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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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Felt. A thousand casinos can't be wrong. Padded felt also makes it easier to pick cards/chits up off the table.


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Zack Hiwiller's Dominion Card Randomizer is nice. It works fine on laptops and mobile devices, is free, has card images, and has some nice options. http://www.hiwiller.com/dominion/ Downside: requires internet connection.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 or monomer; 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 ...


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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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Mayday Games has 80 x 120 mm in stock which is what you need. I'm told that 3 x 5 recipe card covers will work as well. You can find them on Amazon if you can't find them locally.


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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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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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There are several card printers online; you'll be running right near the quality bottom edge, after shipping. The other option is to use business card sheets, or to print to 3x5 cards.


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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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You could take any two normal dice of different colors and denote one as the positive die and one as the negative die.


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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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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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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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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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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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