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Phillip Schwarzmann
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Anyone use a laminator to create game/card prototypes? I just purchased a Peach-brand A3-size laminator for 42 euros. It's amazing.

I create my cards using NanDeck (amazing app), I find clip via Microsoft's Clipart Gallery, I use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate the graphics, then print them out on a nice color laserjet printer. I laminate each paper, then cut out the cards using a metal ruler and exacto-knife.

The cards look amazing and are very durable. Paper is very porous and adheres very well to the laminate sleeves. And of course they look beautiful.

Before I was using typical playing card sleeves, and that method sucks.
 
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Yep - MSWord, laminator, scissors. Not quite as precise, but then, prototypes are prone to change.

For extra credit, use nail clippers to round the corners!
 
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mrraow wrote:
Yep - MSWord, laminator, scissors. Not quite as precise, but then, prototypes are prone to change.

For extra credit, use nail clippers to round the corners!


I got a corner-cutter from spielmaterial.de
It's quite tricky to use on laminated items... but still works well though.
 
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Check out more thoughts on this at the Board Game Design Forum (www.bgdf.com). I know many users there have used lamination for their prototype cards. Specifically they use the cold laminators with the rolls of laminate.

If you're doing any number of cards, I suggest you invest in a rotary cutter or a guillotine stle paper cutter. Makes cutting them out so much faster (and each batch is cut to an identical size for perfect shuffling). You can use a fence (most come with one) to set the stops for the cutting sizes. I have done many many prototypes that way with great success.
 
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I use a xyron 850 with the doublesided laminate cartridge and 110 lb index card stock. It make an excellent card (I have a corner punch also).
 
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While we're on the subject, I'm planning on making extra cards for Federation Commander and I was wondering if you guys knew if the lamination plastic works with dry-erase markers. I'm looking at getting the cheap adhesive Xyron laminator for this. Anyone have any experience with this?
 
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Michaels, AC Moore, etc in the US stock corner rounders in the scrapbooking section. They work pretty well on cardstock, although I've never tried them on laminated items. less than 10$

When I used to work in a university library bookbinding/repair/conservation department, we had a big corner rounder which would cut heavy board - hardback book thickness. I've seen them online, but they start over 100USD plus shipping, etc.

We also had a HUGE guillotine which would cut entire reams of paper, and a "board shear" which is a massive table size paper cutter, with a foot operated clamp.

I really miss having access to that stuff.
 
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In my experience dry erase does notsoblue work well with laminate. It bleeds into the plastic and can't be fully erased.
 
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If you're willing to spend a couple bucks and REALLY want perfect cards:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/129881

I'm tempted by a laminator, but what I really need right now is a paper folder for rulebooks.
 
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tragicpoet wrote:
In my experience dry erase does notsoblue work well with laminate. It bleeds into the plastic and can't be fully erased.


Thanks for the info, Chris. I'll try and get my friend to laminate a few to test out first before I take the plunge.
 
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ljw74us wrote:
I use a xyron 850 with the doublesided laminate cartridge and 110 lb index card stock. It make an excellent card (I have a corner punch also).


Lee,
Where did you find your corner cutter? I checked at Michael's but they just had a gigantic one, not appropriate from human-scaled cards at all.
 
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Dinky_Gnatbane wrote:
ljw74us wrote:
I use a xyron 850 with the doublesided laminate cartridge and 110 lb index card stock. It make an excellent card (I have a corner punch also).


Lee,
Where did you find your corner cutter? I checked at Michael's but they just had a gigantic one, not appropriate from human-scaled cards at all.


Hi Mike,

I'll get the info on the corner cutter tonight and post it. Maybe I can figure out where I got it.

PS to Mike,
I still have the Win, Place, and Show stuff for you. I've tried going to AF&G a couple of game nights, but you haven't been there and lets just say the people that were did not seem interested in adding strangers to their games. I've switched back to Lost Goblin's Wednesday nights.
 
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Grimwold wrote:
mrraow wrote:
Yep - MSWord, laminator, scissors. Not quite as precise, but then, prototypes are prone to change.

For extra credit, use nail clippers to round the corners!


I got a corner-cutter from spielmaterial.de
It's quite tricky to use on laminated items... but still works well though.


http://boardgamegeek.com/article/1861012#1861012
 
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