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Per Jespersen
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I'm looking at creating a prototype of our board. I've watched guite a few videos from experienced people to get a few ideas. They all more or less print the board on glossy paper and glue it on the cardboard. This seems easy enough.

Our board is a rather large quad-fold board; about 27x18 inch when opened. When I try to find a printer to do this they charge about 50$ for the print alone! Seems to me that this method of protoype design makes little sense.

Nobody adresses this issue, so I am thinking too much inside-the-box somehow. Is there an easy inexpensive priting option (for that size) I missed?
 
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Jeremy Lennert
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Can you print on several smaller sheets, cut off the borders, and then glue them next to each other?
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James Derbyshire
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Use Rasteriser to print it as multiple A4 sheets.

http://www.rasterizer.de
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Carl Nyberg
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What do you need the prototype for? For playtesting or to show it to a publisher?

If it's just for playtesting, then couldn't you just print the board on paper and tape the papers together?
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Eleanor
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printerstudio.de has a 30" x 20" poster for €12.60. You'd have to make sure they didn't enlarge it and cut it to size yourself but it seems a lot cheaper than $50
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Per Jespersen
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Thanks for the response. To adress a few of your points:

We thought about gluing together several A4 sheets but won't the seem a little cheap? I don't know, we havenøt tried it.

About needing a prototype: The board construction and colors is sort of relavent to the game and how it will feel to play, so we would like to see how it works. You might be right that it doesn't have to look perfect. However my post was more about feasability than necessity.
 
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Jeremy Lennert
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DrDress wrote:
We thought about gluing together several A4 sheets but won't the seem a little cheap?

1) Not if you do it well
2) It's a prototype; it's supposed to be cheap
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Pelle Nilsson
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Tape A4s or A3. Put sheets of plexi over to get a nice flat surface that makes it feel less cheap (nice to have even for just a prototype).
 
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Per Jespersen
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pelni wrote:
Tape A4s or A3. Put sheets of plexi over to get a nice flat surface that makes it feel less cheap (nice to have even for just a prototype).


Do you mean plexi glass? That's quite a different approach. Sound cool, though, if not a little smooth.
 
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Pelle Nilsson
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DrDress wrote:
pelni wrote:
Tape A4s or A3. Put sheets of plexi over to get a nice flat surface that makes it feel less cheap (nice to have even for just a prototype).


Do you mean plexi glass? That's quite a different approach. Sound cool, though, if not a little smooth.


Yup, plexi glass or pvc sheets. Standard wargame assecory because almost all wargames have big unmounted paper maps that you want to keep flat, plus it protects and is surprisingly sticky (so cardboard counters do not slide around much). And it keeps sheets together so if there are just a few there is no need for tape.

EDIT: Forgot to mention something surprisingly rewarding about playing games with plexi/pvc: When you put down a component on them, especially wooden blocks, they make a very sound. Gives a cheap thin printed paper prototype map a very luxurious feel overall, easily nicer to play on than any mounted real board. Only downside is transporting the sheets.
 
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Zack Hiwiller
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The FexEx Office stores here in the US tend to have plotters for printing of architectural plans. I print my 18" x 18" boards there for prototypes. Black and white only, which is fine for most prototypes and something like $2/square foot.

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Dave Platt
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I currently make boards 3 fold (6 pieces.) I make them from A4 2000 micron card, hinged with duck tape, backed with black vinyl, with playing surfaces laser printed on A4 labels.
You can produce cheap good quality prototypes but you'll have to put some work into it yourself rather then paying someone else to do it.
 
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John "Omega" Williams
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It is a prototype possibly subject to future changes so cheap is the way to go.

You want to see if everything works and fits and there may be the need for adjustments so components that are inexpensive are preferrable so you are not wasting on something that might end up re-done to fix.

If its a demo set for a convention then even then dont worry so much about looks or glitz.
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