I was gifted 3 lovely Goblin Invention cards to test out for review. I had lots of fun rolling for my people and sending the cards out. I rolled for all three prompts then took my time thinking and writing for each person individually.
I tested a few different ways to write on the postcard as well to help figure out which way was the best in my experience:
Rated 2 out of 5: The pencil.
A lead pencil can work. The quality of the paper is good enough to erase the pencil lead if you make a mistake (if you push hard the letters will stay indented in the post card paper, but the lead erases). Even the pink residue from the erase rubbed away for me. I still don’t recommend a pencil when it comes to mail- whether postcard or writing addresses on envelopes. It works but there is still the possibility of your address or creation being erased or rubbed away. I will say I was surprised how well the pencil held up through the mail so if that is the only writing tool you have it will still work.
Rated 4 out of 5: Sharpie or Permanent Marker.
The sure way of ensuring that your stuff doesn’t wash off in the snow or rain is using a permanent marker. I tested it out and will say that it worked well. The postcard material absorbed the ink well. There was no smudging in my experience. I will note that you may want to find the thinnest tipped marker you have. Even my “fine point” Sharpie was a bit thick.
Rated 0 out of 5: Non-washable Markers
Partially out of curiosity, and partially because I wanted to test other things that were available in my classroom I will say the worst experience I had was with the markers. It smudged terribly, even when just putting it on and was even more worse for wear after being mailed.
Rated 5 out of 5: Colored Pencils
I think I was happiest and most surprised with the colored pencil test. The paper let me color easily with the colored pencils without needing to apply much pressure. Using colored pencils allowed me to add color to the post card with no smudging like with the gel pens or markers. One of my favorite customizations was coloring in the goblin with colors that reminded me of the recipients. I was even able to shade and add details (such as putting eyes and pupils on the goblin).
Rated 3 out of 5: Gel Pens
Gel pen was by far the easiest to apply. The color looked good and not much/if any pressure was needed to write. The major downside was that some of the ink did smudge (even giving it proper time to dry before sending/ touching). I don’t believe that the paper absorbed the gel ink as nicely, so be warned that your work may get smudged in transit in the mail like mine did. My
Rated 4.5 out of 5: Pens
For this part of my writing experiment I chose 3 pens from my desk drawer to test out. I primarily use my R2 pen and the Blue z grip.
Z grip- blue
Staples - black
R2 Blast- Orange
Pens to me are the good ol’ reliable option when it comes to filling out postcards. Depending on your pen, some of them (like the Staples pen) I needed to press hard for the ink to be legible but others like the Blue and Orange options worked good. Some pens worked better on the material than others. The cheaper pens with less quality ink I had to push harder with, leaving grooves in which the ink then filled. This would be probably the easiest and most convenient way to fill out these postcards.
Rated 0 out of 5: Crayons
My first attempt to add color. Was a TERRIBLE idea. Did not color well on the postcard paper, was able to rub it off with just my thumb leaving just a small color stain behind. I originally wanted to test crayons for the potential of using wax seals on it, but the crayon test failed so I wasn’t going to test wax seals after either.
Things of note:
To make it easier I circled the numbers that I rolled on the dice on each post card to help the receiver know which person they were on the list and to help make sense of all the words that were imagined thinking of them.
I found these post cards to be a fun and unique experience to send to my ttrpg friends. I think there are enough ways to customize them and use them to truly give each individual a special golem all their own.
I would also love to see a digitalized version that we could send to individuals that we don't have mailing addresses for (like a digital link that gives you so many you can download to type in as a pdf form before sending). I do believe that more Goblin Creations should be filling peoples mail boxes.