Basic Fantasy Field Guide 1

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Re: Basic Fantasy Field Guide 1

Post Sun May 19, 2019 3:34 pm

The Basic Fantasy Field Guide Volume 1, Release 34 -- May 19, 2019
So here, after just one day, is the next release of this book, including more revisions suggested by Martin Serena.
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Post Mon May 20, 2019 8:09 am

I think a case could be made for dragons as well. As iconic as those monsters are, it would be good to put them together.
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Post Mon May 20, 2019 9:44 am

I agree in general, but for one thing... moving the Death Dragon would mean the Derej Pit Creatures no longer stay together on one page. Pragmatism beats purity. One or two pieces of art would have to be added to make up for that change, which then might break the Shield Guardian page later in the book (but then, we could add more art to make up for THAT...)

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Post Mon May 20, 2019 10:50 am

The obvious solution then is to MAKE MORE DRAGONS! YAY!!!!!!
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Post Mon May 20, 2019 11:18 pm

I'm not too sure if this is even an error, but on page 56 (58 digitally):

"Once a spider locates prey..." I think should be either "Once the spider locates prey..." or "Once a/the phase spider locates prey..." instead. I don't know, just a nitpick that I found while casually browsing the PDF.
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Post Tue May 21, 2019 9:10 am

Yeah, that part could be better. IF I do another version (and I probably will), I'll rewrite that part.
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Re: Basic Fantasy Field Guide 1

Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:51 am

Announcing!

The Basic Fantasy Field Guide Volume 1, Release 35 -- September 16, 2019
This new release is the result of another layout pass, a few more text edits and corrections, and new art from Francisco Chavez. It might be a print release candidate, who knows?

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Post Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:53 am

Just noticed I missed NewbieSalmon's suggestion in R35, so I'm already working on R36.
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Re: Basic Fantasy Field Guide 1

Post Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm

Here is what I found in Field Guide 1 Release 35

Page 4 Last paragraph of Ankheg description:
Currently:
In desperation, an ankheg can spit line of acid; …

Should be:
In desperation, an ankheg can spit a line of acid; …

Page 7 Winged Ape illustration covers the lower portion of the letters of the paragraph above it.

Page 10 Would the Bisren be more bison-headed since they resemble bison, while the minotaur is the more bovine-headed variety.

Page 11 Second paragraph for Blade Spirit description: the spells charm and hold need to be bolded.

Page 16 Second paragraph of Solar Celestial
Currently:
A solars casts spells as a 9th level Cleric, …

Should be:
A solar casts spells as a 9th level Cleric, …

Page 18 First paragraph of Cloaker
Currently:
A cloakers can be found in the darkest locales.

Should be:
A cloaker can be found in the darkest locales.

Page 20 First paragraph of Couatl
Currently:
A couatls is a benevolent force of goodness, …
Should be:
A couatl is a benevolent force of goodness, …

Page 26 First paragraph of Dragonne
Currently:
A dragonnes is about 12 feet long and weighs about 700 pounds.
Should be:
A dragonne is about 12 feet long and weighs about 700 pounds.

Page 31 First paragraph of Faun
Currently:
A fauns shares the halfling’s love of simple agrarian life, …
Should be:
A faun shares the halfling’s love of simple agrarian life, …

Second paragraph of Faun
Currently:
They also know the language Halflings, …
Should be:
They also know the language of the Halflings, …

Page 32 First paragraph of Flederkatze
Currently:
A flederkatze can fold its wings close to its bodies and appear as normal cats unless one makes a very close inspection.
Should be:
A flederkatze can fold its wings close to its body and appear as a normal cat unless one makes a very close inspection.

Page 35 Second paragraph of Grick
Currently:
A gricks attacks when hungry or threatened.
Should be:
A grick attacks when hungry or threatened.

Page 36 Second paragraph of Guard Fern
Currently:
It reacta to any vibration and heat sources.
Should be:
It reacts to any vibration and heat sources.

Page 38 Heucova
The last paragraph states these creatures can only be hit with silvered or magic weapons. The Armor Class doesn’t have the dagger to denote this.

Page 41 First paragraph Infernal, Lemure
Currently:
A lemures regenerates 1 hp of normal damage per round, …
Should be:
A lemure regenerates 1 hp of normal damage per round, …

Page 43 Infernal, Vega description says it can only be hit by magical weapons, but the Armor Class doesn’t have the double dagger to indicate this.

Page 43 Infernal, Vrock description says it is immune to non-magical weapons, but the Armor Class doesn’t have the double dagger to indicate this.

Page 46 First paragraph Lich
Currently:
After some time it appearw skeletal.
Should be:
After some time it appears skeletal.

Page 48 First paragraph Werecockroach
Currently:
A Werecockroache is a human (or occasionally other humanoid) that can transform into a gigantic cockroach.
Should be:
A Werecockroach is a human (or occasionally other humanoid) that can transform into a gigantic cockroach.

Page 48 Third paragraph Werecockroach
Currently:
A werecockroach make saves as a 3rd-level Fighter against most attacks, but saves as a 17th-level Cleric vs. poison, …
Should be:
A werecockroach saves as a 3rd-level Fighter against most attacks, but saves as a 17th-level Cleric vs. poison, …

Page 54 Second paragraph Snow Orc
Currently:
A snow orcs is never affected by cold weather, …
Should be:
A snow orc is never affected by cold weather, …

Page 54 Second paragraph Giant Otter
Currently:
It is fairly intelligent and sometimes keep small items of value in its den.
Should be:
It is fairly intelligent and sometimes keeps small items of value in its den.

Page 54 Second paragraph Otyugh
Currently:
An otyugh slashes and squeeze opponents with its tentacles, …
Should be:
An otyugh slashes and squeezes opponents with its tentacles, …

Page 56 Second paragraph Plaque Hound
Currently:
… for example, a character bitten three times has a 30% likelihood of begin infected).
Should be:
… for example, a character bitten three times has a 30% likelihood of being infected).

Page 60 First paragraph Red Cap
Currently:
… it appears as small ugly man with unkempt hair, …
Should be:
… it appears as a small ugly man with unkempt hair, …

Page 61 First paragraph Remorhaz
Currently:
A remorhazes hides under the snow and ice until it hears movement above it, …
Should be:
A remorhaze hides under the snow and ice until it hears movement above it, …

Page 65 Shield Guardian image covers the last letters of the left hand column.

Page 65 Should the Shocker Lizard be moved to Lizard, Shocker?

Page 66 First paragraph Clockwork Skeleton
Currently:
The Clockwork Skeleton is a bronze skeleton powered by a strange arrangements of pulleys, coils, wires, and gears.
Should be
The Clockwork Skeleton is a bronze skeleton powered by a strange arrangement of pulleys, coils, wires, and gears.

Page 66 Since a Steel Spider isn’t listed as Spider, Steel (see page 71) probably because it is a construct and not an actual spider. Should the Skeleton, Clockwork be listed as Clockwork Skeleton and moved to the C’s?

Page 69 Second paragraph Sphinx
Currently:
A sphinx continuously detect invisible and detect magic.
Should be:
A sphinx can continuously detect invisible and detect magic.

This even seems awkward. May I suggest:
A sphinx has abilities that mimic detect invisible and detect magic that work on a continuous basis.

Page 76 Second paragraph Wug
Currently:
A wugs is a crafty and merciless warrior, …
Should be:
A wug is a crafty and merciless warrior, …

Page 77 First paragraph Zombraire
Currently:
It takes only half damage from blunt weapons, …
Should be:
It takes only half damage from edged weapons, …

Hope this helps. And make sure Newbie Salmon gets a proofing credit too.
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Re: Basic Fantasy Field Guide 1

Post Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:13 pm

AlMan wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Here is what I found in Field Guide 1 Release 35

Page 4 Last paragraph of Ankheg description:
Currently:
In desperation, an ankheg can spit line of acid; …

Should be:
In desperation, an ankheg can spit a line of acid; …

Page 7 Winged Ape illustration covers the lower portion of the letters of the paragraph above it.

Page 10 Would the Bisren be more bison-headed since they resemble bison, while the minotaur is the more bovine-headed variety.

Page 11 Second paragraph for Blade Spirit description: the spells charm and hold need to be bolded.

Page 16 Second paragraph of Solar Celestial
Currently:
A solars casts spells as a 9th level Cleric, …

Should be:
A solar casts spells as a 9th level Cleric, …

Page 18 First paragraph of Cloaker
Currently:
A cloakers can be found in the darkest locales.

Should be:
A cloaker can be found in the darkest locales.

Page 20 First paragraph of Couatl
Currently:
A couatls is a benevolent force of goodness, …
Should be:
A couatl is a benevolent force of goodness, …

Page 26 First paragraph of Dragonne
Currently:
A dragonnes is about 12 feet long and weighs about 700 pounds.
Should be:
A dragonne is about 12 feet long and weighs about 700 pounds.

Page 31 First paragraph of Faun
Currently:
A fauns shares the halfling’s love of simple agrarian life, …
Should be:
A faun shares the halfling’s love of simple agrarian life, …

Second paragraph of Faun
Currently:
They also know the language Halflings, …
Should be:
They also know the language of the Halflings, …

Page 32 First paragraph of Flederkatze
Currently:
A flederkatze can fold its wings close to its bodies and appear as normal cats unless one makes a very close inspection.
Should be:
A flederkatze can fold its wings close to its body and appear as a normal cat unless one makes a very close inspection.

Page 35 Second paragraph of Grick
Currently:
A gricks attacks when hungry or threatened.
Should be:
A grick attacks when hungry or threatened.

Page 36 Second paragraph of Guard Fern
Currently:
It reacta to any vibration and heat sources.
Should be:
It reacts to any vibration and heat sources.

Page 38 Heucova
The last paragraph states these creatures can only be hit with silvered or magic weapons. The Armor Class doesn’t have the dagger to denote this.

Page 41 First paragraph Infernal, Lemure
Currently:
A lemures regenerates 1 hp of normal damage per round, …
Should be:
A lemure regenerates 1 hp of normal damage per round, …

Page 43 Infernal, Vega description says it can only be hit by magical weapons, but the Armor Class doesn’t have the double dagger to indicate this.

Page 43 Infernal, Vrock description says it is immune to non-magical weapons, but the Armor Class doesn’t have the double dagger to indicate this.

Page 46 First paragraph Lich
Currently:
After some time it appearw skeletal.
Should be:
After some time it appears skeletal.

Page 48 First paragraph Werecockroach
Currently:
A Werecockroache is a human (or occasionally other humanoid) that can transform into a gigantic cockroach.
Should be:
A Werecockroach is a human (or occasionally other humanoid) that can transform into a gigantic cockroach.

Page 48 Third paragraph Werecockroach
Currently:
A werecockroach make saves as a 3rd-level Fighter against most attacks, but saves as a 17th-level Cleric vs. poison, …
Should be:
A werecockroach saves as a 3rd-level Fighter against most attacks, but saves as a 17th-level Cleric vs. poison, …

Page 54 Second paragraph Snow Orc
Currently:
A snow orcs is never affected by cold weather, …
Should be:
A snow orc is never affected by cold weather, …

Page 54 Second paragraph Giant Otter
Currently:
It is fairly intelligent and sometimes keep small items of value in its den.
Should be:
It is fairly intelligent and sometimes keeps small items of value in its den.

Page 54 Second paragraph Otyugh
Currently:
An otyugh slashes and squeeze opponents with its tentacles, …
Should be:
An otyugh slashes and squeezes opponents with its tentacles, …

Page 56 Second paragraph Plaque Hound
Currently:
… for example, a character bitten three times has a 30% likelihood of begin infected).
Should be:
… for example, a character bitten three times has a 30% likelihood of being infected).

Page 60 First paragraph Red Cap
Currently:
… it appears as small ugly man with unkempt hair, …
Should be:
… it appears as a small ugly man with unkempt hair, …

Page 61 First paragraph Remorhaz
Currently:
A remorhazes hides under the snow and ice until it hears movement above it, …
Should be:
A remorhaze hides under the snow and ice until it hears movement above it, …

Page 65 Shield Guardian image covers the last letters of the left hand column.
A lot of good catches here, which I've fixed; however, they led me to other things that I rewrote. Hopefully those rewrites don't mess anything up.

Images overlaying text is a flow error of sorts. I'll try to be more careful.
AlMan wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Page 65 Should the Shocker Lizard be moved to Lizard, Shocker?

Page 66 Since a Steel Spider isn’t listed as Spider, Steel (see page 71) probably because it is a construct and not an actual spider. Should the Skeleton, Clockwork be listed as Clockwork Skeleton and moved to the C’s?
Ack. Do you know what this does to my carefully-maintained flow?

Well, I did it. It hurt, but I did it. :D Now I really need one more 1 column picture to fall a page or two or three before the Rabbit Prince. Gah.
AlMan wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Page 66 First paragraph Clockwork Skeleton
Currently:
The Clockwork Skeleton is a bronze skeleton powered by a strange arrangements of pulleys, coils, wires, and gears.
Should be
The Clockwork Skeleton is a bronze skeleton powered by a strange arrangement of pulleys, coils, wires, and gears.

Page 69 Second paragraph Sphinx
Currently:
A sphinx continuously detect invisible and detect magic.
Should be:
A sphinx can continuously detect invisible and detect magic.

This even seems awkward. May I suggest:
A sphinx has abilities that mimic detect invisible and detect magic that work on a continuous basis.
I fixed the sphinx a different way. Made no sense that its vision was addressed in both paragraphs in different ways.
AlMan wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Page 76 Second paragraph Wug
Currently:
A wugs is a crafty and merciless warrior, …
Should be:
A wug is a crafty and merciless warrior, …
I changed quite a bit more here than just that... gah. Rewriting the awkward bits is the whole point of my editing pass, but sometimes it seems endless.
AlMan wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Page 77 First paragraph Zombraire
Currently:
It takes only half damage from blunt weapons, …
Should be:
It takes only half damage from edged weapons, …
No, the original is correct. A zombraire, like a zombie, must be hacked to pieces; its body is thus less vulnerable to blunt weapons. Skeletaires, like skeletons, are the opposite... you must break their bones to destroy them, so blunt weapons are more effective than edged
AlMan wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Hope this helps. And make sure Newbie Salmon gets a proofing credit too.
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