Mint Works, Card Size, and You!

This morning we managed to hit the $20k stretch goal for Mint Works, which is so amazing! Good work everybody! The number keeps climbing and we are marching towards more stretch goals. In the update I sent out this morning I had mentioned that I was considering dropping the card size down from a custom size, somewhat near the size of a business card, down to a standard "Mini Euro" size. The leading contributors to this decision were

  • Card Sleeves are available in this size
  • Additional space in the tin for more cards

I figured this wouldn't be a big deal at all, because the game is micro and portable. In addition the cards are already smaller than normal, and never spend time in your hands like a typical card game.

A few concerns have come up regarding the idea of shrinking the cards down and I want to address them here, rather than in yet another Kickstarter update, I don't want to fill your in boxes with too many updates!

The main concerns about sizing the cards down were

  • Readability (will important things be too hard to read across the table?)
  • Accessibility (will it be too hard to place mints on the locations?)
  • Preference

Readability

This was one of my main concerns with shifting to the smaller cards, so I made sure not to size down any important information on the cards when creating the updated templates.

The result was a little less white space, slightly smaller card art, and a tighter design over all. The key items on the cards: Cost, Points, Name, Effect all maintain their existing size. Below is an image (clickable to see full resolution) that shows existing prototype cards along side the proposed mini euro cards. There is also a base Ticket to Ride card and regular playing card for scale.

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In terms of readability, everything looks as it should. I think this should dispel that concern.

Accessibility

Now this was not something that had concerned me when I initially considered shrinking the cards down, it was brought up by several people and I think it is very much worth verifying.

The two main concerns about accessibility were holding the cards and placing mint tokens on the locations. I don't think holding the cards should be a concern since you don't ever really need to keep a handle on your cards during the game. They spend the vast majority of their time on the table.

As for placing mints, I did some tests with my mint token analogs (read: Altoids) and stacked a few. These mint token analogs are 12mm in  diameter and 6mm in thickness. The diameter is the thing we care about the most at this moment as that is what the final diameter of the tokens for Mint Works will be.

Below is a picture (clickable for full resolution) of the same set of tokens on the same card in both existing size and the smaller size.

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Everything still fits just fine, the circles are nicely sized for the tokens and spacing still allows easy access to the placement circles. I think this should dispel the accessibility concern.

Preference

Now there really isn't anything I can do to change how somebody feels about a given card size, so bullet point 3 is something I can't address here with a picture. That doesn't mean we can't address it. Which leads us into the next step.

I've created another poll, this time to gauge preference of card size. The poll only addresses the concern of card size for now. As I'm not putting the option of plastic cards on the table quite yet since I've done little to no research into it.

Like the other poll, you can vote once per day until it's closed. I'm not going to set an end date on the poll just yet.

I've embedded the poll below, or you can go here to view it directly: http://poll.fm/5nnoz

<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9501875/">Mint Works - Card Size</a>