforated card blanks) which are not bridge sized blanks and are not poker sized blanks. They are exactly in between.

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Kinko's person warned me she'd have to do individual cutting -- quite expensive!

Were you using the software with the Plaincards product that the software was designed for?

Plaincards shuffle just fine.

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NetWolf wrote:
Heh. I thought I'd be clever and ask them what weight cardstock Wizards of the Coast uses for their TCGs....they weren't happy with my inquiry! :P

They probably use a 300 GSM playing card stock plus a varnish coat.

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