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I am thinking about putting together several game design kits as gifts and prizes. They would be geared towards euro game designers and less towards wargame designers.

Pete Belli put together a very useful list of items: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/304851

What else would you add?

Below is a list of what I'm thinking of including. Comments and suggestions welcome. Go nuts; I want to hear what you would consider the ultimate set of supplies to have on hand while putting together prototypes.


Bits, in two different sizes and at least 8 colors.

Blank playing cards - any recs for suppliers?

Materials for building a board, maybe even a set of folding boards with hinges already glued on that you could later cut down to desired size.

Dice - can you get blank ones anywhere? If I wanted to include more than traditional, 8-sided dice, what sizes would be best?

Chips - or some sort of money equivalent

Meeples/animals - how many should I include of each?

Book boards for cutting into chits/tiles

X-acto knife for cutting said boards

Stencils

Wooden sticks in different colors

Avery labels/pens/markers

Caffeinated chewing gum.

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Card sleeves are essential. You can put regular playing cards into the sleeve and a slip of paper in the front -- much cheaper than printing on blank cards each time you change your prototype.
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Glass beads/blobs are incredibly cheap. I bought a bunch of different colors. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Cyan, Purple, White, Black, and Clear. It's nice having 200+ markers in that many colors. I bought mine from HERE
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Geosphere wrote:
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I would add:

A small white-board with erasable marker

edit: as a great design tool


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Deck of regular playing cards and deck of UNO cards. I find a lot of games I want to quickly prototype can utilize one or both of those decks in one manner or another.
 
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I don't worry about always having something on hand, but I do pretty much have the following:

Pen/Pencil & Paper
Old Scrabble sets
Old Magic cards to markup
Old decks of cards
Card sleeves
Illustration board
Icehouse Pyramids
Piecepack set
Colored cubes
Cutting mat, xacto knife, rolling cutter, straight edge, tape

Things I'm keeping my eye out for:
Almost any old game with a board that can be had for $1 - Just random bits would be helpful
 
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Here's some stuff I've been using so far:

The back of my old business cards, ie blank cards to draw on
A set of multicolored pencils, I got a set with 88 colors
Glue, it's quite important
I just bought these cards on papers that I can put in my printer, good stuff
You can't have enough cardboard either, or thick paper that goes through the printer.

I've been thinking of buying blank chips/tokens/chits I tend to use a lot of those in my designs. 1½ cm round tokens are great, 2 cm is sometimes great, sometimes too big. I could also go with larger round, square and hexagonal ones, like 4½ cm Carcassonne size, or bigger like the TI board tiles.

I really like the idea of premade blank foldable boards, also the one about a board I can draw and erase on. How fantastic it would be to draw up maps on a board where your could instantly alter them.
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A steam-powered Mac
printed circuit creation software
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oscilloscope (to keep the Mac running)
 
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Oh, one of these?



http://steampunkworkshop.com/
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Close, but we don't have one of those new-fangled flat screens.
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That's what I use. A computer, most often. I do a lot of work on graphics and rules on the computer before I get to prototypes.

Some times it's useful to have other games around. I cannibalized 3 Battleship sets I got off eBay for the prototype to Master Spy.

A color printer, tape, and scissors or paper cutter, is all I usually need, and to make the prototype for Samsara, I just used some of the extra cone pawns from 4th Corner.

I keep a good supply of dice and colored construction paper around as well. Cheap playing card decks are okay for prototype decks, if the deck isn't too large. I've used the backs of old business cards too as an alternate.

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Awakening wrote:

The back of my old business cards, ie blank cards to draw on


Just excellent, I have hundreds of these back at the office and never realized to use them as play cards for early play testing. THANKS!!
 
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Awakening wrote:

The back of my old business cards, ie blank cards to draw on


Just excellent, I have hundreds of these back at the office and never realized to use them as play cards for early play testing. THANKS!!


Just get some colored pencils and you're set!
 
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Computer, a decent printer, and lots of printer paper and/or label paper. I tend to create everything I need for prototyping on the computer, then print to labels- peel and stick/cut them as required- and have at it.

I also use a lot of red pens to mark things up.

Two of the most important tools are my hands-- so I can ball up said prototype-- and my trash can-- for obvious reasons.
 
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A good, vector-based graphics package running on my computer, and a printer.
 
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