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Dave Platt
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Hi everyone.

Some advice on labels would be much appreciated.

I'm looking to produce around 100 boards and want to keep my workload and costs down to a minimum. I figure the easiest way for me to make these boards is to print them onto self adhesive labels.

My questions are - Matte or gloss? I only seem to be able to find the colour labels I need in matte. Would boards with matte finish labels be acceptable for a game sold on the net at cost price? I want to get the game out there but I'm not particularly bothered about making money out of it.
 
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Alexander Lauck
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Offer the files as Print&play!
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Koen Hendrix
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I think it would depend on the price. As long as you price is obviously cheaper than normal board game prices, matte labels (or other kinds of imperfections) are acceptable.
 
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Jon Moffat
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Depending on the size of your board, you may just want to go with the Game Crafter or similar small-run producer.

Once you factor in the cost of adhesive labels and blank boards plus your time... might be worth it.
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Dave Platt
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Just spent a couple of hours costing it. I reckon I can knock em out at £10.11p each. That's everything including the box.
I've got some set up costs, I need to buy a good colour printer and some other equipment that'll set me back around £500. I haven't decided whether or not to add a bit on in order to re-coup this initial outlay yet.
If I sell them at cost then I'm looking at around £25 to get them to customers in the US, which is the best market for the theme of my game.
 
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+1 to making the game print and play
You don't have to worry about making it yourself and the player wont have to spend money on the game and on shipping. I also don't think I'm alone in taking pride in making the game myself too, gives me the choice of matte or gloss. Which btw I prefer matte as long as the colors and such are vivid enough.
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Daniel Theuerkaufer
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I'd probably spend 10£ for a homemade version without further questions. But at 25£ I might think twice. It really comes down to the number of components and home made quality. For just a hand full of tokens and a board I most likely wouldn't want to lay £25, even with shipping included. Print and play might be my preferred choice then.
 
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Dave Platt
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Thanks guys, you've given me some food for thought.

Probably the cheapest I could get them out to the US without making a loss is around the £20($26) mark but that means 45 days delivery time as opposed to 7 days at £25.

The set would include 1 game board, 90 tiles, 16 pawns, 1 dice, 110 cards, money, rulebook and box. Production values would be more akin to vintage games than todays games.
 
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