Rachel's Print and Play Game Builds
- Rachel BrunerUnited States
I've recently really gotten into making more advanced print and play (pnp) games so I decided to put together my FIRST geeklist!
But before I begin, I must give thanks to the BGG community for sharing their pnp knowledge with me. Without all the tutorials I've read, photos I've stared at, questions I've asked and videos I've watched, I wouldn't have been able to improve my pnp skills so quickly. So... THANK YOU BOARD GAME GEEKS!
I know I will continue to learn and improve and decided to share my own trial and errors here to maybe help others.
**NOTE: Click on an image to see more close up details. (Best to open in a new tab so you don't have to reload this page when you come back.)
Print and Play Gaming Facebook Group
If you're looking for a quick answer to a question, this is another great resource and a super awesome group to join. There are friendly people with lots of experience and a variety of ideas for different ways to pnp things. Super awesome!
Here are some of the helpful pnp resources I've used. I'm sure I've missed several but these are a good start.
First, Janine's PnP methods have been very helpful to me. She has been extraordinarily kind to answer many of my detailed questions.
• JV's PnP Extravaganza
• JV's PnP Tool Extravaganza
• JV's PnP Software Extravaganza
All the DIY Links You Never Knew You Needed
Overkill Card-Making Technique
Thanks to Jake Staines for his fabulous tutorials and help at Dining Table Print and Play. Here are some of his videos that you can start with:
• How to make playing cards
• Using the 8 card method/template
• How to Make Double Deck Card Boxes (I used the third method which is where this link starts at).
• How to Make Large Game Boxes
• My YouTube Channel
• NEW! Cutting Cards with a CUSTOM DIE CUTTER! Check it out! (Discussion thread here)
• Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Make Game Cards that Shuffle (This is my new technique for using a sheet of laminate in the middle of the cards as a core material.)
• Example of my new favorite method: PNP Cards That Riffle and Snap
• OLDER METHOD (but still good): My PnP Deck That Riffle Shuffles Video! (made from 32lb linen paper front and back layers, no core)
• Video Tutorial for lining up pages of card fronts and backs (when not using the 8 card fold method).
• Create and Cut Tokens with a Cricut Machine (Video; NOTE: I now usually use the method explained in the second link below.)
• My Cricut Card Cutting Tutorial (Written Tutorial)
• My Cricut Token Cutting Tutorial (Written Tutorial)
• HP Laser M277 Printer Settings Tutorial (for toner to better attach to your paper)
To ask questions or discuss using the Cricut see my Cutting Cards and Components with My Cricut thread.
PnP Game Resources
If you're looking for games with pnp options here are some of the resources I've used. There are more out there but this will get you started.
Monthly PnP Tally List Subscription Thread
Each month a new geeklist is posted where Geeks can post the pnp games they've built. This is one of my favorite resources to follow and where I've started posting my most recent builds. Thanks to those who make and participate in this list!
PnP Games & Redesigns with Professional, Gorgeous Art
List of PnP Links
Print and Play Games News
Kickstarters with PnP versions available
And if you really want to sink down the rabbit hole, check out the Print and Play game category. It has every game entered into the BGG database that has been marked as pnp.
My PnP Tools & Supplies
Printer: HP LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
I bought this model back in 2015 and it's still going strong! It cost around $300 on sale at a local office store. This model is no longer available but there are a LOT of similar ones.
NOTE: Be sure to see my Printer Settings Tutorial for using this printer for pnp.
Laminator (hot; older brand, it's slow; if I buy a new one it probably won't be this brand)
Use: to heat page of cards with laminate core
5 mil Laminating Pouches
Use: as the core material I place between 24 lb linen paper (fronts and backs) to make cards that riffle shuffle and snap like regular playing cards. I also occasionally use laminate for other components.
3 mil Laminating Pouches (I now prefer this thickness for card cores over the 5 mil; makes a slightly thinner deck of cards.)
Cricut Explore One
I do not have the new Cricut Maker. My Cricut looks like this one:
Use: cutting out cards, tokens, and tiles. Several items in this geeklist share this process.
Tutorials: Links to my Cricut tutorials are listed above under "My Tutorials".
Notes: My Cricut can cut through some, but not all, materials. Other models (mainly the Maker) can cut thicker materials. Search online for lots of info on materials and thicknesses that can be cut with each machine.
Cricut Discussion Thread: Cutting Cards and Components with My Cricut
Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer/Cutter
Use: cards, boards, almost everything I need to trim/cut!
Details: I've had this for years and it's been fabulous! The finger guard is especially wonderful as it helps keep my hands away from the blade. Also has a lock to keep my kids out.
2020 May Update:
Fiskars Precision Rotary Trimmer
Use: cutting all the things!
Details: About six months ago, I'd done a lot of research on high-end rotary trimmers. The top two I had my eye on were between $180-$220! Yikes! Well two months I found this Fiskars version on sale at a local craft store for only $75.99! The blade is self sharpening, and it can cut out thicker material. I use it to cut out all kinds of things. HOWEVER, the blade cuts along the metal edge and may be tricky for new users to line up materials.
Sunstar Kadomaru Pro, Corner Cutter
Use: thinner cards
Details: I've used this for years and it's a great product. However, it's not strong enough for thicker cards, tiles, or boards. It will crop laminated sheets but after awhile the thicker laminate dulls the blade.
Where I bought it: (takes a few weeks to arrive as it ships foreign)
Crop-a-dile Corner Rounder (1/4" & 1/2" settings)
Use: cards, game boards, tiles, anything I want rounded
Details: This works great on my thicker cards and boards! I only use the 1/4" size and marked the 1/2" side so I wouldn't accidentally use the wrong size.
Where I bought it: Local craft store with 50% off coupon during a special, once-a-year sale.
Linen Paper: 24 lb, 32 lb, & 65 lb
Use: printing cards, tokens, game boards
Details: Most cards are doublesided with two sheets of linen paper. 32 lb is my current (Oct 2018) favorite! I use this for two layers of front and back, no core. They riffle shuffle amazing. When using a laminate core I use 24 lb linen paper instead.
2020-May Update: This is my new, favorite paper for making cards! (My laser printer started having trouble printing to linen paper so I tried this paper and it's perfect.)
Hammermill Premium Laser Gloss Paper (NOTE: This is for a LASER printer, I don't know if it would work with an inkjet printer. Also, it's a bit expensive, but worth it to me.)
Use: printing cards
Details: The old cover image of this paper has a betta/siamese fighting fish. The new cover image is of a peacock. The paper is the same. It is a nice, gloss-like paper, I think it's a fancy type of brochure paper. but I still need to spray the pages after printing to make my cards slide. I LOVE THIS PAPER! See my build of Animal Kingdoms for images and a video of the cards made with this paper.
White Magazine Board (often used to store/ship magazines and comic books)
Use: folding game boards, tokens, tiles, card deck boxes
Details: It's about .5mm thick; two layers = 1mm; thin but nice weight to do what I need.
Note: I want to find another source for this thickness of board as I really want to get it in black!
Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer Matte
Use: cards, games boards, tiles, tokens, etc.
Details: I usually spray any printed pages to seal in the printed toner/images. This spray also makes the cards smooth enough to easily use, more like a regular play card. It dries quickly and the smell doesn't linger as long as the polycarbonate. I usually do two coats at one time.
Where I bought it: Walmart, less than $5
NOTE: The matte spray is better than the gloss spray, IMO. You'd think it would be the other way around but from my builds cards with the matte spray slide easier than the ones with the gloss spray. I won't be using gloss again.
Scotch Super 77 Adhesive Spray
Use: cards, game boards, tokens, tiles
Details: used to glue together card fronts and backs, for attaching printed pages to boards, etc. Excellent product!
Where I bought it: Walmart, just under $10 for a smaller can. Larger cans cost more, obv.
NOTE: The "Scotch" smaller purple and orange can (in link above) works MUCH better than the "3M" taller black/maroon can, although both have the name of "super 77". The latter spits and leaves droplets of glue on my builds which I hate! The Scotch version NEVER does. I will not use the latter again.
Full Sheet Label Paper
Use: gameboards, tokens, player boards, sometimes tiles
Details: I often print images on this and cut them out with my Cricut
Where I bought it: This brand I bought on Amazon is of WAY better quality and WAY cheaper than the one I bought at Walmart. I won't buy the local version again. I love how crisp and white the new stuff is! The one from Walmart has a gray tinge in comparison.
1" Book Binding Tape (white; black)
Use: bind boards together for folding game boards
Details: It's sturdy and thick, not as thin as other types of tape, but it has some bend to it. This stuff is SUPER sticky! Once it's down you can't get it up, which makes for NO MISTAKES ALLOWED. And I make my fair share of those.
Black Chipboard 12" x 12"
Use: game boards
Details: It's too thick to cut with my Cricut and I don't like using a box cutter or other type of razor blade, it's hard for me to accurately cut. I doubt I'll use this much as I prefer magazine board.
Round Wood Discs/Coins/Tokens 1"
Details: I haven't yet used these specific ones but it's only a matter of time until I do.
Laser Printer Transparency Film (NOT INKJET, there are others for inkjet/deskjet printers)
Use: Unique components for a game idea I had; not fully developed yet, but may come in useful later.
Plastic Cubes, Set of 500
Use: tokens, counters
Details: Lots of cubes and several colors; very handy!
100 Assorted Meeples
Use: as pawns
Details: Nice selection!
Ziplock Bags in 6 Assorted Sizes
Use: To hold smaller components like meeples, pawns, cubes, dice, tokens, etc.
Details: I love all the sizes!
Gummed Paper Tape
Use: For making large game boxes using Jake's video tutorial (see links above).
Details: I really like how strong this tape made my larger boxes. I don't need it for smaller boxes but for anything bigger than a double deck sized box I will probably always use this before covering the box.
24 Blank White Dice
Use: Customize your own dice!
Details: I like the rounded edges on these, making them easier to roll than square dice.
50 Blank Dice in 10 Different Colors
Use: Customize your own dice!
Details: This ships from China so it took a few weeks to get here but I wasn't in a rush (I still haven't used them as of Oct 2018) so it was worth the wait. Love these... I really need to use them!
Transparent Decal LASER Paper (LASER Printer only, there is one for inkjets)
Use: To customize those blank dice or other components!
Details: This is thin and a little tricky, so it may take some practice. I Found that after soaking the tiny circles in WARM water, I would place it on the die face and gently move it in a circular motion to detatch the back layer and gently slide it out front under the top, clear decal. This worked pretty well!
I'm sure there's more. Feel free to ask questions.
My PnP History
Before getting involved in PnP games on BGG, I built and made my own pnp games several years ago. Many of these were specific to my church/religion and are located elsewhere on the internet, so I will not be posting any of those here. They're also not of the quality of print and play games I'm currently building and making so that's another reason I wouldn't want to post them here.
The point of mentioning this, is that I've always had an interest in pnp games, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I really got into my current pnp craze. I love it!
I hope you enjoy seeing my builds. I've had a lot of fun making them.
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