Well, I’ve had my card game play-tested several times now and I’m just about to the point where I want to design my cards. I’m nervous! I want them to look good and be fun to play and I have no idea how I want them to look just yet.
It’s exciting to be in this stage, though. I can’t wait until I’ve finished it, so I can share some of the designs with you as a sneak peak before I release them to the public. On my to do list this week is to contact some game production companies and find out just what the specs need to be for them to produce them (what type of image, how big, what colors I can choose from, etc.) and get some official estimates for production costs. Up to this point, I’ve just been using the production cost calculators on a couple of different sites to estimate costs and haven’t talked to any real people just yet.
It may be that the print-on-demand company ends up being too expensive (as in, say, they charge $20 to print a deck, and if I’m going to get anything for me and donate anything to the Kidney Foundation, I would need to charge at least $30 and who would want to spend that for a simple card game?), I may choose to go with one where I have to buy an actual print run, which implies risk (unsold stock collecting dust on my shelves at home!).