C. W. Richeson gave Grey ranks a thorough and very positive review over at rpg.net. But even the most positive review can’t be perfect:

“My only gripe is that the book has an awful lot of white space. While initially the extensive sidebars cover this up, later on there are times where only half of the page is being used. Despite that flaw, there’s still plenty of material here.”

And that’s a minor thing, really, but it’s funny how hard we tried to prevent that appearance. The 6×9 format, with marginalia, is a beast to work with. We thought about abandoning marginalia at one point, but decided against it. As a result there are pages that are emptier than others. The alternative would have been to interrupt the flow with call-out boxes or something, and we didn’t want that.

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4 thoughts on “Grey Ranks Reviewed

  • December 10, 2007 at 11:04 am

    I feel like preventing those large expanses of (unwanted) white space is part of where the need for variably-sized illustrations in RPG texts came from. That’s certainly what happened at SJG. We’d do a preliminary layout with a general art guideline (like, 1/4 page of art every 4 pages), see where the heading breaks gave up space, and fill in from there.

    I’m glad you kept the margins.

  • December 10, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Yeah, I hear you. I don’t think that would have worked for Grey Ranks, since we were going for the sequential art thing as well (which I am REALLY proud of), so there were weird parameters all around. Something had to give.

  • December 10, 2007 at 11:19 am

    See, I really don’t understand the aversion to white space in a book. I liked the marginalia (a lot), and when there was no marginalia, the white margins gave the text room to breathe.

    This seems like a common complaint, which occasionally gets on my nerves. I mean, God forbid that a page be less than totally covered in ink….

    (Sorry. Personal pet peeve.)

  • December 10, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Grats, Jason! This is another in a string of very positive reviews for your game. That’s really exciting to hear.

    As for the blank space, I can understand his objection. But like you said, that’s a small thing. Who knows, if you ever revise the project, that blank space may fill up. :)



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