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The first thing every gamer reaches for after opening a new game is the instruction booklet – the backbone of board games. With tabletop games there are typically a variety of components and mechanics that need to be explained, requiring a multi-page booklet. Booklets also work well for complex card games.
Instruction Booklet Binding
Saddle-stitched binding, binding held together with staples, is the default rule booklet option. It’s cost efficient and its ability to lay flat makes it easy to store in a tuck box.
However, we’ve printed perfect bound instruction books – typically for more complex board games – providing a heavier and more durable manual. If your instructions need to be continually referenced throughout game play, then perfect binding is your best option. Please note that domestically, we are unable to provide perfect bound booklets as an option for instructions due to the size constraints of our tuck box dies.
Instruction Booklet Paper Weight Options
Our default paper weight for a saddle-stitched rule books is 70lb text gloss for the interior and cover pages. If you’d like to request a different paper weight, please alert us to the new weight in our additional information box on our card form.
Rule Booklet Page Count
Whether you choose saddle-stitched or perfect bound books, your interior page count must be a multiple of 4.
What Should I Include In My Rulebook?
Writing a rulebook is a lot like writing a book. If you’re struggling in your epic quest to print a top-notch rulebook, check out this guide we found on what to include in your instruction book.