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#RPGaDay 2016 – Day 8


#RPGaDay 2016

The questions

Do you prefer hardcover, softcover, or electronic books? What are the benefits of your preference?

Are PDF books better than print books? Is print better than digital? Tell us why!

Original picture from The Triangular Room blog.

Not my bookshelf, though I wish.

I love RPG hardcovers. The prettier, the better. The Numenera books, e.g. have such wonderfully high production values. I love lying on the couch and flicking through books, especially stuff like a Bestiary. However, during actual gameplay and during prep, I find PDFs way more useful. The Numenera PDFs are extensively hyperlinked and searchable, and I can copy/paste information to Scrivener or Evernote. I have an extensive PDF library and regularly use DrivethruRPG.

That Wizards of the Coast after all these years have no real digital strategy really bothers me. I mean, sure, they’re now available on two VTTs, FantasyGrounds and Roll20, but where are the official PDF files? It’s 2016, why won’t you make those available? I really don’t understand. PDFs make the game more accessible, because they are a cheap way to play in a relatively expensive hobby. There’s nothing wrong with using a PDF on a tablet at the gametable.

There’s a reason I always endorse Pathfinder even though I am not a huge fan of the actual system anymore. Everything’s available digitally, and within a short time you get access to all rules in the SRD for free. Big plus! I am sure that DnD 5e is a fine system, I hear nothing but good things about it, but the lack of digital formats is disappointing. It works for them on DrivethruRPG with older editions, after all.

TLDR: I love hardcovers, but for actual gaming and prepping, I prefer PDFs. A digital strategy is important to me!

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