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Paul DeStefano
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It seems that in games where you don't have a 'hand' of cards (ie Talisman), square corners are the norm, while rounded corners are used for when you have a hand from a deck.

Why?

Each gets shuffled. Is it just a production price thing, or can anyone think of why this is?
 
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Tim K.
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It's a safety thing so you don't poke your eye! goo
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It a "marked card" issue. Squared corners get bent and worn very easily, and (more important) they show it very easily.

Games that give the player a "hand" of cards usually involve some hidden information. That is, the player holding the hand should be the only one that knows what is in his hand. If a certain card in the game has a worn corner, however, It becomes very easy for the other players to identify the cards in his hand by simply looking at the back of it.

Rounded corners solve this because (1) they don't have the pointy corner that is susceptible to wear, and (2) rounded corners do not show the wear that they do get.

As an example, take a card that has a square corner and drop it on that corner a few times. Then do the same with a card that has a rounded corner. You'll quickly see the difference.

In games where you don't have a hand, like Monopoly, it doesn't matter if the corners show wear, so there is no need to go through the added expense of rounding them.
 
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Hey, that makes more sense than the eye thing...
 
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Geosphere wrote:
Hey, that makes more sense than the eye thing...

Yeah, but nowhere near as funny snore kiss
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I have seen games where you get a hand of cards, yet the cards have no rounded corners... These games usually come from smaller companies.

Anyway, it is a pain to shuffle a deck without rounded corners and rectangular cards get damaged more easily.

So buy a Corner Rounder like the one here: http://rounders.idcardgroup.com/ to solve the problem. Avoid the plastic ones and go for a steel construction.
 
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Comfort.

Pointy corners stick in to your palm with a hand-held hand. What you need is cards that have rounded corners on the bottom and 90 degree corners on the top. That way you don't get any nasty paper cuts when trying to poke someone else's eye out.
 
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Price. That's the only reason. Round corners are nicer, but cost more to make. Any printer can cut square corners, but the equipment to make rounded corners costs money.

Take for example the ultra-low print run Four Dragons, and the higher production values reprint Four Dragons.
 
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