Wednesday, July 16, 2008

So why isn't this being released in PDF?

Wizards recently announced that it would be selling PDF versions of their products at DriveThruRPG.  While I still quibble a bit with them on pricing, at least they are releasing non-DRM Watermarked PDFs at less than the cover price of the physical copies of the book. 

(Well, at least its less than the cover price if you are buying your books from your friendly local game store.  You can still inexplicably get physical copies of the books from for less than the PDFs.)

Isn't selling Character Record Sheets so 1970s? So far they have released the three core books, H1: Keep on the Shadowfell, and H2: Thunderspire Labyrinth.  There is one product that is missing though, the Character Record Sheets product. 

Now to some extent the omission makes sense.  After all, you can download a free PDF Character Record Sheet from the WOTC website.

Still, if some people are going to pay for the physical copy of the Character Record Sheets, I imagine some people will pay for the PDF version as well. 

Of course it's quite possible that the PDF version of this product is on the way and its just not up for sale yet.  If that is the case, I would like to make a suggestion: Release this product as a Fillable PDF.

Seriously, that could be what distinguishes the free PDF on the website from the version you would buy off of DrivethruRPG.  I can't imagine it would cost too many man-hours to add fillable fields to the PDF.

Of course, it might be fair to question why you would even attempt to sell Character Record Sheets in a digital era where there are so many tools to make your own sheets easily.  Not to mention dozens of freely available sheets you can find on the Internet. 

But I suppose that's a question for another blog post.