While we are trying to make sure we only place games on this page that are ‘easy’ to build, we thought we give you some quick tips on building your PnP (print and plays).

Paper

  • With the exception of the rules you might want to print on some standard card stock paper (if your printer can handle it)  – stuff you can find at Walmart, Target, etc. It’s a little thicker and sturdier paper. Box chain stores usually put it next to the printer/copy paper.

Printer

  • Unless you know you want to make a nice version of the print and play, you may want to see if your printer allows you in the print options to print in “draft” mode – it saves ink, but doesnt come out as nice and bright.

Cards

  • Buy some penny sleeves – they are clear sleeves that are very cheap.  Just look up penny sleeves at amazon. Since they are cheap you can also cut the tops off once the cards are in if there is any excess room.
  • This will help with double-sided cards (you can print both out on single sheets of paper and combine them in the sleeves).
  • If the backs of the cards are uninformed – instead of printing them, you can use playing cards. Put one in the sleeve along with the font of the cards you are printing out. The back of the poker card can be the back of the deck. Saves ink and cutting time. Also makes the cards sturdier (this is a good option also if you are using regular printer paper to print off on)
  • If you need multiple backs – you can invest in opaque card sleeves that have different color non-see through backs (purple, green, red, a bunch of colors). Again saves on ink and cutting time.
  • With the all sleeves you want to make sure it will hold a standard poker card  – 63.5mm X 88.9mm ( 3.5 inches and 2.5 inches wide). The sleeves may advertise they fit Magic the Gathering, Pokemon or standard Baseball cards.

Roll and Writes (and Abstract Game Boards)

  • If you have a roll and write, laminating them is a sure way to not have to constantly reprint sheet. You can then use a dry erase marker/pen and wipe off the page once down.
  • If you don’t have a laminator, you can put the roll and write game page in sheet protectors (the ones for 3 ring binders) – this will act like the page was laminated and you will be able to erase the dry erase marker. This also allows you to store the games in a three-ring binder when not in play.
  • Sheet protector can also come in handy with abstract board games like Squava – it can protect the board  (you can just put the pieces on top of the plastic) and allows you to store it when not in play in a three-ring binder.