Which Cards To Print?
Here is a glimpse into the process of how I made promotional preview decks of 60 cards.
The Allfield Storytelling Card Game is made up of 300 cards. While I want people to have the whole thing in their hands as soon as possible, it is too expensive a task to create them as promotional items. Therefore, I selected 60 cards for the print and play as well as a limited physical preview decks for reviewers, stores, and gaming groups. Picking 60 cards out of 300 I wanted to see printed and complete was a hard chore in itself!
I went with offset printing and printed them with Oswego Printing in Oswego, NY-which is only about 15 minutes away.
Sorting Cards Into Preview Decks
I have room for storage but I wanted to spread out and collate some decks for boxing. This wasn’t going to happen in my studio, which I thought was big, but not for a project of this size. Therefore, I headed to Artistree Studios during Open Studio time and spent several hours making deck piles on the tables. Here the ink and uv varnish still smelled fresh on the cards.
A lot of cutting and gluing!
Locally I don’t have many options for printing die cut packaging, so I braced myself for finishing the next step on my own: packaging. First I measured the deck’s thickness and other dimensions. From there I used pencil, paper, and my trusty ruler to design a box that would fit the cards. Another big step was designing and adapting graphics in photoshop. These are preview decks, so I am not thinking about bar codes or any of that yet.
I went with a big name office supply store to make some color copies on card stock. The next step was cutting, scoring, folding, and gluing by hand. I didn’t want to shrink wrap these so I bought some round removable sticker labels and used those to hold boxes closed.
More On Allfield Cards…
That’s it! I have many, many more decks and boxes to put together, but I hope this was interesting, or helpful-either in terms of what I did, or learning from what I should do better next time!
If you’re interested in being a reviewer of Allfield and want to get your hands on a preview deck of your own, you can find and order them on the right side of this page! Soon I will be posting information on an upcoming Kickstarter to print the full 300 card games, release the full length graphic novel of part 1 in Allfield titled “The Girl in the Jar”, and even a full musical soundtrack by Bert Jerred. There will be digital assets for online gaming sites such as Roll20 or Tabletop Simulator, and even an in-browser Allfield game. Right now there is a preview of the comic on this site, as well as directions and a print and play for the game which are all now available to anyone. If you like what you are seeing here, please share it!