Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Making PnP's for card games

This post will go through the process I use for creating a Print and Play(PnP) for poker sized card games. This article assumes you already have the cards done and just need to get a PDF of it for printing. Also this tutorial is for Photoshop in here I'm using CC but it should work with most versions. First open up Bridge(comes with Photoshop) and direct it to where you keep your cards. Select your cards you want in the PnP.

Now from the menu go to Tools > Photoshop > Load Files Into Photoshop Layers... 

This will open up a Photoshop document with each image as a layer. Often card games have duplicates of specific cards. to do this you select the layer that you want to duplicate and press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layers do this for all duplicate cards.

If you use a template like I use for (The Game Crafter)TGC your image size is slightly bigger than the card. to fix this you will want to go to Image > Canvas Size. You will want to change the unit drop down to Inches and make sure your anchor is in the center. Change the width and height to 2.5x3.5 inches like the following.

Press OK and you may get a popup that says some clipping may occur, this is expected. click Proceed. Now your image is the correct size. Now you want to export the layers back to their own files. To do this you click File > Scripts > Export Layers To Files which will prompt you with a dialog. for the destination i usually create some working directory. for File Name Prefix you may want to include the name of you game. I often don't because i organize it based on the folder structure.

When you are done click run and Photoshop will go through each layer and create a file for each layer. Let it run through each layer this may take a while depending on number of cards. If it completes you will see an alert pop up that says "Export Layers To Files was successful."  after this is done close the file and go back to bridge and navigate back to the folder where you stored these exported files Select them all.

After that's done go to the menu and select Tools > Photoshop > Contact Sheet II... 
under Document you want the image to be in Inches 7.48x10.48 and  under thumbnails you want 3 columns and 3 rows with 0.01in for vertical and horizontal spacing.

Click OK it will make a file for each page of the PnP it should look like the following. Save each file created to a new folder.

Next in Photoshop go to File > Automation > PDF Presentation and in this dialog in source files click browse and open up the contact sheet files you just saved (In the example i made the back previously and attached them later.) Under Output Options you want to select Multi-Page Document White background and unchecked all the boxes that say include. 

Then click Save and choose where you want to save. and in the next dialog I keep everything default. and click Save PDF. Photoshop will then save the PDF. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

NM Game Jam 2013 Post Mortem

A couple weeks ago Aug 23-25th I participated in the NM Game Jam 2013. we were a team of 5 so we called ourselves 5 guys.  Picture below.

We were giving a Theme "It takes two to tango" and told to go at it. also an hour after the Ludum dare started. Which theme was 10 seconds. we decided to skip that. and formulated a game that takes two players to beat a boss. trailer video below.

and here is the gameplay video.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The State of Table Golf

Well it seems as though it's time for me to finally put up Table Golf, all this time I've been waiting for something to happen as to which I wasn't sure what it was. Yesterday I've come to the realization that this is never gonna happen.

With that i'm happy to announce:

Table Golf: The 19th Hole

In golf the 19th hole is slang for the bar you visit after you play to enjoy a drink. In Table Golf, the 19th hole is a separate set of rules that turn table golf into a drinking game. This game variant will be available for free on the Store page and on

Also I'm gonna print out some promo weather to give out at Gen Con 2013. It's called The Black Hole. If anyone wants this let me know and we can meet up.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Table Golf

In the previous link I spoke of different games. I think I got the logo for the golfing game completed.

In Table Golf you deal out hazard cards to all of the players, and who ever has the hole card places it on the table and decides where the players will start the game. they then place the hazards down and play the hole. the first person to get to the hole gets a point and everyone has one chance to get to the hole themselves. contrary to scoring on golf the player with the most points is the winner after 9 holes.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's been a while

Hello again,

The last time I posted I announced Steamopolis... my my it has been a while. Since then i have started several projects. there is 3 in particular that i'm currently working on.

1 Chronos: the card game

this is my trick taking game. This game is played over 3 ages(suits). and each age has a different play style. in the age of glory the VP is raised up higher, all of it's abilities are centered around that central theme of bumping up the VP. In the age of corruption this suit has several abilities to pass along negative VP to your opponents. or if there is a rather large VP trick(see glory above) immediatly take that trick at a slight loss of VP. the last age is Misdirection. This age is all about changing the rules and about playing tactically to achieve your goals.

2 Golf Card Game (title yet to be determined)

in this dexterity game you play 9 rounds of golf. but have to be mindful of the hazards that are around the field. the winner has the option of where to place the hole and where the players start then they place the hazards around the course (dining room table) and then must launch the cards towards the goal.

3 Space Card Game (title yet to be determined)

In this game you fight other people with ships. You start of with a hull. and you have to place components around your ship to fight off your opponents ship. each component has it's own HP as well as HP it adds to the integrity of the ship.

Edit: By the time I was done with this post I thought of another. another that I should playtest tomorrow. That one is a fishing card game that plays nothing like Go Fish!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Release: Steamopolis

What is Steamopolis?

Steamopolis is a Worker Placement/Set collection game. Where you have to build steam engines before any of the resource piles run out of resources. The beginning of the round everyone places their workers secretly on locations on their player sheet then they reveal. there is an NPC character known as the black market. that rolls to determine where they go. the neat thing about the black market is the players can buy from them as well granted the black market has the supplies.

click here to buy.

Here's a letter that has some backstory.

Monday, August 27, 2012

NM Game Jam 2012

Over the weekend was the NM Game Jam. for those of you that don't know it's a 48 hour game development competition. In this competition we made a game that consists of 4 direction based mini games that move the pieces that you choose in the metagame. Here it is:

This time our team consisted of 3 programmers and 2 Artists.  Their credits are listed below.

James Archuleta - Programmer
Aarom "Tomrel" Gresham - Programmer
Lupe Marquez - Programmer
Brooks Walch - Art/Music
Heather Burke - Art/Music