I’ve been looking forward to Gypsy Knights Games releasing a print book version of ‘Ships of the Clement Sector 16: Rucker-class Merchant’ for some time and John Watts at GKG has been hard at work making a number of the older titles in their portfolio available via print-on-demand (POD). I wanted to specifically pick up a copy from DTRPG as I wanted to see what the Rucker-class looked like in print. You can read more about my involvement in the design of the Rucker here and a review of the PDF version of the book here:-
I ordered a copy through DTRPG’s POD service earlier this month and currently costs $14.99. I was charged £16.80 plus a 49p non-sterling credit card transaction (£20.25 including shipping). I received an email to say the book was on its way after about 5 days and the book arrived in a sturdy card sleeve three days after the email. The book is a softback book and is 215mm by 279mm in size, not quite as tall as A4 and a bit wider. It consists of 64 printed pages with a couple of blank pages at the back. The spine is glued and seems like it will last a good many years of use.
The cover and back are glossy in colour featuring artwork by Ian Stead. The print quality is pretty good with a dark moody image on the front and lighter scene on the back.
Inside the book comprises of a number of monochrome and colour images, with black text on white paper. The paper quality feels good and seems to be of a slightly heavier weight than your average photocopier paper that you might use in your printer.
I won’t go into the actual content as this has already been covered in my two-part review. The text quality plus the monochrome deck plans are of a very high resolution and even the finest of lines on the deck plans can been seen with no loss of quality. The colour images (by Ian Stead and Bradley Warnes) suffer slightly in some of the more complex colour images (such as character scenes), from a slight ‘washing out’ of the picture where lighter yellows are used. However the less complex scenes (where the colour mix is a little ‘flatter’) aren’t affected in this way. The book has a large number of monochrome and colour scenes and isometric views of the Rucker which balance the text out quite nicely. Otherwise there are no other blemishes or marks as a result of the printing.
Overall, I’m impressed with the book and it always feels great to have a print book version of a PDF you already have in your possession. I’m glad I purchased a copy and along with another book I picked up from DTRPG also in the past couple of weeks, their point-of-order-to-delivery service seems reliable and of a good enough quality that I shall most certainly be ordering from them again.