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Has Steve Jackson Games ever indicated any plans of compiling the series PDFs into larger books- (like the Dungeon Fantasy series for example)?

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They've already made them (or plan to make them) available as softcovers in their current split-up format. It's unlikely they'd go to the trouble of doing compiled print runs for such niche titles. (Just opinion of course, hence a comment and not an answer.) – SevenSidedDie Apr 30 '11 at 17:50
Thats a good point and shows perhaps Dungeon Fantasy was a bad example for that question. They have many other series- Action or the new Monster Hunters. – Jeffrywith1e Apr 30 '11 at 23:15
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SJG does not compile their sourcebooks as a general rule.

Their compilation volumes have been rules only; the examples are Compendium 1 and Compendium 2; one could include both GURPS 3E Revised core rulebook and GURPS 4E core rulebooks as similar in effect.

Further, they still make money on the PDF's, and excepting licensed items, most of their sourcebooks are available in PDF.

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+1. It's my understanding that even the two Compendia were exceptions to the rule, deemed necessary just to bring more than a decade of rules expansions in diverse sourcebooks under control and under one set of covers. I don't think they set a precedent. – SevenSidedDie May 1 '11 at 16:58
Not just diverse, but often, "out of print due to license expiry." Horseclans, Commonwealth, the Prisoner, and a few other 1E era sourcebooks were unable to be reprinted due to no longer being licensed, but had rules referenced in other works. Also, many of them had divergent point values; 3E was consolidating everything to a single point value per skill, advantage or disadvantage. – aramis May 2 '11 at 4:45

IIRC, they have stated that the work compiling the PDF exclusive series into a single (hard|soft)cover book would not economically sound. It would require quite a bit of reediting, and they can only expect to cover the cost of printing for the big generic core books which appeal to a large cross-section of the players.

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