Below the cut you’ll find a sample page spread from the book. This is a draft, so the text, the layout, and the page elements are all still in flux, but it should give you a pretty good idea of where we’re headed.
We have three key guideposts driving this design, and each of those has led us to some design rules. Here’s the basic list:
- No background textures behind text. (The gradient at the edges may need nudging.)
- Matte or satin pages rather than gloss.
- “Newspaper” columns rather than loooong lines of text
- Readable fonts (the thin font used in the tables isn’t right yet)
- Border textures and colors will change by section, making it easy to find the section and page you’re looking for.
- Page numbers and chapter numbers in the corners, again for ease of use.
- Wherever possible, logically-grouped material will not get widowed or orphaned across page-turns.
- Stat tables, art, and callouts will be easy to find. We won’t bury stats in blocks of text, and we’ll organize tables consistently.
- Where appropriate, sidebar callouts will direct the reader to relevant related material.
- We’ll have an appendix and an index. (This is actually going to be one of the most time consuming parts of the project, and it has to happen last.)
- Page elements will have textures and art elements incorporated in them, but only if that doesn’t break Readability and Utility. The borders here are a good example. The CEO note and tables are not.
- Art on every page spread.
- Art will be positioned, framed, and/or background-textured in attractive ways. (The Frellenti and Fobott’r pictures here both need work in that regard.)
We arrived at this list through perusal of our vast library of RPG books, and careful examination of the books we loved and the books whose design failed for us. Our goal is to deliver a book which is beautiful, useful, and easy to read. And full of awesome, of course.
This is a Draft
Don’t proofread for us, please. It’s a waste of your time and ours. Every word, picture, page element, and stat on the pages above is subject to change, and more importantly is not being designed by committee, Kickstarter transparency notwithstanding. We’ve updated the image to make it less tempting to the pedants in the audience, and we’ve taken the liberty of deleting the editorial comments so nobody looks like they can’t follow directions.