RPGaDay: Hardcover, Softcover, Digital? What Is Your Preference?

It depends.

For things like single classes (or subclasses), small adventures, and collections of monsters or items I'm fine with a PDF, especially if it's something I might only use a couple times (and if I need to reference it at the table I can use my phone with minimal fuss). If I can pick up a physical copy, I'm fine with a softcover because it's easily replaced (if I even care to).

For bigger books that I'm likely to reference a lot, like core rulebooks—whether it's the entire game in one book, or the D&D Player's Handbook/Dungeon Master's Guide/Monster Manual trio—or larger adventures, I prefer physical over digital because I can write notes/put in sticky notes/bookmark pages, and I prefer hardcover over softcover because they last longer.

Of course when ordering online, I like getting PDFs bundled with physical stuff (that way I can start reading it right away).

Some people have other preferences, which is why thanks to Lulu and/or DriveThru's print-on-demand service we try to make things available in as many formats as we can (including B&W and color versions), so you can ideally get our stuff how you want it.

If you're curious about FrankenFourth and/or Dungeons & Delvers, you can find public alpha documents here and here respectively.

A Sundered World: Player Fragments, the first supplement for A Sundered World, is finally out!

The Paladin is technically the sixth "core" class we've provided an alternative for. If you interested in an alternate class that isn't merely a half-assed reskin, check it out!

By fan demand, we've mashed all of our 10+ Treasure volumes into one big magic item book, making it cheaper and more convenient to buy in print (which you can now do).


  1. Mostly the same here, but as a DM I do most of my prep work on a computer, so have come to prefer pdfs of everything.

    1. @Svafa: Digital is also great for Hangout games, because I can have everything I need right in front of me (I usually dump everything I need for a given session on a Google Doc, too).

      Physical books are also great for when I want to get away from the computer.


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