I'm working with Rob Kuntz on preparing the once-Greyhawk-Castle "Bottle City" level for publication, and need your input. Which text format/style would you prefer in a Bottle City publication from Pied Piper Publishing?
For context, the printed book format we're considering for this project is a facing-page transcription. That is, on the right page would be a high-quality reproduction of the original Bottle City manuscript page, while facing it on left page would be a typed transcription of the same page. Maps would be handled similarly (updated single-page "playing" map on the left, reproduction of the original map on the right; actual-sized poster-sized maps are also being investigated as print options, too).
What I need to determine from this poll is how exactly interested you are in reproducing the exact text from the manuscript pages. I can transcribe them as-is, or clean them up quite a bit.
To facilitate your voting, I have posted a .pdf on my web site with a sample encounter from the Bottle City level: one in the format of how I would I render an exact transcription, one that I consider an partially cleaned-up transcription that tries to hold the middle ground between a full edit and the exact original, and an exact/original transcription. I've also provided the original manuscript encounter for comparison, as well as a section from the map for reference (I don't provide a cleaned-up, nicely redrawn map since I don't have one yet :D ). The file is at http://www.greyhawkonline.com/grodog/temp/bottle_city-transcription-formats-poll.pdf
I couldn't vote at the Acaeum poll--I think because I'm not a registered member. If I could vote, however, I'd definitely prefer the fully edited version because the scanned original seems adequately historical for that part of your market, and without editing, the non-scanned pages would lack value.
On that point, it seems to me that the edited pages must be painstakingly compliant with whatever rules system the product is published for to be purchased by people beyond the niche RJK fan / collector.
Thanks for the input! The rules will be published in under a first edition rules system initially, and Rob is definitely pursuing the d20 side of the market as well. _________________ Allan Grohe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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