Why Release an S&S Book?
Mostly it's so we have something extra to give to the people who took the time and effort to submit the adventures. But there's something more. I like books.
I like that they are permanent and are not dependent on technology to read. Everyone thinks a PDF is a a permanent format, but let's be honest. That format could be replaced tomorrow and be out of fashion in 10 years. That would mean all those existing PDFs would be dependent on a defunct technology. Is that likely? No. Possible? Yes.
So, that's another reason I like books. Plus, as a hard copy, it will work when technology fails (nothing worse than having your tablet run out of power while you're running a game -- paper never runs out of power).
Finally, books are still cool and they look great on your book shelf.
However, we're probably not going to stick with just a book. Even as we keep the original adventures online for free, we're going to experiment with having the collected PDF available for a very small price online (probably through DriveThruRPG.com). Both the printed and online books will have a little additional material:
- Summary sheets of new Specialties that are introduced in the adventures
- Summaries of new vehicles (raft and mule cart)
- Summary of the new tables for random weapons and random lawmen
- New Random Character Generator
- Some other fun stuff