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Post Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:54 pm 
 

Actually the first pdf I bought was DCC#35 but that monster wouldnt work. The seller (can't remember if it was drivethru or another) refunded my money and took it down because he couldnt get it to work either.

I needed one more Necromancer module from the G series (G4 The Vault of Larin Karr) and it is a ludicrous amount on ebay right now, but about $6.50 as a pdf (114 pages though). I bought it as a test and the thing is amazing.

Hopefully I will be able to finish off my Judges Guild want list (which is made up mostly of books without the big fold out maps) and some of the harder to find Necromancer stuff.

For some things it is cheaper to buy the printed version, but for other things (like Temple of Ra which is 16 black and white pages) unless you are collecting originals it makes no sense not to get the pdf and just print them up.

I am of course 15 years out of date on pdfs but this is fantastic. Now to try out this game called 'pong' on colecovision.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:16 pm 
 

Very loosely speaking - If the PDF is scanned with a scanner (like the older JG stuff) the PDF is a lower quality than modern day prints. This is because most companies don't employ a professional to produce scanned PDFs, whereas the modern publications are PDF printed files straight from the same files that would be sent to the printing company.

So there is a lot of variation in quality out there. Congradulations on your first step to PDFs.


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:29 pm 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:Very loosely speaking - If the PDF is scanned with a scanner (like the older JG stuff) the PDF is a lower quality than modern day prints. This is because most companies don't employ a professional to produce scanned PDFs, whereas the modern publications are PDF printed files straight from the same files that would be sent to the printing company.

So there is a lot of variation in quality out there. Congradulations on your first step to PDFs.


Thanks. Bought and printed out Necromancer G4 (except for the covers). The text had a slightly rough appearance but is still legible. I then picked up Judges Guild Book of Ruins, Mines of Custalcon, & Under the Storm Giants Castle (all for about $9).

Anyone looking for Necromacer D1 Tomb of Abysomething it is around $7 as a pdf at drivethru.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:44 pm 
 

When a maker makes a PDF, he can set the maximum print resolution to 150dpi if he chooses, and lock it in to the file, so you can get really crystal clear PDFs that are limited to print at low resolutions.

The PDF is best suited to DMing and/or reading from a laptop. DMing from digital is tricky and takes a lot of getting used to, but there seem to be a lot of people who have gone down that road. Reading from PDF on screen for long periods of time is a pain, but for reference product that you just dip into from time to time, and for the sheer convenience of being able to carry your entire D&D library on a laptop, PDFs are just what you need.

Don't splash too much cash. At the end of the day, it's not a real product that's gonna maintain or appreciate in value. It's a dead investment, so think of PDFs the way you think of buying a newspaper or groceries. They fill a need, but do not ever give a return.


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