Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

One Book or Three?

I'm putting Forgotten Futures X together as a single PDF that'll be about 150 pages long excluding table of contents. That's quite a big book for a PDF. But it breaks down into three sections fairly easily. Excluding table of contents etc.:

Pages 1-34 describe the world of Tooth and Claw
Pages 35-94 are a rewrite of the game rules for dragons
Pages 95-whatever are the adventures

I may move a couple of things from the game rules to the worldbook part, but I'm still thinking about that.

The single volume approach is the way I want to go, since I'm pretty sure that writing hundreds of links from one PDF to a particular page in another will be a total pain, but I'm beginning to think that it may be a good idea to provide a separate file containing alternative covers and tables of contents for people who want to print it as three books. Does that seem a practical way to go? The cover logo would be

Forgotten Futures X - The Tooth and Claw Role Playing Game for all three, then author / artist information, then a different wording at the bottom for each:

The World of Jo Walton's World Fantasy Award winning novel for the worldbook
Roleplaying in the World of Jo Walton's World Fantasy Award winning novel for the rules (as the existing cover I've used as my icon)
Adventures in the World of Jo Walton's World Fantasy Award winning novel for the adventures

To keep things simple the page numbering would be 1-34 for the worldbook, 35-94 for rules, 95-whatever for adventures. I really don't want to have two different page numbers on each page or something!

Possibly a different cover illo for each too, though I'm not sure about that since I need to keep an eye on total file size.

I'll definitely split the HTML version into three files; no reason not to, and the full size document might slow some browsers to a crawl.

Anyone got any thoughts on this?
Tags: forgotten futures, jo walton, rpg, tooth and claw

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