Mark Stratton wrote:CraziFuzzy wrote:SO, it looks like if you are going to play PFS, that PDF is far superior to buying the hardcovers.
That is only true based upon what you consider to be "superior." Some people prefer to have the hardcover books - for them, such books are faster to look through, easier to read, etc. For them, the hardback books are "superior."
I prefer hardback books, and own many of them, but I own the .pdfs for almost all of them. The .pdfs are more affordable for me, so I can nearly always purchase them. I sometimes have to wait to purchase the hardcovers based upon liquid funds at the time.
Both versions have their advantages. When I am running a home game, I want my hardcovers with me - even if I have to haul them to a friend's house. However, if I am running at a convention or game day, the .pdfs are better for me - less to haul around a huge convention center or whatever.
So, really, I think on the whole, it's just a matter of preference.
I did qualify my statement as regarding PFS, where you need to have your sources with you. I can't see where having lugging the hardcovers to the venue would be superior to a digital version. Sure, in a home setting, the hardcover would be just fine, where they could reside on the shelf and be referenced easily when needed, but if PFS was your primary playstyle, and especially in light of this rules 'clarification', I can't ever see a reason to waste the money on the physical books.
Personally, when generating or maintaining a character, in either case, I find d20pfsrd to be superior to either paid option, simply due to its structure, and its combining of all sources into a single repository (better than paizo's prd, where things are still separated by the book they come from). So, in that respect, if the rule is you have to have purchased the source to use, the easiest thing is to use d20pfsrd as your source for character generation, and then purchase the appropriate pdf's, just to be able to carry...
Just be sure to check your features name since they cant legally use certain things anymore - sow up to an event with your feat improperly named and your liable to get audited even if you have the Correct source