One of the websites where I spend a lot of time is RPGGeek, the RPG-focused sister site to BoardGameGeek. (The two sites share the same back-end, and all content is available through both, but RPGGeek has different defaults for homepage and search options.) Every year, there are some gift exchanges that you can participate in. I hardly ever do, because I’m not that heavily into physical books anymore (with only a few notable exceptions), and I don’t see the added value of shipping heavy books across the world if I could get them myself without that added expense.
But this year there was an exchange that specified that the thing you send had to fit in an envelope, and it had to contain at least one thing that you made yourself. I thought that was a lovely idea — getting something hand-made by a fellow gamer is cool. And I had an idea of what I wanted to do…
It just so happened that we bought an A3 sized printer. I used to print stuff at work (with the express permission of the sysadmin, I must add), but now that I work somewhere else where there are no colour A3 printers and I hardly ever come at the office, that doesn’t work anymore. And Klik had some work that required her to bind books on A4 format, so it was time to take the plunge.
With a bit of fiddling to find the right order to print the pages in and manually flipping sheets over (it’s an inkjet that doesn’t do double-sided), I made a signature for my Dungeons & Dragons module The Secret of Cedar Peak. I mean, it had to be something I made myself, right?
I bound the booklet in sturdy board from a museum papermill and also traced the title with red foil on the cover. I also added the ‘city guide’ for the starting city as a little extra — I haven’t gotten around to publishing that one, maybe I should… Both booklets have a fold-out map at the back of the booklet!
The module is sold as a PDF, and I’ve gotten used to thinking about it like that. But seeing it bound and being able to leaf through it is really something else. That was a lot of fun to make, and I hope that the recipient enjoys reading through it.