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You need deck sleeves. They should be available at your local game store, or from any number of online suppliers. They are available in various sizes, so be sure to bring a sample card along while shopping (or measure it precisely before hand). Online you can find lower quality sleeves for around 1 cent apiece in bulk. Higher quality sleeves may cost ...


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Get some card sleeves and card-stock. Write/print whatever you need to on the card-stock and cut it down to size. After you sleeve it they will all be shuffle-able and readable, just like normal cards. Admittedly this isn't good for much beyond prototype testing, but it's definitely fast and cheap. :D


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You could try some no-slip shelf liner (the kind you use for kitchen cabinets). They're sold by the roll at various department stores, fairly cheaply. They lay flat and can be cut into whatever shape you need. If you can, I would splurge and err on the side of using a heavier-duty liner. The cheap stuff is probably little better than a tablecloth. For ...


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Probably the most commonly available ones are called Fudge dice, as used in the Fudge/FATE roleplaying games. A Fudge die is a six-sided die with the following sides: minus, minus, blank, blank, plus, plus. Games generally have players rolling a couple of Fudge dice together and adding them up, which creates a curved probability distribution centered ...


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You could use common card protectors like people use to protect cards from trading cards games (Magic, etc). What your stuff in there (printed cardboard, paper-glued-on-other-cards,...) then becomes pretty much irrelevant. If not, what about photo printing services? Look for ones making postcards, you can probably easily fit 4 cards on a potcards and they ...


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Dominion Shuffle for Android I'd have to go back and use iDominion some more to compare the two, but this is the best option I've found for Android users. Turn various expansions on and off. Require or prohibit a certain card. You can set minimums and maximums for any number of things Examples: Require at least one card each of costs 2 through 5; require ...


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For Settlers of Catan, there is an expansion you can get that consists of six interlocking long sections that frame the pieces in. At worst, your entire island will shift, instead of individual hexes. I just picked it up recently from my local game store after seeing our island moved one too many times. For other tile-based games, I would suggest a ...


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The most important aspect of sleeves is of course size. If the sleeves are to small then obviously your cards won't fit. But the sleeves being to big can also have a number of negative consequences: sleeves can get in the way during suffling harder to nicely stack the cards Probably most common are the sizes for the dimensions used in trading card games ...


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I have two different things I do for prototype cards. The first is just to use scraps of paper and sleeves, as outlined in the answer above (which I upvoted) - it's cheap, easy to swap in cards and stops you from over-investing time into half-baked ideas. After I have confidence in a design enough to bring it to outside play groups, I usually use stickers ...


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The G8 Game Timer sounds like what you're looking for, and Greg Aleknevicus has has a very nice review of it in The Games Journal. It seems like it might be hard to come by these days, as its out of stock in many stores, though it appears the manufacturer still sells them directly. From the review: To my mind the device only really works well when ...


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Dominion Kingdom Deck for iPhone, free! From the iTunes description: offers an optional structured randomization mode. In this mode, it guarantees that there is at least 1 card each of 2 cost, 3 cost, 4 cost and 5 cost. All current cards for Dominion, Intrigue, Seaside, Alchemy and Prosperity as well as the promo cards Black Market, Envoy and Stash ...


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I sincerely doubt there is, at least not officially. I've been playing Games Workshop games for the past 15 years, and their protection of intellectual property has gotten pretty severe in the past couple of years. Just do a Google search for "Games Workshop sues" and see all the fun that auto-complete brings up. From their Legal Page, Bandwidth Theft ...


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Artscow.com is the site I always hear about. I've never used it but it's constantly mentioned on boardgamegeek.com as the place to go for printing custom cards. See: http://www.artscow.com/photo-gifts/card/multi-purpose-cards-rectangle-394


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You will need: Set Investigator Ancient One Arkham Horror 189 179 Curse of the Dark Pharoah 76 90 Dunwich Horror 152 180 The King in Yellow 76 90 Kingsport Horror 112 207 Black Goat of the Woods 90 88 Innsmouth ...


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Have you tried looking at any of these? I've ordered that list by popularity, so the stuff at the top should be the most useful. There are lots and lots of summaries and crib sheets available. Which one works best for you is really a question of personal taste.


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There are a few situations where you want to consider sleeving your cards You want to prevent marking caused by uneven use (ever play Euchre with a normal deck of cards?) You want to prevent marking caused by tears, folds, scratches and nicks (especially in games with a lot of shuffling or playing cards repeatedly) You want to protect the value of the ...


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For Settlers of Catan, a sheet of acrylic or pane of glass over the board can work wonders! I have used both a pane of glass and a sheet of plexiglass. The two are roughly equivalent to play on. Pieces slide around a little bit easier, but not so much as to become a nuisance. I prefer glass for its superior durability, but I have been using plexiglass at ...


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iDominion EDIT: iDominion has not been updated for several sets - it lacks Cornucopia and Hinterlands Features Turn each expansion on or off (supports all expansions through Prosperity) Turn each promo card (Envoy, Black Market, Stash) on or off Generates the Black Market deck as well if you're using it Sort the resulting list by name, cost, or set (or ...


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VASSAL is an excellent tool for remote play This evening I played remotely using vassal, the arkahm horror wiki, and google video. I can state that the tracking mechanics of VASSAL (with all expansions installed) offers just the right amount of support to provide for remote play over webcam. The webcam, positioned a laptop's height above the board facing ...


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Most card sleeves are made with Polypropylene (Type 5) which is unlikely to contain BPA. Plastic Containers Made with BPA Used in Food Preparation. Plastic containers have recycle codes on the bottom. Ingeneral,plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked ...


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To answer the question, there are a lot of plastics that are suitable for use as card sleeves. None of them use Bisphenol-A as a plasticizer; that particular chemical is used primarily to make polycarbonates, which while optically clear are generally too stiff for use as flexible sheets or films (though they're great for applications requiring high impact ...


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Dominion Minion (iOS Only) Similar to iDominion - was the first Dominion related app on the App Store. Enable/Disable Expansions Blacklist Change ordering - cost, alphabetical, by set Can only show Alchemy cards if at least 3-5 Alchemy cards


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The stickiness of cards is typically just due one of two things, the surface of the card becoming rough or warped due to actual wear, or the build up of oils from contact with the fingers. In the case of oils, which you can tell thats what it is because the cards still have a reflective surface, you can just use a damp rag (not wet) with soap on it, and ...


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It was quite a bit of work to construct, but we made a mat to play games on that was baize on one side and leatherette on the other. It's really nice playing card and board games on the baize surface - it's easy to pick up cards and tokens, as if from a slightly squishy card table. The leatherette underside is heavy enough to keep it in place, and easy to ...


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The primary goals of a dice tower being Keeping the dice on the table Improving the randomization by reducing the ability to manipulate the dice. There are several good designs, however, the basic principle to check for: it should have at least 3 slanted faces, and all the slanted faces should be covered in felt or corduroy. Friction is your friend, ...


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Building one is probably your best bet, as they're pretty easy to make. The design is basically a tower with a hole out front that spills dice into a little pan. The tower has projections on the inside to scramble dice around so that you get random rolls. I would do this using an arrangement of parallel pins that cross the inside of the tower semi-randomly. ...


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I own this 6-deck shuffling machine. I can highly recommend it for the specific circumstances we purchased it for: shuffling lots (4 decks) of expendable (i.e. cheap to replace) cards. We just run the decks through, cut a few times, and repeat. Say 3 or 4 times. It fed evenly from each side for us, but I could see an identical model not not working as well; ...


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Short Answer: No? Longer Answer: Not that I've used at least. The only Arkham-management-eqsue software I've used is the Arkham toolkit for iOS, but that only helps manage the location/OW decks and isn't really for distance play. That said, there is a program/system called VASSAL that people can make modules for that allow network play of various games. ...


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Dice Towers are great devices, and used to be hard to come by. There are now a lot of sellers online that you can buy one from. I'll list some here. VixenTor Games No Name 1 Noble Knight Games Blue Panther kevinscabins MiniDiceTowers.com Litko


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Get polyurethane sleeves, not polypropylene. The former are firm, strong, and have sharp edges that make them easy to shuffle simply by pressing two piles of cards together at their edges. The latter are flimsy, floppy bags with cards inside them, and they're just as easy to manage as it sounds like they would be. The brand I've used the longest is Ultra ...



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