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How to package a card game?

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Cogentesque
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So as some of you crazy cool regulars will know; I intend on designing and releasing a fallout style post-apocalyptic caravan progression game.

BUT this thread is not about mechanics, that comes soon, this thread is about packaging.

So I am in charge of all design and printing in my day job (insuance broker) and understand how to get stuff printed and the costs associated. Even about net printing and assembling 3d boxes and the likes.

But I am interested in your ideas for cheap, effective, quirky ways of packaging. At the mo the game is essentially a pack of cards (this may or may not change to include meeples and boards and dice etc - probably not for now though) and so I was thinking about how to package these cards and present them in a very cool manner.

The normal is obviously a glued net that assembles into a box, the cards just jame in. But are there any other ways? Im thinking foam nesting, vaccum packed plastic, shrink wrapped plastic outer etc

Please let me know your thoughts or where I would start looking to find more of this kind of information out.

Cog

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Since your game is

Since your game is post-apocalyptic, you could put the cards in clear shrink-wrap, then surround that with a standard box that has rough-edged holes cut into it.

It would look like the card box has been destroyed by the ravages of the apocalypse.

sedjtroll
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cart before the horse?

It is always good to keep packaging in mind, but it sounds to me like you might be putting the cart before the horse here.

Do you really have a product to package? It sounds like you aren't done with your game (it might include meeples, board, and dice, but maybe not?) - and the packaging really needs to take into account the components.

Also, as this is a designer's forum (as opposed to a marketing forum), I think it's likely most of us would suggest the game is the important thing, and should have priority over packaging. Of course the reality of having to sell a product means the packaging is important too, but I'd suggest that the game should also be good ;)

Traz
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eazy!

Cards are easy - you get those ULTRA-PRO plastic boxes made for trading cards. Get it in any size you need [larger for cards + meeples, etc]. They are easy to find all over the net, but the best way to do it is to buy a case from your local cardshop. They sell them them to you at the list price [as low as you can find on the net - they will match it] and you don't have to pay shipping, because they get the case with their next order of stuff from the distributor.

You save money, the local shop makes money - everybody wins!

I've done this with a couple of my games - works great!

Cogentesque
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Nice, well thanks for all the

Nice, well thanks for all the ideas people!

I like the burnt holes effect that the container could hold - very thematic, that (if done properly) may make it look awesome!

I totally understand sedjtroll - yes you are right, but as said in the question I don't know -where- to look about information for that kind of thing, and yes the design is still being done, I thought it best to have a little bit of knowledge about all of the parts of the process: as opposed to getting a amazing game then going: "Bollocks, it costs too much to print and package, what was I thinking, no point me doing anything more on the game with prohibitive costs"

Pro-card boxes: also a great idea, cheap as well, I seem to remember that they do different designs on them too: maybe if I investigated - we could get some designs and bits and pieces on them - maybe even a plastic shrink wrap to cover them: also, the players can keep the boxes for future use! good idea.

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nothing fancy required

If you go the pro-card box direction, it's easy to create your own inserts that become your packaging and you can create any look you like.

Just sayin'. ;-)

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Hey, nice idea, as in inserts

Hey, nice idea, as in inserts that are in front of and behind the cards within the box?

As in , a little cardboard stiffener - with whatever packaging idea? That would be both cool and easy!

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