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Post Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:53 pm 
 

An interesting development in a couple of ways.

First, projects that never launched suddenly launching.  That does not happen much.  Usually dead is dead.

Second, the move to PDF format seems to indicate an intention not to publish in hardcopy again...?


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:25 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:An interesting development in a couple of ways.

First, projects that never launched suddenly launching.  That does not happen much.  Usually dead is dead.

Second, the move to PDF format seems to indicate an intention not to publish in hardcopy again...?


Intention or ability. It could be that having completed manuscripts it is affordable to release them as either pdfs or print on demand but not to go to the great expense of having them preprinted.

I think this is the future of publishing, not just for the RPG niche but for books in general. Down the dark corridor of an increasingly illiterate future I cannot see the continuation of large scale book, newspaper and magazine publications. Add this to the never ending cost increases in paper, ink and transportation I believe we will see more and more pdf and print on demand and less and less of the traditional hardcopies.

Necromancer may make such a leap now out of necessity but very shortly I believe it will simply be standard practice.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:20 am 
 

Isnt that what Google are planning on with their online library service? As I understand libraries and publishers are staunchly opposed.


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Post Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:10 am 
 

I can imagine that publishers are opposed to public content in the same way that record labels are fighting against their own demise and print newspapers are struggling with their last breath.


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:40 am 
 


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:11 pm 
 

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Necromancer Games  G9 A Lamentation of Thieves $9.99

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:23 pm 
 

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Forgot to have Lance sign my copy when he was here for NTRPG Con last year! Doh!

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Somebody bought it.  Hope it was someone here.


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:58 pm 
 

Anyone got a price guide for the Necromancer stuff? Other than Rappan Athuk, Abysthor and the JG Stuff, I thought they were all $5 items. My FLGS has most of them for two or three pounds a piece.


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:30 pm 
 

If you check online you will find considerably higher prices than that.


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:51 pm 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:Anyone got a price guide for the Necromancer stuff? Other than Rappan Athuk, Abysthor and the JG Stuff, I thought they were all $5 items. My FLGS has most of them for two or three pounds a piece.


Well probably depends on what they are, I'd imagine the hardbacks and box sets being more.

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:24 pm 
 

So, I didn't pounce on the copies of Mongoose's Drow War Book One - The Gathering Storm @


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Why are these books thought well of?  In general, I've found Mongoose's d20 books to be drek.  So, fill me in, please :D


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:25 pm 
 

Drow are the new angst.


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:01 am 
 

grodog wrote:So, I didn't pounce on the copies of Mongoose's Drow War Book One - The Gathering Storm @

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Why are these books thought well of?  In general, I've found Mongoose's d20 books to be drek.  So, fill me in, please :D





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She put up more (10 copies as of this post).

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:08 am 
 

serleran wrote:Drow are the new angst.
I though that was teiflings or dragonborn and such. Drow angst is so '90s.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:49 am 
 

The Drow War series is a set of relatively high quality hardbacks with an epic adventure inside.

They are supported by good art.

The books include a number of very good adventures....10 per book as I reall....which tend to involve unique situations and movie-like plotlines.

The books are a fun read and are a great mine of ideas for anyone not interested in running the adventures.

Until this current lot of books up on Ebay (and 13 sounds like a lot, but is not really that many), Book 1 was getting expensive and/or hard to find.  We're in a downturn in the market which D20 collectors should regard as an opportunity...one they will regret not taking advantage of in coming years.

As I recall, my review of the Drow War series is in this topic, somewhere in the pages above.

This series stands out above other Mongoose products as it is the work of a single author who managed to get his campaign into print.  Although it has some Mongoose-isms (such as an annoying graphic repeated around the edge of every page), the series avoids some of the other pitfalls typical of Mongoose.  For instance, it is densely packed with ideas and crunchy bits, unlike...say...some of the Conan RPG books which have all the substance of marshmallow frosting.


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:42 pm 
 

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She put up more (10 copies as of this post).




Bummer...can't bid on more than one copy (of anything) with this seller in a certain time period :?


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:49 pm 
 

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Bummer...can't bid on more than one copy (of anything) with this seller in a certain time period :?


Is this something new with ebay?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:11 pm 
 

JasonZavoda wrote:
Is this something new with ebay?


It appears it is a restriction set by the seller.  This is the message I got when I tried (only to check on this restriction) to buy another copy:

This seller has set buyer requirements for this item and only sells to buyers who meet those requirements.

You are unable to bid on or buy this item because:

You are currently winning or have bought the maximum-allowed number of this seller's items in the last 10 days.

Note: If you are still interested in bidding on or buying this item, you may contact the seller and ask that they exempt you from any buyer requirements.


Why a seller would do such a thing, I have not a clue.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:16 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:The Drow War series is a set of relatively high quality hardbacks with an epic adventure inside.


Are they all hardbacks?  Amazon lists volume 2 as a paperback.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:25 pm 
 

Grug Greyskin wrote:
Are they all hardbacks?  Amazon lists volume 2 as a paperback.


That is something to look out for. I know my volume 2 and 3 I picked up awhile back were hardcovers. I thought all the Drow War books were hardcover.

  
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