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Explore and conquer in a Norse-inspired land with Dragon Heresy, with modified 5E rules. Secure your place in the sagas, or die trying!
Explore and conquer in a Norse-inspired land with Dragon Heresy, with modified 5E rules. Secure your place in the sagas, or die trying!
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A Great Beginning: the first 24 hours

Posted by Douglas H. Cole (Creator)
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Well, this is April in Minnesota, so naturally I woke to find about six inches of snow on the ground. Sigh. This state . . . 

We had a great 24 hours, with over 80% of required funds collected. It was an excellent first day!

Podcasts Fall Like Rain

Over the next few days, you'll probably see podcasts drop: Table Top Babble, Down with DnD, and Hobbs and Friends of the OSR. I've got a few more planned, and I could always use a few more suggestions.

What's Up Next

This week is all about monsters. Right now, the monsters section lays out to 110 pages, which makes 260 pages of as-is layout. Toss in a title page, Kickstarter backer page, one or two pages for a Table of Contents (call it two), and roughly one page of index per 50 pages of book (call it 5-6 pages), and that's about 10 extra pages. Makes for a single 270-page book, which isn't bad, though it's a bit longer than I'd like. If we hit the $10,000 stretch goal, there are about 14,000 words of pre-written content I'd like to add . . . another 23 pages.

There's a lot of extra white space in the Foes section, though. I'd wanted to try and get each creature type on the top of a page, for easy reference, and to avoid the statblock from (say) one creature on a left-hand column, and a new creature on the right. Potentially confusing.

The counter-argument here is that for all the benefits of this strategy, it's very space inefficient.

For every layout example we have of this:

Ethlafolk (lizard folk) lay out pretty well
Ethlafolk (lizard folk) lay out pretty well

You sometimes get some thing like this:

Hrogn (demon spawn) and Illt Hundr (Evil Hound)
Hrogn (demon spawn) and Illt Hundr (Evil Hound)

 These are about half-empty . . . 

Rats. Of course we've got rats.
Rats. Of course we've got rats.

 ...with some that show empty columns, though in this case, I'd rather leave it there and start Humanoids on the next page.

Well, a giant would fit in that space . . .
Well, a giant would fit in that space . . .

 This is not an insurmountable problem, of course, and there's lots of time. But it's where I am right now. If you've got suggestions, leave 'em in the comments!

Major Milestones

The biggest milestone here is, of course, to fund. That's a double-tap, though, because if we hit the funding goal, it means that I am guaranteed the funds to pay my editor. He's already been selected, and he's committed to timely delivery.

Once that happens, the only major task left for completing the book is indexing, then assembling the book pieces into a final draft, with all the small bits that make it a complete book. Then, of course, the process of layering and hyperlinking and bookmarking the PDF.

The project is far enough along that, presuming we fund, I can more or less promise that each backer will receive a playable copy of the rules (maybe with editing, maybe now) the day the Kickstarter funds settle: sometime mid-May. 

From there, you'll get 4-6 weeks to play the heck out of the game and ask questions and suggest tweaks should they be necessary. The game was playtested pretty well, but you'll find things. Those will be tweaked by the end of June, and then we'll get a final PDF and printable PDF going. That will take a few weeks to get proofs, then the bulk order . . . 

So, that's the plan! Thanks for joining early. If you can, throw down some social media boosts where you're able, and let folks know that Dragon Heresy is happening.

Have a great week!

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    1. Frederik Vezina
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      One thing that my be interesting is to use the extra space to do a running bibliography: Link the monsters to the tales they originate from, with a very concise summary: basically a “what to look for if you’d like to know more”.
      e.g. “In Tiara de Ibekungen, the god Kookie sends his Gobolds to stop Redhildem, but she kills them with fire.”

    2. Douglas H. Cole 6-time creator on

      Craig: "Using the X in play" is a great idea. More illustrations is something I want to do, but have to be careful about budget. If we take off but don't reach the Big Dog deluxe set goal, you better *believe* I'll commission more illustrations, maps or otherwise.

    3. Craig C. Robertson on

      This is less of a problem than it is an opportunity. A couple of suggestions for the blank spaces (which could also be incorporated as stretch goals in the campaign): First, monster illustrations are an obvious choice. Second, maps of typical monster lairs. Finally, sidebars containing Norse-themed adventure hooks for the monsters.

    4. Douglas H. Cole 6-time creator on

      Frederick: In that case, no, because printers don't like "live text" that can get cut off in the edge of the page. I MIGHT be able to see about something farther into the "safe" zone. Interesting.

    5. Douglas H. Cole 6-time creator on

      K: Yeah, more art is a nice way to spend "surplus" funds. I can actually put the giant in place right now, since I have an image of an Ettin kicking around.

      The prelim monster layout is exactly that, though: preliminary. The space concerns are real, but they're also not remotely finished being worked yet. You make good points about not needing running section titles if we also have titles on each page, so that's a step.

      I'll play with a few different layouts with Michael, and report back in a few days.

    6. Frederik Vezina
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      Could you add a useful market to that little tab, such as a single letter or a pair indicating the section? M for monsters, as an example?

    7. K Abson
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      Some extra art would be an obvious, but expensive, use of the white space (as you suggested, a giant _would_ fit in that space). And I have to ask why the Dragon Warrior is not at the top of a column and why your Evil Hound is spread over two columns, while the Hill Giant isn't?
      Otherwise:
      I query the repetition of the creature name as both a title and then above the stat block in some cases... but for consistency's sake I understand it.
      I don't think anyone would mind if things like the various types of rats continued straight into each other.
      It may be heretical, but few would notice if you massaged the paragraph styles slightly where you're missing a tiny amount of space before text is thrown into the next column - a little less paragraph space here or there, condense the font by a few percent there or here.

    8. Frederik Vezina
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      If you put your stat blocks (from CR to blue boxes) inside a different-coloured box, you could put them “outside the flow of text”, so it wouldn’t matter whether the description and habitat fall before after or around them. Think G* boxes and pull quotes, which text just continues after.

    9. Douglas H. Cole 6-time creator on

      Frederik: The little tab that extends into the page border is exactly that. It's in the same spot right now, but eventually will run off the page as a section indicator.

    10. Frederik Vezina
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      Or vertically, along the outside margin, if you don’t want to conflict with headings like Humanoids.
      Actually, some sort of section indicator in the outside margin (such as GURPS changing colors) is useful both for flipping through paper copies *and* for skimming through pages in a PDF.

    11. Frederik Vezina
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      Cut the white space for monsters, starting them wherever, but add a banner at the top indicating all monsters on the page, so readers can skim just this boxed text when looking for a creature.