Regular readers of this blog will know that Kilgore prefers digest-sized books and comb or coil binding. The combination of small size and ability to lay open flat at the game table is a hard one to beat.

So when I picked up the Advanced Edition Companion for Labyrinth Lord I knew I had to make a comb-bound digest containing both volumes:

300 pages of Labyrinth Lord in one digest-sized volume

300 pages of Labyrinth Lord in one digest-sized volume

More than anything, I don’t want to have to shuffle back and forth between multiple books at the table. Both are currently complete in this tome, so it’s a pretty hefty little digest:

The Tome of the Labyrinth Lord (and his dice)

The Tome of the Labyrinth Lord (and his dice)

I put another clear cover in between the two books as a divider and to show of the AEC cover:

Labyrinth Lord + Advanced Edition Compainion = Mega Digest of Adventure

Labyrinth Lord + Advanced Edition Compainion = Mega Digest of Adventure

The comb I used is just barely big enough, but the next size I had available is way too big. I may pull sections 2 and 3 (classes and spells) of the original book out as all the material is repeated. For example, the cleric’s turning undead table, the magic missile spell description, and the fighter experience point table are all in both.

We’re probably going to use AEC character classes only, so losing the material on the original elf, dwarf, and halfling race/class won’t matter. It would save over 30 pages and might make flipping pages near the beginning or end of the tome a bit easier.

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8 Comments to “Tome of the Labyrinth Lord”

  1. bat says:

    You are such a Clever Pete. I thought of doing this, but refrained as I had my pdfs spiral bound. Comb-bound! Gah!

    • Kilgore says:

      Thanks! I actually prefer coil-bound to comb, but we have a comb puncher at work so I print them at home and take them in to punch. I keep meaning to print up a book the way I want and then get it coil-bound at Staples. (I think your blog is where I read about that, actually.)

  2. Very nice, I prefer coil as well.

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  5. kenohhkc says:

    I am doing this tonite. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this. I love this idea. And I am going to try to get it printed double sided too. Excellent idea.