I guess there is an advantage to living in the Big Apple - I get Raggi's stuff from the other side of the pond relatively quickly.
Now, I've been slowly pouring over the PDFs of both Carcosa and Isle of the Unknown for the last few weeks. They were impressive, but with so much else on my plate, both on the virtual review pile and at work, I never really gave them a solid look. I have the dead tree versions in my hand now and I am beyond impressed.
Raggi (and of course, the writer of these two releases, Geoffrey McKinney) has added two amazing books that I'll be happy to pass around at the next Gathering of Fools, so as to show my friends the quality works of independent RPG publishers these days.
Carcosa is printed on high quality, parchment lile paper. At least, that's what I'm calling it, I have no expertise in the field of paper. Unlike Vornheim, I don't have to go blind trying to read it. First printing of 2000 copies. Woot! I am very excited to snuggle up with this.
Isle of the Unknown uses a stiffer, smoother paper. Why do I care about paper when 90% of my RPG purchase are in PDF? How the f' should I know? The full color artwork is on just about every page. It looks good and feels good. I'm going to need to break out my book light for these.
Carcosa includes a fold out map / periodic table / entities and ritual key on a thin glossy cardboard. Isle of the Unknown includes a poster of the cover / keyed map of the Isle of the Unknown on the same type of paper / cardboard. Pretty neat.
We also get maps for the two books printed on a vinyl / latex thingie (think of one of those maps thorn into you Ultima / EQ game box, but not on cloth). The hex numbers aren't easily readable, but these are more novelty then anything else, so that's forgivable. All in all, an excellent surprise in the mail today.
I'll follow up with reviews over the next week or two.
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