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How heavy would these component prices be? Cards or tiles?

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PauloAugusto
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In my game, i am considering the prices for the various components needed and their options/alternatives.

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In the game, for the combat system, i need something "shuffable" to represent the combat units.
I'm thinking they can be card-board tiles like the monsters in Arkham Horror or in most wargames (shuffled into piles).
Or, they can be mini-cards, like the item cards in Arkham Horror or in Catan (shuffled into decks).
Cubes, discs or miniatures would not work.

# How much different are they in terms of cost? I am aiming at around 72 combat units. So a deck of 72 cards or a pile of 72 tiles.

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Also, i am considering having the rules need a maximum of 14 dice (D6). The ones that would better suit would be smaller ones, like in the Warhammer box, which are probably cheaper than the standard size ones.

# Any idea how much costly that would be?

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Also, in my game we have 5 different kinds of resources. And i want them to be collectable instead of having sliders or some other kind of tracking system, because it is very pleasurable to pick up your gains and to «use» them.
Also here, i am wondering about the cost of the resources.
I would need something like:
20 resource tokens representing 1. Some 5 resource tokens representing 5. Times 5 for the different kind of resources. A total of 125 tokens.

For the resources, i can think of 3 different very acceptable options:
- plastic discs, probably my favourite since they stack up and feel nice in the hand (but hard to differentiate from 1/5).
- card-board tokens, thinner or thicker, with nice appealing drawings.
- mini-cards, like the resources in Catan (don't like this idea much).

# What would be the cheapest cost? Any idea how much cost 125 resources of those would represent?

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Concerning cards vs

Concerning cards vs card-board tiles, i found these links which can give some idea:

http://superiorpod.onprintshop.com/product_prices.html#product_84
100 sheets of 18(?) 2" card-board hex tiles costs 200$
9 tiles per 1$

http://superiorpod.onprintshop.com/product_prices.html#product_69
100 sheets of 108 poker-size cards costs 828$
13 cards per 1$

http://superiorpod.onprintshop.com/product_prices.html#product_89
100 sheets of 36 mini-size cards costs 160$
22,5 cards per 1$

Professional printing, for 1K+ prints, would certainly be much cheaper but this may give a rough idea. Do you think that those figures moderatly represent the relation in price between tiles and cards?
I found it very surprising to see poker-sized cards be only slightly cheaper than 2" card-board tiles.

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Are you considering

Are you considering publishing this yourself or are just trying to keep the publishers perspective in mind?

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I am mostly trying to

I am mostly trying to understand it from a publisher's perspective.
I am not disregarding completely the possibility to self-publish but i am not aiming at self-publish.

Either way, self-publishing or not, considering costs should be kept in mind, i think.

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When it comes to cards they

When it comes to cards they are cheapest when you can hit the exact number on the sheet.

Common numbers are: 54,55,56,60. I do believe i have heard of printers that do 72 but it’s all up to what equipment they have. There are of course all sorts of specialty sizes too which have unusual counts.

Tiles use a die which is almost always a custom piece so unless you need the sturdiness cards are probably a better price point as long as you hit that sheet size.

P.S. Fewer cards than fits on a sheet are more expensive than hitting the mark. You have to pay someone to remove them. That’s why you get advertizing, blank, and other odd cards in your games.

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Haaaaaaaaaa That certainly is

Haaaaaaaaaa
That certainly is an eye opener. That is why so often games come with .. what you said.

And what about a game having 12 D6? Do you think that is too expensive?

And what about, for resources, card-board counters (like money in Arkham Horror) VS tokens ("inexpensive" plastic discs)?

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