Patrick Galbraith

Web developer - Adelaide, Australia

Zombicide 51

How to print the ultimate custom equipment deck

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TLDR

Download the finished card files including the equipment cards from Zombicide and all current expansions
Plus custom equipment cards and photoshop templates.

Update: Now contains Season 3, Angry Neighbors, Dog Companions, and Limited Edition/Kickstarter cards.

PREVIEW ONLINE DOWNLOAD FILES (v2.0)

LOOKING FOR SPAWN CARDS?

See my follow up post Zombicide #2 How to print the ultimate spawn card deck.

Lately I’ve been playing a lot of the awesome hobby that is board games. The last few years have seen a renewed interest in board games likely aided by the internet and its ability to provide crowd funding for a range of new and exciting games. One of these is Zombicide which was funded in 2012 and raised a respectable $780k.

Zombicide is a thematic co-op game for 1 to 6 players. Each player controls between one (for 6 players) and four (solo game) survivors, humans trapped in a zombie-infested town.

Basically lots of dice rolling, zombie minis, crazy weapons… what more could you ask for in a board game.

How about more crazy weapons and equipment!

With that thought began my quest for the ultimate Zombicide equipment deck.

Sourcing the images

There are a number of custom card printers but none that I found can print the mini-card size that Zombicide uses so the only alternative is to re-print the entire base deck in a slightly different size. Which sounds like a bad idea if it wasn’t for the fact that you can easily and cheaply print cards through a number of online printers such as PrinterStudio and ArtsCow but more about that later.

Guillotine Games has released high-res basic card templates and some of the cards in high-res on their website. However not all of the cards are available online in digital format. After a whole lot of searching online I managed to find that there is a Zombicide companion app.

zombicide-app

After extracting all of the equipment card image assets from the app. I now had all 52 unique equipment cards from Season 1, 2 & Toxic City Mall. Time to make some custom cards.

Creating custom cards

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a equipment card photoshop template that contains all the features I needed so I build a new one which I have included in the download. Using this template I created a bunch of custom equipment cards. Here is a sample of some of the custom cards mixed in with the base cards.

zombicide-custom-cards

For reference the fonts used are:

  • Crackhouse
  • ITC Avant Garde Gothic Std – Bold Condensed
  • Helvetica Neue LT Std – Extra Black Condensed
  • Eurostile Bold Condensed

Printing the deck

In order to re-print the equipment decks you will need to print the following.

Edit: See this document for updated list of equipment:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XLGrwFbj3wk0c37scQS-GoIr4dh_YDeJpOjYveWdH74/edit#gid=1143787238

That works out to 173 equipment cards and 46 wound cards. However you won’t need 46 wound cards so I recommend you print around 16-24 wound cards. I printed my deck through PrinterStudio which for a 224 card deck came to $14.60 (Note: these prices have now changed, you may need to shop around or wait for a sale). This gave me 27 cards to use for custom cards after re-printing all the base cards. Here is the deck type I used http://www.printerstudio.com/personalized/custom-blank-playing-cards-mini-size.html.

The finished product

DOWNLOAD

Download all the finished files including the equipment cards from Zombicide and all current expansions
Plus custom equipment cards and photoshop templates.

Update: Now contains Season 3, Angry Neighbors, Dog Companions, and Limited Edition/Kickstarter cards.

PREVIEW ONLINE DOWNLOAD FILES (v2.0)

zombicide-equip-photo-1

LOOKING FOR SPAWN CARDS?

See my follow up post Zombicide #2 How to print the ultimate spawn card deck.

COMMENTS

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  1. Maniac said

    Hi Patrick,
    I’m currently in the process of creating translated survivor id cards. For this I need survivor pictures without the background. With the pictures found online it’s not easy to get good results when removing the background, because there is some blur on the images.

    You are talking about extracting the card images from the app. Could you provide some details about this? I’d like to do this to get the survivor images from the app.

    Thanks in advance,
    Maniac

  2. Ram said

    Dude! your are a legend! I have been looking everywhere for just the cards for Walk of the dead

  3. Cody said

    Awesome, thanks for this. I wasn’t super interested in printing existing cards but now I know how to get real cards of the custom designs I’ve made. I would like to see you do the upcoming seasons and expansions, too. I need an AK47 to customize, haha! And if you know of a place that prints the right size, front and back, for character cards, I would like to see that, too.

    • Hi Cody,
      I’m just waiting for the app to update with the new images from season 3 before I can grab the new images. As for the character sheets I’m not sure but your best bet would just be to take them to a local print shop and print onto card stock and then just get it cut to size. The character sheets won’t be difficult since they don’t require the special card paper that playing cards do.

  4. Ram said

    Hi Maniac,
    Do you by any chance have any of the other cards such as the Companion Dogs or the Cards that come with the VIP Zombies?

  5. Paulo said

    Hi,

    Great work dude.

    I was browsing the database, but the Rifle was missing.

    Also, any chances you’ll make S3 equipment cards?

  6. Thanks for all the work you did on this. I am super thankful for it all. I wish Zombicide would update their app so we can pull off the new characters. I’m going to write my congressman about this ;)

  7. Robert said

    Great work!
    Thank you for documenting your process so well and sharing the files.

    Looks fantastic.

    Regards,
    R.Grimm

  8. James said

    Hey, just trying to put an online version of Zombicide together and saw your equipment cards, only problem is you didn’t put a rifle in the Season 1 deck.

  9. Ryan said

    Hey man, found your website very useful. Having brought the base Zombicide game I want to make an equipment deck that includes equipment from all expansions (I intend to buy the tile and token sets from the small box sets but not the whole expansions) for some custom campaign rules I’m working on. Do you have access to high res equipment cards for Rue Morgue and Angry Neighbours, or would that rely on those expansions being released in the app?

  10. marbourg said

    Very nice, thank you !

    Do you plan to do it again when the zombicidee companion app will be updated in 2016 ?

  11. marbourg said

    Great news: Zombicide compnion app with all seasons content is out

  12. larry said

    How do you insert the pictures into the template on photoshop?

  13. Finne Fortuin said

    I used your guide to print more equipment and spawn cards – very nice. Only printerstudio.com had a mini card size of 2.5×1.75 inches, while my base game (Season 1) has mini cards of 2.5×1.6 inches. :-( so not quite a perfect match if you want to mix cards.

  14. Ryan Davis said

    Hi Patrick,

    Not sure if you come here anymore. I was wondering if you could provide a tutorial on how to use the disunity tool? I downloaded the tool, got the latest OBB file for the app, but have no idea how to use disunity to “extract” the files. All the tutorials are from years ago and don’t make a lick of sense to me. i’m jut going round in circles.

  15. George Saulfield said

    I was very confused in how to use Photoshop to create these cards. A brief explanation would be very helpful.

    • LOVE your September box! MUCH better than the August box! Actually my fave item is that Kate Quinn Kimono Bodysuit! I’ve never seen that brand before but definitely adding it my list of brands to favor! Overall, love the colors and quality of stuff you got this month! Hoping if I continue WB they will be like this (well, for a girl).

  16. James Larson said

    I looked at Printer studio and it’s so much more expensive now, any other sites you would recommend?

    • George Montrego said

      I definitely agree with James and also am curious if you know any sites that print out these custom cards.

      • Not sure George it was 2 years ago that I printed them. Maybe check out Boardgamegeek for recommendations.

  17. Matthew said

    Hi Patrick,
    I’m so sorry to bother you and I know it’s been a while and also a lot to ask but do you think it would be possible if you could add the Rue Morgue, and Angry Neighbors cards to your database. I wouldn’t want this to be a hassle in any way but it would just be so awesome and helpful of you. Thanks again.

  18. Steve said

    Very nice Patrick, thank you !

    Do you have the fonts for Photoshop files?

    ITCavantGardeStd BoldCn
    EurostileObl Normal
    Eutostile Bold
    Crackhouse

    EutostileLTStd BoldCm
    Cracked

    HelveticaNeueLTStd XBlkCn
    HelveticaNeueLTStd BlkCn

    Thanks man.

  19. Marco said

    Hi Patrick,

    apparently your templates are too big for printerstudio.com. As soon as i drag them in there, the outside gets in the ‘cut-off’-zone. Do you have any smaller templates for the equiplment cards?

    Thanks in advance. And sorry for the bad english :)

    • Hi Marco,

      Not sure since I used printerstudio for mine and it worked fine. I did leave a lot of bleed area around the card for that reason. Make sure you are using the correct minicard size since they offer a few variations.

  20. Michael said

    Amazing work. Any chance you got extra cards for black plague too?

  21. Jason said

    I just wanted to say “thank you” for all your work, here – with the Zombicide cards. My wife and I are getting old and we (mainly just me!) find the print on the physical cards that come with the game too small to read.

    You’ve been a massive help – thank you.

  22. Jacob said

    Patrick, just want to say great work! Do you have any tips on extracting the cards from the new Black Plague app?

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cmon.BlackPlague

  23. Rudi said

    Love your Black Plague work… cool Stuff.

    do you have a template for selfprinting. thicker foto gloss paper will work. nearly the same papertype. not exact but good enough.

    I only miss a good template and Backsides for the cards (Black Plague) and or Blanko Cards (perfect to fullfill the paper an have some handcustomable cards.

    Regards
    Rudi

  24. hiro said

    Many thanks, Patrick! Really amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Dice ruler said

    Hi Patrick!!

    I want to ask you if can you upload the Kickstarter zombicide black plague exclusive cards? please.

    Greetings.

  26. Mike said

    Sorry – I am a new Zombiecide addict trying to put together a printerstudio order of the PATRICKMEGADECK(s). Great work and such a public service.

    I am a it confused though about the quantity of cards to order, and how exactly you would use this deck.

    So what do you do with the repeated equipment items as you go down the master .doc list adding them to the card order?

    In the base game equipment deck, there are 4 ‘AHHH’ cards – and 4 more included in Prison Expansion, and 6 more in the Rue Morgue. Do you print out all of them (and the other ‘repeated’ equipment) and combine the whole glorious beefy slurry to form the MEGADECK? If I wanted to use this in the base game I would just use the mega deck as printed instead of the stock one, right?

    Also, it does seem like some of the stats and text on the bottom and top of some cards are into the bleed off, when dropped into the (stock) individual card slot templates on the printerstudio deck builder. Do they come out ok or need to be individually adjusted?

    Also, how do you get the wounded cards to be double sided with the same wounded image?

    Sorry for the questions and THANK YOU! So awesome.

    • To answer all your questions.

      – I didn’t have any issues with bleed on the cards I printed.
      – I didn’t bother re-printing all the Ahhh! cards since I only play with 4 people. You can always skip printing them since they sit in a different deck.
      – For the wounded cards you should be able to add a different card back (I was possible when I printed them).

      Regards,
      Patrick

  27. Anton Arakcheyev said

    Hi Patrick!

    Can you share your own custom cards? AS I see “Marble Bust” is awesome and I’d like to add it and more to my game)

    Thanks in advance!

  28. John said

    Question: Could you update the PSD for Black Plague to contain color variations for the ribbon in the magic illustration? It currently is green but there are illustrations with a blue ribbon, like with the ice blast jpg you created.

  29. John said

    When using the the PSD template provided by PrintStudio, fitting the images ( JPG or PSD ) does not leave any room for cutting/bleeding:

    http://cld.wthms.co/UcF3oI

    It would be awesome to get a v3.0 of the download files that contain bleeding for cutting, like the recent Massive Darkness reprints provided by CMON:

    http://cld.wthms.co/F9blFB

    Thanks!

    • The original Zombicide files were built with additional bleed. Unfortunately I haven’t had time to rework the Black Plague files to include bleed. It should be fairly easy to use the clone stamp tool to add the sides in and then apply that to all the files with a Photoshop action.

      Regards,
      Patrick

  30. John said

    Thanks for the advice Patrick! No worries, you’ve done enough to give a fantastic head start! I’ve touched up the Black Plague PSD and threw it on my site.

    I increased the size for additional room for bleed, specific to the PSD template provided by PrintStudio. I also added is the ability to customize your own colors for enchantments, card backs, and magic.

    http://heycoy.com/2017/08/14/zombicide-black-plague-custom-cards-psd/

  31. Lars said

    Hi! Thanks for all of the amazing stuff! This seems to be very nice way to create custom decks and combining them with the official decks. I have S1, S2 and BP, and more variety is definitely needed.

    Are there some copyright issues regarding re-print order from printerstudio or some other company?

    Has somebody used Game Crafter´s (https://www.thegamecrafter.com) services for this project? Recommended Printer Studio´s prices seem to be higher now.

  32. “Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time, today i find it finally. this post give me lots of advise, it is very useful for me

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