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Card Game Industry Standards

Card and tabletop games are more popular than ever, with burgeoning specialty markets for children’s, young adult, all-ages, and adult games. Self-publishing is an excellent option for game developers looking to independently market new games through local stores, internet sales, or conventions, and using industry-standard printing formats makes games more marketable and less expensive to produce.

Many first-time game makers are unsure about exactly what they need. What size cards are standard? What type of paper and finishing makes decks feel professional? What packaging should I use? We’ve put together guidelines on industry standards to help you ensure your game has the professional, high-quality feel that customers expect.

There are different standards for different types of cards, including poker decks, party card games, and matching games, so read on to learn more about the type of game you’re interested in producing. If you’re unsure about what you’re looking for or have questions about these standards, please get in touch, we’ll be happy to help.

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