WotC releasing PDFs of modules on DriveThruRPG

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TerlObar
November 28, 2017 - 5:52pm
Just a hour or so ago, WotC started posting PDFs of the Star Frontiers modules on-line on DriveThruRPG.  Currently it is just the character sheets (free) and the two Volturnus modules ($4.99 each) but DriveThruRPG responded to one of my tweets saying more were on the way.  Here are the links:

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226994/Star-Frontiers-SF-AC1-Official-Character-Record-Sheets
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226992/Star-Frontiers-SF1-Volturnus-Planet-of-Mystery
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226993/Star-Frontiers-SF2-Starspawn-of-Volturnus

This is probably in relation to the trademark application by Evil Hat.  We'll see what it means for the posted versions at starfronteirs.com and starfrontiersman.com and for the magazines and fan sites in general.  However, I think if they are going to be supporting it again beyond just re-releasing these as PDFs, I'd better try to get this site up to modern standards and more performant as we may be getting more visitors.
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rattraveller's picture
rattraveller
November 28, 2017 - 6:21pm
Okay picked up the Character Sheets. Clean copy. Hope they can get SF 0 up sometime soon. 
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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JCab747
November 28, 2017 - 6:41pm
It will be interesting to see what WotC does exactly. If they actually want to support the game, maybe they's be open to submissions.
Joe Cabadas

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JCab747
November 28, 2017 - 6:41pm
Getting more visitors to this site would help.
Joe Cabadas

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sevanwint
November 28, 2017 - 8:24pm
A low cost/effort way to respond to trademark question. Smart.

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jedion357
November 29, 2017 - 6:37am
Too bad there isn't a print on demand option on the modules, that would be sweet.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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rattraveller
November 29, 2017 - 10:29am
Well you could always go to Staples or Kinko for printed versions.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
November 29, 2017 - 12:02pm
rattraveller wrote:
Well you could always go to Staples or Kinko for printed versions.


Could but the final product wont be as nice (no center staple binding) and you go through the "pain" of explaining to the STapled monkey that they can print a document with a copywrite that it's not a problem.

Not a fan of comb binding anymore as they begin to break.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Shadow Shack
November 29, 2017 - 9:21pm
Or for the cost of a pdf and a trip to Staples/Kinkos/etc you could just get an original copy from eBay.
No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

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JCab747
November 30, 2017 - 9:28am
Some of those ebay prices are pretty steep, however.
Joe Cabadas

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Shadow Shack
December 1, 2017 - 9:14pm
Well, yeah...if you're looking at store based near mint copies. Well played copies from private sellers tend to list at single digit prices.

That and I would never buy anything that was shrink wrapped on eBay. A couple hundred bucks gets you a shrink wrap machine and you get that investment back with two or three "MIB" (Mint In Box) sales. For example, I can take my purple SF box and drop a packaged loose leaf paper pack into it along with a few plastic electrical connectors, shrink wrap it, and sell it for the amazing low near mint price of $89. It feels and sounds just like the original contents when you shake it, and the collector willing to pay that for a sealed boxed set will never open it knowing that it will immediately devalue the purchase (which, unbeknownst to the collector, was already devalued before he/she bought it).
No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

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rattraveller
December 2, 2017 - 5:57am
That is not just eBay. Fakes and frauds are common in any and all collector markets. eBay has the additional problem of not being able to actually handle the items.

Best bet is to check the seller's rating. Not just the number but the actual reviews since eBay combines buyer and seller ratings. Generally anyone with a 10 or less you should be extremely careful. Also anyone with less than 95% is not doing enough right.

Also with certain items if it is coming from China, it is probably a knock off and you should be wary that it will not be the same quality.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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Shadow Shack
December 2, 2017 - 9:22am
rattraveller wrote:
That is not just eBay. Fakes and frauds are common in any and all collector markets. eBay has the additional problem of not being able to actually handle the items.

Yep. The big scam in comic books is the CGC rating. For a hundred bucks you send this company your book and they "appraise" it...you can send them the worst copy you own with rips, tears, missing staples, i.e. falling apart and they'll rate it for at least several hundred in value with their system (or several thousand if it's actually in decent shape). The catch is it gets "appraised" for the person who sent it in, they do not guarantee the value once that person offloads it. They enclose it in a heavy duty plastic case which, apparently, is easy enough to open and reseal...you can see where I'm going with this.

I was at a comic shop once where someone brought a CGC copy in with the corresponding certificate (in someone else's name of course) and was asking a crazy price for it. The shop owner made a counter offer but insisted that he be able to open the case and actually inspect the book first. The customer finally agreed, and when the case was opened it turned out to be a color copy of the comic book cover with no staples slipped over a Go-Bots comic. In other words, the guy paid an insane amount of money for something that was the furthest from being legitimate because he himself never bothered to inspect it...and he got it from a reputable eBay seller (who also was not the name listed on the certificate and coincidentally also probably never inspected it).

But hey, at least it had the hype of a CGC rating to help the sale...and that's more than enough for a lot of collectors. ;)


The other ongoing "scam" with comic books is the most reputable price guide (Overstreet) was purchased by one of the big comic book shops over a decade ago. Interestingly enough, the annual guide following the acquisition seriously devalued anything less than near mint...in other words a "very fine" or "fine" copy (which is one and two grades below NM respectively) were once 70-80% of NM and 60-70% of NM prices, now VF is 35% and F is 30%.

Which naturally helps the shop owner acquire valuable books at 10-25% of guide prices on the uber-cheap (i.e. what was once 10-25% of 60-80% of NM is now 10-25% of 30-35% of NM value), and turn them around for well above his "guide values" due to the fact that most collectors accept that silver age books are getting tough to find in any condition. While the retail values are still high, it's the shop owners that make out like bandits now when folks sell in desperation.
No, I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide. Nor do I have any qualms in stating why. Tongue out

My SF website