Print on Demand is an exciting new process that allows Fantasy Flight Games to develop high-quality components for existing products. This method of manufacturing allows FFG to produce professionally finished cards on a made-to-order basis - which opens up many new opportunities for expanding existing games.
Unlike PNP (Print and Play), POD (Print on Demand) does not leave require any additional work on your part. Simply purchase the Print on Demand product from your local retailer or the Fantasy Flight Games webstore, and you’ll have a professionally printed and produced-to-order product that can be implemented into your game.
What is Print on Demand?
Print on Demand is a method of printing that breaks away from conventional mass-production. Utilizing digital technology, Print on Demand has enabled publishers to produce very small quantities of products at low cost.
Fantasy Flight Games has chosen to use this method of production as a way to provide fans with new material that would otherwise not be commercially viable.
What Does Print on Demand Mean For Customers?
If you’re a gamer and enjoy any of the products from the FFG catalog, Print on Demand is an exciting new way for us to expand the games that you love by way of micro-expansions. While Fantasy Flight Games strives to continually support its numerous lines of games, it is not always feasible to publish traditional expansions for every single product.
Print on Demand allows Fantasy Flight Games to publish certain materials at a whole new pace, without the standard waiting period involved with traditional printing methods. This means that you, the consumer, will have access to new products sooner.
What About For Retailers?
Another exciting aspect of Print on Demand is that retailers are able to remain involved in the sales of these micro-expansions. These Print on Demand products will be available to retailers at their full trade discount. Visit the Professional Zone website for more information.
If you’re a retailer, the Fantasy Flight Games Print on Demand catalog provides your store with the quantity of products that you want, without having to deal with a surplus of SKUs. This will help you customize your inventory to fit the needs of your customer-base.
What Types of Games Can Benefit from Print on Demand?
Due to the difference in production, the Print on Demand cards will not 100% match all of the cards that exist in the Fantasy Flight catalog. Color shifts are bound to happen when printing materials on different printers. In addition, the high-quality Print on Demand cards are created using different methods, resulting in them not having the linen finish found on many Fantasy Flight Games cards.
Print on Demand would not be optimal for every game in the FFG catalog. Games that would be a good candidate for micro-expansions would be games that do not require additional cards to be shuffled into existing decks. In the case of Death Angel, the Space Marine cards do not need to be shuffled into a deck that will be randomly drawn from. Because of this, it is viable to add new cards of this type to the game through micro-expansions (as found in the Space Marine Pack 1).
When Will We Get Our First Print on Demand Products?
The Death Angel expansions are the first Fantasy Flight Games Print on Demand products. The Mission Pack 1 and Space Marine Pack 1 expansions are now available. Visit the website for more information.
And watch out for many more exciting products, coming soon from Fantasy Flight Print on Demand!
Are you a retailer looking for more information about Print on Demand?
Visit the Professional Zone website.