Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator

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Making Card Games
By QQuixotic
Trying to make a card game? Trying to import a deck? Figure out the specifics here!
 
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Basics
Making a deck of cards is simple. It consists of three main elements: The back of the card, the faces of the cards, and what is shown if the card is in a users hand face up (so you know if a players is viewing their cards without knowing what the card is). Each deck can consist of up to 69 unique cards. To play a game that requires more than 69 cards, you may spawn in multiple decks, which can then stack like a normal deck and function as a single deck.

The back of the card should be it's own .jpg image, containing only the image for the back of the card, while the 'faces' of the card, as well as the card that appears on it's own sheet, should appear in a single image, sequentially, in 7 rows of 10 columns each. Because you will have the chance to specify how many cards each 'sheet' contains, a deck containing less than 70 cards should include blank areas for the rest of the cards. The final space from this template will specify the card that will be shown if another player has the card in his hand.
Cards should follow roughly this template:
Note: Cards do not need to follow these dimension rules! See Dimensions below for specifics on getting the perfect fitting card!
Usage
To load a custom deck, simply click Spawn Objects, then Cards, then Custom Deck. A display will come up asking you to enter in the URL for the back of the card, the sheet containing the various card fronts, and how many cards the card sheet contains.
If your card sheets or card backs are not hosted online, instead of a URL you may also use "file:///C:/PATHNAME/image.jpg". For example, if I wanted to access "Ticket_To_Ride_Back.jpg" for my image back, I could enter the following in the 'back' space: file:///C:/Users/QQuixotic/Downloads/Tabletop/Ticket_To_Ride_Back.jpg
For obvious reasons, using locally hosted (file:///...) card paths is useless online, as other players will likely not have the same image at the same location on their machine.
Uploading
Images can be uploaded to any source that can be publicly accessed. Dropbox, Photobucket, and Imgur are popular choices. Simply visit the site, make an account (if required), and begin your free uploads. Don't forget to post your images here on the content creation forum for all to enjoy, though!
Dimensions
A single 'card sheet' doesn't have to have any specific dimensions to work. The sheet will automatically be sliced into 70 spaces like in the 7x10 grid shown above.
To have optimal, uniformly fitted cards, all cards (including ones on the sheet and the back) should have a 5x7.2 ratio. For games without precise artwork, minor stretching from having different dimensions will likely go unnoticed.
Quick Reference
*Card sheets can be on any dimension, it will divide 7x10 to the best of it's ability
*Card ratios are 5x7.2. Usually not worth worrying over this, though.
*Local files may be used instead of URL's by using file:///C:/PATH/name.jpg for Windows machines. Please comment on how to do this for non-Windows machines!
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83 Comments
Dinglewagon Jun 29 @ 10:37pm 
Do they have to be .jpg or can they be .png?
Person Apr 8 @ 9:47am 
@QQuixotic could you show me how does it make? Or tell me a link with instructions for this? Please
QQuixotic  [author] Apr 8 @ 7:19am 
@Person the best option would probably be stickers manually added to each card, if you need to dynamically reveal the sections. Otherwise, having various searchable versions of each card could work.

@Elysium Sorry I didn't see this. You're going to want to make sure your look at it as a single, large sheet with 10 even columns and 7 even rows. As long as this is true, the entire card should fit within the cards you've uploaded.
Person Apr 8 @ 12:04am 
Help me please guys. How can I hide some text areas on a cards? There are cards which have a spoilers. So I need to hide 1, 2 or 3 areas on this cards. How can I make it? I see people card deck in one board game. This deck has cards with hidden text areas
ElysiuM- Jan 26 @ 2:21am 
Hi im trying to upload pictures to the front of the card but it just goes out of screen, meaning i cant see the picture becuase the dimensions dont fit help pls
coryholland76 Oct 30, 2017 @ 9:07pm 
Thanks @QQuixotic! I've got my first custom deck in the game now. Quick question though. Would you know how to make the search work in the custom deck? Like if I have Card A and Card B in my custom deck and when I search it, after it is in play on the table, I want the results set to limit by the search.
Aikikid64 Sep 19, 2017 @ 10:56am 
Can you use the Steam Cloud for uploading of public access images, like dropbox or photobucket?
Salvatos Apr 18, 2017 @ 12:12pm 
@unkiemukus @Mizzet5 You can drop entire folders into the deck editor (though only 70 cards can be used per sheet so any excess will be disregarded). See http://berserk-games.com/knowledgebase/custom-decks/
Mizz Mar 25, 2017 @ 11:37am 
I would also like an answer to unkiemukus' question.
unkiemukus Oct 16, 2016 @ 9:53am 
I used the Magic Set Editor, or MSE for short, to make Custom Cards for my Game. By any chace you know How I could get what I made on MSE into TableTop??
Do I need to save out Each Card as a .JPG Image and put them in one at a Time OR is there a more Easyer way to do this??