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Has anyone tried using floor tiles for game boards?

I've made a few game boards. I'll usually print them out on card stock and them glue them to illustrator board, thick card board, or even to the back of an old Trivial Pursuit board. These all work fine. But, some game boxes just don't have any extra room to hold the thickness of the new board. So I started thinking about what I could use that would be durable enough but very thin (maybe about half the thickness of illustrator board).

Floor tiles! I bought some very thin peel and stick floor tiles for .20 each.
1)Printed out a copy of the Diamant board onto some card stock.
2)Peeled off the paper on the back of the floor tile (no need to add any glue). And just pressed on the card stock.
3)Trimmed the tile to the size of the board with a razor blade.

And in 3 steps I have a very thin and durable new board that only took about 2 minutes to make.


For boards that are larger than a 12x12 tile; try electric tape on the back of the tiles for an easy way to fold and unfold the new board.

Let me know what you think. And if you have any suggestions on something else to try using.
 
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Sounds like a great idea! What about warping though. Vinyl tiles have a tendency to warp if not on a floor

I've got a few extra in the basement...may make good prototyping boards.
 
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I don't think warping would be too much of an issue if the tile is laid flat for storage. That's usually only a problem in areas of high humidity. Like a damp or concrete floor. A small bit of weight (like the games components) should be enough to keep the tile from warping.

You could always go with a higher quality(thicker) tile if desired.
 
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oooh, I'm scanning in my CC:A board even as we speak!
 
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I think it's an excellent idea especially for prototype boards but certainly would be great for replacement boards as well. Thanks.
 
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I forget to mention this before; another thing I was really impressed with that there is no need for glue.

77 spray works well. But I've stained the card stock using too much glue, and I've had some spots that have come loose too easily from not using enough.
 
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floor tiles come in two types: flexy-bendy, and heavy-as-crap.
 
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Take another look through your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc... There are various types of floor tiles that are rigid enough, while still being thin and light weight.
 
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Quote:
Has anyone tried using floor tiles for game boards?


if you want a more rug type board - try Flor tiles...

Sorry, just had to through that in there...
 
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What about floor tiles that have material on - more like a carpet feel? Would they bend or warp with time as well?
 
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The only issue is that these boards probably won't last a long time... the floor tile will likely outlast the cockroaches in the event of a nuclear war, but the paper might yellow and decay over time, because it's just plain cardstock to begin with, and possibly from the effects of the glue.

Still, really cool method.
 
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I was wondering what would be the best way to seal or protect the card stock from yellowing with age. I don't think the glue from the tile would be too much of an issue. I was thinking more along the lines of the aging of the card stock over time.

Laminating would be easy enough but not exactly great eye candy.

Is there any kind of spray on sealer that anyone can suggest?
 
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I bet this would work great:

http://krylon.com/main/paper_finishes_template.cfm?levelid=5...

I've used it for my poker chip labels and you can barely tell it's there.
 
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Great idea Germarish.

If your tile is the "flexy-bendy" type as mentioned earlier then just apply a piece of plexi-glass on top of the card stock map/game board and voila should prevent warping and keeps the map/game board from getting marked up!!

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I think square Paving Stones make great coffee-table gameboards. Glue does not take well - but with a little time you can chisel the layout into the surface...ninja
 
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Germarish wrote:
I was wondering what would be the best way to seal or protect the card stock from yellowing with age. I don't think the glue from the tile would be too much of an issue. I was thinking more along the lines of the aging of the card stock over time.

Laminating would be easy enough but not exactly great eye candy.

Is there any kind of spray on sealer that anyone can suggest?


I recently made the Atollo Modulis expansion for Power Grid. I picked up a can of Rustoleum Crystal Clear varnish to spray the board tiles. It worked pretty well.
 
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Germarish wrote:
Has anyone tried using floor tiles for game boards?


Yeah, and now I'm regretting not having gotten the patent!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/982095#982095

Me! wrote:
One alternative to foamcore, label sheets, and/or spray adhesive that I've made some use of... 12"x12" linoleum (?) tiles. You can buy cheapo tiles (and really, all you nead are the cheapos; you're not walking on them!) at three for a dollar. One side is coated in adhesive (after you peel off the wax-paper backing), and the other side has a texture to it that should reduce slipping when resting on a flat surface. Just print off your images on regular paper (or photo paper if you want that gloss finish), smooth them down on the sticky side of a tile, and (if need be) trim the tile down to size with an X-Acto knife.

I've already made several replacement and makeshift Roborally markers and mini-boards using this method.

 
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I've seen it done before, though I haven't tried it myself. It works quite well!
 
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Bought six tiles last night, to use with CC:A. Then I used an online hex generator to make my own map, so I don't have to cut up the original.
 
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