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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

There are several ways to implement timers in board games Tokens. Games like Paper Tales or Pixel Tactics (starting from 2nd set) use addition/removal of tokens from game components to track passage ...
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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

Not sure if this is the right way to offer a suggestion I have thought of myself for feedback, but... A time bar Labelled 0-5 or so, various items are put on the time bar, and everything is brought ...
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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

I would recommend building your own timer out of something like card stock with spinning wheel, something similar to the design below (pardon the MSPaint): The Bottom layer: The base of the Timer, it ...
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How to make cards for a card game?

Not quite what you are after, but maybe one of these may help: Adobe InDesign InDesign is (as far as I know) the industry standard for card design, and while it is not specifically made for this ...
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Recommendations for making board tiles

My first published game has a map of seven hexagonal tiles, so I have some experience with this. If you must have hex tiles (e.g. a case where the board layout is user-generated as in the 4x game E C ...
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Is there an easy, web based, multi player board and card game prototype tester?

An open-source boardgame engine, could be what you are looking for: Vassal Engine http://www.vassalengine.org/ It provides counters, cards, board and does not enforce any rules, it provides solely "...
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How to make cards for a card game?

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 ...
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What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?

This week I made a card game prototyper, it converts your google docs or csv to printable cards. http://card-game-prototyper.herokuapp.com/
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How could I prototype a board game with a variety of units using abstract icons?

Rather than using story cubes (which as noted are probably going to run you a fair chunk in bulk and aren't necessarily customizable), you might be better off just picking up some blank wooden cubes ...
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Handling multiple "timers" on the board and player mat

Building on the timeline answer: If you have a board already, put a timeline around the edges - a strip of squares/hexagons/triangles representing turns. Each box that can hold tokens that indicate ...
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Online Platforms where simulate board/card game

Try Tabletop Simulator on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/ It has the both the ability to upload custom components and to play multiplayer board games virtually. I'...
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How do I promote a board game to the masses?

Promoting a board game (design, prototype, print&play or kickstarter) should definitely involve BoardGameGeek, and similar communities. I could expand, but everything's covered in this article: ...
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Is there an online platform for collaborative development of a board game?

I'd recommend something like Tabletop Simulator. It lets you set up an online digital table (you can add a password so that only your collaborators could get in, or playtesters). In there you can ...
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Who might create the game pieces?

A 3D printing service would be an ideal solution. I have no experience with any of the online services available, but as an example Shapeways seems to offer the option to print in a variety of ...
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Who might create the game pieces?

A gold smith/jeweler could do your thing from metal and look elegant, but it might be quite expensive.
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Is there an easy, web based, multi player board and card game prototype tester?

I've been using Tabletop Simulator for a couple of weeks now, and it's really easy to create components and play a game. Has physics simulation and nice rendering to make it feel more realistic. Just ...
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Is there an easy, web based, multi player board and card game prototype tester?

Roll20 is a website primarily designed for digital RPG games, but I know that it includes dice, tokens, a playing field, uploadable images, and a variety of other open ended tools for DMs and players. ...
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How do I (self) promote a board game?

First you'll want to build up a fan base. To do that, you could: Introduce it at board game meetups and conventions. Send print and play files to interested people over the internet. Show it off on ...
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Recommendations for making board tiles

When I needed to do this, I printed my hex tiles onto a full page shipping label. Then I stuck the label sheet to foam board and cut the tiles out with a knife. I recommend 1/8" foam board. The ...
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Who might create the game pieces?

If the pieces have an axis of rotational symmetry then I would turn them on the lathe, (or you could search for a local machinist). If not then you could cast them. If you make originals out of wax ...
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When first prototyping a new board game idea - how do you start?

This may be too niche of an "answer" but I occasionally go to a Beer & Board Games event at a local pub where people in the group bring their games and it's like there's a mini board game library ...
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How to make cards for a card game?

There are print-on-demand companies which give you the ability to create your complete game with quality parts. You can even list that game online in their store or simply buy one copy for yourself. ...
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is there card game prototyping platform to track, change, print?

You could set-up your own SQL database. You can download the free Heidi SQL software cross-platform (uses WINE for Linux/Mac) for accessing an SQL database. SQL will easily provide the database ...
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is there card game prototyping platform to track, change, print?

Card Warden for Ipad lets you keep track of many different card types and some metadata you've mentioned, but otherwise, you may be better off just setting up your own database with MySQL.
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