Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RPGNow Print on Demand - Beta Tester Update

I've neglected to update my Pendragon - Print on Demand order which I talked about here when I placed it.  The book actually arrived last Friday, but with the hectic holiday season, and all the damn packages arriving at the door on a nearly daily basis, I didn't even get to open it up and take my peek until late this past Monday.

Here's my thoughts on it:

The paper used on the pages seems to be a higher quality then Lulu.  I know Lulu offers different quality paper for the pages (as I've ordered books that had that option) and I assume that many sellers opt for the crappier paper to keep the cost down.  That was not the case here.  Nice white pages, no bleed thru, it was a pleasure to flip thru.

The cover and binding were fine.  I had one Lulu book (one of a batch of 5 OSRIC softcovers I ordered a while back) come with a barely perceptible off kilter cover.  I'm not expecting perfection - but close to it at the prices we have to pay sometimes.  Dead Tree is not cheap.

Side-note: Under the fluorescent light of the bathroom (where all true reading takes place), the part of the pages on the inside near the binding had an almost violet glow.  It was kinda cool.  Probably has something to do with the glue used.

So, would I order Print on Demand from RPGNow / DriveThruRPG again?  If I had a choice between this and Lulu, I would choose this every time.  I tend to steer more towards PDFs, but sometimes you want a physical book.  This worked out great.  Besides, the shipping was much faster the Lulu.


  1. Thanks for the review! My copy of the Pendragon rulebook is winging its way to me as I type. So glad to know that there's a better-quality alternative to Lulu finally!

  2. This is really good news! I submitted my POD for WTNW Core II Full Color about two weeks ago and they should be done with the premedia very soon. I am very pleased to see that their printer does such a fantastic job! I can't wait to actually hold a copy of my book instead of flipping through the many pages in my binder.

  3. WTNW is on Wargamevault.com which is RPGNow's miniature game site.

  4. Thanks for the review! Do you know if we'll be able to order print copies of previously purchased pdf's?

  5. James, it's going to be a slow, measured roll out from what little I've heard.

    I'm sure if there were specific publishers or books you were looking for, an email to onebookshelf customer service couldn't hurt ;)

  6. I found the paper "weight" to be lighter in my DTRPG POD book than most of the Lulu books I've received. I hope the paper holds up to age and use.


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