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Dorks GoneWild
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Hello, I am looking for suggestings in printing our board for our prototype. My friend is a graphic designer and she is making us the image and I am wondering what is the best way?

The board is 16 1/4 wide x 5 1/4 tall. My thought was to take to kinkos and print on a sticker and put that on an old board from another game and cut it so it matches.

Any thoughts?

Thanks as always!
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David Gregg
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Print to 11" x 17" white cardstock and use a spray adhesive to mount to chipboard. That's what I do anyways.
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Dorks GoneWild
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do you print that at home or at a Kinkos type place?
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Luke Denby
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Another option is printing it out first then taking it to a frame shop (or some art supply shops) and have them mount it onto foamcore. It's a little bit thicker than a normal game board but it will be plenty sturdy and should be reasonably cheap.

I do like the sticker idea though too, especially useful for larger pieces where you need a folding board.
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Every game designer needs a can of this:



Make sure you know how to use it properly though: coat both surfaces, allow both to dry completely, then press them together. If you use it like glue (coating one surface and pressing it on while wet), the bond is not nearly as strong.

Ideally, you want a printer of some sort and a guillotine-style paper cutter too. Then you don't have to waste money at the print shop, especially since you're probably going to go through multiple versions of everything.

As for what to mount your thing onto, foamcore is cheap, rigid, and can be guillotined (though this will crush the edges slightly) or cut with a ruler and a utility knife.
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Shaun Toochaos
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http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/736489/some-prototyping-vide...

i like his methods
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Dorks GoneWild
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I am so jealous of him right now.

Toochaos wrote:
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peter newland

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I'm a fan of the full sheet labels stuck onto illustration board. It's fast and easy.
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kevin long
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stickers are expensive and not always succesful when applied. Spray glue the print and the board and let dry for a minute and then lay it on. Use a radial cutter from a quilter or get your own at a fabric shop to cut the edges after drying. I go with this because you are more likely to upgrade the board to a new design if you want to make changes versus being stuck with an expensive or time consuming approach that encourages you to stick to bad design. Rotary cutter with straight edge is the best board game prototype tool evar!
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Bryan Schuder
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Use a color laser to print on 110lbs cardstock. Prefer laser, since toner melts to paper and isn't affected by most solvents if you try to gloss coat.
Get a can of Super 77 spray adhesive. http://www.dickblick.com/products/3m-super-77-multipurpose-a...
Get a few sheets of chipboard. http://www.dickblick.com/products/all-purpose-chipboard/
Spray both backs of cardstock sheets and chipboard.
Wait 30 seconds and start applying sheets to chipboard.
Cut chipboard to size. A mat knife or box cutter will work just fine.

Fairly cheap and straight forward. Spray adhesive is a bit more forgiving and easier to work with. Just make sure you newspaper to protect the area around where you are spraying.
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Dorks GoneWild
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Thanks for so many amazing ideas!! I will try a few once the graphic designer is done and give some feedback.
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For a prototype I don't even use cardboard. I just draw it in MS Paint and then print it at the library (the library has a color printer), and then just cut it out and tape it together.
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