What are the options for creating a game board (like Monopoly) where the pawns hold on to it?
You know the situation... one player pushes the board by mistake and all items fall over. I'd like to avoid this in my game.
I'm designing my own custom board game, of which I will produce just 1 item.
As a child I had a wooden travel chess, and the pawns had a magnet glued at the bottom. I don't know how the wood was made magnetic, there was nothing visible.
I plan to get my board printed on foldable carton by a specialized custom board game printing service. But if it's a better solution then I can also have just the design printed by a local print shop, and fabricate the carton myself.
The side on the pawns is clear, I'll glue magnets at the bottom (or magnetic stripes from tape). That's doable.
What I don't know yet is the counter part on or under the board. The options I've figured out so far are:
magnetic paint, magnetic paint spray
It's actually paint with metallic particles, to attract the magnets.
The reviews I have read about these products are bad. The magnetic force is very weak. The products are expensive. And I don't plan to glue the board myself, so I can't apply the paint directly under the design but above the carton.
galvanized steel under the carton board
Would it work to glue something like this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014X6WGZI?psc=1 under the carton, would that be attractive enough for the magnets through the carton?
Or should I use hinges to combine 2 plates (foldable), and use it as the base, and glue the design on top directly, no carton?
Any theoretical and practical (from-experience) answers much appreciated.