After some research, the best price I’ve found for card prototypes is from Game Crafters. It looks like I can upload my designs and then immediately order a set, and it is perfectly okay with them if I only order one set ever.
It will be about $.10 per card, meaning a full prototype deck consisting of the Basic set and one of (Heroic, Epic or Legendary) would cost around $25. Which is way more than I had hoped, but way less than anyone else.
There are lots of places to get cards printed if I am willing to buy them in bulk. If I don’t mind ordering 1000 sets, I can get the set price below $10. But I do mind ordering 1000, I may only want one of each version ever, and single-set prices are more than $55 each everywhere except Game Crafters.
I don’t want people to have to pay to be able to playtest. Maybe I can come up with a reimbursement, essentially paying people $25 for completed playtest feedback forms?
Argh. Expensive and complex. Sigh.
I guess I should have known it would not be easy to produce a complex game.
Meanwhile, here are some more card images.
Sometimes the progress on this seems so slow and incremental that I might as well be hand-dipping wax candles. No, slower even than that, one can make a candle in a single sitting.
There has been an unexpected amount of grind, and even more unexpected grind awaits.
Nonetheless, the end approaches, and that is kind of exciting!
🙂 😀 🙂