Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed option?

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Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed option?

Postby whatzupdoc42 » Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:20 pm

Hello Mongoose staff,

Why doesn't every product have a buy "printed" option? There are some of us that only but "printed" materials, I have them all myself. Buying them and transferring them to a Zip drive or bulk printing them just doesn't do it for me and my storage book shelves. My wife is ok with the Printed materials because they look ok, but stuff that has to be taken to a print shop and then printed and bound myself cost a lot and takes up a lot more room and etc.

Now I can understand why independent writers don't print books, but Mongoose is the big guy leader in the field why not you guys printing at least one run of the books?

Is there a way to get the books from DriveThruRPG as a "printed" copy or is it just we have to be lucky to have some printed by your company and the rest we have to buy the PDF and take it ourselves to the print shop?

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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby -Daniel- » Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:56 am

Maybe I missed something, but what Traveller product on RPGNow doesn't offer printed books as an option?
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby whatzupdoc42 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:34 am

Ok maybe I have missed something. I see many that show PDF but not a Printed version. If I am wrong PLEASE tell me!!!

More importly explain or show me please!!!
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby dragoner » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:13 am

Where are you looking? Many places have a POD (print on demand) option.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby -Daniel- » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:30 am

whatzupdoc42 wrote:Ok maybe I have missed something. I see many that show PDF but not a Printed version. If I am wrong PLEASE tell me!!!

More importly explain or show me please!!!
When I open products in RPGNow, some have offered a print or PDF or combined price. That is why I asked what one doesn't that you want.

Example:
Adventure 2: Prison Planet From Mongoose
Watermarked PDF $14.99
Softcover B&W Book $22.74
Watermarked PDF + Softcover B&W Book $25.74
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby Moppy » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:52 pm

What is a zip drive?
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby AndrewW » Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:57 pm

Moppy wrote:What is a zip drive?
Old storage system. Used something like a floppy disk but could hold a lot more.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby Moppy » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:05 pm

AndrewW wrote:
Moppy wrote:What is a zip drive?
Old storage system. Used something like a floppy disk but could hold a lot more.
I see. I thought those vanished when USB sticks started appearing in supermarkets. I guess I was wrong.

I suppose it makes sense. If some people prefer legacy formats like paper over electronic ones like ebooks, then it stands to reason some must also prefer legacy electronic storage mediums over newer electronic ones. Humans are wonderful and amazing.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby -Daniel- » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:15 pm

Moppy wrote: I see. I thought those vanished when USB sticks started appearing in supermarkets. I guess I was wrong.

I suppose it makes sense. If some people prefer legacy formats like paper over electronic ones like ebooks, then it stands to reason some must also prefer legacy electronic storage mediums over newer electronic ones. Humans are wonderful and amazing.
I remember when I was given a Zip Drive and a dozen of the disks for free when I was a new collage student. They had upgraded to external drives. I used that poor zip drive for years because free was cheaper than any other system available. :wink: :lol:

Of course I now have a 1 TB USB Drive. :mrgreen:
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby Moppy » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:27 pm

-Daniel- wrote:collage student
I'm guessing you studied art, perhaps photo composition? :-)
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby AndrewW » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:16 pm

-Daniel- wrote:I remember when I was given a Zip Drive and a dozen of the disks for free when I was a new collage student. They had upgraded to external drives. I used that poor zip drive for years because free was cheaper than any other system available. :wink: :lol:

Of course I now have a 1 TB USB Drive. :mrgreen:
Never had either myself, no need.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:27 pm

For about 2 years, computers had ZIP drives instead of floppy drives. They were not as fast as the Bernoulli drives before them, but they were cheap. USB pocket hard drives replaced ZIP drives within a year once everyone had the faster USB 2.0 ports.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby AndrewW » Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:29 am

ShawnDriscoll wrote:For about 2 years, computers had ZIP drives instead of floppy drives.
Well, some computers.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:26 am

That's right. Civilians had more choices for computer parts.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby Reynard » Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:32 am

And then those ZIP drives started failing big time taking whole libraries of data they were supposed to protect with them. I know this all too well.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby IanBruntlett » Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:21 pm

Reynard wrote:And then those ZIP drives started failing big time taking whole libraries of data they were supposed to protect with them. I know this all too well.
Because of that problem, I did a few techie things...
* Stored my important data in specific sub-directories.
* Developed, over time, a bash script (I'm using Linux), stufftar, to backup data to .tar.gz files (like .zip files).
* Regularly back up .tar.gz files to USB flash drive
* Once a month, backed up the .tar.gz files to one of three USB external hard drives (rotated in order)
* Copied the .tar.gz files to a different computer and untarred them for use on it - invaluable for checking that the data is still available
* Once a year, copy the files to DVD-R
* Buy paper books along with the Mongoose Bits and Mortar deal
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby AndrewW » Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:02 pm

IanBruntlett wrote:Because of that problem, I did a few techie things...
Here I just have a daily cron job that backs up some stuff to the RAID array on the server, don't bother with tar.gz but this way the data is always available from the server as well if need be without having to run it through tar to get at it. With an occasional back up of some of it to the laptop as well if I happen to be going somewhere.
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Re: Why doesn't every Traveller product have a printed optio

Postby dmccoy1693 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:07 pm

Moppy wrote:What is a zip drive?
I feel old. :(
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