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Announcing the House of Lisport

Jerry Stratton, April 25, 2008

Welcome to the House of Lisport! It ties in slightly with Illustrious Castle and The Lost Castle of the Astronomers.

The House of Lisport is suitable for 3 to 6 adventurers of fourth to fifth level.

Maps and other resources

This adventure is the first Gods & Monsters book to come with a complete resource file. All of the maps, character sheets, and other resources are created using open source software such as Inkscape, Scribus, and GIMP, so you should be able to open them no matter what platform you’re using or software you’ve purchased.

Because I’m no longer able to use the PICT vector graphics format, I’m using the EPS format instead for embedding images into the main document. This is why there are no image previews for vector graphics images in the RTF file in Word or OpenOffice. You’ll need to print from the PDF files to view map images or other vector images.

New print size

I’m also experimenting with printing in landscape. The House of Lisport is 11 by 8.5 instead of 8.5 by 11. I did this because I’ve found myself using the Traveling Books format exclusively. I don’t like making a printed version available that I’m not using myself, so I’ve been looking for a good way to make the printed versions smaller. The House of Lisport will print at 9 by 7 at Lulu. This will be slightly larger than the 5.5 by 8.5 I’ve been using (the text on the traveling books was tiny), but significantly smaller than the 8.5 by 11 I’ve been distributing. I think it’s going to be a much more useful size for gaming.

No images in HTML

The version of Word that I’m using doesn’t save EPS graphics when saving as HTML. I’m most likely going to be switching to Nisus Writer Pro, but I need to redo the conversion script. I’ve got a proof of concept working that indicates it will be possible (and possibly much better than my current workflow). Nisus does convert images, and can even do so within the conversion script. But for now, you’ll need to use the PDF or download the resource file to get the images.

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