Proof Prints Received
I received the laminated proof prints this weekend. The proofs shown here do not have the perimeter grid line. When printing the proofs, the printer indicated that the laminated tiles were slipping slightly and the 1/32" thick perimeter line was missing or almost non-existent on some edges so I had him take off the perimeter line.
Since receiving the proofs and discussing it further with the printer, the perimeter line has been added back. I have increased the perimeter line to 1/16" in width. The 1/16" is gives enough width to accommodate the +/- 1/64" slippage that may occur when cutting. That said, the perimeter line will be there but may have minor variations in width.
There are a few lines that are almost invisible, like stair treads that cannot even be seen in my crappy photos, that I have thickened to 1/64". Some of the tiles curled a bit when I opened the package but flattened out after acclimating to my house here in humid New Orleans.
As mentioned a while back, there is a 10 mil laminate on each side. Though still slick to work with dry and wet erase markers, the heavier card does not slip like the thinner laminate tiles were apt to do. The thickness is slightly less than a credit card but equal to a shopping rewards card.
The added thickness only had one unforseen downside. Only 38 cards fit in the repurposed VHS packaging. To accommodate this, additional cases will be used for packaging. So if you are a BASIC backer, the first case will have 38 tiles. The second case will have the remaining 10 tiles and all of the bonus tiles and decor cards. I am disappointed in this but feel that the trade off for having the thicker cards is worth it.
The tiles look and feel great. I am happy and pleased. This weekend, I made a few graphic adjustments and returned the digital files to the printer to release the production printing.