Folding Options for Custom Board Games
Your board game folding options should be a priority as you design your board, since your board is going to have to fit into the box with your other game components. In fact, board size (both folded and unfolded) should be one of the earliest design decisions that you make and one that you regularly test during your board game playtesting period. The number of folds can change based on the content of your game and the design – but once you know that you’re going to fit the board into a 12″ x 12″ box, for example, you must plan on developing your board into that outside dimensional envelope.
Choosing Your Game Board After Selecting Box Size
Once you’ve decided on the appropriate box size, you’ll need to think through your total artwork size and the multiple ways to fold your game board. Generally speaking, the folds don’t impact playability – so you can make artistic and gameplay decisions with the board. Think of a game that you have liked in the past and how your game is going to be played. Is this a coffee table game? A kitchen table game? Something to play on a bus? The size and number of folds can dramatically change the total cost and the playability of the final product. Below, we describe our five panel styles (fold options) that make it easier to fit your board into a two-piece box. The following panel options work with all our available thickness options.
Our Game Board Folding Options
All of the board game folding options shown below are appropriate for square or rectangular boards. Different board shapes, like hexagonal or circular, are available and can be quoted separately. Costs on non-rectangular boards are difficult for us to estimate without seeing your artwork first. In addition, every shape other than rectangular has higher labor requirements for scoring, cutting and gluing.
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