vasta41 wrote:It is quite a conundrum that we often see here: is it better to print a sub-par deck or never print one at all?
My personal opinion is it would be better to never have printed one at all.
Well, I respectfully disagree. I need to again point out that EPCC, LPCC also started at one point of time, and they must have got similar comments on their quality because at that time, USPCC was the only game in town.
rousselle wrote:That said, this particular deck (Divine Art) will be best served by a printer with, at the very least, MPC-quality printing, if not better. This deck demands colors that pop, and at least decent quality card stock/finish
A no. of folks have already been advising on going for MPC. In fact, I always go to them when I'd to get something printed very fast or a sample deck. Speed of execution, cost for prototype decks is way better than what others offer, but I've questions on the print quality.
This is their Impressions Stealth. Just take a look at the chipping of color on the edges. I only got the cards out of the deck thrice for a game. The pic doesn't give justice to how the cards look in reality now. They look in very bad shape.
I got this deck in March this year, by the way.
Similarly, the cards in their Impressions metallic foil deck have started getting bent or curved from the middle. In all likelihood, it all looks to be some problem with their 4-step metallic foil application process on the card stock that start showing such issues after some time.
I had approached them because I was looking to try Impressions metallic foil customized to the card back but they said that is not available for customization.
Anyways, quality is paramount to me. I'd looked at all italian, German & French stocks, I could not get 310 gsm + for Italian and French so this will be on 330 gsm German. Gold foiled and embossed tuck, full gold foil on back and cards gilded with gold leaf...I'm sure 99% that this deck will be a real collector's delight. As I already mentioned in my update on Kickstarter, the linen finish is an experiment and Jerry's Nugget is the inspiration for that. One-sided embossing or finish just like how it is there in Original JNuggs is what will be there and can be termed as an experiment. Any of you who owns Jerry's Nugget in their collection may better understand what I said above.
I don't want to comment on printer, but just will say that they are good.
flashcards wrote:Otherwise, you might end up with boxes of sub-par cards sitting in your living room, that nobody wants at any price. As we say in America, "Go big or go home". Believe that your project deserves the very best production values available and others will believe in it as well.
Yes, this did come to my mind that there is still an iota of chance that it could turn into a disaster. I've specifically asked the printer to destroy the decks and the plates in their facility itself, if that happens. They know what standard is expected from them. I do understand where you and others are coming from. I know there are a no. of projects that got late or delayed or didn't come up with that quality , left a sour taste with backers.....all of these factors are accounted for and taken into consideration when I started looking for a printer with whom I can work exclusively or my orders are given better priority than the rest. I need to really give it a go.....