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HandwrittenAnthony
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Hey folks,

I have an experimental game I'd like to release for free as a Print & Play. What are some best practices for setting up a PnP file that makes it easiest for the folks willing to print and cut up your bits?

Also, what is the better way to provide double-sided cards in a PnP file - align the two sides on separate pages for duplex printing, or side-by-side on the same page for use in card sleeves?

Thanks. :)

silasmolino
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PDF file

That's a great question. I do PDF... Not sure if that is the right way though.

Relexx
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PDF is the way to go. As for

PDF is the way to go.

As for cards, if it is just playtest quality I would create fronts with the borders on one page, and backs with no borders (center horizontal and vertical). I have not had the challenge of full colour back and fronts as of yet.

larienna
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my PnP GUide

Some years ago, I wrote a Print and Play guide to help people design their game's print out. Here is the link:

http://bgd.lariennalibrary.com/index.php?n=Guide.PnPGameDesignIndex

Hope it helps.

silasmolino
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thank you!

The above is a great resource. Thank you for sharing!

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Printing cards

I am one who favours the 2 sheet back to back, glued, and cut, similar to Larienna' post. That's how I would and have done it.

But for the general public who may want to keep it simple and reduce the alignment/user error factor, front and back side to side so they can cut, glue and fold may work best. If the cards are 3.5x2.5" then it may pose the issue of more pages to print. I don't think there is any hard guideline for something like that. If you provide the sources, they will usually figure it out.

HandwrittenAnthony
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Cheers for the feedback folks

Cheers for the feedback folks (and thanks larienna for the resource!).

Time to get this thing PnP-ready!

silasmolino
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Exciting

Printing and Playing the game is tons of fun.

Enjoy.

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Personally, for Print & Play,

Personally, for Print & Play, I prefer using 3x5 index cards for playing cards. It takes longer, but it requires no cutting, and all of the cards are the same size. Standard index cards aren't the thickest paper, though.

larienna
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You print it on index cards

You print it on index cards and cut it in half to get 3"x2.5" cards.

Because 3"x5" are pretty big cards.

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Great resource!

I just wanted to chime in and say that this is an incredibly helpful resource. Thanks for putting it together.

Edit: Whoops, just wanted to point out that I was referring specifically to this: http://bgd.lariennalibrary.com/index.php?n=Guide.PnPGameDesignIndex

HandwrittenAnthony
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So, let's do some thread

So, let's do some thread necromancy!

I finally got around to setting up the print-and-play files for this puzzle/game.

I'll be releasing the files sometime next week, but in the meantime, I'd appreciate if there are any folks who would be willing to proofread the rules. :)

http://www.handwrittengames.com/citywalls/citywallsrules.pdf

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Quote:I just wanted to chime

Quote:
I just wanted to chime in and say that this is an incredibly helpful resource. Thanks for putting it together.

Edit: Whoops, just wanted to point out that I was referring specifically to this:

I am just happy to help with whatever method I can.

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