By Steven S Crompton
That’s right, the picture below is the ONLY official physical copy of dT&T in the universe right now. Where did it come from and how did I end up with it? Read on…
The other day Ken (who lives near the company printing the rulebook) picked up the proofs and brought them over to my house so we could give them one last look before it went to press. If you want to read more about that fateful event from Ken St Andre’s perspective, check out his blog here: http://atroll.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/behind-the-scenes-with-deluxe-tunnels-trolls/
The only error we found of note was the fact that the spine was too narrow. So we approved the proofs I updated the cover files and resent them to the printer. That left us with a front and back cover “poster” and 286 loose pages, cut to size, but not bound in any way. It was like holding a loose ream of paper.
Ken had asked if he could keep the proof, but I did him one better and cut the cover images out of the proof and then had it all spiral bound together into an actual book. I did all this AFTER he left, so I could have a chance to gaze upon our great work for a day. Since its going to Ken – I’m calling this the “Teacher’s edition of dT&T.” Anyone whose seen the difference between a regular text book and the one the teacher uses will understand the reference.
One thing that really great about looking at a physical copy of dT&T is that you can really see how all the pages look together as you flip through and can see how the facing pages look. Here are a couple of examples and you can see how the pages make more sense when they are side by side. When I was laying out the book, I tried to keep that in mind as I went. But we ended up adding pages so that changed things a bit. But still, planning a two page spread and actually seeing it are two different things.
Here are two color pages that show off some of the notable characters from Trollworld. You can really see they are part of a set when presented this way.
Anyway since this was all made by the printing company and put together by a member of the Fellowship – this is the only “official” physical copy of dT&T in existence. Maybe some of you have already printed out your pdf, but still this copy is a “real” one.
Is this book perfect? Certainly not and I am certain that the first printing of ANY rulebook approaching the size of this tome will also have its share of typos and errors. We plan to keep track of all those that we learn about and will fix them when the 2nd edition comes out – probably sometime in the next year or two.
dT&T is thick – very thick! This is also the first time that I have seen all the pages printed out double-sided and all together. I don’t think I realized how thick this book is. At 384 pages its almost 4 times longer than 5th edition T&T. Don’t panic though – The main rules are only 166 pages, the rest of the book is devoted to optional rules and suggestions (all of which you can ignore or use) and the Trollworld material (about 75 pages) Then there are the solo and the GM adventure, which take up 40 more pages. So really you should think of Deluxe T&T not as one book, but a rulebook, a rules supplement, a world source book, a solo adventure and a GM adventure, all wrapped up in one package.
Ok there you go – a preview of things to come and my rambling thoughts about the book as I looked at it. Just for the record none of the books being made will be spiral bound – that’s just for the teacher!
Let us know what you think…