So far we have ignored all the advice. We used a homebrew campaign as a starting point, went about fixing D&D and pursued a sprawling ruleset for our very first project. Rather than a sprint to the finish line it's been more of ramble in a vague direction. We're prone to expansive thinking and often meander into non-essential areas. But we are getting there.
Rey has been a fabulous and generous collaborator and ride has personally been immensely fun thus far.
Anyway, I present the evolution of the species table.