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Title: Re: POD Card Printing, Maybe
Post by: mindwanders on January 20, 2008, 05:48:51 AM
Did you decide to go ahead with the purchase?

I've been thinking about it for a while and I have a project that will need POD cards at some point over the next six months, so I'm certailnly interested.


Title: Re: POD Card Printing, Maybe
Post by: guildofblades on January 20, 2008, 09:09:41 AM
Hi,

Yep, saw the die cutting machine and the xerox printer we would be using. Both work great. We haven't bought them yet, but that's mainly just a personal life timing issue. We'll be doing our POD operations from a new retail store front we'll be running for the company, using a blending of a game store and a Kinkos as a business model. I'm spearheading the project and I know retail stores require a LOT of time dedication to make successful, especially in the beginning, so I have to wait to start the store build out until my wife's schedule will allow for it.

Should be soon though.

Ryan S. Johnson
Guild of Blades Publishing Group
http://www.guildofblades.com
http://www.1483online.com
http://www.ms-crm-consulting.com


Title: Re: POD Card Printing, Maybe
Post by: mindwanders on January 20, 2008, 03:05:26 PM
No probs, I'm not in a hurry.

I just wanted to check this was still a potential option.



Title: Re: POD Card Printing, Maybe
Post by: Raymond Caleatry on January 22, 2008, 07:19:13 AM
Hi,

I have already approached you about using your POD card printer when you get it.  I have another question.  My game involves the creation of a character deck, that is highly customisable, and hence it is next to impossible to print all the combinations of all the cards.  I have written a program that allows the players to create and manage their decks, but for my games i would be thinking of getting a more professional feel. 

My question... would it be possible to order say 6 decks of 50-60 cards where all the cards are different?  This is enough for the initial decks of the GM and players.  At under 5$ per deck i feel that it would be a nice addition to the game to have properly printed game cards, and that players will not mind the cost or the wait.

Ray


Title: Re: POD Card Printing, Maybe
Post by: guildofblades on January 22, 2008, 12:01:52 PM
>>My question... would it be possible to order say 6 decks of 50-60 cards where all the cards are different?  This is enough for the initial decks of the GM and players.  At under 5$ per deck i feel that it would be a nice addition to the game to have properly printed game cards, and that players will not mind the cost or the wait.<<

let me ask for a little clarification and also give a little clarification.

Our minimum print run will be 10 units per deck/pack. So we're not doing true POD. Its just not efficient enough. We will do drop ship, but that means someone will have us print 10-50 units and warehouse them, shipping them out as directed.

If you have 6 different decks, all with different cards, that's totally fine. Though each deck will need to have a print run of 10 units or more. If two or more of these decks get grouped together for packaging, well, we'll have to discuss that with you. We have a box for a 2 deck started that we can use. Anything larger than that...it will depend. Maybe we can do it, maybe we simply ship completed decks back to you and you handle boxing them on your end. Maybe if you want us to do drop ship but need packaging we can't provide that you are able to source elsewhere, then you ship us a on hands quantity of that packaging. We'll be pretty flexible. I know everyone's needs are different and I would prefer to see more uniqueness from our clients than try to shoehorn everyone into a very limited set of options.

We list pricing by card just to get an easy grasp on pricing, but really we have to price by groups of 9 cards because we print 9 cards to a sheet. Printing less than 9 cards to a given sheet still ends up costing the same as printing 9 cards, so on your end your most cost effective per card counts will be in groups of 9. 9/18/27/36/45/54/63 etc.

Ryan S. Johnson
Guild of Blades Publishing Group
http://www.guildofblades.com
http://www.1483online.com
http://www.thermopylae-online.com