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Jay103
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My game has some 8" x 10" tiles, which will be on 2mm board in the real thing. I'm trying to figure out the best way to prototype them. Particularly trying to avoid the perception of "he just printed some stuff onto regular laser-printer paper."

One suggestion that I might've seen here was to use art foam board and spray-glue paper printouts (or cardstock I suppose) onto them. That seems like a pretty good way to look high quality without spending TOO much (buy at 50% off at a craft store, etc.), but it's a lot of work.

Regular color printing onto cardstock is okay, but doesn't feel all that "official".

I found an online copy site that will print onto some VERY heavy paper (120# Kromkote gloss or matte). I think that might be a good middle ground in that it's not expensive like the foam board but still shows quality/effort. Oh, and it also doesn't require as much effort :).

Anyone have any experience? Thanks!

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That's exactly what I did the

That's exactly what I did the first time around for my modular board tiles. I printed them on paper and spray glued them to foam board and cut them out. I'm in the middle of making a second copy of the board since I reprinted the tiles 15% smaller but this time I printed them on sticker paper. It's a bit heavier and it eliminates having to use messy spray glue. I'm assuming it will last longer too.

Are your 8x10 tiles rectangular? If so, printing them on the sticker paper and sticking them onto foam board won't require a lot of cutting so it shouldn't be too much work. I spent 3 hours last night cutting mine out though since my tiles are made up of 19 small hexes so they take a while to cut out with an exacto blade. If you go to my profile and click on my website you can see what mine look like. They have worked really well so far for playtesting. Just printing your tiles on paper might be a bit flimsy and move around on the table a lot. But you could always test it out.

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My local art store carries

My local art store carries chipboard. Foam core is messier to cut and can have goofy looking profiles and a similar price (I think I pay $7 for 2' by 3' chipboard.) Printing on medium quality satin finish laser paper and glueing onto chipboard gets pretty close to typical game components. You may even get higher quality prints on thinner paper at a copy store. You can also take it up a notch and spray finish with a Krylon glaze.

Jay103
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Was thinking about this kind

Was thinking about this kind of foam board

https://www.amazon.com/Darice-106-118-Sheets-9-Inch-Assorted/dp/B004LOHW6G/

I’ll look harder for chipboard too

Thanks!

Oh and yes actual 8x10 rectangles, double sided

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Lots of chipboard in letter

Lots of chipboard in letter size on Amazon. Watch out for the price gauging "scrapbook" suppliers though.

I found a two passes with a razor cutter using a straight edge guide to cut medium weight cleanly.

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Jay103 wrote:Was thinking

Jay103 wrote:
Was thinking about this kind of foam board

https://www.amazon.com/Darice-106-118-Sheets-9-Inch-Assorted/dp/B004LOHW6G/

I’ll look harder for chipboard too

Thanks!

Oh and yes actual 8x10 rectangles, double sided

That link shows craft foam which is not rigid in any way .. it's just a piece of floppy craft foam. Many dollar stores sell foam board which is rigid (basically a styrofoam sheet with paper on each side).

I would second the chipboard idea. You can also use picture matting to good effect and can sometimes get off-cut pieces from framing stores for dirt cheap.

Jay103
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Yes it’s non rigid foam but

Yes it’s non rigid foam but with paper on it fairly stiff, and non-slip if printed one side..

Anyway, yeah, chipboard. Found the good priced stuff on amazon :). (8.5 x 11, 25 sheets, $10 or so, and I can use it for my tokens as well

Jay103
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Heh, uline sells it for only

Heh, uline sells it for only 12 cents/sheet... in a case of 470.

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