My first custom card game printing experience

So our house had a Christmas gift exchange and all of us were tasked to buy a present for a random (pre-determined) housemate — it was really fun guessing who bought the present for each of us, and reminds me of the joy of friendship and doing a little something for them 🙂

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For me, I prepared and printed customized gaming cards for Jason’s board game Legendary (check out the board game if you’re looking for a good deckbuilding game to play!), including a set of customized scheme cards and hero selection cards:

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Hope you like it Jason! 😀

Oops, this post was actually about some advice for people who’re printing custom cards, though. 😛

I went to Ben Quick Print @ Sunshine Plaza to do the printing, and they charged me $2.50 per A4-sized 330gsm double-sided sheet – not too bad for a good quality paper at full color. I printed 2 extra papers though because of many beginner mistakes, and hence I would like to jolt them down for future reference (and your reference) 🙂

1. Check out the template for any prepared cutting markers and cut the cards along those markers.

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Credits: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/108196/randomizer-cards-legendary-base-set-heroes

I think I was probably the only one stupid enough to not realize that these lines outside were meant to be guides for cutting, and that the design was purposely made a little bigger to eliminate any possible white space from imperfect cutting. But yeah, do that. I cut it full sized at the start and had to trim it down after, resulting in many inconsistencies ><

2. The printing shop’s alignment for front and back might not be perfect, so prepare your template with a filled background to accommodate.

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The back of the card.

In the case of templates without these ‘extra space’ markers, due to alignment issues the front and back of the cards might not match perfectly line to line. In this case, it is best to fill your template with the background color of the card so it won’t look so awkward when you get white space at the back of the card. (Also, please double check the edge printing to make sure the card back logo is at the proper orientation when cut!)

3. Print at a card size that has sleeves available.

Credits: http://castlesandcooks.com/2013/07/31/custom-gaming-marvel-legendary-schemes-2-0/
Credits: http://castlesandcooks.com/2013/07/31/custom-gaming-marvel-legendary-schemes-2-0/

I printed custom schemes as well, and made it 3.5″ x 5″ – however there were no sleeves available for this size at the board game store I usually go to. They only come in 70x120mm or 80x120mm. So do keep this in mind if you intend to sleeve your cards 🙂

4. Don’t use Microsoft Word to place your stuff.

If I’m not wrong, Microsoft Word will compress your images to a lower quality, and that’s what happened with my scheme cards (their colors were not as nice). Use a better image editor and set the size yourself.

Definitely will do better in the next try! 7 Wonders, maybe?

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