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Old 02-19-2020, 02:30 AM   #41
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Have you ordered GURPS On Demand books?

Yes, it's pretty much the only way in Europe, price gouging makes GURPS prohibitive otherwise.

* If you did, how fast was the delivery?

Around 3 days to a week.


Bonus: What other books would you like to see released as a part of this program

Psionics. Pretty much everything 4th edition that isn't a 64 page supplement. I do buy pdfs but given their cost compared to hardcopy, and I always prefer to read a book and use s pdf for reference, more print please. I find it mysterious that of all the books on drivethrurpg, only GURPS magic is available in print in demand.
My experience of using drivethrurpg for my ad&d 2e fetish has been favourable, even for hard to scan books and great customer service.
Amazon.de kept sending my gurps books in dhl letter envelopes and I had to return 4 for damage.
I know who I prefer.
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Old 02-19-2020, 03:28 AM   #42
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Bonus: What other books would you like to see released as a part of this program?
So, in my previous reply I did not answer this question. But my suggestions are:

GURPS Atlantis
GURPS Arabian Nights
GURPS Places of Mystery


Not hard to spot a trend here: all are written by Phil Masters. I think they also are not burdened by any licenses?
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Old 02-23-2020, 06:03 AM   #43
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Based on market conditions and in-house costs, the GURPS On Demand books are priced as necessary.
I believe you that they are priced as necessary!

The conundrum is that a consumer that does just a little market research will quickly find that, for most 4e titles, the SJG posted MSRP for hardcover full color interior books is only about $5 more than softcover B&W POD offering. I think that costs you sales.

If the full color version was available, no matter what the price, that would help.
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Old 02-25-2020, 05:55 PM   #44
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The conundrum is that a consumer that does just a little market research will quickly find that, for most 4e titles, the SJG posted MSRP for hardcover full color interior books is only about $5 more than softcover B&W POD offering. I think that costs you sales.
Our choices come down to: Price the titles as we have, or do not offer them in print at all.

Offering those books in color POD would cost too much staff time, which is limited. If we decided to adapt all of the books to work as color POD titles, we would have to stop producing new GURPS works for . . . months? Unsure.

If the demand was there, we would reprint color hardcovers. The numbers show us that B&W POD books, which is what we are currently offering, is the best way to keep the books in print at this time.
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Old 03-05-2020, 03:37 PM   #45
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Yes, several, and I had them in a few days. I personally love the option.
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Old 03-08-2020, 06:59 PM   #46
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Report from my first GURPS On Demand experience (technically DFRPG On Demand):

I ordered Magic Items 2 from Amazon Japan, mostly to settle my curiosity over what would arrive. I expected it would be more or less the same B&W printing as Companion. What arrived the next day was a surprise: full color, on glossy paper similar to all the other DFRPG books (save for Companion).

It's not quite the same, actually. The binding looks the same as Companion. But for the publishing nerds out there, I'll note that close scrutiny reveals a print quality below the SJG-published books (on the covers and pages), with a bit less gloss to the pages as well. And although individual pages don't feel substantially thicker, the book's 52 pages (48-page count, plus four blank pages) are about a millimeter thicker than the same number of pages in Monsters 2 (ignoring covers for both).

At a glance, though, it looks indistinguishable from other DFRPG books, and fits right in.

Not much else to note. Other than this trivia: It arrived on a rainy day, and the Amazon box was notably wet on bottom. Bad move on the part of Yamato (delivery company). Fortunately, Amazon shrink-wraps everything inside. Unfortunately, not without some openings in the shrink wrap. But nothing seemed to have gotten wet . . . yet, the book has a wee bit of that warpage you associate with moisture. Was that inherent in the printing? Or did it occur in delivery? No idea.

But it's really minor, and no problem; I'm there for the content, not book collection. The TL; DR summary: I was pleasantly surprised to get an Amazon GOD book that matches the DFRPG in color and general feel. Which makes it more likely I'll order GOD Companion 2 as well. (Still looking forward to the PDF on that one!)
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