2017 ENnie Awards and Layout Influence on a Line

7th Sea was nominated for seven ENnies. Products I worked on have been nominated for (and won) ENnies in the past, but not all of the awards are things I feel I should get an award for. Like last year Urban Shadows was up for Best Rules and Product of the Year. If Urban Shadows had won Product of the Year, I would have gone out and gotten a copy of the medal because layout has to do with creating the whole product. It won Best Rules, which had nothing to do with me, so I am okay with no award for Thomas. 7th Sea's Mark Richardson, our staff cartographer, was nominated for Best Cartography this year. Discussing the nominations, we realized this is the only award with nominations for 7th Sea products that was as close to 100% a single person's award. Mark may have had guidance and feedback from others on the John Wick Presents team, but it's as...
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Modiphius’ Star Trek Adventures

Late last week, Modiphius released links to preorder their new Star Trek roleplaying game, Star Trek Adventures. Visually, it looks cool, perhaps up there with Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars RPGs, a series of game books that does a lot of things right. The cover of the collector's edition is a very interesting angle of The Next Generation's Enterprise's main hull, rendered by the same people that provided the 3d model for the Star Trek: TNG Remastered series. The cover of the regular edition is original artwork -- an illustration! ((Aside: When we worked on Firefly, we had illustrations for the covers. We heard from the distributors that they would not sell unless we had photos of the crew instead of illustrations -- a claim I always thought of as full of crap. It's great to see that a game based on an existing IP is going forward with an illustrative cover.)) The one spread we have of the interior...
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More About Fixing Runts in InDesign using GREP

You're working with InDesign and looking to avoid orphans, widows, and runts, so you've got your keep options up and running for those first two and you have Brennen Reece's article bookmarked so you can reference that GREP expression. Good job! So you've got \s(?=\w+~S?[[:punct:]]$) running in your basic paragraph style keyed to a no break character style, cascading down through all those styles based on that, and all is good. That's such a good bit of GREPiness. What it does is this: "As long as there is a space followed by a word with at least one punctuation mark at the end of a paragraph, apply a certain style to the space." In this case, a no break character style. Continue reading “More About Fixing Runts in InDesign using GREP” »...
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