Big Mac wrote:Hmm. I might need to import some. We have a standard set of paper sizes that are different to the USA. Our closest size is A4. I photocopied some monsters onto A4 sheets (out of some of my SJ books) and had to trim off the bottom to get it to fit into the MC book.
Hmmm, our MC sheets are 8 1/8th inch by 10 5/8ths inch; the sheet protectors I use are about 8.5 inch by 11 inch (they're a bit bigger than the MC sheets, particularly width-wise and only slightly length-wise). I seem to recall you talking about the different page sizes between US & UK. You don't have an office supply store or "big-box" store (walmart, target, kmart) that sells that sort of thing? If you do, I'd go with something slightly bigger than the MC sheets.
Well, D&D is an American thing so our D&D books are your D&D books*. But in business the standard we use in the UK (and many other European countries) is a system with the technical name ISO 216
. This standard was apparantly adopted here during the war, so we might have had a British system that was more like the system the US has before then.
* = They didn't shave the sides off for us.
But the long and the short of it is that the A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 system is so useful (for non-D&D stuff) that it is a lot easier to get C4 envelopes (to put your A4 letters into) than it is to get other random sizes. And with the ISO 216 system being based on a mathematical progression, A hypothetical C4 sized RPG boxed set could have held A4 suppliments, folded A3 or A2 maps, two split packs of A5 flash cards** or even four split packs of A6 spellcasting cards***.
** = Think of the Spelljammer ship cards, but shrunk down by the scale of the square root of 2, so that you could have twice as many deck plans and ship pictures for the same weight.
*** = Think of something similar to magic cards, but used as a memory aid, instead of a CCG.
One of the real benefits of the mathematical design of the ISO 216 system**** is that the "root 2 thing" means that if you don't have A5 paper, you can just fold A4 in half and then cut it. Or better still, you can fold it in half and use a long stapler to make an A5 booklet. So with a bit of care, a normal person can make small handouts that can be cut down from big sheets of paper without wastage. This is really useful if you want to get into self-publishing and self-publishing is a good way for a GM to make handouts.
**** = Hey, it is the d20 System of paper! That makes Americans and Canadians into "paper grognoids"!
Having said that the C4 system is a fair bit bigger than the A4 system, so I might just be able to squeeze a MC sheet inside a C4 plastic protector. I'll have to do a bit of investigation to see if I can get away with C4 or if I need to look for something bespoke or imported.
But I'm glad my thread is helpful; I was just wanting to brag a little about snaging the entire MC line!
Boast as much as you wish. But when the dust settles, we are just going to ask you to start building homeworlds for all of the monsters that have non-standard biology!