Prototyping and/or Game Creation in Canada

  • Prototyping and/or Game Creation in Canada

  • Nick Chamberlain

    May 30, 2021 at 5:51 am

    Hello all,

    Are there any options/companies/print shops that are available within Canada? I know mass production of a game the best price option will usually be China, but for smaller print runs, or for getting a more professional looking prototype for play testing, what are some options?

    I’ve found a few places within the US, but shipping can sometimes bump up the cost and it would be nice to support a Canadian business. In the past I’ve gotten cards done at local printers, but that’s only cards and I still had to do the cutting myself.

  • Roger Meloche

    May 30, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Shipping can be prohibitive. The last time I ordered from the game crafter, the shipping cost was Much greater than the value of the goods. Maybe you can get together with a few other people on the same order and have it shipped to your FLGS. (Local Game Store).

    • Nick Chamberlain

      May 30, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      That’s what I have noticed. In general shipping goods from the US to Canada is more expensive right now. A Candian equivalent of The Game Crafter (even to a small degree) would be wonderful.

  • Jeffrey Pacitto

    May 30, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I too would like to hear of a Canadian alternative, or at least Canadian-friendly alternative. I’ve used and their shipping wasn’t horrible but I did get dinged with import duties/taxes. Now that was only for a card game, and only the prototype. Will bulk orders be better or worse? Who knows!

    • Nick Chamberlain

      May 30, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      I’ve used MakePlayingCards once for a card only prototype. It wasn’t too bad, quality was good, it was a few years ago, I don’t think shipping was too bad for cost, but it took a while to arrive.. I think I ended up ordering multiple copies and shipping was very similar to ordering one copy however.

  • Adam Pilkington

    May 31, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I used PrinterStudio for a while – not sure how much prices have changed since I did, but at the time they were better than trying to order straight from GameCrafter. They deal mainly in cards which worked for my design, but they don’t offer the breadth of components that GC does.

    Also, I got the feeling that they were a Chinese print shop with a Canadian-looking storefront. Not that that’s bad, but it didn’t feel like I was supporting local business 🙂

  • Nick Chamberlain

    September 26, 2021 at 5:41 am

    I came across Canada Copy as a potential option.
    It’s a company more inline with Printer Studio, where it’s just cards and tuck boxes. It doesn’t do larger boxes, boards, or components.
    The details for their card quality is – Printed on Premium 12pt. With Round Corners– UV Coated
    So not comparable to getting a blue/black core or options like linen finish, but I think based on the prices for a lower print run it’s pretty good.
    Any one used them?

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