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Instructions and Rule Booklets

PrintNinja recommends you keep the following guidelines in mind in order to design an instruction manual.

A game cannot exist without standardized rules for a group of players to follow. There are many ways to display instructions with your game, the most popular being a booklet, as seen below. For board games, you could also print the instructions on the inside of the box. A cost-effective option for card games is to print the rules on your tuck box or on an extra card included in your deck.

If you’re interested in reading more about custom game printing, be sure to check out our custom board game hub and our custom card game hub. These parts of our site contain all the information you need to know about creating a board game or a card game – beyond just the standards listed here, these hubs also contain detailed information on all the types of materials and packaging types we offer for your game. We’ve also analyzed board and card games to figure out what makes them work – and how you can apply these principals to your custom game. Check it out!

Design Instruction Manuals, Instruction Rule Booklet Manual Industry Standards

Instruction Manual Design Standards

Rule Booklet

  • Size: No standard size, photo shows 6 inches x 9 inches
  • Cover Paper Weight: No standard weight, photo shows 70lb text
  • Interior Paper Weight: No standard weight, photo shows 70lb text
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Binding: Saddle-stitched
  • Interior Page Count: No standard count, but page counts need to be a multiple of 4

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