Posts Tagged ‘sci-fi’

Sunday in the Studio – July 14

July 14, 2019

Today’s project was working on putting together the print version of the Planetary Display Log Book.  As soon as we’ve got an approved print, it will be available from OBS.  This will be an inexpensive version, since it’s a blank book to be used for mapping a single planet.

For those who already bought the PDF version, we’ll have a discount code to get these print copies at a reduced price.  I also need to figure out if we can do a bulk discount (4 for $12 or some such).

It will be nice if the cover is suitable to allow it to be drawn on.  That’s part of the intent with having the simple, faceted globe on the cover.  If it’s not markable (or can’t be marked well), we’ll probably revise the cover.

Our Trav campaign GM isn’t too into the idea of mapping any of the planets in our campaign (there are probably a half-dozen we go back and forth to in this current setup), but maybe this will make for at least some schematic mappings.

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Planetary Logbook is live

May 25, 2019

We’ve just launched the latest DriveThruRPG product from Antherwyck House Games: the Planetary Display Logbook.

PlanetaryDisplayLogbook-Cover

This takes our Planetary Display and turns it into a 40 page PDF with pages for mapping a planet (or other spherical surface) with a set of 32 hexagons and pentagons (like a soccer ball/football).  Each page is for one of these sections, and additional information about the region can be collected on the page, as well.

RegionEn-sample

Since it’s a PDF, you can print as many copies as you need for an entire campaign.

Eventually, we’ll have a printed version of the Logbook also available from DriveThruRPG.  Those will probably be comparatively cheap, since they will be for a single planet, instead of being able to print as many as you want.

We’re running the Planetary Display Logbook with an introductory discount, but, as a reader of this blog, we’re offering a further discount to you.  Get the Planetary Display Logbook PDF for only $7.95 with the discount code 9fcfe5f85f (good only through the end of June).

If you are interested in licensing this format for your game system or in having custom versions made, get in touch with us.  We’re also hoping that early buyers will offer us feedback on how we might make the Logbook even better.

Planetary Logbook

April 22, 2018

Some of you may be familiar with the Planetary Display Form, which has generally been the most popular item of mine on DriveThruRPG. Briefly, it is a one-page layout for mapping a planet’s surface on a flattened truncated icosahedron, the same geometric form used for soccer balls and geodesic domes. It has lines that approximately correspond to longitude and latitude, the same way that the overall figure approximately corresponds to a sphere. It seemed like a very cool thing from the outset, and I’m glad that a number of people have found it useful, as well.

Sample Planetary Display Logbook Page

Sample Planetary Display Logbook Page

But the 8-1/2″ x 11″ format always seemed a bit limited for something as extensive as a planet. So, I’ve had a couple ideas about how to have other options available. One idea is a poster-size print (maybe 24″x36″), and another is a log book that could be filled out to detail an entire planet.

The poster-size version would have to be sold and shipped directly from Antherwyck House Games, since OBS doesn’t have a capacity for producing anything of that size. It would be fairly easy, with our current printing access, to print these at that size, but they would need to be folded for economical shipping, or else we could roll them in mailing tubes, which should be more protective, but would also be more expensive for shipping.

But perhaps more usefully, we have a journal survey book in the works using the same elements.  This could allow for larger map size for each area. Each of the 32 sections (12 pentagons and 20 hexagons that make up the whole buckyball globe) has an individual page, and there will also be a copy of the overall planetary display form. So, this will probably be a 40-ish page book that should sell for about $5 from the OBS store (DriveThruRPG/RPG Now).

Once the logbook is available, we can then also offer custom covers for these. The interior pages will be same as the standard, but the cover would be customized for your individual campaign. This way, if you want to have eight planetary journals for a campaign, and you want to put together a series of planetbooks with your campaign’s Interstellar Travel Association Guides cover, we can create a custom cover for you, and then give you a custom version that you can get printed from OBS. (If you want each individual planet book to have its own cover, that would be another thing. The customization I’m thinking of is a standard cover for your all the logbooks in your game’s Star Service.) There would be a one-time fee to work out the custom cover (thinking $60 for the first one, and see if I need to bump it up or not), but then for printing, those will be priced pretty much at cost, so you can order copies as you need for less than the standard version.

It would also be fairly easy to put together an atlas version of the logbook, with spaces for several planets within a single book. If anyone is interested in that format, contact me directly. Right now, that’s not on my do-do list.