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Old 12-25-2013, 07:48 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Kayza View Post
Why not use micro-perf business cards?

http://www.paperdirect.com/Business-Cards - perhaps something like this might work.
Business cards don't have the same dimensions, don't have rounded corners, and don't "handle" well for card game play: the difference in weight and stock is bad for shuffling and dealing.

The goal is to prototype games. I can get blank playing cards that will have the identical dimensions and handling properties as the final prints. I need to be able to print to those directly.

Printing prototypes directly to their real format rather than business cards is a better test. My last game had one bug that was introduced when the cards were reformatted from testing versions to the real printing version, and it was introduced so late that we never caught it in testing. Testing from the start with the cards in their final dimensions would have saved the labor of reformatting all the cards from their testing dimensions to the real poker dimensions for mass production.

For my future games, I intend to be able to test with the real format from the start. Printing directly onto single, blank cards would produce a higher quality prototype faster. I've tried countless recommended ways of prototyping cards otherwise, and none of them are satisfactory. They're all slow, error prone, or both. Finding a printer that would print to a 3.5x2.5 card as easily as a 4x6 photo would save me countless hours and catch errors earlier in game testing.
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