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Patrick
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I'm currently working on a new board game and wondered about producing it myself. However, I have no idea about where to get the components made - board, cards, box and wooden dobbers. Anyone out there have any suggestions?
 
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Jorge Arroyo
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I assume you're not looking for a printing service that will do everything for you...

http://spielematerial.de has many generic components, blank boards and blank boxes, and for cards, you could use http://artscow.com or http://www.guildofblades.com/pod.php
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Many people have shown interest in this new company. They have more flexible decks than artscow and other game components. But, like artscow, they seem to be a print on demand service, with the poorer quality that implies.

http://www.thegamecrafter.com
 
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You just start looking through business directories and contacting companies. Shipping is going to be a large cost when dealing with tiny print runs ("tiny" is like 500 copies). That means you'll probably want to use somebody local. Or you could try the cheap Asian market, but I personally haven't looked into that (I don't even know if you can find a place that will do tiny print runs).

http://www.gamesandprint.co.uk/gpgames.htm
http://www.richard-edward.com/playing-cards-printer.html
http://www.ivorygraphics.co.uk/playing-cards.asp

Those are the only card printers I know in the UK. I have no idea if they are reputable or not (they look reputable to me). I have a list of US printers if you'd like to see those.

Box manufacturers shouldn't be too hard to find. I don't know the terminology in the UK, but in the US the kind of box boardgames come in are called two piece chipboard set-up boxes. These are almost always custom made (even the "generic" kinds), since the manufacturers have a lot of built in flexibility.

Game boards are a bit trickier. Shannon Games seem to be able to specialize in making whole games. They might be your solution, or you might try asking them who they use to manufacture their boards (they might actually do it themselves).

In general you can just call up the largest printers in your area and ask if they can do what you need. They might not advertise it, or even have any idea boardgames where still popular, but might be able to make them. The equipment isn't that complex and a large printer might have everything need.

I know you didn't mention dice, but http://www.dice.co.uk/ is one of the leading dice manufacturers and is located in the UK.

Finally, about wooden pieces. I think Germany is the only place in the world that has companies who make "meeples" for games. I'm pretty sure little chunky silhouettes of wood have no use except for eurogames. You can try to get a woodworking place to make them. Routers (or laminate trimmers, or shapers [which I think are called spindle moulders in the UK]) are used on a length of wood (like making wood molding), and are then cut every x length (the "depth" of the meeple). Next they can either be spray painted or tumble painted (like candy, or painted nuts and bolts). Finding a place to do that has been a challange.
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Use standard bits--cubes, pawns, meeples--if you possibly can. The cost will be much less.
 
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