Printing and Binding your pdf

Part One HERE

The one thing I forgot about EPSON printers (I used to use them exclusively in the 00’s) is they only let you select EPSON brand paper.  This is understandable as when using Epson products which are specifically made to be used with Epson inks the end results are stunning.  However you may want to use water colour paper, or in my case Silk (which is like a semi gloss).  What you need is ICC Profiles that will work with your paper.  I emailed EPSON Technical support and hope I actually get a response.

Before printing I added a Table of Contents with the new page numbers in MS Word then saved it as a pdf then using Soda PDF I merged the contents with the rest of the document.

Then after experimenting with the limited paper options I chose to go with telling the computer I’m using plain paper but I told the printer I loaded semi-gloss.

Once your print is done make sure they are in order, I added test sheets to the front and back to protect the main book.  I will carefully tear or cut them out when the main part of the book is done. Then joj the pages so the are squared at each corner.

Cut guides for the spine

The string will be placed in the groves

I found this saw in my garage, it is absolutely perfect for this job!

Pres back and fan the pages out

Then apply glue. It was very hot and I had issues with accelerated drying.

Bring it up and get it back into normal position before fanning the pages the opposite way

Now glue the other side, the scribbles on the sheet is because that was a test print page

Press the book between two boards

Leave the top of the spine sticking out

 

Add the string to the spine cuts

You can either loop them back and forth or cut strips.

Add some glue to the spine then stretch Muslin cloth over the spine

Add a bit more glue. I was adding a fair bit due to the heat and the glue drying quickly

Let it dry for about an hour to be safe, or even overnight.

Carefully cut away the board and spare sheet. Make sure you use a sharp knife and take your time.

A Double Fan Bind lays flat

Do you even lift?

Project on hold until new clamp can be acquired.

So far I would say it was a success! Next time I might glue when it is cooler out.  They heat caused me to have to hurry a bit on the gluing which made it a bit sloppy.

I’m not sure I have the print quality down yet.  I thought having a nice paper like Silk would give me a great finish but there are some ink smears on some of the pages.  However in my haste I purchased a lot of silk paper because I thought I new better so I will have to make do with what I have.

Now the question is Soft Cover or Hard Cover?  Either way I will need a clamp before I continue.

PART THREE

Reason for Hiatus

Fighting my own dragon named life.

I must apologise for the hiatus on the site and of my hobbies as well.  In the last twelve months I’ve lost my father and my uncle, changed jobs, wife changed jobs, and just moved house.  I’m unsure if I made the right choice with my new job so I’ve that added stress as well.

Back on topic

Things I’d like to do in the near future

  • Finish the series of short encounters
  • An article on the cost of printing and binding your pdf books from home (I’ve signed up for a bookbinding course this autumn)
  • Finish physical dungeon geomorph tiles (new printer on its way)
  • Ritual Path editable, printable cards

I hope to slowly get more done once I’ve settled in to my new house.

Hall of Judgment – a Dungeon Fantasy RPG Supplement

Hall of Judgement – a Dungeon Fantasy RPG Supplement is a conversion and expansion of the adventure Lost Hall of Tyr for the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game (Powered by GURPS) written by Douglas Cole (of Gaming Ballistic). With four days to go it has exceeded its goal of £2,226 and currently sits at £9,246.  This is a win for us GURPS fans as it may open the doors to third party material.  Much like 4e D&D back in the day, which I think only strengthened WotC’s fan base.

Full colour print run in soft cover is very exciting and Douglas Cole is certainly dedicated to getting the best product he can while staying realistic to his goals.  That is always a win-win when it comes to Kickstarters in my opinion. So check it out, back the project and we may get to see more like it!

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GURPS now on DriveThruRPG.com!

I’m seriously surprised to see this but Steve Jackson Games are now on DriveThruRPG.com! You can still purchase them at Warehouse 23 which is were I will continue to get my GURPS books, mostly because that is where I always purchased them and it is easier to have all my eggs in one basket.  However this is a great move on behalf of SJG as it will hopefully bring in new players!  Many fan social media sites are hoping, speculating that this is a first step towards a more open license.  I’m not so sure about that but it is a good move either way.

Speaking of Warehouse 23 you can now purchase Cardboard Hero Hex Bases both the Black Hex Bases and the Rainbow Hex Bases. Twelve bases for only $6.00 USD +shipping.