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I just completed another new feature for the website. If you want to send a message to another user you can just go to their profile and click the "Send a Message" link below the follow button to start the conversation. All your conversations can be found on your account dropdown menu too.
If you have any feedback or thoughts leave a comment (or send a PM) haha.
This is a feature that's been on my backlog for a long time and I've been excited to get to start working on it. You can now set a list wide alert to send you notifications when games go on sale! You can set the alerts for any lists you have but I'd imagine that it'll be most used for Wishlists.
Setting It Up
To turn it on, go to your profile, and toggle the alert switch for whatever list you want alerts for! That's it!
Be careful though! Even though you'll spend less on individual games, you may spend more on games overall.
The historically low game feature has already got me to buy 4 more games than I expected. I'm expecting to get some great games from this feature too.
I've been working on a new system of responding to posts! Instead of just simply liking something you can now react with a variety of ways! This allows for a more expressive response to a post and gives me and @philryuh to create additional functionality to the website!
Some things to come with this new system
- A way to see all the posts you've reacted to by category (the easiest example is to give a post the 'star' reaction and then later you can go look at all the ones you've starred
- Reactions for all of the comments
- Gold reactions (ones that you can use your gold for) @philryuh is in the process of making a few and the first ones I'm hoping to see are victory point ones!
Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for some sweet gold reactions that you'd like for us to make or get the license to (similar how we have board game IP based avatars)
We launched Board Game Atlas on January 9th, 2019 and in less than a year we've grown to over 59,000 Active Users. That's incredible! It has blown our expectations out of the water, has kept us motivated to keep making improvements, and it means that it's now the fastest growing board game community in the world.
Now we've launched our first support drive for the website on Monday December 2nd, 2019.
Why are you making Board Game Atlas when BGG, Reddit, and Facebook already exist?
I've gotten this question a lot and the overall reason is because they're all lacking in some ways. Reddit and Facebook have a lot of limitations with what you can do there. They function well as a way to aggregate media and entertainment but don't have features specific to board gaming.
As for Board Game Geek, they're a great resource and community, but they're limited in terms of usability (especially on mobile), slow to change, and many users have given feedback on features or bugs but never seem to be heard.
Board Game Atlas is a response to those issues and will continue to grow due to the huge support I've gotten already by people using it.
Why Should I Financially Support Board Game Atlas?
Here's 10 reasons why you should consider supporting Board Game Atlas.
- You've used and enjoy the BGA forum.
- You use the board game database search of over 37,000 games.
- You find great prices for the games you want to get (we're connected to over 24 retailers).
- You want more innovation in the Board Gaming Community.
- We built an API for commercial/non-commercial use that is used by over 340 apps already.
- We listen to users (see section below of threads with our discussions and implementations).
- You get exclusive avatars/avatar ring colors to show that you've supported.
- You get access to supporter only voting on new features for the website.
- You want the features we're planning to make in 2020 to become a reality (see below).
- You want to see work you care about supported.
History of Talking with Users
- Announcing the Public Release of the Board Game Atlas API (12 new services and OAuth 2.0!)
Where does the Money Go?
Your support goes towards things you'd expect. Server costs, employee and contractor paychecks, marketing, and other areas. We've got some specifics on new features we'd like to implement though so that you know exactly what the outcome of giving will bring to you.
$1,000 Initial Goal
We’ve got a few major items we want to implement in 2020.
- Native Mobile Apps
- Advanced Play Logging System
- Marketplace for Used Games
- Convention Database
- Improved Game Search
- International Support
- Game Barcode & Image Scanning
- More User Suggestions
We’re planning on making these things happen regardless of hitting the goal or not but if we hit $1,000, we’ll commit to making it all happen by December 2020.
Hitting this goal doesn't get us to the point where the business is break even yet, but it get's us closer to that goal. To sustainably run without the risk of running out of money would mean we need to get to about $6,000/month more in revenue.
We're getting more traction with affiliate sales and advertising so far but we've still got a ways to go which is why we're running the support drive.
If we make that initial goal then we’ve got some ideas of stretch goals that’d we’d like to have to speed up the timeline, do more events, and if there's big enough support having my co-founder Phil join me in doing this full time.
What Do I Get?
As a supporter you get the following perks.
- Exclusive Avatars only available to supporters
- Avatar Ring Colors
- Voting ability on upcoming features
- The ability to upload your own custom avatar image ($50 or more)
We launched the campaign on December 2nd if you'd like to support. Thanks for your consideration.
Have you ever wanted to make your own tokens to play games with? This a simple guide for making tokens that you can use in a card game like Magic: the Gathering.
Digital or Traditional
Whether you want to draw directly onto the card stock or make it digitally to print out, there's a few options for you.
Do It All Yourself (Not Recommended)
You can do all the work yourself and start your own token making shop! First purchasing some card stock from a Staples or Office Depot. Plan to get between 12pt to 14pt or 100lb to 110lb. Those are the ranges of thickness traditionally used for trading cards. Then you can print on the card stock using your own printer, or draw directly on the card after cutting it to the dimensions you want.
In this method, you are in full control of everything from start to finish. It's great if you're just wanting to try and create something from scratch. You'll have to cut them all yourself, but with a bit of practice and the right tools, it could be a fun way to make some tokens for your friends.
However, we don't recommend this if you're planning to make this into anything more than something for yourself. There are great companies who specialize in quality card stock, high end printers, and perfect cutting. We've seen the benefit of letting the experts do the work and it lets us focus on the art!
Getting A Blank Deck Of Cards (Recommended for Traditional Art)
If you're planning to draw your own tokens directly. I recommend buying a stack of blank cards like we've done for testing. There are a few benefits to this. They come pre-cut, they've got a good finish to draw on, and they're ready to be put in sleeves! We buy them from makeplayingcards.com. We found this site through a recommendation and they've great. We still use them make many of the products in our own store!
How We Print (Recommended for Digital Art)
If you've created your own designs and want to print them using makeplayingcards.com like we do, it's pretty simple and there's no minimum order on decks. They come shrink wrapped as a decks of cards that add up to multiples of 18. They default at 54 cards but that's adjustable and if you are looking to print more, then you get discounts per deck for higher quantities.
Here's what the selection screen looks like.
Here's the quick breakdown of how we get the quality products we have.
Step 1: Start With a Good Card Template
We've made our own basic templates, which you are welcome to take and use by the way, to create tokens with a nice black border or full bleed tokens. We're assuming you want a standard card size for use in games like Magic: the Gathering. These print at 63mm x 88mm.
The area labeled bleed is going to get cut off. However you'll want to make sure you have a black border like we do that covers that up, or that your artwork extends to that area as well. This is to ensure that the cards look uniform when cut.
Step 2: Upload your artwork
Our template with the black border is specifically sized to fit all the artwork safely inside the printing area. The typical reason to print with a border is so that all the cards look uniform when stacked in a pile. Here's what the upload section of the site looks like.
The first image is before the art is added, and the second has our template uploaded.
Step 3: Make the order!
It's a simple process once you've got all your artwork figured out. Make Playing Cards does a good job of ensuring quality and you'll soon get a awesome pack of tokens in a stack that's shrink wrapped.
What Tokens Will You Make?
We've spent the last year at 5 Color Combo working with both artists and printing companies and we've learned a lot of good lessons. The best experiences we've had, have been working with all the amazing artists that we've met over the last few years.
There hasn't been anything magical in the way we print our cards though and we wanted to share our process with you! Let your artistic nature out! Whether you're hoping to have some for your self, friends, or one day sell them, it's nice to have them be good quality.
What tokens are you planning to make?
This is /u/frogdude2004 from /r/magicTCG on Reddit.com.
I've seen a lot of foil peel alter guides, but I don't think they've adequately talked about finding art that goes well together. I've decided to write my own.
Tools of the Trade
A note about the guide:
I've read a lot of great guides out there on foil peel alters. However, I think there's some important things that they don't really touch on. I thought I'd write my own thoughts and fill those gaps.
Here are all the tools you'll need for making foil peel alters: a bowl of water, a q-tip, an x-acto knife, glue stick, tweezers, razor blade, and ruler.
Step 1: Land Selection
Ok, this is the most important step, and I think it's the most overlooked step. If you want to make a good foil peel alter, there is a lot of thought that goes into it before you even cut your first card.
Let's look at this art: what would be going on in the art, if it were extended further down? Look at the perspective of the card. Would it make sense for something to be down there?
It's going to be hard to match something like this forest.
You're in the sky, and the building clearly extends into the bottom of the card. If you pasted someone on the ground on the bottom, he would look really out of place.
That forest is more obvious, but consider something more subtle: is the bottom so close to you that anything lower would have to be underground? If so, this land will probably not work well. For example, look at this plains.
We're right on the edge of the art, anything down would be below the surface. Unless you're pasting a moleman down there, it's going to look weird.
Now lets look again at this masques plains: the bottom of the card could conceivably extend further down into more grass and not have a discontinuous perspective. Now let's find a creature.
Step 2: Creature Selection
Theoretically you can do creatures first instead of lands, but there are far more creatures than land arts, it's easier to go in this order.
Again, in our selection, perspective is key. Where's the horizon on the card? If it's below where you'd cut to fit it in the box, you're going to have a problem: from bottom to top, you'll have land, sky, land again, then sky again. That's going to look bad. Now let's look at our friend the Yoked Ox. When he's not blocking for days in limited, he's chilling in the field. Notice, the field behind him extends above the border cutoff, so he seems like a good candidate.
Now, let's look at the art itself: is it the same color pallette? Same texture? Same terrain? Check, check, check! Looks like the Yoked Ox is going to be happy in his new home.
Example 2: Trawler
Let's look at this swamp: we can conceivably extend the art down. Now, let's look at the trawler's horizon: it's above the line. Look at the flow, if we cut it at the border, the perspective will flow smoothly to the new horizon. If we went straight over the border and merged the arts completely, it would look awkward. By leaving the border, the gap smooths it out and tricks your eyes into making it look continuous.
Example 3: Skyknight
Ok, let's look at this stranger example. In this mountain, the clouds spread down for an undetermined depth. This cat is flying above the clouds. Maybe we can put him in the mountain clouds....
Examples 4 & 5: Completed Swamps
Here we have two good examples. On the right, the marsh our friend is traversing is the same color as the swamp in the land art. This is great. The rock on the right doesn't line up perfectly, but that's ok: here again, the border makes our eyes give it the benefit of the doubt. Our eyes fill in the blanks, making it look like the rock ends in the swamp behind the band. This trick is clear on our fungal friend on the left.
Step 3: First Cuts
I've found it's far easier to cut the bottom off to start the peeling process. Use the x-acto to make a slice and discard the bottom.
Here we use the razor blade to start the peel. There are several layers to a foil, and we only want the front one. The key here is to just jam the blade in the corner to initiate the tear. You want paper on both sides.
Step 4: the Tear
Here we see paper on both sides. This is a good cut.
Step 5: the Peel
Ok, so here we want to peel with paper on both sides. Go slow; if you start to see a reflective surface, STOP. The reflective surface is the topmost surface, and if exposed will curl and fold our art. The tear here started to hit the reflective layer here on the right, so I stopped and went from a different corner to salvage it.
Step 5: the Peel 2: the Peelening
Again, I initiated by cutting off an edge. This is not necessary, but it makes the initial tear a whole lot easier. I then peel off the rest of the front face.
Step 6: Review
Ok, here's what it looks like. You can see that there are two paper layers, because I came at it from two sides. This is ok, I'm happy with this. It won't fold up on itself, which is important. Paper on the back is your friend.
Step 7: The Soak
Put the whole face in the water and let it soak for a minute or so. Give the paper time to saturate
Step 8: Rub it Out
Ok, the paper is soaked through, now we can use our fingers to rub the paper off. Try not to manhandle the front of the card too much, as it can be fragile and the ink can scrape off. Sometimes the paper comes off in one big sheet, sometimes it takes elbow grease. It depends on soak time and paper depth, I suppose.
Step 9: Observe
Here is what it looks like once the paper is removed. As you can see, I have a small section that the foil is visible from step 5. Fortunately, most of this is on the border I will cut off, so it shouldn't be a problem.
Step 10: Trim
Dry the card. It's time to cut it to size. Use the straight edge to cleanly cut the edges off. Measure the width and height of the text box and cut accordingly. Err on the side of too much art, because you can always cut more off. Adding more on is hard.
Note, the x-acto knife is far superior to the razor blade for this process. It's hard to do details with the razor.
Just Keep Trimming
Note, since the land we're pasting it on is old bordered, the area we're pasting our friend the Ox on is not as wide as the Ox. I liked the red flowers in the bottom left, so I trimmed on the right side.
Corners where cuts meet are tough. This ox's tail is very narrow, so if I'm not careful I'll rip it off. Flipping the card makes it easier to see if there's any cut that doesn't link up with another for a continuous cut. Use tweezers to carefully pull small sections out. I recommend cutting in chunks instead of one long cut. Also, avoid sharp corners, as they usually look unnatural.
Step 11: Artisan Cuts
Oh no! Our ox's back was cut off by the top of his card, and now he has a flat back. Maybe we can smooth this out...
There we go, he looks much better
Step 12: Size it Up
Ok, let's see how well we cut... Make adjustments as necessary to your cutout.
Step 13: Paste
Glue up the back. You can glue the land itself, but that's not ideal because you'll have to clean a lot off later. Be careful with stuff like the tail. Maybe don't paste the tail and wait until the rest is down, then paste underneath it.
Step 14: Put it Down
Ok, now put it on the card. Use your fingers or a q-tip to smooth it out. Again, be careful with stuff like the tail. Wet your finger and rub any glue spots that may have gotten on the card. Glue makes it not shiny, and we certainly can't have that.
Step 15: Admire
All done! Sleeve it up, I recommend a double sleeve so that the thickness is negligible. Enjoy!