A short story. This year i'm in the BGG "Secret Santa" gift exchange. Basically each user have an assigned target (another user) to which send some gaming stuff, and each user is also a target for someone else. This usually involve some jokes and investigations (you should keep your identity secret, this is way it is called "Secret Santa") via PMs.
As my target asked if i knew some good zombie games, I immediatly though at OkumArt and DarkMook games, so i asked if he was fine with print & play games, thinking to buy a coupon at RPGNOW.
The answer, while, a little strange, was enlighting. Basically he said that the box of a boardgame, as the cover for a book, is one of his primary factor. He wouldn't be able to enjoy a game, even if a good game, if it have not a good, nice box to stay in.
Well, variety is what makes humans "humans", not?
Anyway, my question/suggestion for all the artist publishing something is: why don't you never think to a box? something with your art that (depending on the material size) could be wrapped around a real "standard" box, or (in case of just some miniatures) can be folded and glued in a box, with inserts and slots for the pieces?
It will show your art, and the customers that hates to store things in recovered boxes could be happy.
(theres some other good links in there if your based in the US no good for myself and Parduz):
Box board as its called down under is very cheap but my main sticking point (other than a total lack of time) has been finding large sheets of plain coloured paper for the outside at a reasonable price... For the tops I was goign to use the rulebook covers/promo pics
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2012 22:10:10 GMT -9 by Sirrob01
"There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humour." George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)
Post by nikloveland on Nov 16, 2012 5:16:27 GMT -9
Now you realize I don't do that many crazy posts but I had to mention this. I was looking for this EXACT thread on boardgamegeek since I'm in the process of making Magic Realm right now! What a coincidence! I couldn't find it in my history and so I decided to check out the forum for a bit. Call it fate or something! Thanks Sirrrob!
Actually, the "GREAT ONE" "Mel Ebbles"/Christopher Roe did this with his GUN CRAWL game.
You simply printed out the box withyour files, and put some "scrap" pieces of cardstock on the back of it for strength and support.
I am not sure how all of the went, because I use other boxes to store my gaming supplies in (like the coffe container that had the filter packs in it. It was the EXACT size to store OkumArts' Katana Schoolgirls set in. I put the figures and cards in Ziplocs, and the maps in the empty container. It counts as "recycling" AND gives the sewer maps a nice "coffee" smell!)
I think the good thing about it is the "player/customer" can build it or not. If they want it, then it is there... If not, then they don't have to print it out. Great idea, Parduz!
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