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As an old-school blue-box life-long RPGer, I disagree on several points. There are lots of publishers that do release everything as PDFs in the RPG business, including lots of PDF-only publishers, but WotC is far and away the biggest player in the business, so this is pretty significant. While I like having my nice tidy bookshelves full of books, being able to have my laptop right there with a PDF to search for Rules or concepts would make people who are rule whores like me be able to find the specifics quickly without spending 20 minutes looking. Share twitter facebook linkedin Big Deal Score: Log in. Yeah, well they don't have to worry about any conflict.
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How about the square footage to display the books? Now how do you expect the store's owner to feel if those books were available as eBooks for one fourth of the hardcopy retail price?
Game stores generally. That's an excellent point, one that's often referred to as "channel conflict" in the wholesale biz. You don't to piss off your current customer base bookstores and gaming stores unless you're sure the new form PDF's will bring in more profit than you lose with the existing base. Yeah, well they don't have to worry about any conflict. Actually I wouldn't buy the hardcover books at those prices either.
I'm on the fence personaly The entire idea of having to lug not to mention BUY a Laptop and charger around to just read a book just dosn't leave me with a good taste in my mouth. I love the idea of the PDF but making me buy it seperate and additional to the book seems a bit too much.
I just can't get over the loss of the paper in a "book". Oh and anybody who says to "Just Print it out" will b. Love electronic distribution but While I do love electronic distribution, trying to read something as long as the Spell Compendium in a PDF makes me shudder. I love being able to physically flip pages, pass the book around and read without a computer. There are certianally things that are nicer about an electronic distribution, but when they try to recreate a book on a computer, it loses a lot of what makes reading on a computer better.
When I can do a spin-find, resize the window and have the text rewrap, change fonts for maximum readability, etc. Until then, I prefer that my books are in fact books, and that my files stay delightfully DRM-free. Good Idea Score: This is certainly a good idea since a large number of computer geeks yes, admit it.. However I personally prefer to have a book in physical form for all things, so unless there's some motiviation to purchase the book in this format financial or otherwise I'm not going to be doing this.
The one benefit that is very clear though, is the ability to purchase books and have them immediately, and not be limited by what the bookstore happens to have in stock today.
I just hope they allow eventually you to roll your own rulebooks with the elements of individual PDFs. That would be especially handy. Psst - You can break the rules! If everyone in your gaming group agrees a particular rule sucks - ignore it. If you hate using spell memorization rather than per-level MP my own biggest peeve , just use MP and to hell with memorization. If you think a fixed exp per kill leads to mindless killing sprees and dungeon crawling, make better use of roleplaying-based advancement.
You didn't actually read what GP said.
I wish they'd allow me to cut and paste parts and pieces of the PDFs to create my own rules compilations. Trah would be especially handy. You're welcome. Mostly awesome! This is definitely a good thing, as I've known GMs who need the convenience of e-books badly enough that they either scan the whole thing themselves or ahem find another source of a scanned copy It's definitely one of the reasons I mainly GM from digital source material.
But, why no discount? That's pretty inexcusable. This is definitely a good thing, as I've known GMs who need the convenience of e-books badly enough that they either scan the whole thing themselves or ahem find another source of a scanned copy I've tried GMing with PDF versions of the 2e manuals legally bought , but I just found that it's not as convenient as having the book in front of you.
Actually, it's even worse than no discount. You're actually paying a premium for the electronic version, vs. PDF, eh? Cool, so the DRM comes pre-cracked, and these should appear online within a month or so.
Granted, you can't drag an entire shelf of books around with you, but the players guide, DMs guide, and whatever setting-specific guide applies to your campaign, doesn't really take that much effort - The Dew and snacks for the evening probably weigh more than the books you need.
And as for looking up a particular rule Not so subtle hint, oh Gods of Slashdot? I have quite a few of them. Mind you I have quite a few books in hardcover, but I also download a PDF version since so many damned players kept borrowing books and never returned them.
When I play, I want a book infront of me. If a player wants a book, I email them a PDF version. And there is no reason why the PDF versions should be full price. And the irony is, of course, that the unauthorized versions are likely to be more functional than the full-price official production.
I never get that when logged in. I usually don't log in until ready to post If we didn't have rule books to look up things, what would be the point in arguing over the rules? Full price? No chance. There's no printing, storage, or shipping costs associated with the PDF versions. I'd cheerfully start purchasing every one of the books, but no way I'm paying that much for an electronic download. And what about upgrades? What's the policy on that? Any errate I've seen released is often released free of charge through the publisher's website in a small PDF with a list of corrections.
I can't see how that would change. Here's how new gaming sessions will go DM - As you enter the dimly lit room, you see a creature lurking in the corner, laughing in the corner. As you approach it, things to dark for a second and then the entire room is illuminated with a bright azure light. Fighter - I punch the the screen with my fist. Rogue - I sneak around back and attempt to unplug it. Must be a definition of ALL I'm not familiar with. But you can get basically free copies of these in the SRD site.
It won't be PDF, but they'll be good enough. Or use http: Most of the content of the three core books and some from others is available for free free as in beer, and under a license inspired by Free Software licenses, though arguably not completely Free in that sense in RTF the official release as the d20 SRD, there are also free PDF versions available from third-parties under the same license.
Good side Score: Big Deal Score: A lot of people here seem to be sans clue about the 'costs' of physical books. As other posters have said, many p. Another media company fails to get it Score: This shows foresight, as WotC hasn't had to deal with piracy for as long as the music companies have. I'm buzzing. And someone getting picky at a gaming table isn't the same as getting busted for copyri.
I'd prefer if I sat down at a convention w. This just shows how slow WoTC has been Score: Steve Jackson Games has been doing this for a while now [sjgames. There are lots of publishers that do release everything as PDFs in the RPG business, including lots of PDF-only publishers, but WotC is far and away the biggest player in the business, so this is pretty significant. Books with free ebooks Score: What about classic 1st edition stuff?
I know they have just a couple up on the site, but why not republish it all? Reason for DRM, same price, etc. OK, I see a lot of people complaining that these are DRM encumbered and that they are the same price as the hardcover copies. There is no benefit to purchasing these over the printed books. Well there are slight benefits such as serchable text but that's about it. I agree though, it's not worth it.
The solution is to not buy it. I am sure that people have been demanding a PDF release for quite a while. This is pretty much the only way to do it. Release it as restricted PDF to cut down on "sharing" of the files is obvious but why make it the same price as the paper material? Simply to not piss off the small game vendors. They have a few rooms in back where you can get together with other players and play a game; if you need more players or are looking for a group, they offer a bulletin board.
This is where new players learn how to play. They have been slowly going the way of the video game arcade. The difference is that video games could easily move right into the home. RPGs, a social experience, aren't so lucky. Role-playing cannot survive in an online only world.
I've tried dozens of times including currently with WoW but it isn't the same. It's like online poker; the mechanics are there but the social aspect is gone. These game stores are exactly that. If people purchase their books and resources online exclusively, the struggling game stores lose even more money and close. Once they close, the gamers either play in their homes or leave the hobby entirely. Either way, there is no new blood infused into the hobby. So if you like the hobby, go support your local game store.
Buy your overpriced splat books there instead of online. Have a chat with the owner, he's probably there. I don't think that his story will differ much from what you've just read here. D20 SRD Score: The D20 system is already online, it's open source: Can't be much fun playing without a big pile of books though.
Bout time Score: Goldang, slap my ass and call me Sally. This is better than a fried pickle at the fair. I won't have to carry that crap aroun in the truck no more. When Wally wants to throw one a them spells at Bobby Lee, he won't have to find all 'em books. He kin jus pull it up on the tv screen. It won't take so long to wallop poor ole Bobby Lee's little wimpy ass troll back to garage door with my cipherin double-ought spell from my old fearsome ass-kickin chicken. Course, we won't get as drunk no more cause it won't tak.