Monday, February 9, 2009

Palladium Books To Go Digital (Really)

Buried in the latest Palladium press release was the following item:

"Palladium is probably going to start a limited release of its books to be made available as PDF downloads within the next month or two via OneBookshelf.com, RPGNow.com and DrivethruRPG.com.

We’ll be starting with older and out of print titles and see where things go. But we feel the time is right to do it. In final negotiations".


I think this is excellent news, with the following conditionals:

-How much the pdf versions will cost (hint: if they're priced like White Wolf or current WotC stuff, count me out).

-When "soon" actually is (us old-school Palladium fans know how much "soon" can change definitions).

-The eventual scope of the program (if it expands to more recent titles, or is a small, incomplete scattering of miscellania).

Bring up Palladium Books online, and people immediately like to start talking about their litany of purported poor business/layout/gaming decisions. I'll leave that to others. I'll just say that I've had a lot of fun with Palladium products over the years, and for that reason, I wish they'd done this sooner.

11 comments:

Viriatha said...

Yeah, I have to agree. I can see charging $40 for a hard cover book I can hold. While I find it expensive, it makes sense. A PDF? Not hardly. I expect to pay 1/4 the price of anything for a digital copy I have to print.

Bonemaster said...

Not much of a Palladium player, although I do have a few of their books. It's good to hear that they may make some of their books available as PDFs.

@Viriatha - I agree that there should be a price break with PDFs. I have a bit more leeway in price, say price no higher than 50% of print cost.

In the end, this actually is still fairly new territory for gaming companies and for us.

HinterWelt said...

Just so you guys know, it costs about $3-5 to traditionally print a book (about twice that in color or via PDF). The biggest part comes from distribution. With OBS coming up on 35% of MSRP it is getting closer to the same amount as print distribution. Still, I tend to price my PDF versions around 1/3 of print MSRP so a $30 print book costs about $10 in PDF and of course, you get the PDF with print purchase form my own store.

That said, I am always happy to see another big player get on board with digital books.

Bonemaster said...

@Hinterwelt, ok what is OBS? That's one abbreviation that I'm not familiar with.

HinterWelt said...

One Book Shelf, the RPGNow and DriveTrhu conglomerate.

thanuir said...

I've read Palladium fantasy (in a library). It was filled with good ideas, even if their implementation was not to my taste. More of similar imaginative ideas might actually sell fairly well as PDFs.

rekres said...

What I'd love to see is an official character generator/builder application from Palladium. Once they have to plug it into a logical format, then they might realize just how goofy some of the stuff is.

Zachary The First said...

@thanuir: Palladium Fantasy is one of my all-time favorite RPGs. I can understand folks not digging the system, but it is a tremendous idea factory, the various magic systems are awesome, and I love their treatment of humanoids.

Mark Gedak said...

It's about time. I would gladly pick up some Palladium books in PDF. I expect they will be scanned PDFs unfortunately.

Geek Gazette said...

I have a love/hate relationship with Palladium. I love the books because of their great ideas and the old school feel. The system is a lot of fun to play if you have the time to commit to it. However, I do hate the poor organization of the rules, and the stubborn denial that the system could easily be better. All of the complaints I have and have heard from others are usually the same complaints over and over.You would think that at some point they would realize that if old and new players pretty much have the same complaints, something needs to be done.
Of course as a fan, I will definitely be buying some of the pdf books, if the price is right. Pdfs aren't my favorite, but they are nice to keep on my laptop or jumpdrive, just in case. You never know when the urge to throw down some Mega Damage will occur.

Tony said...

"...Bring up Palladium Books online, and people immediately like to start talking about their litany of purported poor business/layout/gaming decisions..."

Hahahah!!! Whoooo you're not kiddin.

The sad thing is that if you want to play an old-school mecha-ish game that's still being supported (and I use the word "supported" as loosley as possible) then it's the only game in town pretty much.

I too am happy they're doing this, perhaps Kev is coming to his senses, maybe next he'll look at building a revised system that has consistency...

*snicker*

...

On second thought, I won't hold my breath.