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Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

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Anonymous

Ok well just a basic description of the kind of game. Its a Heroes quest type game. Basically 4 players roaming a dungeon and whatnot. We have the pieces, cards, and all the dynamics of the game worked out, but now we're creating the board

So here is what we intend to do:

The board is going to be a 3'x3' by 1/4" thick plexiglass, with a very thin piece of sheetmetal bolted on top by the corners.

The reason for the sheetmetal is because our game is comprised of rooms and hallways that will get placed on individually and be held on by thin fridge magnets pasted on the back. So basically you get a new dungeon each time you play, its up to the DM how he wants to design it.

Now the problem:

I'm printing out super high res photo's of the rooms on photo paper and cutting them out. The magnet will go on the back of the photo's, and in turn stick to the board. However! How do we cover the photopaper so it does not scratch when the pieces move on it? Lamination seems to be out because we'll have a overhang on them, and glueing a thin piece of plexi on the top as a cover is out because you'll see the glue residue won't you?

Anyone have any ideas?

Kreitler
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Re: Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

degasvegas wrote:
I'm printing out super high res photo's of the rooms on photo paper and cutting them out. The magnet will go on the back of the photo's, and in turn stick to the board. However! How do we cover the photopaper so it does not scratch when the pieces move on it? Lamination seems to be out because we'll have a overhang on them, and glueing a thin piece of plexi on the top as a cover is out because you'll see the glue residue won't you?

Why not coat the photos with transparent adhesive and mount them on the underside of the plexiglass? Then glue the magnets to the backside of the photo paper. Then the thick sheet itself would serve as a protective layer.

Kreitler

Anonymous
Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

what kind of adhesive do you recommend, i kinda of thought of that idea, but didn't think it was actually possible, and are you saying while the adhesive is still somewhat wet/tacky - throw it on the plexi?

Anonymous
Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

And I was looking what about using that 3M double sided permanent (665) adhesive tape? They say its photo safe? Could that work?

jwalduck
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Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

You can put two sheets of your photo paper back-to-back and then liminate them. Cut around the edges of the laminate and the two pages will sepparate and you can cut out the pieces and glue them to the magnets.

The laminate will actually bond to the paper, you do not need the edge to be intact.

Draconious
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Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

For magnets, do not use fridge magnets...
search for

NEODYMIUM .. I use to, and plan to keep selling these, as custom size magnets, can be any shape and size u want, provided u want a LOT of them ;) lol... 1000-10,000 minimum depending on size...

as for your lamination, there was a large sticky clear piece of tape/laminant ment for photos I bought from a surplus store once, never used it, it was fairly cheap... could razor off the overhang... umm ill find the link.

as for a complex board, you could always do it out of plastic ;)

Ok forget i said anything aparently they sold all their suruplus of it, but it was like a giant realy wide roll of clear semi stretchy tape...

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Heavy Duty Gameboard - need some ideas

For the prototype, just spray it with Krylon Crystal Clear (aka Krylon Clear Coat), a clear coating that will protect just about anything. Double- or triple-coat for heavy protection. And it's cheap.

For the real thing, your printer (aka the guy who runs the press) can put a good coat of varnish as its own "ink." A coat of UV varnish at that step will protect it even better.

I also recommend the Xyron 900 laminate machine. It has exactly what you need: a roll that laminates the top surface and applies a flexible fridge magnet to the back of it. It can be freely cut out, no need for the laminate to hang over the edge, as it's really gluing the magnet to the back and the clear plastic sheet to the front, perfectly.

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