Is there any chance of seeing a list of what changes there are between DD v3 and the Reliquary Edition?
Reliquary will be built on V3, and the plan is for them to remain "in sync".
While the Reliquary rules should be identical to V3*, the hardback will include additional cover art, examples, maps, interior illustrations, a couple of additional tables, potentially a new preface (undecided as yet), and possibly (depending on space) an index.
* If, for any reason, a rule needed to be updated for Reliquary, this would warrant an official errata for V3 so that V3 and Reliquary are kept "in sync".
Post by Koren n'Rhys on May 26, 2014 8:20:34 GMT -6
Thanks for the confirmation. It had been my understanding that the Reliquary was simply a single volume compilation of V3, but I hadn't realized you were adding a few extras as well. Bonus!
I'd strongly urge that you take the time to add an index. It's one thing that many OSR books lack, and in a larger single volume, it would be even more useful due to the higher page count you need to search through.
Quite looking forward to this also, and would appreciate an index, too. Man, I wish I knew about Delving Deeper sooner! It's really scratching that 1974 itch I've been having in the last few months. I knew I should have showered...
Seriously, my thanks to Mr. Dubeers and Mr. Bull for making this all happen. Great stuff!
I second the index. Ideally that thing's generated automatically of course, it's a real pain to put one together manually.
I am working on an index for Reliquary right now.
FWIW, while there is clever software that will layout an index and keep the page numbers correct, there is no software anywhere that "knows" which keywords/phrases should be indexed, nor which occurrences of these are important or not, nor how to disambiguate between keywords with multiple meanings. E.g., does an instance of "Elf" refer to the player character or the monster or neither? Does an instance of "light" refer to the clerical spell, the magic-user spell, daylight, or mundane illumination in the dungeon?
That knowledge resides with the author, and must be applied to the document painstakingly manually. That is the task am working on.
LaTeX is awesome for many things - including generating indices, tables of content and bibliographies - but I find that it adds a few extra piles of effort when you want to work with layout and images. I can definitely see why someone would choose to do an index manually rather than having to do everything in LaTeX. Likewise, anyone who does do layout in LaTeX has my outmost respect.