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Deluge of books, and good riddance to trash

Lock and load agents, Delta Green: Eyes Only became available last night. As noted before, this is a limited run of 1,000 copies. I ordered about an hour after the announcement was posted and my order number was 101. Dennis said that it’s “selling like hotcakes”, despite the hefty shipping & handling costs – $30 s&h to Finland, which results in a total price of $70 for the book. Ouch. Becomes a bit less “ouch” once you realize that because of the strong Euro vs. weak, puny and generally inferior US$ that “only” amounts to about 52 euros. Expensive, but doable. Getting hold of this book once the 1,000 copies sell out will involve eBay, luck and lots of cash; I’ll happily pay 52e now.

In what is obviously a global conspiracy to hike up my credit card bill, Greg Stolze’s Reign also became available this week through Lulu print-on-demand, with two different options for cover art (I like the red Solis design best, myself). Also available as hardcover, and to top it off I understand that Lulu offers semi-reasonable shipping costs for us EU folks nowadays. Heroically, I resisted the temptation, I don’t want to cram anything more on my Visa this month.

For those of you going “what the hell is ‘Reign’?”, it’s Stolze’s new rpg using the ORE/Nemesis engine and focusing on politics and social dynamics in a fantasy setting – in other words, it has crunch that will let the players (try to) take over and run kingdoms. Could be very cool.

For those of you going “who the hell is Greg Stolze?”… you’re reading the wrong blog entry, sorry. Move on now, don’t block the view.

In probably-not-related news, Jerry Falwell is (finally) dead. The world just became a slightly better place, and the warm and sunny weather today just might be a side result. You never know.

Added later: Lulu.com has a promotion with really cheap EU shipping, but in order to get that you have to pay in euros, if you pay in dollars you get charged the normal price. For Reign, “cheap” here means 1,99e and “normal” $13.62. Don’t ask how I found that out. Just… don’t.

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    by www.myspace.com/iwearnohelmet

    $30 s&h to Finland sounds the usual way to handle business. Then again the shipping rate most likely applies to all non-US destination as these tend to be lumped together. Also USPS prices just went somewhat higher, but even so they’re still a far cry from the prices we finns have to pay when mailing something. yessiree, I love Finnish postal services!

    Nevertheless I would’ve asked them if the s&h was indeed correct for EU shipments.


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    by Orava

    Yes, it apparently makes sense to pay in Euros, mainly because: if you live in the EU and pay in euros, you get the promotional ultra-cheap 1,99e shipping.

    If you live in the EU but pay in dollars, you get the normal $13+ shipping.

    Guess how I found out? Grumble.

    The prices are equivalent in value, otherwise. So yes, pay in Euros.

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    by Merten

    There, blame it on us, you and your elastic spine.

    Is the euro price for Reign roughly same as the dollar price? In other words, does it make sense to pay it in euros?

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    by Orava

    And my credit card bill would have been just fine without you meddling kids! Dammit!


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    by Merten

    Dear sir, you now offically have no life. I have none and I though I check my emails rather regulary. My order number is 117.

    I predict that temptation to order Reign (as, I have heard, the price goes up daily and is now below the normal) will become too big.

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