26 September 2012 | 31 Comments
Recently the question of card size came up on the comments section of a Kickstarter update for Viticulture, so I thought I’d explain the rational behind the current card size and give you the opportunity to change it if you would greatly prefer a larger card size.
Currently we have four decks of “mini” (44 x 67 mm) cards in the game for several reasons. These are the PROS for mini cards:
- The game takes up a fair amount of space due to the board, the vineyard mat, and the vertical stacking of vines. We wanted to use as small of a card as possible so as to not take up more space.
- Other than the visitor cards, there’s no text on the cards. Granted, there are 40 unique visitor cards in the game, each one with explanatory text, but it’s not much text.
- Our manufacturer prints mini cards in sheets of 70. We had 136 cards in the game, so we just added four promo cards to make it an even 140. If you add even a single card more, you have to set and print a new sheet, which is very expensive. The bigger cards are 57 x 87 mm and fit 54 to a sheet, so the numbers don’t add up as well.
Here are the PROS for larger cards:
- We can make the font size bigger, so they’re easier to read.
- They’re easier to hold in your hand and easier to shuffle.
- Bigger art.
- Easier to sleeve.
Before you vote, I should note that bigger cards cost more. Not only are we ordering a whole new sheet of cards per game, but we also have to spend design time making the board bigger and adjusting the cards that currently have been designed. Thus this will be a monetary stretch goal, based on whether or not we reach $65k. Although I’m not going to raise prices, my point is that if you feel strongly about this, you might consider adding to your pledge to help defray the costs and push us towards that goal. This would be a BIG change, something I did not anticipate, but I am open to if you all think it’s for the best.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison, followed by the poll: