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June 3, 2010 / didier daglinckx

The Linchpins cards game …

Fabian has done a very great work preparing cards to play the 14th of june at the Linchpins meetup.

[Update: now also available French and German...]

Linchpin cards

Hey Linchpins.

Just some notes regarding these PDFs and how to use them:

If you know how to do it, you can print and cut them yourself at home.

Runs with more than ten or twenty sheets are better given to a copyshop. Just call them about the details (invest as much in the paper quality as possible), mail them the pdf and pick up later or the next day. You will probably still have to sort them yourself into decks ;-)

Since they are business-card format, they fit into any standard business card box to have them with you all the time. Give them out to people or just leave them somewhere as mini-flyers. If I had found any of those quotes in the subway, in the club or at university, I would have been hooked. Quality paper gives them a valuable feeling, so people will probably keep them (remember that business card scene from American Psycho?).

Another possibility is to print them on sheets of adhesive paper and make stickers. Copyshops will probably not have these adhesive papers in stock, so you would have to get them yourself at a business supply and bring them with you.

Examples would be “Avery 3478″ (A4) or “Avery 5165″ (US letter). They’re not exactly cheap, but each sheet gives you ten stickers.

Meetup-Organizers: a deck of cards and/or stickers makes a great gift to participants…

Have fun and spread the word ;-)

Fabian

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Based on the posters idea (see here)
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The pdfs in two formats and three languages :

linchpin-cards-A4-en.pdf

linchpin-cards-USletter-en.pdf

linchpin-cards-A4-fr.pdf

linchpin-cards-A4-de.pdf

The Indesign formats are available on demand (Wp doesn’t accept the upload of a .zip format):
linchpin-cards-A4&USletter-indd-1.4.zip

The texts if you want to translate them in your language (please send us the translations afterwards to post here) :
Linchpins_cards_en for translations – Linchpins_cards_en.doc

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  1. Andreas / Jun 4 2010 10:44 am

    This is awesome! I printed already a couple out to have them at our Linchpin Meetup in Munich. Is there a way I could translate them in German? Thanx a lot Andreas

    • Fabian / Jun 10 2010 12:58 pm

      Andreas, sorry I haven’t gotten back to you earlier, I lost overview of all the activities that are going on :-]

      I will put up a german version tonight. In case something goes wrong, or there are typos, you can reach me via my profile page…

      Glad you like them!

      Wish you all the best for your MeetUp!

  2. Yukie / Jun 5 2010 5:15 pm

    Wow, fitting into the biz card case is a brilliant idea! Great work Fabian!

    • Fabian / Jun 10 2010 12:59 pm

      Thanks a lot! :-]

  3. Andreas / Jun 10 2010 1:03 pm

    My fault! I printed them in English out already, but have not translated them in German. The Cutting was quite difficult, because you did dot but the cards in one corner of the document. Would this be possible so its easier to cut?

    • Fabian / Jun 10 2010 1:24 pm

      Simple answer: no, sorry :-]

      You can never print the whole sheet without a white edges. Printers leave that margin for safety reasons, printing over the edge of the paper would destroy the printer.

      So, putting the cards in the corner would destroy the design… it’s about the red stripe on top, which should have no white edges.

      I would definitly recommend having them made in a copyshop… I will have my own run there, too on Saturday… I still have a 100 pack of adhesive paper lying around at home ;-]

    • Fabian / Jun 13 2010 7:50 pm

      Hey Andreas!

      Sorry, es hat etwas länger gedauert. Vielleicht ist es zu spät für morgen, aber wir haben sie ja ab jetzt *immer* dabei ;-]

      Auf jeden Fall ist die deutsche Version online, falls Du einen Tippfehler finden solltest, würd ich mich über eine kurze Nachricht freuen.

      Grüße,
      Fabian

      • Andreas / Jun 15 2010 10:56 pm

        Hey Fabian, how was your event? Here in Munich we were 6 people but two I would not consider as people in the Seth Godin tribe. They were there more for just networking and have not even red nor understood linchpin. But one guy made it up for me. I showed them you cards and they really liked it!
        What i want to do now is to build a little game with it. What do you think? What game could that be?

        Btw I could not print out these cards. Somehow it did not work. But it seems you did a great job in translating. I also think gards with two languages would be cool.

        Do you have any idea if there is an internet site where they would make you the cards or how would it be possible to print the cards with two sides??

        Thanx a lot!

        Andreas

    • Fabian / Jun 19 2010 9:44 am

      Hi Andreas! :-]

      Thanks a lot! These cards were really fun to make, great to see that people like them!

      And let me put it like this: I think I know what you mean with people “not in the Seth Godin tribe” and so forth. But: take it easy on them and stay open. These ideas are challenging and “letting out the Linchpin in you” is as exciting as it can be intimidating. I see it as a process… and those trying to exploit it by “sheer networking” will not stay in the long run anyways.

      The Hamburg MeetUp went great. Small group (5), very diverse people, backgrounds and interests. Some of us hadn’t finished the book too, or had just ordered it. We will meet again next month, and we agreed on more or less the same ideas as those Ed compiled.

      What i want to do now is to build a little game with it. What do you think? What game could that be?

      Hmm… Despite risking to sound a little smart-assy: the real game is to apply these ideas to your life, dude! ;-]

      But seriuosly: if you want to build on top of them, just drop me a line and I will send you the Indesign-documents.

      But it seems you did a great job in translating.

      Thanks a lot, that was a real headbreaker.

      Do you have any idea if there is an internet site where they would make you the cards or how would it be possible to print the cards with two sides??

      Copyshop! ;-]

      Business cards are one of the things every copyshop does dozens of times per week. They know how to do it, also two-sided if you want, they can help you to select a nice paper and they will be perfect in colors and cutting.

      Not to say I didn’t have bad experiences with copyshops during the years, but if the operator knows how to use his cutting machine, there is little chance to screw up with business cards…

      Thanks for the feedback and see you soon!

  4. Fabian / Jun 19 2010 9:41 am

    Hi Andreas! :-]

    Thanks a lot! These cards were really fun to make, great to see that people like them!

    And let me put it like this: I think I know what you mean with people “not in the Seth Godin tribe” and so forth. But: take it easy on them and stay open. These ideas are challenging and “letting out the Linchpin in you” is as exciting as it can be intimidating. I see it as a process… and those trying to exploit it by “sheer networking” will not stay in the long run anyways.

    The Hamburg MeetUp went great. Small group (5), very diverse people, backgrounds and interests. Some of us hadn’t finished the book too, or had just ordered it. We will meet again next month, and we agreed on more or less the same ideas as those Ed compiled.

    What i want to do now is to build a little game with it. What do you think? What game could that be?

    Hmm… Despite risking to sound a little smart-assy: the real game is to apply these ideas to your life, dude! ;-]

    But seriuosly: if you want to build on top of them, just drop me a line and I will send you the Indesign-documents.

    But it seems you did a great job in translating.

    Thanks a lot, that was a real headbreaker.

    Do you have any idea if there is an internet site where they would make you the cards or how would it be possible to print the cards with two sides??

    Copyshop! ;-]

    Business cards are one of the things every copyshop does dozens of times per week. They know how to do it, also two-sided if you want, they can help you to select a nice paper and they will be perfect in colors and cutting.

    Not to say I didn’t have bad experiences with copyshops during the years, but if the operator knows how to use his cutting machine, there is little chance to screw up with business cards…

    Thanks for the feedback and see you soon!

  5. Andreas / Jun 19 2010 3:09 pm

    Hey Fabian,

    i did not know that you are in Hamburg! I will be there on the 21 of July.
    Would you like meet then? I will show you my cards and we can play a little game … Life is a game after all and by playing an inspiring game you might be one step futher in applying these ideas to your life.

    • Fabian / Jun 19 2010 4:50 pm

      sure. what kind of game do you have in mind? i guess i can pm you via muenchen at socialbar dot de?

      • Andreas / Jun 22 2010 12:43 am

        Kannst du mich auf Xing anschreiben, kann leider nicht deine Mailadresse finden auf triiibes…

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