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Nate
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What do you use to cut out circular chipboard tokens for your games?
 
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A gasket punch.
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I avoid cutting circles where possible. When I can't avoid it I use scissors and hate every minute of it.

People who do a lot of the same size and don't mind spending a little money buy something called an "arch punch". These run $10-15. You need one for each size (3/4", 1", etc). You use these with a hammer to cut the full circle neatly, all at once. Obviously you need a piece of wood to work on which will get trashed in the process.

Either way, have fun...
 
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A wad punch.

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You can buy a circle punch/squeeze punch/paper shaper at any hobby/craft/framing store for $10 at most. They come in a variety of sizes and the more expensive ones have interchangeable templates.
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I googled "wad punch". It looks just like an "arch punch". Somewhere there's an expert who can tell us the difference, and which is better for us. For you guys, anyway. I've already bought enough tools...
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jaybeethree wrote:
You can buy a circle punch/squeeze punch/paper shaper at any hobby/craft/framing store for $10 at most.


These aren't generally capable of cutting through much, though - they're fine for thin card, maybe up to 150-200gsm at a guess - but if you want nice thick board like commercial boardgame tokens are made out of, they won't do it; the board simply won't fit between the jaws of the device.

What I've been doing lately for this kind of thing is buying a load of pre-made little wooden circles and using a tool like this to take circular cuts out of a label sheet to apply to the top of the wooden circle. It's not strictly speaking a cardboard token, but so long as you're careful to get a cutter which is a couple of millimetres smaller than the wooden circle you're applying to, it works pretty well. (I'm using a 13/16" cutter for 1" tokens and a 5/8" cutter for 3/4" tokens.)

I actually vastly prefer wooden tokens to cardboard. I did try cutting from a length of hardwood dowel at first, but as much as the resulting token is cheaper and nicer (which is to say: thicker and more square-edged) it took so much longer to make it wasn't worth the hassle.
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I don't know if you have already looked at this, but the Game Crafter prints circular stickers and stocks circular wooden tokens. I think the final cost of each token is 11 cents. I'm not sure how much price is an issue, or if 11 cents is significantly more expensive than what you've been doing, but you could always try that. Otherwise, I found this:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM2092206703P?ci_s...

I've used these kind of things in a metal shop, but this set is for softer things, plus it's pretty cheap.
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Bichatse wrote:
jaybeethree wrote:
You can buy a circle punch/squeeze punch/paper shaper at any hobby/craft/framing store for $10 at most.


These aren't generally capable of cutting through much, though - they're fine for thin card, maybe up to 150-200gsm at a guess - but if you want nice thick board like commercial boardgame tokens are made out of, they won't do it; the board simply won't fit between the jaws of the device.


If you get a tool from a framing store they're designed to punch through mat board. I'm making a Magic Realm set and my tokens are about the same thickness as an average board game token (I used Small World's victory points and Carcassone's tiles as a reference).
 
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Re: Tool for cutting out circular cardboard tokens.
jaybeethree wrote:

If you get a tool from a framing store they're designed to punch through mat board.


I've never seen such a thing - do you have a link to it online anywhere? It's definitely not the same as your average paper shaper/circle punch, I can't even fit mounting board in one of those...


There's also die-cutting, if you're willing to swallow a bit more expense; Sizzix does a fairly cheap roller-based die-cutting machine which you can often pick up second hand on eBay for £50 or so (at least here in the UK) which can do pretty good thick card/mounting board tokens if you can get the alignment sorted.
 
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You may want to inquire with SPOD http://www.superiorpod.com/ as well. I am currently waiting to hear back from them regarding the same type of component--60-80pt thick, two sided round tokens--to be used with review and playtesting copies.


 
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PlayCrossbones wrote:
You may want to inquire with SPOD http://www.superiorpod.com/ as well. I am currently waiting to hear back from them regarding the same type of component--60-80pt thick, two sided round tokens--to be used with review and playtesting copies.


I would like to be able to make the tokens myself. This way I can print off early versions of the game. If I ordered the tokens themselves, it would have to be a more final version with the graphics printed on for me, or I would have to apply the graphics myself.

What I plan to do is print off my graphics and glue them to chipboard and cut them out.
 
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/736489/some-prototyping-vide...

matt tolman shows you how to do both square and circle pieces well
 
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Not my idea (saw it done with a custom-made game at a con) but you can use a hobby-punch to punch paper or cardstock circles and then put them into clear coin cases (used for displaying nickels and quarters). Probably a bit more expensive (The best price I'm finding is about $0.75 each) but gives a lot nicer and more durable finish.

http://www.wildrosemedallions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10...
 
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I put up a tutorial on making circular chipboard tokens using an arch punch. You can read it here: Making Circular Tokens and Counters with an Arch Punch
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Print & Play Productions has custom die sizes for circles, hexes, squares, rectangles, etc. I also do discs with stickers on them.
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Garth Palmer
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thats why i try to stick with polygonal tokens.
 
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gibolas wrote:
What do you use to cut out circular chipboard tokens for your games?


I try to use squares/rectangles as much as possible.

If I wanted something more "circular", I go for hex tokens, because you can arrange the hexes in such a way that you can make straight cuts (involves having small triangles). Essentially what Andrew Tullsen has here:

 
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Quote:
Print & Play Productions has custom die sizes for circles, hexes, squares, rectangles, etc. I also do discs with stickers on them.


Thanks. I will probably use your services when I have a more finalized version!
 
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