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Jonathan West
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I'm currently in the early prototype and gameplay testing phase for my first game, but I have a question about the cardboard pieces I'll need. I need to make some tiles for land and various markers for the game, and my plan was to print the design on high quality paper and adhere it to chipboard, at which point I'll cut it out and have some (hopefully) nice looking pieces. My question is, what's the best way to do this? I know I can use high strength spray glue and adhere the printed designs that way, but I've heard other people laminate it as well. Any suggestions? I don't currently have the money to have another company do this for me, so I'm trying to do as much myself as I can.
 
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Label Paper.
Print to the label paper, and then peel the back and stick.

Cheap, easy, no mess.
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I need it to look professional, as this'll be a prototype to ship to potential publishers.
 
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That's as professional as you can get without spending lots of money.

If you want the tiles to feel nicer, you can print on matte paper and then use spray glue to adhere them to the tiles.
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I second the labels thing.

I have just sent a very important (to me) prototype off to a big name publisher that I produced in exactly that manner.

Personally, I think that what I have sent is certainly good enough. Some of the tiles are indistinguishable from 'proper' tiles produced with expensive machinery for a real game. And others have inevitable signs of being hand made - fronts and backs not quite aligned, edges not straight, stray cut marks where they shouldn't be, and so on. None of those faults in any way detracts from the main purpose of the prototype - to enable the game to be played and evaluated. Really poor materials (tiles just cut out of cardboard with scissors) might detract, and would be a problem. But any publisher who marks your game down because the prototype didn't look like a real game produced professionaly is not worth dealing with, IMHO. Fit for purpose is good enough.

If you build that way you can laminate if you think it matters. Or coat with a varnish (use a spray so it doesn't show brush strokes or cause ink jet colours to run).
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I'll third the label paper idea and fill in a detail that may not be clear. You can buy label paper that is not die-cut, that is to say the entire thing is one big label, 8.5x11". Put in on the chipboard, or anything else, then cut. Looks very sharp, and it's very affordable. The labels are about 30 cents a page.

Personally, I cover it with clear contact paper. This is also cheap and easy, and prevents finger smudges, etc. It's not too glossy, it's not to flat.

I know of no home, office, or copy center printer that will print on chipboard, and chipboard does not usually have the right surface to take inkjet ink or laser toner properly.

Label paper. That's your ticket.

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In my continuing series of translations from American to English, I am pleased to inform the confused that "clear contact paper" is called (in true Blue Peter style) "sticky back plastic" in the UK (Fablon, self adhesive vinyl, etc).
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What I do is get linen paper (can get it 11x17 at http://www.paperandmore.com/) and get it printed at Staples or some other office supply store. Printing costs about $1.50 per sheet, and the laser printing adds a somewhat glossy sheen that looks professional. Then I use Super 77 to glue to chipboard, then use a rotary cutter to cut it out.

I do all this for my game that has Carcassonne-like tiles, and on the box.

I've never sent a game off to a publisher, but IMHO it does look a bit better and not much more expensive.

Good luck!
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Yeah, I've got a can of Super 77, so that's what I was planning to use.
 
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1. A4 size sticky label sheet, through a laser printer.
2. Arc-punch or rotary cutter.
3. 2 light coats with dull-cote (matt spray varnish).
Looks better than 90% of "real" components. The most troublesome part is getting the graphics right prior to printing!

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So sticky back paper sticks well enough to not peel off?
 
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JWest wrote:
So sticky back paper sticks well enough to not peel off?


Absolutely.

[Unless you're talking about the translated "sticky back plastic" above [i.e. "contact paper"], in which case I have no idea.]

Label stock ["sticky back paper"] sticks amazingly well. You can find full sheet label stock in a number of finishes at most office stores.
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Jonathan West
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Thanks for the info folks. And thanks for mentioning the arch punch, I was looking for something to do just that. I had a heck of a time figuring out how I would cut out some small circular pieces without tediously doing it with a hobby knife
 
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I just cut mine out with a laser cutter, and then sand the edges of the stack with 400 grit.whistle
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