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Re: Printing game cards

Postby laukiaerkko » Thursday November 12th, 2020 2:16am

Decipher wrote:Just an informational post:

I used https://www.printerstudio.com/

They have Photoshop, Illustrator & PDF templates.

I had to go through all the card PDF files from the forums, resize them then they were ready for print.

At the time I paid around $8.00 USD for 52 cards but I think their prices have went up. They didn't give me any issues about the copyright and their print quality is absolutely topnotch. By the time I was done, I had every expansion set, the base set and a few custom cards printed out. Even the monster cards came out awesome. If I'm not mistaken, I think I still have all the card files saved on my old laptop but they are the US version.

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8 USD for 52 cards like that! That is a bargain. I did my Kellar's Keep in Finland. Only cards and color print the booklets first (cover page) and it was 20euros so about 22USD!!!
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Re: Printing game cards

Postby laukiaerkko » Thursday November 12th, 2020 2:40am

Kurgan wrote:So thanks guys, for recommending the service. |_P After viewing this first batch, even though I could improve upon it, it turned out amazing. They did what I told them to do, and didn't have to wait long. The "sample" (King) card they gave me was slightly bent on one corner, but the actual cards I paid for were solid in their shrink wrap in a bubble mailer. More pics:



These look to be excellent quality. How much did they cost you? How many cards are there?
Looking into this myself and would like to know
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Re: Printing game cards

Postby laukiaerkko » Thursday November 12th, 2020 2:43am

lestodante wrote:Correct font for the cards is "Aldine 721 BT".
I did an example with the text of that card.

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Yess. This looks perfect. Thank you for this. Now it is time to make my own cards. I'm thinkin of making this into a drinking game where you drink heroic brew to increase your attack dice. Well you actually drink the brew. :D
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Re: Printing game cards

Postby Kurgan » Thursday November 12th, 2020 1:03pm

laukiaerkko wrote:
Kurgan wrote:So thanks guys, for recommending the service. |_P After viewing this first batch, even though I could improve upon it, it turned out amazing. They did what I told them to do, and didn't have to wait long. The "sample" (King) card they gave me was slightly bent on one corner, but the actual cards I paid for were solid in their shrink wrap in a bubble mailer. More pics:



These look to be excellent quality. How much did they cost you? How many cards are there?
Looking into this myself and would like to know


I wasn't happy with the first few batches (my mistake, not MPC) which were Trump size cards (too big and fuzzy). I did Superior Smooth, smooth (not gloss) print, in bigger batches (100-200 cards at a time), US Game Card Size. Basically 50 cents per card, including shipping. Coupons are out there. Typically on your first order they will send you a coupon for $5 off your next purchase with them (on orders over $30 not counting shipping). You may be able to find coupons online for a percentage discount (5-15%) on orders over a certain amount (I believe I saw $50, not counting shipping). You can do batches fairly large, with the cost per unit going down the more you get produced. These are not intended to sell, obviously (don't get us into trouble!) but for personal use only.

I got a sample of some of the 100% plastic cards, and while they look cool, actual handling wise, they feel a little bit cheap, like those little keychain cards or fake promo "credit cards" they package with mail ads (or they used to). The glossy finish is used in a lot of modern games, but I would say that smooth is probably closest to the original cards, I just like the superior smooth, which to me feels like a nice deck of playing cards. The various "linen" version have little tiny divuts in them which are not my thing they trap air so the cards slid around (probably better for card tricks, not so great for stacks of cards on a table for a game like this).

What I think is fun is to add simulated weathering effects (in your favorite paint program) that make the cards look used, like yellowing, creases, smudges, tattered edges, etc. but each to their own. Maybe you want yours to look "brand new." Putting your own little "this isn't the real deal trademark" in the corner is a nice idea too. For me I find the slight difference in size and color enough so I can keep them straight.
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