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MadTinkerer
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:46 pm    Post subject: Hardbound or PDF? Reply with quote

So, which kind of Savage Worlds books will you be buying in the future? Solid, long-lasting, hardbound books or ephemeral, long-downloading PDFs? (You can guess my preference.)

Hardbounds take frickin' forever (it seems) to get from GWG to me, but when they do, I like the fact that I can put them on my shelf and read them without straining my eyes or spending jillions on ink and paper.

On the other hand, PDFs are infinitely damage resistant (provided they download sucessfully), don't run the risk of the printer not putting enough glue on the spine, cheaper (always a plus) and exponentially copyable. They take forever to download instead of forever to distribute.

Both have their good sides. I prefer to buy hardback whenever possible, but I do appreciate all of the PDF accessories, especially the figure flats.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you need a third option -- both. I will buy pdf's so I can have them now and not have to wait for the hardback to get to Australia. Then buy the hardback when it gets here so I can take something to the gaming table and have on the shelf.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll never buy a hardback again. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You definitely need a 3rd option of both. I will buy some PDF, some hardbound, some both.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... It doesn't seem to let me edit the poll. Just choose hardback if you're buying hardback at all. That's what I voted for.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, it's an option. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Clint! I'd hate to slew the vote the wrong way. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replied both, but i won't buy both of all settings.

Core book i want the revised edition hardbound, some ettings i'll wnat boht ( mainly those i gm heavily ) Others the PDF or the hardback will do.

I would love to see a bundle deal PDF + book.!!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both

PDF is being able to quickly print out pages you need from the book, transport the book in your hardrive or portable computer. Easier. PDF are Fast Furious and Fun!

Hardbacks for having the "real" thing at home and being able to lend it to someone without having to switch on a computer. And only SW Books, I'll never ever buy a RPG book again except the SW.

PDF and Hardbacks is a bit like having an album in MP3 and the real album in CD. I guess I just like to own "real things" instead of just having a "virtual" representation of them.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both.

I like the full text search feature in PDFs and the option to print out only some pages for my players as reference or handouts.

But on the gaming table I prefer my hardbound books. They are easier to carry around and to hand over across the table, if someone wants to reread some rules or powers.

The greatest PLUS for the PDF books is their availability. Here in Europe we have to be patient until either a direct order via online shop gets shipped by camel caravans or our local game shop gets some copies (most of the time even later than the direct order at Smith&Robards).

So here in those under-"savaged" countries a "double deal" (PDF + hardbound book) would be welcomed.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second (or third, or fourth or whatever) that.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cable Hogue wrote:
Here in Europe we have to be patient until either a direct order via online shop gets shipped by camel caravans or our local game shop gets some copies (most of the time even later than the direct order at Smith&Robards).So here in those under-"savaged" countries a "double deal" (PDF + hardbound book) would be welcomed.

same here.
I am still waiting for my local shop to get TOD though. I want to support that shop for being the only RPG shop around still ordering books from small RPG companies. And having some SW books in that shop is also another way to get publicity for the game. Someone might just discover the SW game this way.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer hardbound, but I voted for PDF, since thats what Im going to buy. When you have to pay 15 dollars just for shipping it makes you think... Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be buying both PDF and Hardcover for the main rules, but I'll probably stick to hardcover for the setting books. They won't get used nearly as much as the rules, and will certainly see me through to the end of my life. Smile

On the other hand, the PDF for the rules will let me do many of the things that JB wants to do. Especially add to the existing material.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If a book sounds interesting, I'll buy the PDF. If it's still interesting, I'll get the book, and frankly I'd get the book hardback or softcover. Just as long as I had a real book.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both.

For the rules, I want to have a copy of the hardback on hand. Maybe I just like the weight of real books. But at the same time, I want a copy of the pdf, making it easier to cut and paste chunks of this and that for my home-made players guides.

As for the rest of the SW library, it's going to be a mix. I had every intention of picking up NE in hardcover. But then again, I don't know if I'll ever run the campaign, making the pdf (saving $10) that much more appealing.

I'm really liking all the options PEG gives me.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both. For rules, I like having hardback books or at least soft cover to actually have on a shelf and take down and read. No strain on the mark 1 eyeball.

For settings, I'd go with both. I like having a book, but travelling makes pdfs a far more easy option. If I were to go back to Germany, I'd probably take both pdfs and books, depending on what I'd run. I can't take the 2+ boxes of books I've accumulated, so pdfs are a lot better, especially if I want to run a one-shot that I can print up and take with me, plus print selected pages and players guides. Plus the cds I'd burn them to last longer than the books.

Both for me!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i second the kudos to PEG for more options, but u just can't beat the vicseral feel of hoding a real book.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One and a half Wink The Players Guides are a MUST HAVE, but for the whole thing, I'd go with a Hardbound anytime.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2004 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like real books the most. And with my 56K modem connection those big PDF's aren't a real option for me.
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