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Sources for components for Fantasy themed board game.

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Hello. I am currently making a board game that requires different stacks of cards and miniatures. I am going to need to have a deck of 50 or so cards about 3"x4" and several decks of smaller cards, maybe 2 3/4"x 3 1/2" or so. In addition I am going to need to have several different sets of small minatures. Plastic would be best I think, these pieces would resemble the small risk minatures in size and dimention.

1.) How would I go about getting the cards? Could I design them on a computer program like photshop or somthing and then use a standard printer to print them up? Are there printers that will print on card like materials? Or are there companies I can just send my designs to and they will complete them for me? If so, does anyone know where they are and what their website is? Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing?

2.) The plastic minatures I will most likely have to have desinged and manufactured somewhere else, does anyone know of a company that does that sort of thing? If so what is the website so I can check out their policies and prices.

3.) The game board I am using is going to be pretty large, 22"x28" I would estimate. I would like to have a nice board like monopoly or risk or something like that, how is that done? Do you print out a large picture then glue it on to your card board or something? Does anyone have experience doing this sort of thing?

I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this post and I welcome any help or advice offered.

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katie
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The cost of plastic miniatures production will TERRIFY you. No, really, start in the five figures range just for commissioning a mould.

I'd suggest looking at resin or white metal casting. They'll work out at $300-400 a variant to sculpt and $1 each to actually cast. You may be able to have the resin coloured.

Or, find someone with a handy range ready sculpted. EM-4 do a range of 28mm fantasy figures for 25p each.

Anonymous
Sources for components for Fantasy themed board game.

Thanks for the reply. I figured that having my own moulds designed would be out of the question for the prototype, but that em4minatures.com site has lots of things I can use to get started and at a reasonable price, this will help me a lot, thank you.

Magickmind2000
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I would also be interested to hear what experienced game makers have to say about printing cards and best practice.... Thanks

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You are best off finding a company the does fantasy miniatures and buying them at wholesale cost or something, unless you have a huge budget.

You might consider using paper miniatures or counters.

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Cards -- the key question is how much use the cards are going to get in the game. If they're going to be held in the hand, passed around, shuffled, traded, slapped down on the table, etc. then you probably need proper laminated cards from a specialist card-printing company such as Carta Mundi.

If, however, the cards are mostly going to sit in a deck and get turned over one by one into a discard pile then you can get away with cheaper forms of printing such as die-cutting, and cheaper card-stock as well. More printers will be able to handle this kind of work. Back in the day some games companies used to supply decks of cards on perforated card sheets which the player would then have to punch out themselves -- West End did this quite a bit. Not sure the market would stand for it these days, though.

For prototyping and very small runs, I recommend using perforated sheets of blank laserprint-it-yourself business cards. Most online stationery stores carry a good variety of these.

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Regarding printing cards, I strongly suggest you go to my website in the Game Design section, skim through the glossary, and then read some of the articles.

http://www.veritasgames.net

It'll give you information on card printing resources, how to do small print runs of cards, printing lingo, etc.

It's also got links both for prototyping boards and links for ordering large numbers of boards.

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