I got sick of lugging my harcover copy of Dungeon World around. I thought it would be much easier to just have the GM section in a book and that’s it. All the PC stuff is on the character sheets, and I mostly run prepared dungeons (or Dungeon Planet stuff) so I have monsters in my prep already.
So I made Truncheon World, the truncated Dungeon World: a 128 page 6×9 book with just the GM sections and the rules I might want to reference when running the game. I mostly re-ordered things and put rules together in a way that makes sense to me, although I added the concept of dungeon fronts from Lair of the Unknown and a list of questions and situations for each of the character classes that GMs can use to get things going. I also did some nice-looking layout for it, complete with flowery dingbats around the edges and crap, and got a B&W version from Lulu. I thought it would be nice to have the dingbat stuff colour-coded by section, so it’s easier to find stuff, and I’m waiting to see what Lightning Source sends me based on that file. I also made a half-letter sized pdf without the flowery dingbats.
Anyway, I’m looking for input as to if and how I should make these available to other peoples.
Things I DO want:
— I wanted a small book version of the rules. Now I have that, rock on.
— I want to make this available to anybody else who wants one. A few people expressed interest when I first mentioend it in passing, so why shouldn’t they have one, too?
— It would also be nice to get paid a few bucks for the editing and layout work.
Things I DON’T want:
— I’m not looking to replace the DW rulebook. I don’t want anybody grabbing this version and the free character sheets and then using the Codex just because it’s cheaper than buying DW (I’m trying to ride some coat-tails here, not take the coat for myself, if you know what I mean). People should pick up Truncheon World if they already have DW and also want a slimmer reference volume.
So, if you are interested in this, what do you think I should do?
Should I even bother releasing a pdf? Or just a print version?
Should I make it cheap? Or should I price it so that it’s not an attractive alternative to buying DW in print? Which one do you think works best for Sage and Adam?