We learned: templates are a key feature
We've collected a lot of feedback, and a lot of game designers want templates. Custom templates, even. But we've decided not to build that feature. Not right now, anyway.
Why? Because you don't really need custom templates, if you're prototyping correctly.
Rule #1: Game design is easy to change; custom templates are not.
If you're going to ship a game that runs smoothly, you're going to need to playtest early, and playtest often. When you first start playtesting, you should be making LOTS of rules changes, adding and removing entire mechanics weekly. Does your custom template support that kind of design surgery on the fly?
Paperize anticipates this workflow. The built-in templates scale to support all kinds of games, simple, complex, and everything in between. But these fully-baked templates can take hours to produce for a professional graphic designer! Don't you have a game you should be designing?
Let's look at our Scifi template to get an idea of what we mean:
"Are those templates at the end... printer-friendly?"
Of course! If you're going to iterate (and you must!), you're going to have to print a lot of cards. Now you can get started quickly, despite the shifting demands of your game. Let your design change freely, our templates won't hold you back!
Rule #2: Let professional graphic designers do your graphic design.
We realized we'd never have the best collection of templates if we only made them for ourselves, so we asked our graphic designer friends for some help. Check out our growing collection below! (A huge thanks to Chris and Jason for producing such quality submissions so quickly.)
You are a graphic designer? Send us templates!
Want to see your work showcased inside Paperize? Submit a template to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your work is awesome, we'll add it the template library for the beta launch of Paperize! (with all credit to you, of course)
Still Want Custom Templates?
Ok! We give in! You're tough to convince. Why don't you leave us a comment below, or write us a short email explaining how you would use custom templates? Images speak louder than words: the more you can show us, the more helpful we can be.