Tips and Tricks for Print and Play

Print and Play (PnP) is a fantastic way to distribute games, especially for an independent game designer like myself.

It enables me to minimize logistics and to improve my games thanks to your feedback.

It gives you instant access, the opportunity to give feedback and to participate in improving the game, all in exchange for the minor downside of having to print the material. As I mostly offer card-based games, here are a few tips and tricks to help you set them up.

Printing

If, like me, you like having a product that’s practically identical to what you can get from a publisher, I advise you to go to a local print shop equipped with colour laser printers. This results in higher quality material on your choice of paper, for a cost lower than your printer’s ink or toner.

My games are available not only on A4 or US Letter, but also on A3, which reduces the cost further, since there is less to print.

Cutting

Cutter, ruler, cutting table, scissors … to each their own, but my files all have markers to guide you.

A Corner cutter

The only advice I have is to invest in a small tool to make round corners very easily: the corner cutter (I love this tool!). Click here for details.

The end product will meet your expectations, and the round corners make the cards easier to handle.

Pasting

Only one piece of advice: glue sticks (don’t use liquid glue). It’s easier and prevents spills.

A useful trick, especially for the game tiles, is to print on one side only (not double-sided) and glue two sheets together to double the thickness. This makes tiles thicker and easier to handle. (On the downside, it takes longer.)

More on the Subject

This is basic advice, since there are tons of websites dedicated to PnP, like here, that you should visit.

Break out your scissors! And enjoy the game…

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