Monday, August 22, 2016

Chimeras are more interesting

At least in writing this section, I got to flex my mythology chops.  And, of course, E&E gets to have its own unique take on dragons and werewolves, which is fun.  With this section out of the way, I now move onto Constructs—which is already half done, because the never-finished, never-published "Supplement I" to the old Engines & Empires edition had an entire chapter on automata.  So all I really have to do is write up golems and such.

Anyway, if you want to take a look at E&E's chimera chapter, here it is.

I feel like I'm finally over the hump here.  Once I get Constructs done, then it's just Fae, Humanoids (and Giants), Spirits & Elementals, and two rather short (if necessary) sections—Plants/Oozes/Fungi and the Undead.

Now that I'm done with boring old animals, I'm really having fun with this again.  Monsters rule!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Normal Animals are BORING.

WAAAAAANNNH… (whiny moans)… just bloody indexing the animals took SO LONG!

Like that mediæval monk wrote at the end of a hand-copied text of Aquinas's Summa:

Explicit secunda pars summe fratris thome de aquino ordinis fratrum predicatorum, longissima, prolixissima, et tediosissima scribenti: Deo gratias, Deo gratias, et iterum Deo gratias.
[Here ends the second part of the Summa of brother Thomas Aquinas of the Order of Preaching Friars, the longest, wordiest, and most tedious thing ever written: thank God, thank God, and again thank God.]

That's how I feel right now,  and I'm only finished with the second of eight monster sections.  The next part (chimeras, dragons, and magical beasts) is ALMOST AS FREAKING LONG.

What have I done… dear God, what have I done!?

UPDATE: Okay, the animals section is all paginated and illustrated now.  It's done, dead, in the grave, in the can, fini, I wash my hands.  Now to Deal with Dragons™.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

E&E Excerpt: Abominations

At long last, I'm finally making some headway through the dull slog that is "Monsters: Normal Animals".  I guess that's why I want to be an astronomer and not a zoologist.  Anyway, in the meantime, enjoy the first completed monster section from the revised edition of E&E: abominations (pdf, 205 kb).