Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Edit... Edit... Revision!

Well, here's hoping this is the last time I feel the need to bother to do this... but after more than two years, I've finally found the time to go through E&E and Retro Phaze again and revise them for typos, writing, content, and balance.  So now Retro Phaze gets its fourth edition (not counting editions from when it was called Elegia) and the E&E Campaign Compendium gets is fourth revised edition.  Here's a run-down of what was done to each.

The greatest change to Retro Phaze is renaming the "Hobbish" race to "Gnomes".  So now the four core playable races are Man, Elf, Dwarf, and Gnome.  It just has more folkloric resonance that way (and I can't, for the life of me, understand why I didn't just do this this way from the outset... unless I was trying to make an oblique reference to the "Bobbit" race from the Ultima games).  But that means, of course, that the entry for "Gnomes" in the monster section (where they were included as an earth-elemental sub-race of Sprites) had to be renamed, so now the three breeds of Sprites are Pixies, Nixies, and Kobolds.  Thankfully, RPz never included Kobolds as a distinct variety of monster, so the shuffle was able to end there.