Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Lulu Staple-Bound Softcovers: My New Love

After receiving a softcover version of Theorems & Thaumaturgy, and a copy of Realms of Crawling Chaos (which is, by the way, excellent), I am in love with this format! I've always been a staunch defender of hardbacks in the past, but I now realise this is purely down to my distrust of so-called "perfect" binding (where all the pages are glued to the spine... just waiting to unglue themselves in a gradual, disappointing decay).

The staple-bound books remind me of the old B/X and BECMI books from the 80s, which is great!

Now I can't stop daydreaming about a 2-book edition of Labyrinth Lord in this format -- one players' book, with all the classes, spells and the basic rules, and one DM's book, with the monsters, magic items and more advanced rules. How awesome would that be?

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  1. Perfect binding is neither perfect nor binding. :)

    One of these days I'm gonna take the the text docs of LL and put in my edits and do exactly that (players book + DM book). Or so I keep telling myself. I'd absolutely pick up LL in a 2-book format. The grail for me though would be B/X reformatted so that the player and DM sections were two books -- maybe add the Creature Catalog and some extra magic items to the DM book. We can dream right?

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    1. Haha, yes that's what I keep thinking about too! Both making a 2-book edition of LL, and how great it'd be if WotC republished B/X. Who knows... it's seeming more probable than ever before!

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  2. Why dream, Mike? Just set your mind to it and do it.

    We live in an age where all it takes is some time to edit it yourself, then PoD it. I know people who have done similar projects with old/out-of-print games and are working on new projects all the time. It just depends if you really want it done or not.

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