Zpocalypse: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Survival Game.

A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Survival Game.
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How To Create A Professional Game Prototype From Home (Images and Links Included!)

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Zpocalypse has gone through many renditions over the past year. In the beginning we created our cards, saved them as pdf pages, and would take them to a local print shop. The print shop had a beast of a printing machine and would spit out the 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. They would then place our cards in a paper cutter, that could literally slice a person in half if it wasn't for the dozens safety features. This process was long and tedious.. it could only make 1 cut at a time, so with nine cards on a page you can easily imagine that's over 14 cuts. The cuts weren't precise by any means, but it got the job done. Oh and did I forget to mention that this wasn't exactly cheap.. Rough estimate: .30 cents a card using non laminated on 100lb gloss stock.

After the third trip to the printer I decided I wanted to prototype things a bit faster for Zpocalypse. We were already cutting out our own "tiles" using a Grandemark cutter and a custom die I had recently purchased (Links below). I looked into getting another die which would cut out 9 cards from a single sheet of paper with rounded corners and all. Cost was about $250 for the die. Works like a charm!

Next up was finding a cost effective printer which would handle the 100lb cover stock paper. After a month of searching and looking at reviews I found out the Xerox Phaser 6280 would do the job. At a price tag of about $450... it was worth a shot!

So now from my computer I can print cards and tiles and cut them out in a matter of minutes! After printing several copies of Zpocalypse I found my self running out of ink.. Turns out the printer using the "supplied" toner cartridges could only print about 450 full color pages. If my math is correct the cost comes down to about $0.022 cents a card for paper and toner.

Multi-Craft Cutting Machine

Here are several pictures we have taken while going through the printing and cutting process!

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We hope this was helpful! If you have any questions please feel free to leave us a comment.

Our Kick Starter should begin in the middle of March 2012, just in time for the end of the world!

Check out www.greenbriergames.com for more information OR find us on Facebook!

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Zpocalypse is in prototype form currently. We have not yet received our miniatures from our manufacturer.
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