I'm thinking now we'll do a lulu 6x9 B&W trade paperback in saddle stitch or perfect bound. But I'm very open to persuasion for other formats. There's something old-school fanzine about plain old letter size for instance.
Perfect bound requires a minimum 32 pages, saddle stitch can be smaller.
What are your thoughts? Color covers are OK but a B&W interior seems a must.
Also we need a font choice that's easily available in a lot of formats (or at least word and pdf) without special software or conversion hassles. I know there's a lot of sympathy for Futura because of some history but honestly I don't find that very attractive.
Anyway, this is the thread where you weigh in on layout/design/format stuff. Go to www.lulu.com if you feel you need a more informed opinion about what the options are.
Saddle stitch is the way to go. It holds together.
I second that assessment (same thing happened to me with Shadowrun). Although 6x9 would be great for "keeping it in the box", I favor Standard Letter--the main reason being is that it's large: more room for dungeons, illustrations, maps, modules, etc. As for a certain font, I personally favor Book Antiqua, but Times New Roman might be best (it's pretty universal). But in all honesty, as long as the font is easily accessible by everyone, it works.
As an aside, just how many pages do you estimate the 1st issue to be?
And a friendly suggestion: IMO, there should be a standard # of pages set for each issue, regardless of size/typeset; you don't want to cram the first few issues so full of goodies that you end up running out of material to print (not that we would, but it can [& has] happened). Contributers come, contributers go; you might want to consider gatering enough material for at least (6) issues or so before you send the 1st to print. Just an observation.
Has anybody seen something letter size printed up by lulu?
I'm thinking it makes my life so much easier if I don't have to do weird page sizes, if I can just go straight from word to pdf without a lot of reformatting hassles. 6x9 is cool but the old digests are actually 5.5 x 8.5 so 6 x 9 actually doesn't get you an OD&D/Arduin/Little Soldier etc. sized book.
It seems like they'd use the same paper, but I don't really know.
The other argument is just tradition, pretty much all gaming mags were letter size even when the books were half sized digests.
My Encounter Critical module was done letter size by lulu. The paper is slick but not very heavy. It kinda feels like a cheap glossy magazine. It's stapled and I feel like the cover could come off with heavy use.