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Dimitri Sirenko
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Wondering if anyone knows of a newby-friendly software designed to create fully functional and customized (in terms of art and game design) card game? Does such software exist at all? I tried google search for this but not sure if I am just not hitting the right key words or i am just too clueless about digital prototyping to understand what i find.
 
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Andrew Rowse
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Nandeck has a learning curve, but it's a curve worth learning and will quickly be getting you better results than comping things together yourself.
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J C Lawrence
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Introducing Squib: a Ruby gem for prototyping games (latest is v0.11.0, 2016-09-15)
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Geordie Young
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KAndrw wrote:
Nandeck has a learning curve, but it's a curve worth learning and will quickly be getting you better results than comping things together yourself.

Agreed. The developer has some good tutorials on his YouTube channel.

If you're looking to actually playtest the game via software, that's a whole different ballgame. I highly recommend printing text-only (to save ink/toner) versions out on regular paper, cutting them out, putting them in card sleeves, and using some sort of stock (playing cards, TCG/CCG singles, etc.) to back them for a more appropriate thickness/feel. Then, pay your playtesters with beer and pizza.

Good luck, friend.
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David Smith
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I'll second (third?!?) the nandeck software. It does have a slight learning curve, but once you learn it, it's invaluable.

For physical prototypes, I'd print, cut out, put the cut out paper in sleeves with a hard card to give it some rigidity.

Here are cheap blank cards for prototypes (also comes in box):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572814993/ref=oh_aui_deta...

Here are cheap sleeves for prototypes (that the above cards fit into):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00264FQQG/ref=oh_aui_deta...

Good luck and happy gaming!
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Geordie Young
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GeordieY wrote:

Agreed. The developer has some good tutorials on his YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQv6_9zN9cw3cYjAiERN7eg
This is the aforementioned Nandeck YouTube channel I was referring to. Nandeck can take a spreadsheet and automatically generate cards from the data in the tables based on a card layout that you can visually design. From there you can print ~9 cards to a sheet. And... IT'S FREE!

If you own newer versions of Photoshop and/or InDesign, they too can handle spreadsheets, but the software is not cheap.

In Photoshop, it's usually referred to as Data Sets. (https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/creating-data-driven..., and search YouTube)

In InDesign, it's called DataMerge. Daniel Solis does an excellent job at teaching this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZqL1paXzY) and also has a skillshare class that you can pay for to learn the ways of the samurai.

I hope I've provided some useful information to SOMEONE.

Cheers.
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Dimitri Sirenko
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thanks guys! i will look into this
 
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