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Walking Robots Are Cool - The Cover Story
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Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 08:52 am
Walking Robots Are Cool

I am so falling back into Battletech.

I actually bought the latest sourcebook online as a PDF, which is a first for me. Now that I'm on the road as much as I am, carrying books around is somewhat cumbersome (and adds to my already 50+ lbs of luggage), so the PDFs seem to make sense. Also, being able to full-text search a 150-page sourcebook for a random entry I half-remember is so incredibly useful I wonder how I got away without it before. Ironically, because PDFs are only available through a single distributor (BattleCorps), the PDFs cost $18 a pop, as opposed to $24 for the printed version. That's not so bad (figure $18 of that price is R&D and $6 is production costs), but if you purchase the same book through Amazon, it comes to $16, cheaper than the PDF.

I am fascinated by this new method of distributing RPG material, and wish to explore it further.

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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)

Plus, it's much easier to have backups of computerized documents.

I am very disturbed by the number of house-building-related documents that I only have in paper-form. It just feels like a disaster waiting to happen.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)

Well, if the house burns down, what need do you have for the plans? Its like carrying your registration in your glove compartment.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)

Well, there can be a more localized disaster that destroys the plans, but not the entire house. And if the entire house is destroyed, then it's important to have of the documentation for insurance claims and such, I'm sure.


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