Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Two Immediate Quibbles re. The Swords & Wizardry Tome of Horrors Complete

1) A whole lotta white space going on here; I really would not have minded a smaller page count in exchange for a tighter layout (even sans the encounters; they're cool, but man, I dunno if I'll ever use any?).

2) No monsters by terrain type?!? Ahem, from http://www.talesofthefroggod.com/index.php/products/the-tome-of-horrors "... and plenty of charts dividing the compiled monsters by CR, type, and terrain...."; with my other monster books I use the monster by terrain listings as encounter tables (by penciling in the #s on a printout of the pdf), and I assure you, I would have gladly exchanged the encounters for some terrain tables, or especially encounter tables by terrain.

It's still a cool & bad-ass monster book, but man, I was really looking forward for there being charts by terrain type for my over the top obsessive encounter tables. ...unless I missed the terrain charts on my first breeze through the pdf?

EDIT: If you preordered it and can't find the PDF on the download site, try checking the "ezine subscriptions" section instead of PDF downloads when you log in.

6 comments:

  1. Whazzat? How'd you get this? I got some link when I preordered the hardcopy but it always tells me "no files to download"...

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  2. Signin for your download, but check under "ezine subscriptions"

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  3. Or a bigger font? Or bigger illustrations. I really need give it more than a cursory glance to see whether this bothers me or not.

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  4. I'd prefer it with smaller illustrations; without the encounters (but use them for a PDF extra); a tighter layout and a smaller pagecount.

    A 700-odd page monster book does indeed "go up to 11", but I personally prefer efficiency and brevity.

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