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My latest custom tiles... (BGM printed)

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My latest custom tiles... (BGM printed)

Postby Kurgan » Wednesday January 20th, 2021 9:05pm

So I had an order with BoardgamesMaker, the sister site of MPC (and I don't want any of this to sound like an advertisement). I was anxious to see the results, and now that day has finally come this week! I knew production and delivery would be slower during this pandemic, but I was patient.

I have created custom tiles before, simply printing stuff out (using local copy services) and using a glue stick to adhere the paper to chipboard, then cut with scissors when dry and it works pretty well. I tried doing some ogre tokens on card stock, but it's just so thin as a single layer, so the chipboard was better overall. But back to the pro treatment...

This professional service obviously costs a little more, and there is a nice matte finish and they are die cut (but not the exact same size as the equivalent would be in the classic original game). Also there are rounded corners as was pointed out. Still I think they turned out pretty well.

A few of the tiles turned out a little larger than I would have liked, and I don't plan to trim them, but they would fit even better on the Remake board, with its slightly larger squares.

You have to order them in sheets... (and they're double-sided, 1.66mm thick cardboard, finished and pre-cut on punch out sheets).

Small single tiles about 8 cents each.
Double tiles come out to about 33 cents each.
Big round tokens at 38 cents each.
Big (character) tiles $1.50 at least with the glossy finish. (these came pre-punched and shrink wrapped)

The shipping was probably the most expensive thing, so I waited until I had many items to do before ordering, and sadly I was not able to find any working coupon codes this time (MPC is generous with their coupons, by contrast, and I'm sure that's because they have a lot more people doing custom cards... BGM also does custom cards and they are setup identically to the other site, I wouldn't be surprised if they farm the work out directly).


Examples attached below...

(I already did a thread about the Mercenary Tokens and a thread on the Torch tiles.

The "Zargon Tokens/Coins" below are for designating "Elite" Monsters, which have enhanced attack and defensive abilities (for use in my Heroes and villains upgrade system).

Instant Ice is part of my "de-magicified" mod. And the weird purplish tiles are a re-creation of the multi-part "error" printing of the cloak of shadows from WOM/WOZ.
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Re: My latest custom tiles...

Postby Kurgan » Wednesday January 20th, 2021 9:11pm

The following are considered "tiles" as well, although they are Character Cards. As you can see, they aren't a perfect match for the classic character cards, having slight borders, and being about a half an inch smaller than the originals. Still, I did them with a glossy finish and I like how they look and feel. I did these four as a test (they come in packs of four). I may end up doing the rest at this point to match.


A slight error.. technically it should say "Spell" on the back of these since they are part of the "magic" campaign instead of the "De-magicified" one (where "Skills" are a generic replacement for "spells" of any kind).
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Re: My latest custom tiles... (BGM printed)

Postby Kurgan » Monday January 25th, 2021 6:47am

Having finally unpunched my "pro" printed tiles and work with them a little bit I've noticed a few things:

While uniform in size and shape which is nice, the sizes are a slightly "off." I don't mind variations from the originals too much because I don't plan to try to fool anyone with these, I'm not trying to sell them on ebay, in other words (!!!). So that means the "single" tiles are slightly smaller than the squares on the classic HQ board. The "double tiles" are actually larger than the squares (and slightly larger than the bases of the classic miniatures). So the double tiles would fit better on the Remake HQ board... but if you're just throwing a double tile here or there, it's not too bad, it only becomes really noticeable if it's a crowded room or you are laying a bunch of them together.

It's interesting because most of the custom minis I'm using having smaller bases than the classic HQ (matching the square size on the board), so it's all over the place but at a glance it looks "close enough."

These tiles are HEAVY. Nothing like the super thin ones that came with KK & ROTWL expansions... or even the thicker "double sided" ones that came with my US Game System.

Yes, these are double-sided, which I did on purpose. I put exotic tiles on one side and generic (filler) type tiles on the bottom. So I have plenty of whatever I need, though it can take some sorting sometimes, because the pairs tend to be random. I did purposely put the question marks on the bottom of the torches, but pretty much everything else is all over the place.

The tiles have slightly rounded corners instead of being "sharp." I could trim them with a scissors but I don't want to ruin the nice formation. They punched out great and have a nice sound when you drop them onto the board.

The finish is great, it's a nice matte finish and I don't worry about fingerprints or moisture damaging them as I might with some of the "plain paper" ones I have (many of my larger tiles are just laser printed, meaning they have a nice satin shine to them but the underside is just plain brown chipboard.

The tiles are thick, so they're easy to pick up off the table, much easier than if it were just a piece of cardstock (and say you just trimmed your fingernails!).

I like these, I just wish the custom sizes weren't so expensive. Again, this is a vanity project. BGM is intended for people who are making their own board games, or some kind of one-shot for a big event. Trying to re-create a "professional" looking version of HeroQuest would be absurdly expensive, much costlier than just tracking down a vintage copy on ebay.
But if you want quality even higher than the original, and looking brand new, you could do it... if you don't mind the extra wait and cost.

It was an experiment. I think I could re-do the round tokens again in a slightly smaller size as a gift for my other HQ buddies. If you had a squad of Elite monsters, it would really get crowded fast, and the same for a squad of mercenaries, but one or two it wouldn't matter too much.

The finish on these tiles allows them to easily slide across the board (with a miniature on top). I had the Heroes Merc Tokens done in matte finish and the Zargon (elite monster) tokens done in gloss. I think I like the matte better, but it does distinguish them and the gloss really slides easily (but not so easily that it is going to fly off the table like a "linen air" playing card might).
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