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Space 1889 - Conklin’s Atlas of the Worlds


Contains detailed information and maps on the solar system of the Space:1889 universe, including Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Luna. The PDF version restores all of the color pages from the original  Game Designers' Workshop (GDW) publication. Includes art by Tim Bradstreet.

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Mark P March 21, 2022 4:04 am UTC
Do the maps that are split up on two pages line up correctly? Or are the scans missing text and parts of the image due to the curve of the page?
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Tara F May 25, 2020 10:50 am UTC
I’ve gotten halfway through the book and I have no trouble reading the text on my phone (though the print in the Notes is really small). Except for one minor issue (the inhabitants of Venus should be called “lizard people,” not “Lizard-Men”), it’s really good so far. Definitely worth five dollars for the PDF.
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Matthew G April 30, 2016 2:25 am UTC
While I haven't looked at the files in years (and it would take a while to dig them out of the archives), John P.'s comment is probably fair. The PDFs of the original Space 1889 books are all 16 year old scans of almost 40 year old material, so they have both the weaknesses of 1989 print technology and 1999 scan technology. IIRC Conklin's especially suffered from 80s printing artifacts.

By the time I put these books into production (and the scans used here are the same scans used to print the reprint paper editions, which had the weaknesses of 1999 Print-on-demand tech), GDW had been out of business for three years and the original printer files were either inaccessible to Frank Chadwick, the RP holder, or simply didn't exist. For example, Frank actually didn't own a copy of Conklin's, and was eager to get a copy of the reprint edition to fill out his library.

As far as the price goes, I don't know what a fair price for this 1999 scan of a 1990 book would be, but I can tell you most of...See more
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John P. H April 20, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
In my opinion, the price is just a bit high for a mediocre scan. Many pages are a little fuzzy, small text is difficult to read in places and many pages are off-kilter just a bit, with shadow lines from scan.

There's a lot of good information, but more attention needed to be paid to making a good scan.
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November 07, 2019
This title was added to our catalog on November 25, 2008.