Oh, I did go down to Kinko's as well and price out how much it's going to cost to print up my book. Yes, yes I could probably do something cheaper, but this will work...at least for a prototype. In fact I should probably start working on getting a working mock-up printed just to see how the thing is gonna' look (and truth be told, I kinda' want to hold it in my hands, finished or not!).
But boxes, sheesh!...you know, a while ago I was fortunate enough to find a couple copies of the Holmes edition Basic set in the used section of my local game shop, both still in their original boxes. Heck, I've even got a copy of Deluxe Hero Wars, still in the box (it was purchased used as well) and IT has more the dimensions I want for my game. But where does one buy boxes?
And I mean, cheap-ass boxes. After two hours of surfing, I seem to have found a couple places that will print up boxes with your own design/dimensions/logos, but they want orders of at least 1500. Let's be totally realistic here: if I sell 50 copies, I'll be doing well. If I sell 100, I'll be ecstatic. But never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I'd need 1500 boxes (maybe if B/X play takes the country by storm? Nah).
Is there a way to buy plain boxes, print up paper covers, and paste 'em on? I mean really, free time IS at a minimum, but so is cold, hard cash. I don't mind doing "self-assembly" while sitting around watching the On Demand TV.
Looking over Dungeons & Digressions own little retro-box set, I certainly don't want to go crazy with spray paint (my lungs have taken enough abuse over the years). But I'd still like to know how he got the LL images on the box. I know Kinko's doesn't do boxes (I asked).
Anyway, I found a little company here in Seattle called Universal Paper Box that, Lo and Behold, actually advertises game boxes on their web site. But I'm guessing they, too, are going to want a large pre-order. I don't know yet, but as I won't have a chance to talk to them till Friday, I'll have to wait to find out. In the meantime, if any of you cool cats have some pointers or insights for me, let me know.
In the meantime, new game theory and other "fun" posts should be returning shortly (I hope). Hmm...should probably jot down a few ideas for posts tomorrow.