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Kickstarter GM's Screen and Adventure Bundle

posted Mar 10, 2013 09:13:47 by Chris
How's about a Kickstarter (or indiegogo) GM's Screen?

I hear they are not very cost effective for the seller, but if it were bundled with an adventure or three, similar to the GM's pack, you could charge extra for it. Wouldn't that offset the costs?

Needless to say I'd be all over it like white on rice
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PeteNash said Mar 10, 2013 10:33:12
Its not really something we want to do ourselves. Costs and limited retail interest aside, it is very difficult to come up with a layout which satisfies all customers as they all have their own preferences as to what tables should be included.

This is precisely why we made all the tables available in the GMs Download, so that game masters could create their own individualistic screens. Arrange in Word, print them out, then slide the pages into one of those plastic page displayers or simply stick them onto a cardboard backing - say a cereal box in class Blue Peter fashion.
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TomGriffith said Mar 10, 2013 12:11:34
Which is exactly what I did, and I am ok with the results. Not being a real computer guy, I literally cut and pasted the tables I wanted onto a heavier sheet of paper with a little transparent tape, and slid them into a Savage Worlds landscape style screen. Look alright, plus I have them arranged in a way that makes sense to me. I didn't waste any space on artwork tho...too many useful tables I wanted.

I am going to try it out for the first time today, and if I find a better way to arrange things, it should be easy enough to do!

TGryph
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lawrence.whitaker said Mar 10, 2013 12:19:28
I hear they are not very cost effective for the seller, but if it were bundled with an adventure or three, similar to the GM's pack, you could charge extra for it. Wouldn't that offset the costs?


Not really. The adventures still need to be written, playtested, edited, laid-out and proofed (and paid for, if a third party writes them) - which is time consuming and costly for something designed to support another product. As Pete says, getting the layout right is tough, and something always has to be left out. It is far better to give people the tools to create their own (which we have done), whether its by using the plastic-pocket GM screens you can buy online, or making your own from card and clear plastic sheeting (which I've done in the past. My old Stormbringer GM screen was 7 A4 panels wide and made a prog-rock drum kit look small).
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PeteNash said Mar 10, 2013 12:19:29
Perhaps folks could share links to their own home-brewed layouts here? I'm sure Loz wouldn't mind adding the better ones to our Download section.
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lawrence.whitaker said Mar 10, 2013 12:24:05
There's actually a really good example on the BRP Central boards at the moment. Its for Legend and The Iron Simulacrum, but a great demonstration of the kind of prep I'd love to have time (and skill) to offer my players.

http://basicroleplaying.com/legend/age-treason-iron-simulcrum-campaign-3264/
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Chris said Mar 10, 2013 13:17:59
Yep, we could make our own, and I probably will have a stab at it in the future. I was just being lazy that's all :)

That's an inspiring link Loz, thanks for that
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Jarulf said Mar 12, 2013 14:48:25
Perhaps it could be added as an extra stretch goal for the hardcover rules book?
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