Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OVA Print-On-Demand Details

DriveThru RPG and RPGNow continue to gradually roll out their Print-On-Demand service to customers week by week, but by now many of you should be able to order the book. Even better, you can get it for the thrifty price of $14.95. That's a $5 savings over the original release, and that doesn't even include the $5 coupon offer!

I just got my copy in today. For those of you who care about such things, I thought I should detail how it differs from the original print run. (Or how I think it differs. Due to some mismanagement, I never received a copy of OVA. Strange, sad, but true! Anyone who has a mint copy laying around I'd be glad to pay a premium for it! *laughs*) Err...back to the topic.
  • The advertisement for webcomics and the original feedback form have been removed.
  • The original ISBN has been removed and replaced with the DTRPG/RPGNow logos.
  • The print quality is good, but not great. Flat areas of color have a splotchy effect, images are not as sharp as they could be, and there is no bleed on the pages. Bleed is what allows artwork and graphics to reach the edge of the page, and without it you may see a thin white border on some of the pages.
These things are part of the reason I'm offering the book at the reduced price, but trust me, it still looks good, and I imagine many of you wouldn't care about the difference. It beats tracking down over-priced secondhand copies, I'm sure!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

OVA Delayed, but Back In Print!

Unfortunately it's true: OVA has missed its promised release date. While the text itself is mostly complete, art acquisition has been slower than anticipated. I'll be forgoing a new release date, but progress is being made, and I'll be doing my best to keep everyone in the loop.

But what about that second part? Well, the good news is that the original OVA, which has been out-of-print for years, is available once again through DriveThruRPG and RPGNow's new Print Program! The service is currently open only to beta testers, but each week they will be adding the feature to a batch of customers until the program is rolled out to everyone. Keep checking OVA's product page to see if you're one of the lucky ones!

But wait, there's more! No, it's not a free set of knives or a handy vac, but even better. Every customer who purchases either the OVA PDF or Print-On-Demand book from December onward will get a $5 off coupon good towards the Revised Edition of the game. It's my apology to everyone who has put off purchasing the game in anticipation of the revised book. Hopefully this coupon will ease the wait!