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Printed In-House?

Postby blackdiamond » Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:46 am

With the announcement of the end of in-house printing (finally), will Traveller be done in-house or will this one be send to an outside printer? As a store owner, my ordering of any new Mongoose books requires outside printing.
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Postby The Greek » Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:12 am

Outside printer.
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Postby TrippyHippy » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:00 pm

Is there any chance of doing a pocket edition of the game, like you did with D20, Conan, Babylon 5, Starship Troopers, etc?

I'd buy three.
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Postby Samvail1 » Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:23 pm

... and/or a softback version?
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Postby Emperor Herdan » Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:06 pm

One problem with an outside printer is that you don't know about any production delays until they tell you...

Everythings fine fine fine until you get a call on the start day with a "whoopsie" unforseen problem/equipment failure and we'll be right back in schedule before you know it yup yup yup...

Leaves one up a certain creek without a paddle.

But then I'm a control freak with a scottish disposition*

And anyone ken why Traveller : Mercenary slipped back to a May release date?

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Postby EDG » Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:33 pm

Well they either do it themselves and have the problems that they had recently with printing and binding and covers etc, or they outsource it like everyone else does and are at the whims of Customs, technical hitches outside their control etc.

Personally I'd rather they outsourced it, given the problems they had. Sure, there's cock-ups every now and then with that, but it's what everyone else does and it generally works.
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Postby Greg Smith » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:29 pm

At least the books won't be coming on a slow boat from China, like they did before the in-house printing.
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Postby Sturn » Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:11 pm

Emperor Herdan wrote:And anyone ken why Traveller : Mercenary slipped back to a May release date?
Just an assumption, but probably due to the core book and the campaign book (Spinward Marches) being pushed to April. Even if Mercenary and High Guard were ready to go, they are supplements, so they pushed them back after the release of the core book they are based upon.
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Postby -Daniel- » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:01 am

Emperor Herdan wrote:One problem with an outside printer is that you don't know about any production delays until they tell you...
As a professional print production manager for a fortune 100 firm I will just say that if an out source did this to us, it would be costly for them and it may even be the last job they did for us. When I issue them a PO it is a contract. They agree to meet the dates in the contract. They loose if they fail to live up to their agreement.

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Postby Lane Shutt » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:10 am

Greg Smith wrote:At least the books won't be coming on a slow boat from China, like they did before the in-house printing.
No idea how customs in UK and Europe work but I'm glad they are using a US printer. When the books were printed in Asia they were frequently held up in US Customs for a month, causing delays for the US sale date.

Hope UK and Europe are more efficient than the US.
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Postby msprange » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:36 pm

TrippyHippy wrote:Is there any chance of doing a pocket edition of the game, like you did with D20, Conan, Babylon 5, Starship Troopers, etc?

I'd buy three.
It has crossed our minds - a return to the LBB :)
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Postby DaltonCalford » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:16 pm

msprange wrote:
TrippyHippy wrote:Is there any chance of doing a pocket edition of the game, like you did with D20, Conan, Babylon 5, Starship Troopers, etc?

I'd buy three.
It has crossed our minds - a return to the LBB :)
YES!!!!!

Small, separate books, 6x9 format, packaged in a box set the size of the munchkin box sets.

Everything you need in a single box - back to the original formats that actually started the industry.

A box game that acts as it's own display versus one more hard cover book lost in a shelf of similar books.
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Postby Gruffty the Hiver » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:41 pm

msprange wrote:It has crossed our minds - a return to the LBB :)
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Postby Sturn » Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:49 pm

Lane Shutt wrote:
Greg Smith wrote:No idea how customs in UK and Europe work but I'm glad they are using a US printer. When the books were printed in Asia they were frequently held up in US Customs for a month, causing delays for the US sale date.

Hope UK and Europe are more efficient than the US.
Darn Al-Qaeda even messing with our game industry! (a.i. customs taking more time due to being more serious about it due to war on terror, etc, etc).
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