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Old 07-20-2021, 09:54 AM   #41
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I've been rewatching Battlestar Galactica with my wife, so "the Final Five" is on my mind.

Final PDF Files Released
This morning, I polished up what I thought were the last errata, realized I'd missed some on Smart Delvers, fixed those up, and redistributed all of the files.

The latest, most updated versions are:
  • Delvers to Grow Core Book u20210720
  • DtG Strong Delvers u20210720
  • DtG Fast Delvers u20210720
  • DtG Smart Delvers u20210720b
  • Crypt of Krysuvik u20210720

That should wrap up the five books on the Delvers to Grow project, and I shall be sending the four that aren't already at my house to the printer today. Expect delivery to me in about two weeks.

Don't have them but want them: Pre-orders will remain open for a short while from this post.

Omnibus Edition
The next step is to take these and combine them into the Omnibus print-only edition. That will take one of two forms.

The first form is "just put them together into a 100-page book." That's about five minutes of work and accomplishes the goal of "one book, with a spine, to sit on a shelf." I'm going to

It's not satisfying for several reasons, though. There's some redundant content here and there that doesn't need to be repeated, and (from a practical production standpoint) a 96-page book is infinitely friendlier than a 100-page one, because when 2,000 GURPS fans finally realize this book is what they need (hey, I can dream!), a big print run is way more efficient when page counts are multiples of 16.

So below-the-waterline, I'm going to do both.

I'll spend the very short amount of time required to just make an InDesign "Book" that puts the chapters together, come up with a slightly variant page-numbering scheme so it's clear what section you're in, and that'll be that.

Then having that ready in case the more complete surgery doesn't work right, I'll try and assemble the Omnibus into a single volume, eliminating redundant content, consolidating where I can, and seeing if I can bring the thing in at 96 pages. I've mentally identified a way to get to ... 96 and a half. Drat. But we'll see!

I'm not going to spend a huge amount of time messing with it, but I want to give it the old college try, as it were.

Distribution, Fulfillment, and Locking Addresses
Once I place the print orders for the Omnibus, I shall send out the final warning to update your addresses, check your cards if you're having trouble with them, and close the pre-order store. This shall happen in a day or three. After that, the only way to get the books will be to wait until they go up on retail.

Once I DO lock the orders, I will finalize the PDF distribution lists and send out files using DriveThruRPG as promised. The Backerkit distribution is a great way to get intermediate-stage files to get eyes-on for proofing, but is terrible for future updates (something SJGames has to deal with as well). DriveThruRPG has a good system for version control on PDFs, so I'll be taking advantage of that.

So...that's where we are.

International Shipping
Also, once I lock all the orders and addresses and close pre-orders, it will be time to look hard at the international shipping status.

That means looking at orders from the UK, Australia/New Zealand, and Canada. I don't yet have a line on a short-run, low setup cost digital printer in the EU, so that won't work.

I also need to look at the inventory status and total cost of print-and-ship from my home base and from Kixto in the UK. That particular method might actually work out. The issue is unique orders: The setup cost even at Mixam is high enough to wipe out the revenue (much less the profit) on the small number of orders for each one.

Short version: I'm going to run the math and see if there is a win/win where I can print and ship locally and save us both money. If I can, booyah. If not ... I shall proceed with shipping out of the USA, probably via USPS to avoid any funky charges that I've seen with UPS. Small orders via FedEx are ridiculous so you won't see that.

You Can Still Help
I still believe that this set of products is "what the doctor ordered" to help win fans and get people playing (Powered by) GURPS games. The biggest thing you can do for me to help me out? When you get your copies, wander by your Favorite Local Game store and show them my product catalog as well as any physical copies you receive.

A decent flow of my product to retail stores will likely also pull Boxed Sets out of SJGames inventory. That's a win for both of us. And retail presence is fantastic for me in many ways. So I'd take it as a kindness to spread the word on this one. The more eyes on it, the better.

Thanks a lot for journeying with me on this one. I really think Kevin, Peter, and Marshall have done something special here, so saying nice things to them or about their books in various forums wouldn't go amiss either.

That's all for now!
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Old 07-21-2021, 02:40 PM   #42
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I believe that I am absolutely going to make use of this. Naturally the omnibus would be ideal for the shelf!

Am I missing an option to pre-order the Omnibus + PDFs?
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Old 07-21-2021, 05:47 PM   #43
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I believe that I am absolutely going to make use of this. Naturally the omnibus would be ideal for the shelf!

Am I missing an option to pre-order the Omnibus + PDFs?
You have to order those separately. The Omnibus was a response to a bunch of folks saying that they wanted a single-volume, and when I looked at it, I thought I could do it as a physical-only product. But there's definitely the four PDFs and the Omnibus physical at the pre-order store, even if not as a one-click bundle.
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