While this is a preview of the dragon stats in Blood and Treasure, it is really more of a question that I’m posing to you, the reader, about the format of the monster chapter in the book.
Initially, I intended to do a fairly straightforward layout – monster name followed by a little table of stats and then the monster description. The same basic layout that has been used for generations in fantasy RPG’s, from Moldvay to the various Monster Manuals.
Yesterday, I started thinking about doing something a bit different – somewhat inspired by the layout that I think they used in the earliest versions of the game – a table grouping all of the monster stats together, and then the monster descriptions below that.
You’ll notice some silhouettes of monsters from Telecanter, the most excellent master of silhouettes in the OSR blog community, if not the world, to show the size comparison.
I decided to give it a whirl using the monsters of the “dragon” type in the game. It still needs a little work (I need to include the organization information for the monsters – probably as a line beneath the description), and I need to play with the stats a bit, but I think it just might work. Printed out, it is very readable, and might make scanning for stats a little easier for the busy Referee.
What do you think?