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Post Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:12 pm 
 

Hello, Acaeum.  :D

I need to know whether anyone would consider purchasing Collectors' Editions of OSRIC -- either the Core Rules, or Monsters of Myth, once either of these are released.

We're talking about 128-page to 132-page casewrap hardcovers, in 10.75" x 8.25" format with full colour covers and black and white interiors, with a print run strictly limited to 100 of each in US English and 100 of each in UK/Commonwealth English.

The content would be exactly the same as sold to the general public, except the cover and title page would say "Collector's Edition."

The purpose of the release would be to help defray OSRIC's hosting costs and raise a little operating capital, used to purchase essentials and nice-to-haves for subsequent OSRIC products...

Would anyone be interested?  And if so, what would be a fair price?

  

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:21 pm 
 

P&P: what kinda cash are we talking?

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:46 pm 
 

Well, Al, I don't really know what's a fair price for a collectors' edition; I was kind of hoping for some advice on what to charge.  :D

I'd raise everything I need if I charged about twenty-five quid for the UK/Commonwealth edition and about thirty-five dollars for the US one, but that might be a bit steep?

  


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Post Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:08 pm 
 

I'd consider it, to support the cause.  

The question becomes, though, how quickly the OSRIC core rules are likely to be revised/updated:  will the collector editions be obsolete quickly, if new materials are going to be added to the core rules (a la more PC classes from UA, for example)?


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:19 am 
 

I'd be in on it.

I like supporting the original style.

The modules are pretty good.

Will all future books end up with a special print, or just a few choice ones?


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:20 am 
 

PapersAndPaychecks wrote:Well, Al, I don't really know what's a fair price for a collectors' edition; I was kind of hoping for some advice on what to charge.  :D

I'd raise everything I need if I charged about twenty-five quid for the UK/Commonwealth edition and about thirty-five dollars for the US one, but that might be a bit steep?


well only you know what your overheads are :D

Gro has a good point there though. most ppl won't really want to dip into their pockets for an item that will become obsolete very quickly.

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:54 pm 
 

AdderMcOne wrote:I'd be in on it.

I like supporting the original style.

The modules are pretty good.

Will all future books end up with a special print, or just a few choice ones?


Well, I can only speak for the ones that I'm personally responsible for publishing.  Anyone can write a product and call it "compatible with OSRIC", and what other publishers do is up to them.

But I control the OSRIC core rules.  :D

I plan to release "collectors' editions" only for hardback books of 128 pages or more.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:15 pm 
 

grodog wrote:I'd consider it, to support the cause.  

The question becomes, though, how quickly the OSRIC core rules are likely to be revised/updated:  will the collector editions be obsolete quickly, if new materials are going to be added to the core rules (a la more PC classes from UA, for example)?


Thanks for the voice of support, Allan.  :D

I've already revised the OSRIC core rules three times, since I launched it as a .pdf; we're now on OSRIC v0.04.  The new version (and the first one I propose to print) will be OSRIC v1.00.  So what we have is what I hope (and believe) will be the final version of the OSRIC Core Rules document.

I don't plan to revise those rules, but I very definitely DO plan to expand on them until the whole 1e canon is covered.  In fact, there's a new volume in the works (called "The OSRIC Companion") which will be a second 128-page hardback.  It will deal with the core 1e monsters and treasures in the same way that the existing document deals with the rules.

I have vague plans, in the future, to write other volumes covering the planes, demigods and deities, and maybe another that I might call "Exhumed Arcana"... but at the pace we're presently writing, the OSRIC Companion will be the only one that comes out before 2008.

Anyway, what I'm saying is, you'd be buying something I have no plans to replace.  And I'm prepared to put my money where my mouth is, and say this:

If you buy an OSRIC Collector's Edition from me, and I issue a revised version of the same text within five years of the purchase, then I will personally send you a fresh hardcover of the revised version at my own expense.

There are three things that doesn't cover:

1.  Omnibus versions.  (So if, for example, I release OSRIC and The OSRIC Companion under a single cover, but the text is unchanged, then you aren't entitled to a free book.)
2.  Rewrites in different dialects or languages.  (So when I release the UK/Commonwealth English version, those who bought the American English version aren't entitled to a free book.)
3.  Re-issues with different artwork.  (So if I were to produce the same text with different cover art or different internal art, then you aren't entitled to a free book.)
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Having said that, I need to be clear that you could buy the non-collectors' version and pay less money for exactly the same product without "Collectors' Edition" on the front.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:42 pm 
 

For what it's worth, I'd buy the collector's version.

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