In an increasingly digitized tabletop industry, there’s been a bit of a struggle among tabletop publishers to make their books as accessible and easy to read as possible when read on digital devices. The classic physical copies remain popular, but not everyone can afford them (and not everyone has room on their shelf for them), and PDF’s that mimic them often are a chore when read. Luckily, a group of indie publishers have worked with DriveThruRPG to create a solution: The Phone PDF
According to DriveThruRPG, the new format was developed to help end the “tiresome” pinching, zooming, and scrolling that many players and GM’s deal with while using PDFs at the table. It has a brand new UX and lots of accessories to increase accessibility, including internal links at the foot of each page as well as a “Quick Links” bar for rapid navigation through the (oftetimes thick) book. It’s currently optimized for both iOS and Android, with the company recommending the Apple Books and Xodo apps to be used on their respective devices.
The new format is launching with several publishers already on board, including Troll Lord Games (Castles & Crusaders), Denagh Design (the vs. line of small RPG’s), and Magpie Games (with a special Masks bundle that includes both the regular PDF and the phone version). Onyx Path Publishing have made their hit dog-themed RPG Pugmire free for users to try the new format out. Meanwhile Andrews McMeel Publishing has made their hit dark fantasy Zweihander Grim & Perilous RPG “Pay What You Want” for the next 3 days, with previous owners of the title receiving it in the new format for free. They’ve also announced that the first supplement, Main Gauche, will be releasing in the new format this November, with the Zweihander Player’s Handbook following in December.
All images vie Drive Thru RPG and Andrews McMeel