Board Games Tiles / Chits
Boardgame Chits and board game tiles are a widely used component in various board games. These board game chits and tiles are made out of cardboard and are divided into two. The larger cardboard pieces are used more as map tiles for board games, while the smaller pieces are usually used as small tokens.
In order to unify the definition, on this page we will call them both cardboard tokens.
These cardboard tokens can act as any type of component you will need in your board game:
they can be a board game resource token and stand for coins, raw material, merchandise etc.
They can be cut into tiles and areas to be played on during your game like mentioned above.
they can also personify a character of your choosing. So if your game has multiple characters you can print them on a piece of cardboard and stand that piece of a plastic stand.
Some games also use them to resemble artifacts or items and so the list goes on.
These cardboard tokens can have different thicknesses. The thinnest recommend thickness is 1mm, after that 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm. To see the different cost of a token sheet per thickness visit our Cardboard Cost - How Much Does it Cost to Make a Board Game Article.
Board Games with Tiles / Chits.
Like we said previously, they can be found in almost every board game on the market. Some of our favorite examples are Catan which uses them as tiles for areas. Gold west of Tasty Mineral games which uses them for resources. City of Horror by Repos Production uses cardboard for character tokens. My First Ice Age by Z-Man games uses cardboard as items, houses, and more.
How to Make Board Game Tokens
Boardgame tokens are not made piece by piece but they are printed on one sheet of paper, which is then glued to a similar size cardboard piece, and then cut according to the token shape and size. As mentioned, these pieces can be anywhere between 1-3mm thick.
When designing the token sheets, you should keep in mind that the cutting machine will not cut properly in a clean way a sheet that is too large. There are 3 sizes of sheets that are used for small tokens, and one size sheet that can fit a larger tiles.
If you are designing small cardboard tokens make sure they fit within the 12, 9, and maximum 6 piece sheet of paper.
For small tokens use one of the following sizes:
12 piece = 29.4*29.4cm.
9 piece sheet = 29.4*39.4cm
6 piece sheet = 44*39.4cm.
For a large-tile area, you can use up to 4 pieces of paper but not more.
4 piece = 44*59cm
Punch out Tokens
When making the cardboard tokens, you can choose between leaving the chits and tiles inside the larger cardboard sheet for the customer to punch out, or having people in the factory pre-punch out the tokens from the sheet.
Most creators like to leave this job for the end customer, as the pieces are kept in better shape and in mint condition.
However, take into consideration, that if you have an insert in your box, those sheets will lay above the insert, which means after they are punched out players might be left with a lot of empty space. Also, if you want to save on shipping, it might be a good idea to cut some loose weight.