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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creature Question


When giving stats for a creature with multiple size like a shark which can be Medium,  Large, or Huge...which is better?

One entry with a broad range such as

SHARKS
Encounter: 1d6                      Behavior: Aggressive
ST:14 -45                              Habitat:Water
DX: 9-10                               AR: -2
IQ: 5-6                                  DM: 2d6 to 4d6(Bite)
EN: 0                                    SP: None
MV: 7-9 Swim                        TR: None


Or individual entries for each size? Note the creature description will state the creature comes in various sizes

16 comments:

  1. This way would save space.

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  2. one entry with broad range is much better.

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  3. That is three learned opinions, much appreciated! Single it is!

    Note Dragons are a bit different, but that's due to the age and chromatic types.

    Thanks again!

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  4. makes perfect sense for dragons...as it would for the different types of elementals or giants (if you're doing those)

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    1. Yes indeed Giants and Elementals have their own entries by type!

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    2. actually, it wouldn't bother me if you DID NOT have a separate entries for the different ages of dragons.

      Green Dragon (just an illustrative name)
      ST: 30-120

      that covers it all just like one shark entry. but, hey, i don't really care if you do it that way or not. i'm just making sure you have thought of this so you don't do any unnecessary work.

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    3. it may not seem like it, but i do think before i speak. i just don't think of everything or right things. dragons have several different attacks: bite, claws, tail, breath. the damage ranges of those probably vary by age/size, so i can see where that would get really hairy unless have entries by age as well as chromatic type.

      sharks only have one attack: bite. so, a single entry shouldn't present any major mental hurdles for readers or formatting hurdles for the author.

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    4. ewookie, no worries at all--I am still working on it so I appreciate the feedback.

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  5. I'd like separate entries, but maybe there is a middle ground? Could you maybe write:

    Shark (Medium, Large, or Huge)
    ST:14-20, 21-35, 36-45

    Or will that just look messy?

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    1. What is gained by doing it that way? I wouldn't even say sharks come in fast-food menu sizes like medium, large, or huge. I would just say sharks come in various sizes.

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    2. Andreas-I am going to do something similar, but include it in the creature description rather than in the actual top line attribute listings. I think this will make for a cleaner presentation overall while giving a bit more of the detail you might be looking for.

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  6. I like the way you've got it laid out in your sample. It gives enough specification so that the GM has something to work with, but enough variety so they can individualize sharks if they want. What would rock would be if you had reference sheets that mapped to your creature description format.

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    1. Hi Sean, thank for the feedback. When you say "reference sheet" do you mean a blank form formatted like the creature description to be filled out by the Referee? If not can you provide a link to a similar sheet your have in mind? thank you sir!

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  7. Yes, a blank form for referee use. Exactly. I should have been more clear.

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    1. Okay cool, a blank form will happen--great idea Sean!

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