I've printed decks to playtest with friends before buying the actual cards. I just went to a local print shop. Everywhere has one.
I didn't bother printing backs. I just sleeved the cards. For rigidity, I backed them with real cards or those silly advertisement cards you get in booster packs. As long as you do that for every card in the deck, it should ...
at least 110# card, probably not above 200# card. 110# is thicker than my playing cards, as an FYI. I've used it for quite shuffleable cards for playtest games.
Once you get past 200# stock, you're into stuff too stiff for comfortable shuffling.
A high rag content is good, as well, as it's more resilient than pure wood-pulp stocks. High clay content is ...
It appears that the manufacturer has decided that it was economically unfeasible to release the new base cards.
Todd Rowland, one of the Game Designers/Publishers, has confirmed that the base cards in the episode were made by AEG (the publisher), and will be made available later this year:
No we made them, and we've made them for AL9K and Cthulhu ...
Not quite what you are after, but maybe one of these may help:
InDesign is (as far as I know) the industry standard for card design, and while it is not specifically made for this purpose, it can most certainly do it, and is the only solution I know of that can directly import a PSD file.
The actual card data can be kept in a separate file (...
This question would probably receive a better answer on Woodworking SE.
According to Wikipedia, as well as Canadian Woodworking, this is called a Dovetail key, Dutchman joint, or Butterfly joint. Another common name for it is a Bowtie joint/key. Below is the picture shown on Wikipedia:
Dovetail keys are used to hold together two boards or one board that ...
If you're looking to get the correct thickness for the cards, ask the print shop to print them on 14-point paper, or whatever they have in stock that requires a printer drum to have a rating of just over 300 psi. Through some experimentation at my job and a bit of research, I've discovered that to be the thickness of all trading cards. If they don't have a ...
Crabs Adjust Humidity is a 3rd party expansion pack, they offer packs of just blank cards which are almost identical to the original cards if you don't have enough blank cards in the expansions to write your own cards on. I have ordered about 8 of these now and just keep on expanding my own deck.
A simple solution if you are willing and able to spend some money:
Buy another copy of the game, a foam paint brush, and a small container of white paint. Using the foam brush you can paint a nice, even, thin coat of white paint over the face of the cards and use a black permanent marker when they dry to write whatever your heart desires!
Most games of checkers have cool designs and stack and are pretty durable. They're obviously not poker chips. They generally only come in red or black, but I've spray painted them different colors to make generic Magic the Gathering tokens (the fact that they stack is nice for things that make lots of 1/1 dudes...) and they come out pretty good. Just a quick ...
1. Where would I find original graphics to modify?
You could use a scanner. Many home and office printers can act as a scanner, so it should be pretty easy to get access to one. 300dpi is sufficient, but avoid anything lower.
In this particular case, you could derive from this.
2. How can I produce good quality boards?
Depends on what material you want ...
If you want custom game pieces, you could have them 3D printed at Shapeways -- they do great work. As folks have already mentioned, game stores (I'll throw in a link to TheWarStore) often have markers and tokens of all sorts. One last option is poker chips, which are often available from the dollar store or even in grocery/convenience stores.
I got real gold doubloons from The Great American Coin Co. They are about the size of a nickel, and are authentic looking, real metal coins based on the 17th century Spanish doubloon. They make the game so much more fun!
Quilters and schools often use die-cutters to make shaped pieces. Hexagons are one of the standard die types, and are available in a variety of sizes. Many cut multiples at once, tho the standard sized template is a 5x8" block with 1 large, or 2, 4, or 6 hexagons of smaller sizes (3", 2", 1" face to face)
Search for Hexagon die cut to find more variety than ...
Now i had envisioned that every floor which has 10 spaces each would have a even number of tiles regardless of them being good,bad or special but once i divided the total number of tiles which is 88 with 20 the number of floors i got 4.4. Its logically impossible to have 4.4 tiles on each floor. How can i solve this problem.
Have a different number of tiles,...
I use Inkscape with the Countersheet extension for this. It can do everything you need (if I read your question correctly) even being able to choose icons on a per card basis (not a #dream).
It can also handle custom card backs as well.
Best of all it's completely free
It works with a svg+csv text file type combo. Here's a tutorial if you'd like to ...
I've had great experiences with Printer's Studio.
You can have anything from a custom back on standard playing card fronts to completely custom fronts and backs that are different for each card.
Good interface for building these decks.
While the images you submit must have a bleed, the jobs I submitted were spot-on.
No minimum order size (though you get ...
Best bet for multiple "3d" sets: 3-D Print off a master of each type, then use resin casting to make as many as you need. Or use a single type, and print circular labels that go inside a recess.
As for bubble removal - an insulin syringe. that microfine needle barely leaves a mark, and can suck half a cc of air out.
It's better, however, to not get bubbles ...
I got some really nice doubloon coins from Momcorp. They're a lot more enjoyable than the paper coins, and a pretty good deal for $29 -- you get 50 coins (40 small silver coins & 10 large gold coins).
Getting your own made, could work.
You would likely need a high quality image.
The other potential issue would be the legality of it, but if they/you already own the map it could be legal in the UK and the EU (I am not a lawyer, and cannot give advice on this issue and, besides, I don't know which country's laws are most relevant to you).
I’m a huge french fan of this extraordinary game.
You can find several interesting tracks on the Lucidphoenix site:
The owner of the site is Douglas Schultz, who remastered "Speed Circuit" in "CFR".
FYI: It isn't going to look as pretty as real hex tiles but if you are just prototyping a game then you can functionally simulate Hexes tiles with Square tiles since six squares can fit around each square if you stagger rows. Drawing dots one quarter and three quarters down each edge and connect the nearest dots with lines makes the hex nature of squares ...
Another source worth checking out, specifically for the games market, is Blue Panther LLC: they seem to make pieces specifically for gaming and can do custom cuts or engravings when you're ready to take that step. Have a look at http://www.bluepantherllc.com/ for the details.
I've done my own prototyping with wood pattern blocks, an educational tool you ...