Welcome to a look at how to make Infinity tokens!
Our group is making a foray into the world of Infinity the Game, from Corvus Belli. Infinity is a fantastic, squad based, scifi game with an excellent background and a host of unique rules. The most prominent being the reaction system, where the reactive player can still be involved in the game, during the active players turn.
The game has a very anime/ manga look to it and this is realised on the board through an excellent range of miniatures.
Being squad based, the game allows a lot of detail, which comes with a price – lots of tokens! Tokens are available online for free, from the Infinity Archives page (actually the rules and almost everything else you need to play, except miniatures and terrain, are freely available for download). These free tokens are perfectly fine to use and do the job, the problem I have with them is it can be difficult to sometimes pick them up off the table, and I have a habit of crushing them. There are a few companies making licensed third part tokens. These third party tokens generally look excellent, however they cost a small fortune.
After a quick look around the internet, I stumbled on a number of places making their own markers with a lot of success. I have to apologise, I didn’t write down the places I visited, but I took ideas from a few and then adapted them to what we have available locally. My conditions were, it had to be cheap, it had to be easy, the tokens had to look relatively good and they had to be easy to pick up. Luke and I decided to give token making a shot, the end result met all those conditions, and is a pretty simple, and cheap way to make Infinity tokens. Be warned though, this can be time consuming, so make sure you have a good movie to TV show to watch in the background!
– Custom Infinity Template Generator (a BRILLIANT website has been created by Jonathan Polley, called the Infinity Marker Sheet Creator. I recommend it.)
– Method to print out the tokens (can be printed on paper, cardstock, on laser or inkjet, any quality). The final quality and look is up to you, so print it how you want it.
– 1″/ 25mm circle hole punch (usually found at craft shops)
– PVA Glue, make sure it is clear drying, although I have yet to meet a PVA glue that isn’t.(you can skip this if you find acrylic disks which have one adhesive side, I wasn’t that lucky)
– Old paintbrush. Make sure it isn’t one of your good painting brushes,
– 1″ diameter, 3mm think clear acrylic disks (now if you happen to find any with one adhesive side, for a reasonable price grab them. I couldn’t find any so needed the PVA glue). I picked up mine from Back2Base-iX. They also have an ebay store.
1) Using the Infinity Marker Sheet Creator, I set about organising the tokens I though I would be most likely to use. Setting the page to A4, I think you can get about 70 tokens to a page. I printed two pages (Yes, Infinity can use a lot of markers. Generally not all at once, but there are a lot of options).
2) These marker sheets were printed out on glossy, photoquality paper. I have also printed out a set on cardstock, through a laser printer (make sure you set the quality to the best you can). Both work, the glossy cardstock looks better.
3) From there I cut my tokens into rows, to allow for easier hole punching
4) Punch time… Put on a good movie, line them up, punch them out. All of them. A quick tip, put the printed side facing out so you can better line up the punch.
5) Take one of your acrylic disks, peal off the protective paper
- If you managed to find disks with one adhesive side, peel of the protective paper, line up the punched circle/ token. Stick.
- If you didn’t find adhesive disks, proceed to coat one side with PVA glue. It doesn’t matter how much you use, it will all dry clear. Just be aware, the more glue you use, the whiter it will start out as and the longer it will take to dry/ clear up. I’ll reiterate, don;t panic if your token looks all white, it will dry clear.
This is probably the most lengthy part of the process. Be warned! (Many thanks are needed for my patient wife, who helped peel 150 odd disks over a few hours!)
6) Leave them to dry overnight (I haven’t yet found any that hadn’t been dry and clear the next morning), trim up anything that needs it and there you go, you new shiny, good looking, cheap and easy to pick up Infinity tokens!
7) I have heard of some people applying a gloss varnish over the back of the token for added strength. So far I have not had any noticeable issue with the cardstock. If you do wish to proceed with this step, I recommend just grabbing a pot of Gloss Varnish (or whatever you wish to use) and painting it over the back of the token. Make sure not to get any on the acrylic as it may ruin the clarity, or transparency of the acrylic.
Costs: Currently the most common third part tokens for Infinity go for anywhere between $8 and $22 for between 8 and 12 tokens. Bulk packs and specialty tokens may cost more or less. Cost per token is usually between about 75 cents and $1
Our tokens cost $15 for the acrylic disks, all 150 of them. Add in the worst case scenario for hole punches, PVA glue, scissors and printing costs and it adds up to, say $35 for 150 tokens. That makes them around the 25 cent mark.
This really was an easy project, and it gets you a nice number of tokens to use for your Infinity games. There are many variations you can use, all to save time, money or improve looks. For Luke and I, this was pretty well what we were after, and we are happy with the results.
Does anyone have anythings about markers in games?
Have any of you gone and made your own gaming markers, or tokens? I would love to see them, it’s always good to see more ideas!