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My title isn't fancy but that's what this is.

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! thumbsup

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!

How-To-PnP Resources
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

PnP Guild

All the DIY Links You Never Knew You Needed

Overkill Card-Making Technique

PnP Videos/Tutorials
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 Videos/Tutorials
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.

From gallery of lovemyfire

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:
From gallery of lovemyfire

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. shake

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. cry

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"
Use: tokens
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.

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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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1. Board Game: Giant [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Giant
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November 2018

I just had to add this new item to the top of this list because this is the VERY FIRST game I built/rethemed back in the mid 90's (I think in 1994)!

My two brothers, Matt & Seth, and I attended some kind of game convention back then where Seth and I ended up playing two games, Giant and Medieval Warhawks, with their designer, Mark Hanny.

Seth won one of them and I won the other and our prize was a copy of the game we'd won!

My brothers and I played these games a lot and really loved them! However, Giant was more difficult to play because the cards were made from paper but needed to be more like regular playing cards. So we decided to make our own copy and in doing so we slightly rethemed it.

Well, last night my brothers came over to play games and Seth brought the cards we had made for Giant. We had a lot of fun talking about them and these two games we played, which were a big part of our history of loving board games.

I'm excited to share our custom cards, which are also a clear indicator of my early interest in pnp/retheming games.

This may have been before "print and play games" was a thing... at least we hadn't heard of them, so we hand made all the cards.

From gallery of lovemyfire

I think we used white cardstock and Seth hand drew most of the cards while I stenciled the letters. I did make the image on the "slain" card (which I've always been a bit proud of, as I'm not an artist but always liked how it turned out) as well as the art on the shield cards. Seth pretty much drew everything else.


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There are 11 unique cards, but as each one was hand made, that was a lot of work for 54 cards total.


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Close up showing how each card was slightly unique.


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We placed the cards onto regular playing cards but for some reason we didn't have a full deck with the same back so we did half blue and half red. The problem with that is the "slain" card had a blue back and near the end of a round we wouldn't trade someone who was giving any cards with a blue back.


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We layered both the front and back of each card with contact paper (clear, sticky, plastic stuff). We must have put contact paper on the backs first then put it on the front side because the front layer wraps onto the backs, which you can see in this closeup.

I estimate that these cards are maybe up to 24 years old and other than some yellowing from the contact paper, they are actually in pretty good shape!

Giant is similar to Pit, but with a twist. There was a gameboard with a picture of a giant and you would gather sets of cards (weapons or spells) to use to attack and kill the giant. For our gameboard we made a dragon as the target of our attacks, which Seth drew. Unfortunately, he no longer had our custom gameboard.

We also used some kind of tokens for the "loot" in the game that also represented your "level" and how many cards you could hold, and the winner was the first to reach a certain level. I don't remember what tokens we used, though.

Overall, this was a LOT of work, but was worth it as this game got a lot of play from us! I did head off to college soon after but whenever I was back home the three of us would play our "Dragon" rethemed version of Giant.

We also played Medieval Warhawks a lot too and had fun building our own "castle" out of blocks and other random items from around the house.

Many thanks to Mark Hanny for sharing his fun games with us!
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2. Board Game: Decktet [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:2458]
Board Game: Decktet
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The Decktet was one of my first pnp games I built back in January of 2014.

Here are photos of me unboxing my Decktet build.

Board Game: Decktet

Cover is laminated with a thin sheet of magnet on the back to attach it to the tin.


Board Game: Decktet

Everything fits in one really cute white metal tin box.


Board Game: Decktet

Everything that's in the box. Two smaller tins with mini decks, one mini referencebook, five custom D12 dice (6 tokens twice), and a pile of custom tokens.


Board Game: Decktet

Unboxing both mini decks. These are the same deck of Decktet cards just two different backs. I made the custom size of the cards for less cutting and laminating.


Board Game: Decktet

Both decks next to a regular sized deck of playing cards for comparison.


Board Game: Decktet

Close up of the custom reference book. File located here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/99893/eight-page-referenc...


Board Game: Decktet

Close up of the inside of the custom reference book.


Board Game: Decktet

Custom Decktet dice. I love using D12 dice instead of D6s (several of my photos of other games show me using my DoubleSix Dice in place of regular dice). File located here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/99952/decktet-symbols-12-...


Board Game: Decktet

The custom Decktet tokens were round wood discs from a local craft store. I colored the edges with Sharpie markers. I printed the token images onto shipping labels (as that's what I had at the time) and stuck them down. They are double sided.
File located here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/99951/decktet-symbol-toke...


Board Game: Decktet

A closeup view. I don't think these were sealed with anything.

If I redid the tokens now, I'd make the circles smaller to better fit the tokens, I'd spray them with the matte sealer, and cut them out with my Cricut so they would be perfectly round. I'm not sure if I'd use the same types of discs though.

If I ever built the Decktet cards again, I would use my current pnp building skills (see my build of Temple of the Feathered Serpent). The creator of the Decktet is creating a SECOND deck of cards; same types of cards/symbols but unique names and art!
https://boardgamegeek.com/blogcategory/4493/capital-decktet

When those are ready I will probably build both decks in full regular size. I'm excited for that future pnp day!
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3. Board Game: Overlords: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:14340]
Board Game: Overlords: The Card Game
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In February of 2014 I built the Overlords pnp.

I really like this game and its theme. You draft cards and try to collect different types of sets, similar to Sushi Go, but it's got some unique cards that can affect game play.

I laminated the cards for this game. Other than that, the build is still nice, IMO.

My nieces and nephews like playing this with me and I think my six year old may be old enough to understand it now.
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4. Board Game: Supermarché [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:7631]
Board Game: Supermarché
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In March 2015 I built Supermarché. This was laminated, per my usual style back then.

Unfortunately, I didn't really care for this solo game. I was super excited to play a solo game but after all the work to build and laminated it, it was a bit of a letdown.

I think it had too much chance in the game, although it's been years since I played it so I could be wrong.
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5. Board Game: One Deck Dungeon [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:603] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
Board Game: One Deck Dungeon
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In June 2016 I built One Deck Dungeon. This was also laminated.

I haven't played this for a long time. I remember not really liking the gameplay but that may have been to some confusion of the rules. I might pull this out and reread the rules and read the FAQ and forums for clarification. Or I might not.
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6. Board Game: Otto the Octopus [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
Board Game: Otto the Octopus
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In December of 2016 I built this children's game for my daughter. Otto the Octopus is a cute tile laying game and was in the 2016 Children's Game Design Contest, which I think is how I original found it.

Board Game: Otto the Octopus

I was still laminating my builds back then. Laminating definitely protects cards/tiles and makes them stiffer, but there are several negatives that I've come to learn:
-Twice the amount of cutting. 1. when cutting out the cards/tiles and 2. cutting again after laminating.
-Slick tiles don't stay put on slick boards.
-Creates a lot of glare, making it harder to see the images.

Board Game: Otto the Octopus

Our first finished game!

Board Game: Otto the Octopus

My daughter enjoyed this game, she was 5 at the time.

It's been a long time since we've played it, due to the slick tiles and glare. I may have to rebuild this game using my latest build techniques.
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7. Board Game: Bear Went Over the Mountain [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:10600]
Board Game: Bear Went Over the Mountain
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In December of 2017 I was searching for print and play games for children when I came across Bear Went Over the Mountain. It was entered into the Children's Game Design Contest here on BGG.

I absolutely love both the artwork and gameplay of this game! It's a great one to play with my daughter.

Board Game: Bear Went Over the Mountain

I also laminated this game but I think it was one of the last big pnps that I laminated. I finally learned how to make cards that slide properly in your hand, without having to laminate them.

Board Game: Bear Went Over the Mountain

My daughter really enjoys this game. She pulled it out this morning to play it solo as I was busy. (I'm not sure what rules she was playing.)

We played Bear Went Over the Mountain a few days ago and I realized I really need to make a custom box for the cards as I don't care for the temporary box it's currently in.

This game also has a soft spot in my heart because it's what led me back to BGG and got me to look at the other game design contests on the site, some of which I entered with my own pnp games I created! (See my profile for those.)

These contests and pnps pulled me into becoming a regular visitor on BGG to the point that I check my subscription several times a day now.

[Edited for typo]
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8. Board Game: Black Sonata [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1660]
Board Game: Black Sonata
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In March of 2018 I built Black Sonata. This is definitely a fabulous solo game which was worthy of the many awards it has won, including best overall game of the 2017 solitaire pnp contest.

It is currently being planned for production.

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Some time after taking this photo I received some supplies I'd ordered and pasted the board onto black chipboard.
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9. Board Game: Mini Rogue: A 9-Card Print-and-Play Game [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:3821]
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In February 2018 I crafted Mini Rogue. It's such a clever little game and an easy build. I printed this on a nice slick laser paper and sleeved the cards.

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I also made three custom tokens for the game: -1 food, ruby gemstone, and a key and lock. The file can be found here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/160544/extra-tokens-1-foo...

I printed the tokens on sticker paper, cut out, and attached them to small wooden discs. Here they are in play at the start of a new game:
Board Game: Mini Rogue: A 9-Card Print-and-Play Game


This game has a sequel coming to KS sometime this year (I think) which will be based on this game but much bigger or advanced, or something. At least that's what I read but my memory is a bit foggy on the details.
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10. Board Game: The Maiden in the Forest [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:7986]
Board Game: The Maiden in the Forest
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In March of 2018 I built The Maiden in the Forest.

This is the first game that I used a spray to seal the cards instead of laminate them. I used a polyurethane gloss spray recommended in some of the DIY threads but I found I didn't like it as it smells terrible and the smell lasts for a long time. The cards also feel tacky for a long time and don't slide easily at first.

I ended up sleeving the cards for awhile (as seen in the photo below) but after removing them and giving them several days to air out they weren't so bad and now they handle fine without the sleeves.

However, I doubt I'll ever use the poly again as I now prefer the Modge Podge acrylic matte spray instead.

Board Game: The Maiden in the Forest

This is probably one of the luckiest starting setups for this game!
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11. Board Game: ManaSurge [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:7692]
Board Game: ManaSurge
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In April 2018 I crafted ManaSurge. I first posted my build details on the monthly pnp list here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/239718/item/6075618#item6...

This was my biggest pnp build by far up to this point, and I almost bit off more than I could chew, especially in the limited time frame I had, as I wanted to play it when my brothers and their families were coming over in a few days.

I had a horrible time getting the back images on the cards to print properly, due to a printer or software issue that took me hours and lots of wasted pages to figure out. Eventually I gave up on doing the really nice backs and used a generic bubble image that now haunts my pnp sensibilities.

I printed on 65 lb linen paper, and placed the cards in thick plastic sleeves. I cropped the corners on both the cards and sleeves, 'cause I'm OCD like that.

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Here's my entire build! (It includes more than what comes in the pnp. I added the entangled suit, extra metamagic cards, the phoenix card, and all the tokens.)

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The wizard cards I custom made as the pnp ones didn't have original artwork. The beautiful images are NOT my own (thus the files will not be shared) but I absolutely LOVE them and am so pleased with how they turned out! (I made those cards from scratch which is something I love doing but does take a lot of work.)

From gallery of lovemyfire

I also custom made double sided player aid cards as I disliked the ones in the pnp which were too hard to read with the white text on a super bright pink background. These with black text on the faded background were much easier on the eyes.

I should upload those to the files section. UPLOADED!
https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/163848/manasurge-player-a...

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I printed token images on sticker paper using Cricut Design Space software. Placed entire sheet onto white Magazine Board, sprayed two coats of Mod Podge Matte sealer, then cut them out on Cricut using a DEEP blade and custom setting (two cuts, 327 deep).


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I ended up making more than needed, as I just filled the entire page- all that could be printed on one sheet using the Cricut design space to cut on the machine. Worked perfectly! This was the first time I cut out magazine board with the Cricut and wasn't sure how well it would work, but they did! Talk about saving time cutting out components!

From gallery of lovemyfire

Next I flipped the images (reversed view), printed on sticker paper, and sprayed two coats as well.

Then I cut these out with the Cricut too (regular blade; vinyl setting), pealed and stuck to the backs of the tokens, which was actually easier to do than I expected.

I repeated the entire process with the larger tokens.

These turned out great! They have enough thickness, because of the magazine board, to more easily pick up than if they were just paper or cardstock.

Magazine board is about half the thickness of chipboard/matboard, I think. The latter won't cut in my Cricut but the magazine board does, so it's my board of choice.

I hear that Cricut has a new machine that now cuts chipboard and thin wood, but it's several hundreds of dollars so I won't be upgrading anytime soon.

From gallery of lovemyfire

Fortunately, I was able to get everything done in time. I just squeaked in a final read of the rules by the time my brothers showed up. We played a full six player game (adults and youth) of ManaSurge (minus the wizards as they weren't sleeved at the time, and we weren't ready to add those yet) and everyone, including myself, loved it! What a relief that all my work was worth it!

I'm so pleased with this build and game of ManaSurge! I doubt I'll make this build again but I know what game I'll be buying as future gifts for my brothers.

Two days ago I played ManaSurge at a local game group gathering. There were six of us and I was the only one who'd played it before. It was a real hit, everyone liked it, and several jotted it down to look into buying their own copies. So I call that a big success for this print and play game!

UPDATE June 14, 2018: Finally made a custom box for ManaSurge!

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I made the cover too large so I made a second cover which was a little tight. But I couldn't throw either away. Instead, I came up with the solution to stack them and that works great as they all fit nice and snug.

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Now it's a three piece box.

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Everything fits so nice in the box, which I made tall to hold the tokens on top of the cards.

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Here's everything in the box.

My game group requested this last night and we played it twice. A great hit!
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12. Board Game: Lost in the Woods [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
Board Game: Lost in the Woods
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Cross posted this on May's monthly pnp list a few days ago:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/240877/item/6128998#item6...

After seeing Janine's build of this game:
https://boardgamegeek.com/image/3875800/lost-woods
I'd been itching to make my own copy and I finally did it!

This is a little solo, push your luck game. The official pnp files are on their bigger Legend of Sleepy Hollow Kickstarter page.

I had to get more comfortable making pnp cards before tackling this project as I wanted this build to be top notch. Janine has been extremely kind in answering all of my detailed questions and providing a lot of help in improving my pnp skills.

To make my build, I decided I wanted to use the 8 card method (4 fronts, 4 backs in landscape) where you print and fold before gluing together. After seeing the templates in this thread, I made my own files in Inkscape. This worked perfectly!

I made card backs for the files as the original pnp didn't come with one.

I've sent a request to the publisher for permission to upload my files to the game's BGG file page. [Still no reply.]

I used a 24lb linen paper and printed at the slowest speed to get the toner to stick to the paper. I sprayed the sheets with Modge Podge Matte to seal in the ink, folded them in half when dry, sprayed them with glue and stuck down a brown 65lb cardstock in the middle before smoothing them down.

I then used a paper cutter to cut them out and a corner rounder (crop-a-dile 1/4") to crop the corners.

Board Game: Lost in the Woods


The cards look and shuffle great! However, the fronts of the cards have already gotten some bends in them. So I may try a 65lb paper without the cardstock in the middle on my next build to see how they work.

Board Game: Lost in the Woods


I also made the clock card like Janine did, she was so kind to give me permission to copy her genius idea! It was printed on 65lb paper, folded in half too, with the 65lb brown cardstock in the middle, making it a (65/65/65 = 195lb card) giving it a nice weight and thickness to hold the heavy metal clock pieces.

Board Game: Lost in the Woods


I'm really pleased with how this build turned out! It's the best I've done so far and I'm really feeling like I'm getting the hang of this print and play hobby. heart

I played one game already, and lost, but am excited to play again.

Now I'm looking forward to my next build like this and I'm pretty sure I know what game I'm going to pick, but I'll save that for a future post.

Update: I've played this a few more times and found that I don't care for games where the push your luck mechanism is so high. I'll need to play this several more times to see if I still feel the same later.


UPDATE June 18, 2018: Made a custom box for my pnp.

From gallery of lovemyfire

The lid ended up being a bit too tight because I miscalculated my measurements. Stupid US measurement system, when are we going to go metric, it's so much easier?! (Yes, I know it's hard to transition when you're used to the other system but having lived in three countries (US, Panama, and Canada) you get the hang of it over time. *sigh*)

From gallery of lovemyfire

My mom had the idea to cut half circles on the bottom edges of the two sides of the box top (you can barely see it in this photo). This allowed some edge to grip the bottom box to pull off the lid. Thanks, Mom!

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I had to reprint the rules at 88% size and cropped off the excess margin space. Folds up and fits nice and perfect in the box. I place it under all the cards to help keep it folded. And the clock card is best on top of the cards, to protect its mechanism.

Overall, I'm pleased with this little card box.
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13. Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent
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Cross posted this in the monthly pnp build list for May:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/240877/item/6138314#item6...

Update: Image of the full pnp
Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent


This pnp build of Temple of the Feathered Serpent literally took me all day yesterday. I started around 9:30am and finished almost twelve hours later, with a few breaks to make and eat lunch, dinner, pick up my daughter from school, and see to my children's needs. Other than that I worked on this the rest of the time.

Yesterday's work didn't include the hours I spent the other day converting the card images (including the expansion) to the 8 card method (4 front, 4 back). I really like this method, but it's a lot of work to prep. Perhaps I'll figure out a way with the traditional 9 cards/page method that will work for me so I can get the backs/fronts to line up perfectly.

Part of the huge amount of work today was that I saved each maze tile image (there are 72 of them!) and uploaded each one into my Cricut Design Studio software. I did this so I could print and cut them out with my Cricut machine as explained below.

First, I printed (from Design Studio) the tiles on 24lb linen paper and then sprayed each sheet with matte sealer.

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent



When dry I glued the tiles to magazine board using spray glue. Magazine board is about half the thickness of chipboard/matboard I think. After letting it set for a few minutes I then had my Cricut machine cut out all the tiles. I then cropped the corners with a crop-a-dile at 1/4" setting.

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent



This made them all exactly the same size and they turned out fabulous! They are a nice thickness. Originally I was going to double the magazine board (glue two pieces together after cutting out the tiles) to make them thicker but after the first set was cut out I liked the thickness and didn't feel they needed to be doubled (plus that was a lot of extra work).

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent


I haven't yet put the snake image on the backs of the tiles as I wanted to just use sheets of label paper for this (cut out in circles with my cricut of course) but I don't have enough and will wait until I buy more.

Next I printed the cards images I'd prepared, onto 65lb linen paper, sprayed with matte sealer, folded in half, sprayed with glue, cut out, and cropped corners. Whew! That was 16 sheets for a total of 63 cards (one sheet only has 3 cards).

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent

I love the back image of these cards, they are so lovely, especially from the side or when fanned. heart

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent


I'm really pleased with how the cards turned out! They are just slightly less thick than those I made for Lost in the Woods when compared side by side with the same number of cards. (Side note: no, this build of Temple of the Feathered Serpent was not the next game I'd planned on building. I got side tracked. Haha!)

However, this deck is still much thicker than a regular playing card deck, but I like how these cards feel. I'll have to see how they work after playing a few games, but I think they are an excellent card for a pnp game.

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent


Now I just need to gather the rest of the components, read the rules, and play the game!

Oh and of course I printed the two page board. It's on 65lb linen, cropped a bit, sprayed, and glued to magazine board (which you can't really see in the photo. Once I order some white book binding tape I'll tape the boards together.

I do have black book binding tape, but I'm not sure if it would look too weird with the white boards... although the tiles are black and white so maybe it would work? Thoughts?

Board Game: Temple of the Feathered Serpent


The cards and tiles turned out great!

From gallery of lovemyfire

And here's a comparison of the last two decks made with the following:

Lost in the Woods:
24lb linen paper front and back with 65lb cardstock in the middle.
24+24+65 = 113lb

Temple of the Feathered Serpent:
65lb linen paper front and back.
65+65 = 130lb

The printed paper for both decks was first sealed with Modge Podge Matte spray. Cards glued together with Scotch Super 77 spray adhesive.

There are only 40 cards in the Lost deck so I'm only showing 40 of the Temple deck for comparison.

Although the Lost deck has less lb of cards, there are two layers of spray glue, one on each side of the cardstock in the middle to glue the front and back to it. I wonder if that's what caused the size difference?

From gallery of lovemyfire

And here's the Temple deck with 54 cards for size comparison with a regular deck of playing cards. The pnp cards are clearly thicker but not terrible. They feel really good in my hands so I'm pleased with how they turned out.

I'll probably keep testing other options to see what types of cards I can make with different papers and thicknesses.


** WHEW! That was a lot of details. Did anyone read through all of that? **


This pnp hobby at this level is a lot of work, but I loved almost every minute of it. (There were a few times when working with the tile images that I wondered what I was doing!)

I've rarely been satisfied with other crafts I've done. I get frustrated with most traditional crafts and rarely like the final results. However, this craft of building print and play games is one that I absolutely LOVE! heart

This goes hand in hand with my love of games and love of tinkering with files on the computer. Win-win!

Again, a big thank you to Janine and many others here on BGG who have shared their pnp techniques with me and the rest of the community. Without this help I would not have been able to make a build of this level of quality.
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14. Board Game: Exploriana [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:6839]
Board Game: Exploriana
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I've spent the last three days building the pnp of Exploriana. I absolutely heart LOVE heart the artwork of this game! It's one of the main reasons I wanted to build it, but after watching some videos and reading the rules, I'm also really excited to play Exploriana with my gaming groups. I even just invited some friends to come over in a few days so we could play it!

The files (pnp and rules) for Exploriana are on its Kickstarter page.

First some important notes on the PnP File:
-Doesn't include any coins (but I made some you can use! Link is below.)
-Is short one "lost explorer" token front (5 vp image) and back (helmet image). There should be 4 of each number.
-Doesn't have the same images for the grappling hook tokens as seen in the rulebook. I made my own but since it's not my art I won't be sharing.
-The card backs are slightly wider than the fronts, so be aware of this as you line up the two images when printing and/or gluing, depending on the method you use.
-One set of the cut marks for cutting out the cards is missing from each page.

*I plan on notifying the publisher of the above issues, I just haven't done it yet as I've spent my time taking photos and typing up this huge geeklist post of my build.

Now, on to the details of crafting this print and play!

From gallery of lovemyfire


All cards and boards were printed on 65lb linen paper, sprayed with Modge Podge Acrylic Sealer Matte, and glued with Scotch Super 77 spray adhesive.

Tokens were printed on 24lb linen paper, but same sprays were used.

To make the cards I didn't want to use the previous method I did of making files with 8 cards (four fronts and four backs) for two main reasons:
1- It takes a lot of freaking time and work!
2- The images are not as crisp and clear as the originals. This is especially noticeable in any text with words or numbers.

However, I haven't had a lot of success or experience with getting card backs on a separate page to line up properly with the front page. But I was determined to try a new method.

One BG geek suggested using a light box to line up the images and then tape the edges of the paper together, creating a hinge, to open before adding glue and folding back over. I wasn't 100% sold on this working for me but I decided to give it a shot.

The light box (actually a cutting board with a light system I borrowed from my mom) was not adequate enough to see through the 65lb linen paper. Without proper lighting to see what I was doing, I wasn't sure about the using that specific tape method.

However, I adjusted this method which ended up working perfectly for me and I'm very pleased with the results!

I held up the two pages, back to back, to a very bright light I have in our dining room. I aligned the images the best I could. I then carefully laid the pages on the table, held my arm over them to keep in place, and placed a medium sized piece of double-sided tape in between the two sheets along the long side of the paper. I put one along the side near each corner. I was careful not to move the pages while doing this.

I then gently folded back the top page and created a crease near the edge of the tape, but outside of the area where the cards will be cut. This created a hinge allowing me to open up the pages, like that of a book or magazine. I then sprayed glue on them and carefully folded the top page back onto the bottom page.

The double-sided tape held the pages in place, so they stayed aligned and I was able to cut out the cards using the cut lines and the rulers on my cutting board.

Unfortunately, I don't have any images of this process, but as I'll most likely use it again, I'll be sure to take pictures to better show what I'm doing.

Here's how the cards look after being cut out.

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As noted above, the card back images in the pnp are slightly wider than the fronts. This made lining up the pages a little difficult but other than some card fronts in the Far East (pink) deck that are off center, I did a pretty dang good job centering everything!

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That's one tall stack of cards!

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And some views of the top from each side, just for fun.


The Exploriana pnp didn't come with images for the coins and I didn't have any extra parts so I decided to make my own! I custom made the images so feel free to use these coin images for any of your own pnp needs.

If you want to make them for Exploriana, here's the file with the number of silver and gold coins needed for the game.

If you just want a copy of the images they are on dropbox.
Silver Coin Image:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7lg5ouzcc90hjjv/1-Silver.png?dl=0
Gold Coin Image:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/o09fzojzp1xru7d/5-Gold.png?dl=0

Or full sheets of silver and gold coins ready to print and cut out by hand:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bmpzddlc9mhagmg/Coin-Sheets-Silver...

VIDEO
If you have a Cricut cutting machine, I've put together a video showing how I use images in the Circut design studio software to print and cut out tokens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZCOAALAQ_w

The video is VERY basic and only shows my computer screen as I'm not adept enough in figuring out how to properly setup my camera to video the rest of the process. It was taking too much time and I wasn't getting it to work right, so you'll have to see the photos I took instead.

Here's the magazine board I used for the tokens:
https://www.amazon.com/BCW-BBMAG-Magazine-Backing-Boards-Whi...

After watching the video here's what comes next:

From gallery of lovemyfire

I spray sealed the pages and let them dry. I like using painter's tape or washi tape to hold down the paper so they don't move when being sprayed or when drying. This is especially important as I do this in my garage with the door open and it's often windy.

When dry, I use spray glue and attach each sheet to its own magazine board. (Not shown.)

From gallery of lovemyfire

After a few minutes to let the glue dry, I put the tokens (on the magazine board) onto my Cricut cutting mat. I also use washi tape here as my mat is losing it's tackiness and the boards are thick. I do have an extra strong mat that I have used for this too.

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Now I cut out the tokes using the setup in my Cricut design software, as shown in the video. Note: I ended up needing to do 3 cuts as my blade is getting dull. I need to buy a new one. That's why some of the tokens have bits of paper on them, which I just trimmed off with scissors. When I've done these with a sharp blade I have not had this issue.

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Tokens have been cut and removed from the mats!

I glued two tokens together to make them double thick and double sided.

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Here's how the coins look! They are almost the exact size of a quarter.

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You could just make them single sided, I did that with the tiles in my previous build, but I love how these turned out when double sided.

From gallery of lovemyfire

I did the same process with the rest of the tokens. However, due to some of the image differences and missing token in the pnp (noted at the top) some of these were custom made: the grappling hook is just taken from the image on the auction card and placed on a round colored image. The one with the survival book is to replace the guide icon (bare feet image) as I don't really like the feet and thought the book was pretty cool.

From gallery of lovemyfire

They look and feel like the same thickness as a USD quarter. I just realized that my tokens are probably larger than the ones in the pnp file as they just barely fit properly on the gameboard, but other than that, I'm pleased with how they turned out.

The closeup images look like the token edges are rough, but in person they aren't that bad.

From gallery of lovemyfire

Here are the fronts of the character boards, which turned out fabulous! I was going to put a layer of cardstock in the middle of the front and back but forgot. However, the thickness of 65lb+65lb (same as the cards) is nice enough that I like them how they are.

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And here's one of the backs of the character board.

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Closeup of some of the components. I used pawns from a cheap set of multi-games that I thrifted a few years ago, still shrink wrapped. I think they were originally meant to be used in a version of Sorry.

I spray painted two pawns, one silver, one bronze, then when dry I sprayed with the matte spray. These are used in a two player game.

Oh, I almost forgot to show you a closeup of the gameboard I built! This is the first time I've made a four part, three fold gameboard! The images are spray glued onto magazine board which was cut to size, which when folded, is smaller than a regular sheet of paper.

I even made an animated gift showing how it folds. 'Cause after all this work, why not? (I'm very pleased with how well this turned out, I was pretty nervous!)

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I still don't have white binding tape so I just used the black, but other than when you fold it and a very small area at the top center of the board, you can't really tell.

Now all I need is to make a custom box to hold my new beloved pnp of Exploriana! I can't wait to play it. heart


Whew! That was a LOT of photos and details! (I do love me some details!)

Next I hope to show you my new card making method mentioned above. For now, I need a break from pnp crafting as my neck and back hurt from so many hours at the computer and table. I need to take more breaks... but when you have little kids... no time for breaks! shake

June 29th Update: I made a custom box for Exploriana! Turned out great.


Board Game: Exploriana


Board Game: Exploriana


Board Game: Exploriana


I printed the rulebook (doublesided) at a smaller size to fit in the box, and trimmed off the excess paper.

I also printed the custom cards made by Craig Andrews, that can be used to replace the large gameboard, if you have less tablespace:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/239718/item/6103126#item6...

Got to play Exploriana with a friend a few days ago. She loved it and wants to play it again sometime. Yay for awesome, beautiful, fun games!
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15. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3137] [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord
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I've learned how to make custom deck boxes that are both nice and sturdy!

I wanted a double deck card box for my Exploriana pnp cards (Dungeoneer stuff is farther below) and did some searching.

I found a video tutorial that was exactly what I needed. There are three types of boxes in this video; I used the third method shown in the last 15 minutes. The link starts there:
https://youtu.be/miQIRt-S7fE?t=32m57s

However, instead of cutting everything out by hand, I used my... (if you've seen my previous builds you'll guess it) Cricut cutting machine and software! It worked fabulously, I heart my Cricut!

I used magazine board (mentioned in previous builds) for the cardboard to make the boxes stiffer, and label sheets for the box wraps. I didn't take any photos or videos of the process, but here are some photos of the finished product:

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I'm thrilled with how well it worked out! The box needed to be taller as the cards are thicker than regular sized cards, but other than that, the width and length are the same.

Well, the next day a BGG user contacted me, interested in my Dungeoneer games (I have six of them) that are on my "to trade" list.

Unfortunately, my games no longer have the original boxes, but after thinking about it I decided to make some. They're not perfect, but overall they turned out great!

Here are the photos:

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I was able to fit each game's character tokens in the box and there's probably enough room to fit a copy of the rules too.

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Once I setup the templates, it was easy to make each one. These are only slightly shorter than the box I made for Exploriana.

I'm thrilled to have learned how to make good quality card boxes!

Now, I didn't take photos of the process, as the video linked above shows how to make these boxes, and he gives links to his templates too.

Since I used my Cricut some of my process was different, similar to what I show in previous builds in this geeklist. However, if anyone wants image files of my templates let me know. Or if something's not clear, feel free to ask.

I'm rocking this print and play hobby!
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16. Board Game: Honey [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
Board Game: Honey
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Honey is my latest build because I love the bright colors! I've always been drawn to intense colors and when I saw Janine's build of Honey I just had to make it too.

Janine also highly recommended the game as it was one of her most played games last year. I'm really looking forward to playing it.


Board Game: Honey

I'm super pleased with how this pnp turned out! I made the cards (which are smaller sized in the pnp) with my usual method of 65lb linen paper front and back, and spray sealed. I actually like the smaller cards.

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I used my regular method for the tokens as well. Used my Cricut software to print onto label paper, spray sealed, then stuck to magazine board, and cut out.

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If you look closely you can see the cut lines. I love how perfectly uniform they all are.

By rotating the images to the side, I was able to fit six rows of five tokens on each sheet, thus only needed five sheets for all the tokens. Not bad!

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Here are all the single sided tokens cut out.

There are a LOT of tokens in Honey. Twelve of each of the six color bees, and twelve of each of the six color symbols. Two of each color symbol goes on the back of each color bee tile. That's 144 single sided tokens!

Now to glue them together.

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Here's a closeup of the tokens that I sized to fit the hex board.

Board Game: Honey

And then I glued all the fronts and backs together! (While watching a movie.) That's 72 tokens!

The pnp says these are the fronts but I think they may the backs. Or maybe it doesn't matter (still need to read the rules). Either way I love how they look.

Board Game: Honey

And here's the other side of all the tokens.

Board Game: Honey

My daughter and I couldn't resist playing with the colorful tokens and making fun shapes out of them. Of course we had to make flowers!

Now I just have to make a custom box, print and read the rules, and play the game!


ALSO: not only did I make this pnp I made an extra copy while I was at it! That's right, two boards, and double all the tokens and cards! My fingers are a little sore from gluing so many tokens together.


I've just posted my copy of the second game in the Solitaire Games - Fair Trade It Forward list. (See the top of the geeklist for all the details on how the list works.)


**UPDATE June 14, 2018: I made a custom box for Honey! I made this about a week ago but am only posting it now.

I decided the half fold board was too long for a box and after seeing some other boxes I decided to cut the board and make it fold in quarters. This allowed me to make a nice square box which was much better!

Also, I custom made the actual cover image by piecing together images from the PnP. I didn't want to use the old image design and liked the idea of a tan/brown/honey colored background (whatever you call that color) with a full honeycomb and the bees crawling around.

I'm super pleased with how the graphic and box both turned out- good thing too as it took hours to do.

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Everything fits great in the box and feels super nice!
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17. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:786]
Board Game: Parade
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The other day I saw the game, Parade, and was intrigued. However, I'm not a fan of the Alice in Wonderland theme nor the art on the cards. I did some searching and found some cool Alice in Wonderland images but I still didn't want to use that theme. After a few days I remembered some images I'd seen a year or two ago. I did some searching and was able to find them again!

I've spent many hours preparing the images, cards, files, and then printing and building my custom deck.

AND I LOVE IT!

I call it Parade of Dresses!


Board Game: Parade


The images are not mine, but were free to use when giving the author credit which I did on the player aid cards. Art by Meago at: meago.deviantart.com

However, the game itself is probably copyrighted so I doubt I can share the files. Anyone have any info/links on the rules for sharing rethemed games?

A theme about dresses isn't something I would naturally be drawn to, but when I remembered seeing these images I just knew they would be perfect for a "parade" game.

I also wanted to showcase the outfits (most are dresses, but a few are not) so I made the cards tarot sized to get as big of an image on the card as possible.

I've never made or used tarot sized cards so this is a first for me. They feel odd as they are longer and just slightly wider than poker sized cards, but I love how perfect they were for this custom deck.

Board Game: Parade

There are six color suits in Parade with numbers 0-10, and each suit has the same image. I know why companies do this but I find it boring. I LOVE it when card decks have a different image on each card so I was determined to do that with Parade of Dresses.

With six suits of 11 cards each, that's 66 cards! I wasn't sure if there would be enough of the dress images when I started searching for them, but I was pleasantly surprised to find 90 images to choose from!

I organized the images by color and figured out that only a few colors had 11 or more images. I combined a few colors to make full suits and they turned out pretty sweet!

Here are the color suits I went with:
-Red
-Orange & Yellow
-Green
-Pink & Purple
-Brown
-Black & White

There were only a few blue outfits and I wasn't crazy about half of them. However, I used my favorite blue dress for the card backs.

I put the dresses on the numbered cards in order from fanciest (10) to least fancy (0), although several (especially the ones in the middle numbers) are less obvious and could have easily been placed higher/lower, but I did my best.

The artist labeled her outfits and I loved the names so I added them to the cards too in the bottom left area of each card. Turned out so cute!

NOTE: I modified a few outfits and/or labels from the originals, to better fit with the color of a suit.

Here are my favorite three suits showing all the dresses/outfits. Although I really love them all!

Board Game: Parade

Brown Suit.

Board Game: Parade

Orange & Yellow Suit.

Board Game: Parade

Red Suit.

Board Game: Parade

I also made a double sided player aid which turned out nice, for the most part. (I don't like the box around the game name as it got cut off when I cropped the corners.)


Now some info about my card making process.

First, I learned something new. In Inkscape (free vector software) I realized that when exporting png files I can increase the quality, making the images much sharper and nicer. This was a huge improvement and made the images print crisp and clear (although you can't see that very well in the photos).

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Here's the layout I made. I put black symbols in the corners and sides to help when lining up the fronts and backs. I didn't make a border for the fronts so it wouldn't be obvious if they weren't perfectly centered after cutting out the cards.

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The backs have the cut marks and the black symbols are flipped. I ended up really only need the symbols in the center sides, and didn't use the corner ones so I may not have them in my next pnp.

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With tarot sized cards you can only fit five cards on a sheet of paper. Yikes, that uses up a lot more paper! For 70 cards (66 + 4 player aids) with fronts and backs that was 28 sheets of paper.

I used 65lb linen paper for the backs and 25lb for the fronts.

After printing I sprayed them with Mod Podge mat sealer. After they dried, I glued the pages together. To do this I've developed a process that works well for me. It's similar to others I've heard of but not sure if anyone else uses the exact method as me, so here are the details to help others.

I line up the fronts and backs. I do this by holding the pages up really, really close to my dining room lights. This is trickier if you use thicker paper for both the fronts and backs but as the fronts were 25lb it was easier to see through those to line them up.

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Then I carefully place the pages on the table and hold them in place with my hand or arm.

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I use double sided tape to hold the pages together at one of the long sides, so I can open the pages up to spray them and then fold them back together, kind of like hinges (I have a video of this below).

NOTE: if the margin space between the cards and the edge of the paper is too narrow (which they are in this build) I first (before lining up the pages) cut a piece of double sided tape in half lengthwise. That way it won't be too wide when making the hinge. I place the tape on a piece of parchment paper so I can easily pick it back up. However, it can be tricky to get it off your fingers and onto the parchment paper. I use the tips of my scissors and finger nails to help with that.

I peel back the top page and stick down a piece of tape along the edge to make the top hinge, then smooth the page back down onto the tape. Then I do the same for the bottom hinge.

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It's not fancy but this little video (taken by my six year old) will help show what I'm trying to explain:
https://youtu.be/sYox7SubU20

Sorry for the lack of camera skills, but for only being six she did pretty well. Now that i think about it I should have tried to put my phone on a tripod, or gotten out a better camera, but I was in the middle of my build and focused on getting it done.

I decided it would be nice to video the "hinge" process I do as it's hard to explain in photos/writing. Anyway, at least it's better than nothing.




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Here's my super fancy (NOT) work area when using spray glue. Paper bags cut open on a folding table work great for me and when they get too much glue on them I just throw them away.

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Here's a page opened up and ready to spray. Don't get too close or you'll saturate the page and get it too wet. This is more of a problem the thinner the paper, but still have to be careful. I make sure to coat it well, especially the area next to the hinge.

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Now all you have to do is cut out the cards! I use a paper cutter which works great for me. The model I have comes with a plastic area to the left of the blade which I push down to hold the paper in place. This keeps pages from slipping and being cut improperly. And more importantly is a finger guard to protect from unwanted blood on my pnps. (Ain't that right, Martin?)


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All done! The template and hinge method worked fabulously!

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I used 65lb linen paper for the backs and 25lb for the fronts. This is my first time using these two weights of paper together and I'm not sure how I feel. They seem a little too thin/fragile but that might just be because I'm used to 65lb front and back.

Also, I don't think I sprayed them well enough with the sealer because they don't feel as slick as usual. (Anyone know if I can spray them again after they've been glued together? I read somewhere that it will cause the glue to separate, but I don't know if that's true.)

Anyway, I'm continuing to learn and try new things. This build turned out great except for the need of another layer of spray sealant, and how thin the cards feel, but time will tell how they hold up and if I need to go back to thicker paper for both fronts and backs.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was enjoyable/helpful/worth your time.


**UPDATE June 14, 2018: I also made a custom box for Parade of Dresses

I'm pleased with how this box turned out!

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With the cards being Tarot sized the box of course had to be larger.

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Since I was going to be printing a cover for the bottom of the box I figured I'd add the same background image as well.

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Here's everything that fits in the box. What's that thing next to the deck of cards? Let me show you!

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It's an accordion folding strip of numbers from 0-12! I got the idea from the Parade cards row file but wanted something that fit my theme's design, was smaller and easy to fold and store in a box.

It turned out great! I still haven't played this game but my Mom (who is not a gamer) said she wants to play this one with me. Ya for adorable dresses!
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I finally built The Cleaner, an entry in the 2018 Solo Contest. I made both the 5.0 and Babysitting version ('cause it was practically made just for me)!

It all turned out fabulous, 'cause the art is really great! The Easter egg hidden in the cards is extra awesome if I do so say myself.


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I used full sheet label paper for everything except the cards which are 65lb linen fronts and 32lb backs, no core. Seal sprayed everything with Mod Podge Matte.

I put the label paper on white magazine board. The second board is on the back of the folding board.

I've also printed the rules and am ready to read and learn this game. I'll definitely start with the babysitting version. thumbsup

Edit: I have to add a photo of the Collector's Edition Card Martin and Janine added. I'm so touched by their kindness!

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This game has a BGG listing now:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/255608/cleaner
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19. Board Game: A Night in Deepwail Manor [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:11903]
Board Game: A Night in Deepwail Manor
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I just learned about this pnp game from [geeklist=243380]AndyBourre's PnP Video Geeklist[/geeklist]. After looking at the files and watching the video I decided to build it.

But first, I slightly modified the character cards so I could more clearly see the CALM/TERRIFIED text at the bottom. Here's the before and after:

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Next I setup the files in an 8 card page for easy building of the fronts and backs.

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I used 32lb linen paper with a 65lb cardstock core (light brown color). I really like how the cards turned out. They feel a little thick and stiff but after the glue settles and I use them several times they should be just about right.

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One of my favorite game entries in this year's solo contest is Rest In Peace by Thomas More. If you haven't seen it be sure to check it out, it's fabulous!

Well John Kean made another game based on RIP (with Thomas' permission) called Rest In Peace: The Asylum.

That doll image in the logo totally creeps me out! I can't stomach horror but I do like some suspense now and then and this version of RIP scratches that itch!

I just had to print and play this game, so I did! I printed the board and tokens on label paper and spray sealed. I attached the gameboard to magazine board and the tokens were folded in half with black cardstock core.

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Here's my first setup of Rest In Peace: The Asylum.

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And here's game end where I got trapped in the lower stairs (more details are in the WIP thread linked above).

RIP is one of my favorite entries in the solo contest so far and The Asylum has now joined my list of favorites! I adore this game! Just the right amount of spookiness without being gory.

I love the artwork, the item tokens, all the options, the overall gameplay, and even the die rolls. So fun! I'm super excited to play it again.

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Oct 17, 2018 Update:

I've made several copies/versions of this game and the latest has turned out so great!

My mom asked for a copy of this game for her birthday, after politely asking for a copy of my game, Royal Espionage, first and of course I had to make it for her!

Here are all the things (except the rulebook which I forgot to add when taking the photos), starting with the custom box I made!

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Yes, it says contest on there, because I used the "contest ready" image John made for the 2018 Solo contest thread. I actually like it and it doesn't bother me too much.

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I especially like the back of the box where I mirrored the image on the side, making the words backwards.

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And everything fits great, including the board because I made it into a tri-fold! More on that later.

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Here are the pieces unboxed, see how nice the tokens are? They are 1mm thick because I used my regular one side label paper attached to white magazine board, cut out tokens, then glue them together.

The pawns are metal from a thrifted copy of chess. I love their weight, they feel nice and heavy but not too much. The round, brown token is made of wood and from a thrifted copy of backgammon.

I love the frosted dice and although they don't match the color scheme, I felt they worked as they reminded me of the ghost. *shrug*

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Here are all the pieces laid out with the gameboard opened up. *NOTE* I am using an OLDER version of the board, due to personal preference. The latest version uses a "luck" tracker vs a "fear" tracker.

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When unfolded you can barely see the cut lines! I made the board by attaching it to the magazine board first, then I cut each piece and taped the back.

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Left side folded under.

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Right side folded under.

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Here's the back of the board with the two side pieces taped to the center piece.

Side note: Before cutting out the tokens with my cricut I bought a heavy duty 1" hole punch online and tried that first (it's easier and takes less prep work than my cricut cutter method).

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Well, unfortunately, the label paper has issues with the cutter. The top row was done with the punch, the bottom with my cricut. The color difference is just an issue with my printer (one side prints darker than the other which is really annoying).

I'm so pleased with how this copy of the game turned out! And not only did I make one copy, but i made three! One for myself and another to use in a trade or something (but that copy uses the latest board).

I've played this game several more times (both before and after making this high quality version) and I'm still loving it. heart


Edit: This game now has a BGG listing here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/259112/rest-peace-asylum
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21. Board Game: SPQF [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:5059]
Board Game: SPQF
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History Note: A user on BGG was looking for help to figure out how to put the card images for SPQF into the traditional 3x3=9 cards per page layout. I learned that the game designer himself didn't know how to setup the cards in this format for his Kickstarter backers. I contacted him and offered to do it in exchange for a copy of the pnp. He agreed (SCORE!), so I put together both a 9 card and an 8 card layout of the cards.

While I was at it I setup the tokens to use the proper VP numbers, and colorized them and the player boards. Nothing fancy but I like them better in color.

The SPQF KS update that tells you where to get these new files if you are a backer is here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1312152563/spqf-deckbui...

After all that time and effort working with the images and creating the files I just had to make my own copy! The art is really adorable!

Board Game: SPQF


Tokens/player boards: These were printed on label paper, spray sealed, and attached to magazine board. I made backs for the tokens using the same images, just in reverse and cut them out with my Cricut and glued them together. This makes the tokens just the right thickness for picking up and using during a game.

Cards: I used the 8 card layout, printed on 32lb linen paper, spray sealed with matte, then sprayed a second coat with gloss. Used 65lb colored cardstock for the core. I ran out of the bright yellow I was using and had to substitute the rest with an orange. You can tell the difference when the cards are all lined up (see photos) but once they're all mixed together I doubt it will be obvious.

At first I was going to use black cardstock for the core but I'm glad I went with the yellow and orange, I really like how the color pops, especially with the brightly colored card back image.

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Using the alignment guide on my paper cutter really makes it easy for all the cards to be the exact same size.

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Box: After the first failed attempt on the bottom portion of my custom box, the second attempt turned out great! Still not perfect (had to black out the corners with permanent marker) but good enough!

Also, I renamed SPQF to SPOF on the box as it makes more sense to me. I added the name, "The Senate and the People of the Forest" as I kept forgetting what SPQF meant. (The box is a nice, dark black color, the photo just washed it out.)

Board Game: SPQF


Note to self: Don't use 2 inch box height, it's just a bit too tall to fit the printed page width. The box didn't end up needing the full 2 inches, I could have done 1 3/4" and it would have fit everything including the page size for printing.

Board Game: SPQF


Anyway, I'm really pleased with this build and look forward to reading the rules and playing the game!
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22. Board Game: Royal Espionage [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Royal Espionage
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This is the first time I've used my newly developed high quality pnp skills to build one of my own games!

Royal Espionage is my most recent game and has been entered in the 2018 Solo Contest here on BGG. I recently posted a big update, version 1.5, and really wanted to build and play this with quality components, instead of using my usual simple prototype stuff.

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QUESTION: I wonder if I should change the background on the backs of the character tokens to match the rest of the backs. If you look close you'll see those backs are a solid color and don't have the same background design as everything else. Hm... probably should do the same with the background on the fronts too.

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I put together an 8 card layout to more easily align the fronts and backs of the cards. I'll eventually upload the files to the page/WIP thread.

I used 65lb linen paper for the cards, but didn't add a core. I used label paper attached to magazine board for the board and tokens. Everything was spray sealed.

I cut the tokens with my Cricut but should have made the square tokens with rounded corners before doing so. I will for any future builds of this game. For this version I cropped the corners of all components, but I find that my corner cropper isn't the greatest for small tokens, as they easily get off and get a poor crop on the corners, cutting into the side of the edge which annoys me.

The tokens are double-sided, giving them a nice thickness, making them easier to pickup and move.

I should also probably put a line under the #6 to make it obvious it's a six, even though there are no 9s in this game.

Here's the game all setup and ready to play!

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I'm really pleased with how this build turned out! It's not perfect but better than what I was using before. I'm excited to playtest my game with these components, especially the tokens which have a really nice thickness instead of thin paper.

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Sept 10 Update:

I created cards to replace the gameboard and it worked great!
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And here's the rest of the game setup:
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End of game! I think it's hilarious that the Queen "loves the king", "hates the king", and is "terrified of the usurper":
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And without a fullsized gameboard all the components fit in a single box! So I had to make one:
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Perfect fit (note: 1 D6 die is needed for the assassination variant, but I made these custom dice for myself):
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I also added the game's summary on the back of the box, because I really like it.
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I'm thrilled with how this all turned out, it's so fun seeing my game in such a nice box too. It's not perfect but good enough for me.

Whew!


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Oct 17, 2018 Update:

My mom asked for a copy of my game for her birthday which is coming up soon, and of course I have to oblige! I made really nice components and cut out all the tokens on my circuit with the updated background designs. I also remembered to pre-crop the corners on the square tokens to have my circuit cut those so I wouldn't have to crop them afterward. The tokens all look awesome!

After making the box (which took a couple of tries as I kept messing up the sizing- stupid imperial system, I wish we used the metric system! I lived in Canada and it's not that hard to get used to and would sure simplify things everywhere- end rant) I decided to make a custom insert! This is my *first* box insert I've ever made and after more trial and error, I got it to work. Turned out so cute!

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Whew!! It took a few hours to build Below Mars but I got it done!

This is one of the games I was assigned to playtest as a volunteer in the 2018 Solo Game Design Contest. I was really pleased to be assigned this game because I love how fabulous the artwork is and how beautiful the game looks- it's striking!

Thus, I couldn't resist making this with quality components. I just had to do it!

Here's a photo of all its glory! The camera is angled to prevent glare:
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Not perfect, but pretty dang good!

My printer ran out of blue toner when I printed the Martian Tool tiles (green ones) so they turned out to be a different shade of green than the original files. Thankfully I hadn't printed the board yet, so it got the new blue toner when I replaced the cartridge.

Everything was printed on label paper, spray sealed, and attached to magazine board. I made the tiles single board thickness by attaching the fronts and backs to the same board. It took some time to line up the pages but overall it worked well.

I'm super pleased with the quality of the components. The thickness for the tiles is just right as double layers would have been too thick and would have used up a lot more resources.

Because, wow, there area a LOT of tiles!
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But oh so lovely! meeple
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The dark background color is off on several tiles due to the aforementioned blue ink toner problem.

Here's start of game:
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And end of game:
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I died by the horror that crawled into my suit and choked me to death. wowsoblue

I've only played one game so far as I'm waiting for a few answers to some questions before I playtest it again. Below Mars is a unique puzzle type game with a great theme and story. I especially like how the gameboard "simulates the User Interface of your Mars explorer suit". Yep, awesome!

See the WIP thread for more details on this game.
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24. Board Game: The Thrifty Collector [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: The Thrifty Collector
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The Thrifty Collector is number four out of five of my "game children" that I've created. This game was the first I entered into the 2018 Solo Game Design Contest.

After WEEKS of being ignored as I focused on the fifth game child (and after lots of whining and begging from the fourth game child) I finally gave this lonely game the royal treatment! Wish I would have thought to use that to create a pun with Royal Espionage. [Okay, sorry, sorry, back to you!]

Note: I REALLY tried to add less photos by combining several of them into one image, and while that helped, I still wanted to share a ton of photos. However, they are set to medium size so click on them to see a closeup.

I'd already setup the 8 page files (I'll upload those to BGG soon) and just had to print them, which I did two days ago, on 32 lb linen paper. I sprayed the pages, folded in half, glued to 65 lb cardstock for a core, and let sit to dry.

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Once dry I cut them out and cropped the corners and they turned out lovely! I used the smallest corner cropper I have and it took some elbow grease to get it to work on these thicker cards, but I did it!

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I LOVE the colors, so pretty! heart

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Rainbows!!

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When face down the edges of the deck are the background color as the core cardstock is the same color. BUT what's really cool is when you flip the deck face up and fan the cards a bit you see the rainbow colors! OOOH!

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Here's game setup:

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And the end of the game I played. I scored 60 points, which is barely a passable peddler.

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Of course I had to complete the build by making a custom box for my beautiful game child! I messed up my calculations for the lid and it was too big, so I made a second which was perfect, and now the box has three parts as I couldn't toss the first lid and it worked great on top of the second lid.

However, I forgot the rulebook and didn't measure for that so I'm not sure I'll get it to fit in the box. Maybe I'll make a booklet sized one and see if that works. It's pretty tight as I made the bottom section a tad too short. Oh well!

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It was super fun to make another quality build for one of my games. And now it has stopped nagging at me for attention... well, mostly.

Here's The Thrifty Collector's WIP thread.
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25. Board Game: Birds of a Feather [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:3680]
Board Game: Birds of a Feather
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Several months ago I purchased a pnp copy of Birds of a Feather (from their website) and yesterday I finally built it!

The pnp comes with cards (including backs), score cards, booklet formatted rulebook, and a box cover (top and bottom).

First, I reorganized the cards into my favorite 8 card layout, printed onto 24lb linen paper, spray sealed, folded, glued onto 65lb cardstock, cut, and cropped corners.

I was using a new acrylic spray to seal in the ink and make the paper more slick but unfortunately this expensive product* is NOT better than the cheaper Mod Podge brand I've been using. It did not make the cards more slick but less as they have more friction to them. Not only that but it spit-up on my cards and marked a few of them! angry

*Minwax brand but different type than the one I already tried. I read somewhere on BGG that it was good after a person did tests with three different types. Nope, not good enough for me. soblue

I also messed up when cutting them out and the backs are slightly off center. I should have edited the back image and filled in the white area to a solid blue as the rest of the card, then this mistake wouldn't be haunting my pnp sensibilities. blush

ANYWAY, the box turned out great (has a few minor issues but not bad).

I laminated the extra large score sheets (found on their website, the ones in the pnp are smaller).

I'm disappointed with the cards and unsure how they will play, I may just have to sleeve them if they don't slide well enough. However, the glue I used to attach them to the cardstock seems to be holding well. I did a few riffle shuffles and none have separated, yet. We'll see how well they hold up.

Photos below.

Love the box art:

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Owlbear promo card not included in the pnp, I added that myself.

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The artwork is gorgeous! Here are some of my favorites:

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