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The Palladium Fantasy® Role-Playing Game Revised Edition - 1st Edition Rules $24.95 $12.49
Publisher: Palladium Books
by Gary M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/03/2013 13:25:49

My problem with this PDF was not the content - I bought this as a replacement for a missing softcover and knew exactly what was in it. My complaint, or dissatisfaction, or whatever is that the PDF is of execrable quality.

Firstly, this is an image-scan - every page - and the compression algorithm leaves haloes around every piece of text and art. It makes the text blurry at Fit to Page scale (which happens to be 72% zoom on this monitor) and a strain to read up until about Fit to Width at 180% zoom - which is not a convenient size for page scanning.

And you will do a lot of page scanning, because - secondly, and more astonishing - there are no bookmarks. The page numbers weren't modified to fit the printed index in the back. And the DRM means that you can't even add your own bookmarks. This is 2013! Roleplaying games on PDF are ubiquitous! Why the crap aren't there bookmarks in this stinkin' thing?

Add to that the 5 or 6% of pages that were scanned askew and your pleasant afternoon Palladium nostalgia trip turns into a squinty haze. At least mine did.

To recap: for $12.49 I would expect a little more effort than slicing the book apart, running it through a sheet scanner, clicking Reduce File Size, and calling it done. If I were to do it all over again, I'd find a printed copy on eBay.

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