In previous editions of the Arcanum, Animals (as opposed to monsters) used an abbreviated format. Animals will, in this version of the Arcanum, be using a similar reduced format; as such, I can include a large number of non-monster creatures within the book without taking up another 96 pages… The format I have designed will comfortably allow 25 animals to be listed on each page. I am figuring on the following categories:
- 25 Amphibians and Reptiles
- 25 Birds
- 75 Land Mammals and Marsupials
- 25 Marine and Aquatic Animals
- 25 Other creatures (e.g., vermin)
This means at least 175 animals — not monsters, animals — will be in the book. I know I need to include all creatures that are listed specifically in other parts of the book. So, for example, I have to have an entry for Nemean Lion, or the equipment section which brings up this beast makes no sense. The full listing of each section will follow.
There are some choices that need to be made when it comes to creatures in the Arcanum. The original rules were lacking when it came to how a creature with a level of ability 3, an attack which deals 2d20 damage to everything in a 1,000 square feet area, armored protection better than plate, and half-dozen special abilities… was somehow worth less experience than a creature with a level of ability 6, an attack which deals 1d4 damage to one target, almost no armored protection, an no special abilities.
As I have indicated before, I have to be careful when it comes to making this edition. I want a 30th Anniversary Edition… not a Half-baked Quasi-new Edition. But this time things appear to be running a bit more smoothly this time around.
OK… the base text is complete. A short bestiary chapter that will give some example critters and how to make them will be included (about 24 pages); a short campaign chapter with a skeleton campaign setting will be included (about 24 pages); and some appendices with information about this journey.
Things are moving along nicely.
Hello all… it has been a long time.
I have been working, still, despite the fact that I refunded all of the money that was brought in by my Kickstarter. I have been working to ensure that what I produce is a true 30th Anniversary Edition and not some muddled mixture of ‘not quite an anniversary edition‘ and ‘not quite a new edition‘ with a sprinkling of ‘unfocused changes.’ What I am nearly done creating is a True Anniversary Edition. In fact, as I write this I have but six pages of the original material to lay out. I should have those six pages completed in the next couple of days.
I have a couple of grammar-nut friends of mine who are combing through the text that has been laid out. They are there to tell me where I missed commas, used the improper form of a number (“Dave! That one should be spelled out; this one should be numerals…”), or left a sentence with a dangling prepositional phrase… Give them some time to go through my initial edits and clean things up.
I do have two sections I am writing whole cloth and need to complete:
- The first is a brief bestiary of those creatures that are actually mentioned in the book’s main text. I do not have rights to the original trilogy Bestiary, but I can (and need to) give you a working set of creature rules.
- The second is a brief campaign setting. It is not an entire planet (as the Atlantean setting was), but it will give Game Judge enough information to get themselves started in world with Arcanum’s peculiar mix of races and creatures.
I am not giving out my internal deadline just yet. But I wanted to let you all know that this is not a dead project… it will get completed and it will be beautiful. Once it is available for purchase, you will all be informed.