Tile Design Improvements and Cheap Thrills
Tile Design Improvements
A lot of stuff has continued, and continues, to go on behind the scenes but I do not pass it onto you unless I am fairly certain that I can make it happen. I have continued to talk with various printers and evaluate samples of various card and laminate combinations. The tiles were to be a combination of cardstock and laminate that was about the thickness of a playing card (.3 mm). I have decided to go with a much thicker laminate that makes the cards more than twice as thick. They will now be the thickness of membership/customer rewards cards (.65mm) which is slightly thinner than a credit card (.7mm). This will make the tiles much more durable and gives them a definite heft and feel of quality. This will make packaging heavier and shipping costs higher but with the success of this Kickstarter (thanks to all of you) I can absorb the cost increase from these beefier tiles. I want you guys to be happily surprised when you open your case and pull out a tile and go "Woo, these are nice!".
Following are some inexpensive accessories you can add to you gaming table tiles.
Larger bottle caps can be good objectives, pedestals or pools. A figure on top of the cap could also indicate that they are flying or levitating. Flip the cap over and put the figure in it and it can indicate that they are under the effects of a spell like Hold Person.
Cap rings can be used to indicate that the character is under the effects of a spell like Invisibility , Silence, or Blessing. Cap rings could also be used to indicate conditions like Stunned or Confused.
Painted pill bottles can be used to represent generic structures like columns or some sci-fi capacitors or storage tanks.
They can be used to determine line of sight and cover.
If you are into tokens, the bottles store them well also. These are 3/4" wood tokens from a craft hobby store. If cost and storage space were limited, you can forgo miniatures and just get different size wood tokens that are easy to write on and erase or paint over later.
At discount stores, thrift store and on Ebay you can often find discounted items that can be used on your tabletop map tiles also. These are from the older, smaller scale, Polly Pocket and Breyer Stablemates. Some are a little too cutesy colored for me and need a paint job but they can get the job done. Some are light and bounce around a bit or fall over easy and you may find that you want to glue them to a small cardstock square.
Now, back to the mines!