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Old 05-10-2021, 12:45 PM   #1
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Hi everybody.

Maybe is a dumb question but Im not sure if the amazon physical books are in colour. Amazon is not clear. I know companion I is not.
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http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/ondemand/

Looks like they are in BW.

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Old 05-10-2021, 05:24 PM   #2
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I bought a bunch of DFRPG books off Amazon POD a couple of months ago, and they are as follows:

Dungeon Planner: B/W
Magic Items 2: Colour
Monsters 2: Colour
Companion: B/W
Companion 2: Colour
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Old 05-10-2021, 05:59 PM   #3
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I bought a bunch of DFRPG books off Amazon POD a couple of months ago, and they are as follows:
That's also my understanding, and my experience after buying some DFRPG supplements through Amazon.

Dungeon Planner has B/W interior pages by nature (it's meant to be written in). Companion has B/W interior pages because . . . I don't know why; it's an oddball in its monochrome austerity. (Even the individual PDF books that compose it are B/W for some reason.)

I suppose it'd be nice if Companion (and its component PDF books) got full-color releases someday. But B/W does the job fine!
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Old 05-10-2021, 06:09 PM   #4
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I suppose it'd be nice if Companion (and its component PDF books) got full-color releases someday. But B/W does the job fine!
If it were ever re-released in colour (highly unlikely, I know), I'd snap up a POD copy in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:26 AM   #5
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If it were ever re-released in colour (highly unlikely, I know), I'd snap up a POD copy in a heartbeat.
The problem there is you have to pay for replacement art, and that's a significant chunk of the cost of any illustrated book. That applies in either direction really - you *can* take color art and print it in black and white, but expect it to look horrible. That's potentially fixable with a good editing job (and I guess colorizing black and white is too for a suitable definition of "edit"), but that good job probably costs as much as new art would.

It's sometimes feasible to release both versions with comics, where the production process starts with line drawings which are then colorized, letting you print black and white version with just the drawings with a cheaper printing process, assuming of course you still *have* copies of the original inked but uncolored drawings. And if you are doing a complete re-layout for a new edition or something, maybe it makes sense to commission new art, particularly if there are rights issues involved. But the economics are usually against it, it's not something you can do trivially.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:07 PM   #6
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As I said, highly unlikely, I know :)
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Old 05-12-2021, 10:57 AM   #7
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Thx a lot for your answers guys.
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Old 05-18-2021, 05:09 AM   #8
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Depending what one wants color for, you could also have a color book with B/W art.
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