Layout - Preferences

Join Peter Bradley and other artists in discussions on art and presentation.
Post Reply
serleran
Mogrl
Posts: 13851
Joined: Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:00 am

Layout - Preferences

Post by serleran »

So, for monster books, do you all like one page per monster (not possible for some, mind you) or do you like the multi-monster per page format? Should every monster have a picture (if possible or relevant) or is it ok to skip a few here and there and leave it to the CKs imagination?

I'm putting this here because the forum is supposed to be about discussion... as well as displaying.

User avatar
Omote
Battle Stag
Posts: 11560
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am
Location: The fairest view in the park, Ohio.
Contact:

Post by Omote »

Amount of page space is of no concern to me as long as all the needed/informative information is included. I also happen to like a bit more fluff as a way to vary encounters with creatures. But that is just me.

As for pictures, yeah, I always think it's a good idea to have some sort of visual reference, next to a detailed description. I know this is often hard for monster books, but it does sure make for a more presentable project.

-O
_________________
> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <
Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society
@-Duke Omote Landwehr, Holy Order of the FPQ ~ Prince of the Castles & Crusades Society-@
VAE VICTUS!
>> Omote's Advanced C&C stuff <<

Jungger
Hlobane Orc
Posts: 102
Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:00 am

Post by Jungger »

I am pretty happy with the way the first AD&D MM was done. I don't really see a point in pictures of common animals (unless the other drawings are done) but certainly would like pictures of most if not all the monsters.

Treebore
Mogrl
Posts: 20660
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Arizona and St Louis

Post by Treebore »

I prefer illustrations, unless its a animal in the real world. I can live without them if the description is good.
_________________
The Ruby Lord, Earl of the Society

Next Con I am attending: http://www.neoncon.com/

My House Rules: http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... llordgames
Since its 20,000 I suggest "Captain Nemo" as his title. Beyond the obvious connection, he is one who sails on his own terms and ignores those he doesn't agree with...confident in his journey and goals.
Sounds obvious to me! -Gm Michael

Grand Knight Commander of the Society.

User avatar
Rhuvein
Cleric of Zagyg
Posts: 10792
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Somewhere in Time

Post by Rhuvein »

Yes, I'd like to see a pic/drawing for every monster. Not necessarily the common earthly types, but wouldn't be against it, if it were done.

_________________
Count Rhuveinus - Lejendary Keeper of Castle Franqueforte

"Enjoy a 'world' where the fantastic is fact and magic really works!" ~ Gary Gygax

"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes:" - Macbeth
Count Rhuveinus - Lejendary Keeper of Castle Franqueforte

"Enjoy a 'world' where the fantastic is fact and magic really works!" ~ Gary Gygax

"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes:" - Macbeth

papercut
Red Cap
Posts: 276
Joined: Sun Mar 09, 2008 8:00 am

Post by papercut »

Ditto on the pictures of monsters!

I really like the 2e style of one page per monster, and extra fluff. But for playing on the fly (which I always do), the 4e style of bullet point data is also useful. Maybe my ideal book would have half page entries (with art) and crunch in points and fluff in text.
_________________
Someone send me some dice!

User avatar
Rigon
Clang lives!
Posts: 7190
Joined: Mon May 01, 2006 7:00 am
Location: Conneaut Lake, PA

Post by Rigon »

Pics would be nice, but aren't nessacary if there is a really good description to go from.

R-
_________________
Rigon o' the Lakelands, Baron of The Castles & Crusades Society
The Book of the Mind
Castles & Crusades: What 3rd Edition AD&D should have been.
TLG Forum Moderator
House Rules & Whatnots
My Game Threads
Monday Night Online Group Member since 2007

User avatar
slimykuotoan
Greater Lore Drake
Posts: 3626
Joined: Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:00 am
Location: Nine Hells

Post by slimykuotoan »

For me, pics are necessary, unless it's something like: Common Bat.

And I loath beyond words a 'one monster per page' format.

It's too much like those rip-off 2nd ed. D&D compendium jobs.

Just keep going with what works IMO, like the 1st M&T.
_________________
Society Member
http://www.cncsociety.org/
For crying out loud, do what you can with the attributes the dice have given you. This is what separates the men from the boys... -Kayolan

Post Reply