Friday, December 30, 2011

004 Spooked Savage

    Like I said in the last post, I am very motivated now that I have some actual cards in my hands.  I just made the next card for the prototype with another free image that I found online.  This monster's name is Spooked Savage, he looks as scared as a monster can get.  Thanks for checking in.


First Card Printing

     Today I had my first set of cards printed.  I had Rock Johnson, Bones Batterman and Lucifer Shroud printed along with the backs.  The prints are not two sided, the cards are actually two piece of 80 lb. glossy card stock.  I had them done at OfficeMax because they were the cheapest quote that I found.  They charged $0.71 per sheet and I had 2 sheets of each card done and 6 sheets of the card backs, so 12 in all for $9.21.  This came to about $1.54 per sheet of cards, front and back.  With 9 cards per sheet, each card came to $0.17 a piece.  Better than the $0.20-$0.25 I had previously found at different print shops.  On top of being cheaper than some of the other shops I tried out, OfficeMax was also a cleaner, crisper print.  I am very excited with their work.  The first sheet I cut with a cheap paper cutter and the card edges were slightly frayed and not smooth.  So, back to OfficeMax I went to exchange the first paper cutter for a bigger guillotine style cutter.  This worked out perfectly, such a clean smooth cut.  The cleaner cut also reduced the width of the card in half.  The cards are a little thicker than a magic card, 10 Sports Wars Cards are the same width of 10 Magic: The Gathering Cards.  Having a stack of  45 Sports Wars Cards actually made, printed and in my hands is getting me ever more excited to get this project moving forward.  I can't wait to get more monster images to make more cards.  This is getting very fun and I feel like all the work I have been putting in is finally turning into something.  YAY!!!!  Thanks for reading.  Go donate and receive a few of our freshly printed cards.  For the next 2 days get 20% off if you like our facebook page.


003 Lucifer Shroud

    I have this week off from work and have been spending the majority of these day off working on Spors Wars.  Yesterday, I made our third card for our prototype game.  Lucifer Shroud is the monster name.  I found some free images online and played with them a little to make them work for our cards.  Hope you guys like this one.  Lucifer Shroud card is available in our facebook store front.  Thanks for reading.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Facebook Store Front

   Last night I was having a hard time falling asleep so I jumped on the computer and played around with adding a store front to our facebook page.  On our facebook store you are now able to buy our first two cards for $1.50 each.  I know this is kinda high but we are more looking at it as a donation to help us get our prototype made, so lets go make some donations.  I have also put up 150 spots for our BETA Testing at $20.00 a piece.  For $20.00 you get to take part in our BETA Test, you receive our prototype starter deck, a 5-card booster pack, a copy of our first card, Rock Johnson and much, much more.

   I have also given everyone who likes our Facebook Page from now until the 1st of January, 20% all cards from our store.  So instead of $1.50 it will only be $1.20.  Please help us get our prototype made so we can move on to the BETA stage of our development.  As always, thanks for reading.  More coming soon.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Card 001 and 002

  I was looking at the first two cards that I have made and noticed a few little things that I did not like.  The text inside the player info box was unreadable even after printing so obviously it needed to be changed.  I also thought that the background color was a little too dark so I made so minor changes.  Here are the final products that I have after todays work.  I hope you like.


Cards Numbers:




   Thanks for checking in on us.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

- SRock

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


   When I signed up for hosting with godaddy I recieved $50 of free facebook ads and $100 of free Google Adwords ads.  Today I set up ads running through the 5th of Jan. 2012 for BETA tester for our prototype.  Hopefully, these ads will generate some extra pages views to our pages, gain us some followers and maybe some BETA testers.  Funds from the BETA testers will be going to creating our prototype.  I already have our next 3 cards being professionally made and the next $100 will get us our next 3 cards after that.  I will also be selling 3 packs of cards to gain more funds for our artists.  Help us out and donate on our indiegogo page.  The link is below.

IndieGoGo Page

Thanks for keeping up on our project.


BETA Testers

   Ever wanted to be a BETA Tester for a new game. Nows your chance, Sports Wars Cards is now starting to look for BETA Testers.  We will be looking for 150 people to test the first version of our game.  To be one of the 150 people selected to be part of this event, just go to our indiegogo page and donate $20 to our fund.  All donators of $20 or more will be one of our BETA testers.  These tester will also receive our first edition starter deck, a 5 pack of cards and a limited edition Rock Johnson card(our first card ever made!!!).  Below is a link to the page for all you wannabe testers:


Next 3 Cards

    Hello, everyone.  It has been a while since I last blogged and I am sorry about that.  I have just been trying to learn XHTML and CSS so that I can make my own website and not have to pay someone to make it for me(at least while we are still getting ourselves off the ground).  But the real reason that I am writing is because I have found an artist to make make the next 3 monsters for our cards.  I am hoping that the process doesn't take too long and that I will be able to have the next 3 cards up for viewing within a week to 10 days.  Keep your fingers crossed.  This would give us our first 5 cards for our prototype football game.  I am planning on using these five cards to help get donations.  I will be getting these cards printed and ready for shipping for donators.  I am hoping to raise enough money to get the next 3 cards made and so on.  Hopefully this will help generate some funds to continue getting the prototype developed.  I am getting pretty excited because the ball is final starting to get rolling on this project.  My goal is to have the prototype done before summer.  We will see.  Below are the cards that I already have made to jar everyones memory.  Hope you guys are getting excited because I know I am.  Thanks for following.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

   Like I said the other day I bought at  I then signed up for a single month of hosting because I was unsure about what was actually offered through their hosting program.  Unfortunately, their website design program sucks ass and I was only able to put up a temporary page.  Also, the hosting package I got only allows a one-page website.   I will have to upgrade this once I have developed a bigger, better site.  I am currently building a website with dashboard(a simple mac text editor) and I have gotten a HTML and CSS text book and trying to teach myself the languages.  I have resorted to this because I had created like 6-7 pages of the site using iWeb but in june it will be no more.  It is not compatible with the new iCloud system.  I am just about done with a single page that I can put up on here shortly.  Wish me luck and I should have the page up in the next day or so.  Thanks for reading.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Purchased Domain

     Today I purchased the rights to the domain   I am starting to build a website now that I am back on the iMac.  It is a slow process since I have not done it in a few years.  I will get there though.  I hope to have the site up and running by the new year.  Today I also plan to get our first two cards printed at a local print shop to see the quality that they can provide.  I hope that it will be good enough to use for our prototype.  Keep you fingers crossed and I will inform you later.  Keep reading.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Off iPad

     For the last few days I have been working off my iPad and it had really halted my rate of work.  I am back on the iMac again and ready to start pumping out some new ideas.  There should be lots to come in the next few days.  Hope you are as excited as I am.  Thanks for reading.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Printing quotes

Like I said today I went went to Office Depot and FedEx Office(Kinkos) and got quotes on printing our cards. At both place I asked for copy prices on 8 1/2 by 11, 80 lb. glossy card stock and printing 400 sheets.

At Office Depot they only had 100 lb. and 65 lb. glossy card stock. I only got a price on the 100 lb. because I thought the 65 lb. would be too flimsy. For 400 prints on the 100 card stock it came to about $0.84 per sheet after tax. Each sheet has 8 cards on it, but the front and backs are separate and need to be glued together. Each sheet of 8 cards front and back costs $1.68. Each card then costs $0.21 to make. Not much lower than having the cards made professionally done but I can make them in small bunches because there is no minimum number of prints. Where as with a prof. there was a 10,000 card minimum to get them as cheap as $0.22 a piece.

Like I said I also went to FedEx and got a quote but it was $1.24 a sheet after tax to get them done there which is almost double the Office Depot quote. I am going to call Staples later to see about their pricing. No need to drive all the way there for a quote. I will let you know what I find out.

Again thanks for reading and don't forget to follow us.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Prototype Printing

Today while at work I was brainstorming on way to cut my prototype costs. My two biggest costs are printing and artwork. So, besides drawing all the cards myself and finding usable free images online, I couldn't really find anyway of cutting costs for artwork. So I am going to continue trying to find a few artists who are willing to help get us started with a few drawings and then back paying them once up and running. Might be a while waiting for these artists to come along.

Moving on to printing costs I thought what if I printed them myself. I would just need a bunch of ink cartridges and paper. Ok, this is sounding good in my head. I figured about 30 colored ink cartridges and about 1200 pieces of think paper. Nope this isn't going to work with my printer. I don't think a think card stock will fit and the ink is gonna smear or bleed. Well scratch that idea without buying a new printer and that isn't going to be cheap. So, what do I always do when I get stuck on an idea, google it. So on a break I ended up watching a few YouTube videos and found this one:
So tomorrow I have the day off and I am going to go to staples/kinkos/office depot and check out different sizes and types of card stock. I am also going to try and get a quote on printing sheets of cards. I figure on an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of card stock I can get 8 cards. A deck of 80 cards would be 10 sheets of 8 cards and 50 decks would be 500 sheets. But two sides glued together would be 1000 sheets. I will get a quotes on these numbers. Also, an advantage to this method is it is less expensive for the prototype and would be done with laser printer not ink but some extra work gluing and cutting cards. Should be a fun and knowledge gaining experience. Thanks for reading and please follow the blog.


Card images

So, I wanna see what everyone thinks about the monster images on the cards. First here's my thinking about it. I'm thinking that for the player cards the monsters would have no background, to make it look more like a sports card and featured actual monster more, and for the play, trick play, special play cards to have a background because they are more about changing the whole "battlefield" or game board and not a single monster(in most cases). Do you like this idea of backgrounds for the images or do you think that all he cards need a background for the image, like a Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh card? The two player cards that I made with free images I found online follow this thought if you would like something to look at for ideas. Hope to hear your feed back. Once again, thanks for reading and don't forget to follow us.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pro athletes

Any know any pro athletes that play collectible card game? I don't know of any and was wondering?


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I joined technorati today, it is a free site that is supposed to help bloggers get more views. Here is my claim token: G36CZR2WSW9N. Hopefully this will help boost traffic to our site and help us gain some followers. If any of you readers are bloggers yourselfvandcwant to get you blog listed her as well, here is a link to a step by step guide to getting listed:
This guide is extremely easy to follow and should help all you bloggers gain some more traffic.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

First click

I would just like to say thank you to whom ever of our readers that clicked on our Adsense ads on the blog. It helped us raise a few dollars toward our first deck printing. Let's keep up the good work and don't forget, tomorrow is our first free giveaway!!! Thanks again. Keep reading and share us with your friends please. -SRock

Monday, December 5, 2011

Free give away!!!

On Wednesday, Dec. 7th anyone who comments on one of our posts here on the blog, becomes a follower of the blog, likes our facebook page, follow us on twitter or donates on our indiegogo page with be put on our list and receive a 3 pack of our next couple of cards*. So, tell your buddies and our post our link and get the word out there. Refer a friend to our site and have them make a comment with your name in it and you will receive an additional card. That is four free cards, who would pass that up. Not me!!!! Below are the links I mentioned before if you need them. Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from all of you soon.
*Cards are not yet printed. Give away will be sent out after first printing.

First comment.

Want to throw a shout out to Gilbert Espino Jr.. He was the first of our viewers to comment on the blog. Because of this we are gonna send him a copy of our second card Bones Batterman. Also, because he is so awesome and our first to comment we are also gonna send him our next 3 cards. Thanks Gilbert.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Football prototype

For the last couple days I have been thinking about how much it is going to cost to make our first 100 decks of cards. I have come to the conclusion that I am going to make only the football part I the game as the prototype, this should cut the prototype costs. I figure we will need to make about 60-80 cards and the football game boards. We could then make to starter football decks with about 40-50 cards in each. This would bring our first printing cost to about . 80 cards times 100 copies of each at $0.22 to print is $1760. And about $150 to print 100 game boards. So that leaves us at $1900 to print our first set of starter decks.

Wait, we have yet paid our artists for the card artwork. 78(we already have two) cards times $50 approximately, is approx. $3900. So, $3900 and $1900 is now $5800 instead of the $23,000 we had before. Also, if I am able to do about half of the artwork or if one of you would like to donate some, that would only leave us with 39 piece of artwork to get our prototype out. 38 times $50 is $1950. Now $1900 and $1950 is only $3850 that would be needed to get a prototype made. I am liking this idea more and more. What about you guys? Do you think this is a good way to approach our prototype? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks again for reading.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Artists and printing costs

I know I haven't posted much in the last couple days but I have been working a lot and have not had as much time to work on our little project here. I have been able to post a few ads on craigslist looking for artists who want to help with getting us up off the ground. We have been receiving quite a few emails each of the last couple of days and I am getting a much better feel for how much artists are gonna want to draw our monsters and other images for cards. so far th going rate for artists hss been in the range of $30-75. With a 225 card deck we are looking at $7750-16875 for artwork alone. Then to get he cards printed we are looking at about $0.22/ card until we are printing 100,000 or more cards at a time. So, with that, 225 cards per deck times $0.22 per card to print is $49.50 complete deck of cards. Now let's say we wanna print 100 decks that would be about $4950. With he two together we are booking at $13,000-23,000. Just o get our first 100 decks. All in all we need to start raising some moola to help fund this bad boy. Also, I need to get my sketch books out and get some more of these cards done on my own. Gotta go to work. Ill type for you later. -SRock