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Travis Jones
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I'm sick of making my custom cards in Microsoft Word.

What are some other programs I can use to design custom cards?

I don't need my cards to look flashy since I'm not looking to publish my ideas anytime soon. I'm just looking for a program that I can use to quickly design custom cards.

Thanks for any help!
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There's nanDECK, which should let you create cards quickly and easily. Be aware, though, that if you want a lot of design complexity, it'll probably get less quick and easy. It should work fine as an alternative to just typing up card texts in Word and then doing the layout manually, though.
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Travis Jones
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Thank you very much. I will check this out tonight
 
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a +1 for nandeck, it's totally great!
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Yup... NanDeck is good.

But you might look into the "mail merge" thingy in MSWord (if you haven't already). Ultimately, that might, might be more versatile.

Back in the day, I did some great things with Word's mailmerge. But these days I've dropped everything Microsoft, so I'm now using OpenOffice... I have yet to explore its mailmerge capabilities...

 
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I use OpenOffice, it's a free office suite available from www.openoffice.org . It has all the common software people use, spreadsheet, draw program, word processor, etc. It's simple and FREE!

Not quite as specific as a card creator program, but it's very versatile.
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Travis Jones
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I didn't quite like nandeck. I'll check out Mail Merge
 
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I've been searching for the same thing for quite a while. It looks like...

http://www.gimp.org/

...might be the least-intimidating free program for me to explore.
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Inkscape is quite well suited to do cards, using the bulilt-in functions to tile clones of objects. You can also see this thread with this post by me.
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www.cardgameforge.com has some lists should help.
 
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If you don't mind doing a bit of donkey work, I would have a try with Strange Eons.

Strange Eons is a custom component tool, designed by Chris Jennings for Arkham Horror, and he has recently introduced a DIY component that allows you to create cards and components for any game.

You would need to work out a basic template and cardback etc for use in the program and then there is the small matter of actually making the extension/plug-in to go with it. You can be as fancy or as basic as you want.

However, once the ground work has been done it is easy to adapt your designs and make other ones.

Chris did the hard work to make an extension for the Revised 4th Edition of Talisman as an example of the DIY capability of Strange Eons, which I then adapted and created additional extensions for the previous four editions of the game plus a (very) basic cardback maker.

I am currently looking at making board spaces with the tool and a number of other options.

So, as I say, there is a bit of work in setting it up to your requirements, but the results can be very nice indeed.

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Travis Jones
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Hey I'm going to try out these programs!
 
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talismanisland wrote:
If you don't mind doing a bit of donkey work, I would have a try with Strange Eons.


I suspect big things for this in the future.
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Here are some cards I created with GIMP, a program I always reccommend:









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FWIW, I am using Visio for mocking up cards for the game I am working on. OK, they are very light on graphics, but Visio gives me nearly everything that I need at the moment.
 
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Travis Jones
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Strange Eons is awesome. Is there a good site for plug-ins?
 
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Travis Jones
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This is good for easily printing out a testable version of my game but I have not played Arkham Horror. Are Arkham Horror cards smaller than regular cards?
 
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You may want to check out a program called "Magic Set Editor".
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A very quick and simple method I've been using is to buy Avery brand adhesive name badges, u can easily copy and paste your layout over multiple pages for uniformity, then stick them on standard poker cards.
They've proven to be very durable and "meaty" feeling.
Product number 5895 works just right, and the Avery site provides free templates to do the layout on.
 
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Dreamspirals wrote:
This is good for easily printing out a testable version of my game but I have not played Arkham Horror. Are Arkham Horror cards smaller than regular cards?


It uses two basic card sizes. One is the "Mini American" (about 4cm x 6cm) or "Mini USA" size, and one is the "Standard American" size (about 5.5cm x 8.5cm).

But if you are making a plug-in for a new card type, it can be any size or shape.

Cheers,
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While not ideal for quick prototyping, I have had success with both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator (both are old versions that I've had forever: Photoshop 6 and Illustrator 9).

This is an example of a card made in Illustrator. The vector scaling was useful for some things, and I made all the symbols within Illustrator but still used Photoshop for textures and to crop images. The additional complexities of using Illustrator were not really worth it.


This is one from a different game made with Photoshop (a couple years later, which further contributes to the higher quality). The symbols, boxes, fade effects, etc. were all done within Photoshop, and overall it is much better for cards.
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OmniGraffle works well too. It's mac-only, though.
 
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Actually Indesign is the best tool I've used for cards. It is designed for layout work and it has a great mailmerge function built into the system.
 
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I use Avery's free Design Pro 5 and their double-sided Business cards.
 
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I'll throw another vote out for nanDeck. It does have a little learning curve, but it gives you an amazing amount of programmatic control via the script-like way you assemble cards. You can also use input files, which is a great feature. I usually write all my card text and stats in a spreadsheet, then save them off as CSV and read it into nanDeck on the fly. The up-front work of getting the card to look the way you want is returned to you ten-fold when it's time to revise (and revise, and revise, ...) and all you have to do is update the text in your source file.
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