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I'm going to start a #DnD formatting thread with this tweet to note some common pitfalls I notice while editing adventures. I'll come back to it as I have more thoughts. #RPG #TRPG #TTRPG
When you write an NPC's statistics in parentheses next to their name, it should look like this: NAME (ABBREVIATED ALIGNMENT SEX OR GENDER SUBRACE RACE STATISTICS). e.g. Fireface McDragon (LG female mountain dwarf knight)
Always indent inline subheads. Those are the subheads that are in bold and italics.
If you continue a section after a boxed text, DO NOT INDENT the first sentence of the paragraph after the bullet points (unless it begins with an inline subhead).
If you continue a section after a list of bullet points, INDENT the first sentence of the paragraph after the bullet points. (Note: Some of the earlier hardcovers do not do this, but the more recent ones do.)
When writing about an ability check, remember to include the success factor. e.g. "A character who makes a DC 15 Charisma (Deception) check convinces..." SHOULD read "A character who SUCCEEDS on a DC 15 Charisma (Deception) check convinces..."
It could also read, "A character who makes a SUCCESSFUL DC 15 Charisma (Deception) check convinces..." or "The character must make a DC 15 Charisma (Deception) check. On a SUCCESS, the character convinces..."
There is no such thing as a skill check in fifth edition D&D (use the term "ability check" instead).
Except for monster stat blocks what we colloquially call "passive Perception" should be "passive Wisdom (Perception) score." e.g. "A character with a passive Wisdom (Perception) score of 12 or greater notices..."
When it comes to spell scrolls and italics, the word "of" is NOT in italics. e.g. in "spell scroll of revivify" the word "of" should not be in italics but the rest of the phrase should be (as magic items and spells are presented in italics).
As a follow-up to the last point, don't forget to add the word "spell" before "scroll" when talking about the magic items.
A super tricky one. Number creatures using words instead of numerals (e.g. eight giant spiders) UNLESS the creatures appear in a random encounter table (e.g. 8 eight spiders).
When writing about things that affect a "creature" or "creatures," use "that" instead of "who." e.g. "A creature THAT steps on the pressure plate..." or "Creatures THAT are not undead must succeed on a..."
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