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What format do you prefer for 100 page RPG adventure books -- hardback, paperback or spiral? I'm mulling over publishing a full-color RPG adventure that will clock in around 100 page. If you're selling through Retail, conventional wisdom is to print in hard bound or perfect bound. However, personally I like my books to easily lay flat, and spiral (coil bound) is so great for that purpose.

Assuming the costs of each format were the same and you were buying this online, which format would you prefer? 

Thanks in advance :-)
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In order of preference:
Hardback
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Spiral

Spiral is ok for stuff that needs to be referenced often. I spiral-bind players hand books and the like. They're taking up space at the table and see a lot of use and so I consider them nearly disposable. 
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I am wanting to do a design contest for alternate covers for my Dungeonesque Red Box RPG product (see the Indiegogo current running at https://goo.gl/oDQkbD). I wanted to get feedback from the RPG artist community on how to do licensing of the art and about the way I am thinking of running the contest.

In a nutshell, here's what I'd like to do:

—I provide a template for the contest – an example 8.5x11” cover spread.
—I run the contest for 30 days.
—Artists send in their entries to the art contest. 
—At the end I post all the entries and have some voting mechanism for the community to vote on the entries.
—I use a combination of public votes and our own internal voting to decide the winner.
—There will be two winners – one for a full color cover, the other for a B&W cover.
—Each of the two winners gets $150.
—All entries (both the winners and non-winner entries) are available for download and private printing use by the RPG community for use with the Dungeonesque RPG product. A consumer can use the cover to print at Kinkos or for a private printing on Lulu.com. People cannot use the art commercially. The art will not be used by me commercially but is for alternate, private printings of the product by consumers.
—Artists still retain rights to use the art for other purposes. 
—Art doesn't have to be designed specifically for this contest – artists can submit art they have done and have rights to from prior projects or hobby work.

What are your thoughts on this? Any changes you would suggest? 

What about the licensing – how would you word the license re: rights? Maybe there's one of the Creative Commons licenses that would work well for this?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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I'm not too concerned about the contest format. Being transparent about your internal voting procedure a good suggested revision. Since the contest is open for preexisting artwork and the artist will retain their copyright, those interested in participating can do so without putting in workhours up front.

What you DO need is to be prepared for "artists" participating with other's art. Contests are easily abused, especially if the selection is made (in part) by public voting. You'll also have to be very clear on the requirements for elegible art, such as minimum DPI, ensuring that the image does not feature IP of WotC (is the ilithids part of the OGL now?) etc.

Be sure to check out how WotC will handle art in their Dungeon Master's Guild-thingie launched beside the traditional OGL. Published adventures becomes open for community repurposing, but they are unsure on how to handle artwork as part of the adventures in that regards. It might shed some light on your licensing wording question.
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This weekend I did a soft launch of Classic Modules Today which is a community site I've set up to provide standards and support for those who want to convert the old Basic/1e modules to 5e. Recent clarifications from Mike Mearls means this is now possible via the DMs Guild where we can publish and make money off of our conversions! We've got 13 conversions underway, in addition to my B4 conversion which I published as a template. Check it out at http://classicmodulestoday.com/. Want to do a conversion? Jump in now before the module you're interested in converting gets taken by someone else :-) Please note the guidelines and FAQs on our site since there are some very specific guidelines on how to do the conversion with WOTC standards. We also have a G+ group set up to discuss news and conversion tips: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112431647788911142557. This has been a long desire of mine -- I started conversations about this back in 2014 (see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StanShinn/posts/A1WeKLrcKzN). I'm so happy that DMs Guild guidelines now makes this possible!
Do you love classic D&D modules? So do we! Here's what we're doing in a nutshell: We'll provide free conversion tools and standards for you to create early edition conversions of classic D&D modules. We don't make money off of conversions you sell yourself; you keep all the profits!
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Someone pointed that out and I put in the fix, but it hasn't propagated across the DriveThroughRPG servers (changes you make aren't immediate). There was an issue the first time I posted it where I had to delete and re-add the module under a different, new account (since I used to be an Adventurers League leader it was showing up under League Content). So the new post I did late at night and I missed the typo.
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OD&D has been released in PDF!
Great news folks, ODnD has been released in PDF form . It is based off of work creating the P remium ODnD boxed set released a few years ago. Those of you who purchased it before Wizards took down the PDFs can re-download it.
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Hey +Adam Muszkiewicz , not sure if you're interested, but would love for you to publish your final work (or maybe its a separate but related project) for B5 on DM's Guild so you can make some money! I've got a site to create standards and art assets for doing just this (see http://classicmodulestoday.com/, still under construction). I've got a mockup over there of what the cover could look like. Anyway, ping me if your interested.
A few weeks ago, on +Drink Spin Run - An RPG Talk Show Podcast, we played this neat game I called "This Old Module" with +Stan Shinn & +Nathan Panke of Rogue Comet games (here: http://www.drinkspinrun.com/2016/01/drink-spin-r...
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OK, cool.
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I've got some exciting news! Frank Mentzer (the original Red Box author, whose influential impact on RPG history is known and celebrated worldwide) contacted me and said he's lending his public support to a 5e Red Box product which I announced just hours ago! Thank you so much Frank!

I'll work hard to try to make this product have the quality it deserves, though given how great the original was, that's a tall order! Here's the Indiegogo link for those interested: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dungeonesque-red-box-rpg

In other news, Enworld reported on this project which is now featured on the Enworld homepage. Here's the direct link to the discussion http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?3149-Dungeonesque-Is-5E-s-Pathfinder-Already-Here
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+Stan Shinn, you are just killing it with your crowd-funding projects. I'm very excited about the Dungeonesque kickstarter that just finished as well as this project. When I went to support it, I was a bit surprised at the affordability, with only $10 for both print and PDF and $5 for the PDF alone. That's great, of course, but I figured I should give you that feedback that you might want to highlight that fact more front and center in case people are not making it to the Indiegogo page to see what a low barrier to entry the price is. I think that fits well with the simple part of your company motto; I have followed you on G+ for a while and I know how passionate you are about making excellent gaming accessible to and enjoyable by everyone. Good luck to you!
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I've got some exciting news! Frank Mentzer (the original Red Box author, whose influential impact on RPG history is known and celebrated worldwide) contacted me and said he's lending his public support to a 5e Red Box product which I announced just hours ago! Thank you so much Frank!

I'll work hard to try to make this product have the quality it deserves, though given how great the original was, that's a tall order! Here's the Indiegogo link for those interested: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dungeonesque-red-box-rpg

In other news, Enworld reported on this project which is now featured on the Enworld homepage. Here's the direct link to the discussion http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?3149-Dungeonesque-Is-5E-s-Pathfinder-Already-Here
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What are good sourcebooks I could use for an alternate reality World War II campaign? One that involves tanks, airplanes, commando raids and such? I'm wanting to run something similar to The Man in the High Castle, but with a lot more explosions and military action! I've currently thought of 'The Day After Ragnarok' but I bet there are other military-themed Fate settings out there. Any thoughts?
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DAR and A!C were in a sense Lenny and I taking somewhat different approaches to the same questions, with me having the benefit of Lenny already having written the Fate rules for DAR when I started A!C.
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I am wanting to do a design contest for alternate covers for my Dungeonesque Red Box RPG product (see the Indiegogo current running at https://goo.gl/oDQkbD). I wanted to get feedback from the RPG artist community on how to do licensing of the art and about the way I am thinking of running the contest.

In a nutshell, here's what I'd like to do:

—I provide a template for the contest – an example 8.5x11” cover spread.
—I run the contest for 30 days.
—Artists send in their entries to the art contest. 
—At the end I post all the entries and have some voting mechanism for the community to vote on the entries.
—I use a combination of public votes and our own internal voting to decide the winner.
—There will be two winners – one for a full color cover, the other for a B&W cover.
—Each of the two winners gets $150.
—All entries (both the winners and non-winner entries) are available for download and private printing use by the RPG community for use with the Dungeonesque RPG product. A consumer can use the cover to print at Kinkos or for a private printing on Lulu.com. People cannot use the art commercially. The art will not be used by me commercially but is for alternate, private printings of the product by consumers.
—Artists still retain rights to use the art for other purposes. 
—Art doesn't have to be designed specifically for this contest – artists can submit art they have done and have rights to from prior projects or hobby work.

What are your thoughts on this? Any changes you would suggest?

What about the licensing – how would you word the license re: rights? Maybe there's one of the Creative Commons licenses that would work well for this?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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I hope it goes well! =)
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This weekend I did a soft launch of Classic Modules Today which is a community site I've set up to provide standards and support for those who want to convert the old Basic/1e modules to 5e. Recent clarifications from Mike Mearls means this is now possible via the DMs Guild where we can publish and make money off of our conversions! We've got 13 conversions underway, in addition to my B4 conversion which I published as a template. Check it out at http://classicmodulestoday.com/. Want to do a conversion? Jump in now before the module you're interested in converting gets taken by someone else :-) Please note the guidelines and FAQs on our site since there are some very specific guidelines on how to do the conversion with WOTC standards. We also have a G+ group set up to discuss news and conversion tips: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112431647788911142557. This has been a long desire of mine -- I started conversations about this back in 2014 (see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StanShinn/posts/A1WeKLrcKzN). I'm so happy that DMs Guild guidelines now makes this possible!
Do you love classic D&D modules? So do we! Here's what we're doing in a nutshell: We'll provide free conversion tools and standards for you to create early edition conversions of classic D&D modules. We don't make money off of conversions you sell yourself; you keep all the profits!
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That speaks volumes for Greg's work that we just naturally thing of it as a 'D&D Classic' ;-)
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Folks! Want to sell your 5e conversion of a old Classic D&D module and make money? With WOTC's new licensing and recent legal clarifications, you now can. Let the great convert-modules-to-5e-and-make-money land rush begin! Check out my new site at www.classicmodulestoday.com, join this our new Google+ community at https://goo.gl/PCkvi6, and get the pay-what-you-want template ('B4 The Lost City', find it at http://goo.gl/tcM583) to get started. If you want to do a conversion and sell it using our tools and templates, reserve your module ASAP since folks can get 'dibs' on module conversions. I don't make a dime from your conversions; I just want to see those great classic brought over to 5e!
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Nice
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There were numerous video game Kickstarter PBC campaigns that made headlines in 2015, but it turns out the real crowdfunding winners last year were tabletop pla
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Thanks for sharing!
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